Sunday, October 21, 2012

Revell Blogger Book Tours Presents: A Farmer's Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus

A Farmer’s Daughter:
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

Dawn Stoltzfus is a wife, a mother of two sweet little boys and a lover of anything creative. She started and ran The Farmer's Wife Market until 2008 when she sold it in order to stay at home to raise her family. She loves to cook, for one or three hundred and sees cooking and entertaining as an opportunity to serve them out of love and joy rather than out of a sense of obligation. Her love for cooking was inspired by her mother and developed as she cooked for her family of six on their active, working dairy farm in Ohio.
By Dawn Stoltzfus
224 pages
Pub Date:
October 2012
My Review:
I enjoy cookbooks, and this one does not disappoint. Dawn Stoltzfus was raised on a 0ennonite farm, and you can tell by the recipes these are great wholesome food. The only criticism I have is there are very few picture. Kind of like seeing what things are supposed to look like.
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.

4 Eggs
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
                                                       Batter inPan
                                                       Bars Cooked and Cooling
                                                        Bars Frosted
                                                        Cut and Ready To Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Fall really is my favorite time of the year so anything pumpkin makes my mouth water! Thanks for sharing!


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