Stop with the Sterile Shrink Wrap! How to Cook–and Use–a Whole Chicken

I am working on an article about why we eat so much chicken in the U.S., and in doing so, thought maybe some people could benefit from knowing how to avoid buying the sterile, shrink-wrapped packages of breast meat so sadly prevalent in the modern-day grocery store and kitchen, and opt for a whole chicken … Continue reading Stop with the Sterile Shrink Wrap! How to Cook–and Use–a Whole Chicken

Old Fashioned Recipes: Dutch Baby for Breakfast

This morning I wanted to have something wholesome for my graveyard working husband to eat when he came home, something nourishing to fill his empty stomach but something a little sweet too to send him off to sleep with. I was thinking on old-fashioned recipes and what might fit the bill... Then I remembered the … Continue reading Old Fashioned Recipes: Dutch Baby for Breakfast

Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies: Poppyseed Thumbprint Cookies

We are tradition bound in our family, I admit it. I'd be likely to waver on some things, but Emma won't let me. So every year, I make the same Christmas cookies, and they are for us traditional simply because I've always made them. These poppyseed thumbprint cookies are one of the traditional Christmas cookies … Continue reading Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies: Poppyseed Thumbprint Cookies

It’s Asparagus Season! Enjoy This Old Fashioned Recipe Using Asparagus!

OK, it's the tail end of asparagus season, but...for us anyway, we can still get local asparagus at the produce stand and I hope to buy, cook and eat more of it before the season is through. I am challenged right now by lack of husband (deployed) and lack of interest (in a picky, asparagus-hating … Continue reading It’s Asparagus Season! Enjoy This Old Fashioned Recipe Using Asparagus!

Old Fashioned Recipe for Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

I have been making these cookies for over 20 years, and they are by far my favorite recipe, plus always a favorite with anyone who tastes them...kids and grownups alike. Two weeks ago I cooked up a batch for Emma to take to her first high school swim meet, knowing they'd have a lot of … Continue reading Old Fashioned Recipe for Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

Old Fashioned Recipe for Devil’s Food Cake: Yum!

This shockingly easy--and tasty--old fashioned recipe is from page 114 of the Depression Era recipes cookbook by Patricia R. Wagner. It says shortening or lard, but use lard. Your cake will be even moister and more delicious, promise! I changed the order of the ingredients and the directions just a little: 1/2 c boiling water … Continue reading Old Fashioned Recipe for Devil’s Food Cake: Yum!

Another Local Food Recipe Favorite: Lemon Blueberry Bread

Last night I made the blueberry crisp again because it is so tasty and because I want to enjoy blueberries as much as I can while this tasty local food is in season. My daughter prefers my lemon blueberry bread, so while I was making the crisp (as well as cooking up the chicken and … Continue reading Another Local Food Recipe Favorite: Lemon Blueberry Bread