Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen
Welcome to the warm and inviting kitchen of Dawn Stoltzfus, a young Mennonite wife and mother who was raised on a dairy farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. In A Farmer's Daughter, she opens up her recipe box, wipes away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipes and shares them with cooks and food-lovers everywhere. She offers us over two hundred delicious recipes that reflect the comfort foods she learned to cook from her mother, the same hearty and creative recipes she made and sold at The Farmer's Wife Market.
Along with the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides and desserts, readers will find charming stories from Dawn's Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair. Anyone who loves to feed their loved ones hearty, wholesome meals will treasure this cookbook.
About The Author
By Dawn Stoltzfus
I loved her Author's note in the back and I so agree with her. At one time in my life we had everything on the table off our farm, except the condiments. You get a real feeling of accomplishment doing that!
I also loved her simple..Do It Yourself Recipes, with hint on making your own Sun Dried Tomatoes, Laundry Soap, Window Cleaner etc.
There is a great index included, making it easy to find that mouth watering recipe you found, easily!
This book is a real keeper, and I recommend it to add to your collections. Yum!
I received this book through the Publisher Revell and their Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
I prepared the Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing from Page 202. This is such a fun and simple dessert to serve in the fall. For a unique touch, cut into diamond shapes, place a pecan half in the middle, or sprinkle with cinamon.
1 Cup Canola Oil
2 Cups raw or white sugar
1 [15oz] can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cups white wheat flour [or 2 cups all-purpose flour]
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
8 oz cream cheese, softened
5 Tbsp salted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat over to 350ºF. Beat eggs very well [this is key]. Add oil, sugar and pumpkin, mix well. Add salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Sir until mixed completely. Add nuts. Pour into ungreased jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. You may need to add more milk to reach desired consistency. Frost Bars after they have completely cooled. Yields 34 bars.
Bowl of Batter