Baking Challenge, Grandparents Day

  I would not be the cook I am today without this woman, my Grams. She was a city girl who left everything behind to move to a farm in the country. There she took care of her aging father-in-law, her new husband, helped with various animals and began to raise the children who started…

Flash Canning: Sweet & Sour Fruit Relish

When I was a kid on the farm the hot, humid August days became even steamier with the sterilizing of jars and the canner going full blast through multiple shifts a day. Even the freezer items needed blanching so clouds of steam billowed continuously. My grandma and any helpers pressed into service battled to control…

I Cook Therefore I Am

This was our farm in its heyday (hayday?) – 80 verdant acres in the heart of the midwest. After this week, with the unexpected death of my uncle I can now count on one hand the people still around who called this place home. Hence, this blog, as my effort to preserve what remains. I…