Gardening is not just about growing plants, its also about food. Glorious fresh nothing artificial food. Food straight from your yard to your table food. Knowing where your food comes from and exactly how it has been grown is more important than ever. Americans have grown food for hundreds of years and need to remember how we got here.
My mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother were more than cooks they were food enthusiasts.They passed their love of cooking to me.I have inherited hundreds of recipes printed on those 3×5 index cards. No computers or printers each card handwritten like a little love note to me. Each original recipe taste tested by generations of friends and family. I have decided to share them for home use not to be copied for public distributions.
Just a note, food has changed over that last 50 years. I have adjusted recipes for today’s kitchen.. The margarine sold today is a far cry from from the margarine my Mom cooked with. Flour from the 1900 was made from soft winter wheat bleached and had a low protein content. If you are trying to recreate an old heirloom cake or cookie recipe try using bleached flour It makes for a finer lighter textured product. Sea salt is great but tends to have larger crystal. Using a finer salt like Morton is best for an old recipe. Milk has undergone the largest transformation 1%, 2%, organic,non GMO, lactose free and soy milk, were not sold in stores during my Great Grandma’s lifetime. Grandma Fehlman got her milk from a cow. Simple, organic from pasture raised cows.Try using organic whole milk. It is as close as you are going to get to fresh milk unless you know a diary farmer.
Lastly cooking is emotional. Comfort food- we all know what it is and we all carry different memories, Mushroom meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy with green bean casserole remind me of my childhood home.But the smell of Baked Apple Kuchen floods back memories of Granny and I having fresh cake with hot tea in china cups.My hope is to help recreate some of those special memories through bringing basic traditional recipes.
For my family, these are the recipes you know and love. May they bring special memories to your families too. I promise to have coffee breaks, eat cake, and drink tea from special china cups with your children too. Happy Cooking! Love Mom