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Recipe Book #4 ~ A Farmer’s Daughter

At the end of December I posted a Recipe Book Haul and showed you all the cookbooks I received for my birthday last year. I am taking a different cookbook each month and reviewing it to share all its goodness with you! Last month in March I talked about United States of Bread by Adrienne Kane. I hadn’t baked too many bread recipes out of the book yet, but I’ve got a many many tabs in that book that I am anxious to try. I really just need to change my work schedule from five days to four so that way I can have a whole day to bake or cook every week!

The fourth cookbook I am going to talk about is A Farmer’s Daughter by Dawn Stoltzfus. I was fairly confident that this would be a cookbook similar to how we eat in my house, which means not fancy, posh sounding recipes with unique ingredients, but rather a good hearty home cooked meal. As per usual, I have quite a few tabs in this book and I am excited to try these recipes!

Summary from Thriftbooks,

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.

I made Strawberry Shortcake from this book at the end of last year and it was delicious! Watch for the recipe to come out later this month!

After I posted about this recipe book I made two more recipes that were delish!! Cream Cheese Squares and Granola Balls

Does anyone already have this book or a similar Amish or Mennonite cook book that you love?

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Recipe Book #3 ~ United States of Bread

At the end of December I posted a Recipe Book Haul and showed you all the cookbooks I received for my birthday last year. I am taking a different cookbook each month and reviewing it to share all its goodness with you! Last month in February I talked about The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking for Two. I haven’t made too many recipes out of the book yet, but I’ve got a couple marked that I would like to try. I just need to get my booty in gear and start cooking!

The third cookbook I am going to talk about is United State of Bread by Adrienne Kane. Before this cook book, I had never baked bread on my own. We used to have a bread machine that my mom used when we were growing up, but I never used it because I was young. I am really looking forward to using different recipes out of this book. It has bread, rolls, sweet breads, crackers, and more. So it’s not just loaves of bread!

Summary from Thriftbooks,

As American as apple pie? How about as American as freshly baked bread? Before we became reliant on massed-produced supermarket loaves, The United States had a rich history of homemade bread recipes, from flaky and light Southern biscuits to hearty Boston Brown Bread – not to mention the uniquely tangy San Francisco Sourdough. Adrienne Kane has unearthed these vintage recipes, given them a modern twist where appropriate, and collected them all in United States of Bread . Both novices and experienced bakers can delight in these American favorites, including Pullman Loaves, Amish Dill, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, New York Flatbread, Wild Rice Bread Stuffing, and lots more. United States of Bread is a charming collection that will inspire everyone to get in the kitchen to celebrate America’s home-baking legacy.

I do have quite a few recipes marked, but I’ve only made two of them so far! I baked a white bread loaf and a wheat bread loaf. So it wasn’t anything fancy because I was just learning and to be honest….they were alright. They were fairly dense and dry in our opinions. I’m not sure if it was the yeast, baking time, proofing time, or what, but I wasn’t highly impressed and it makes me nervous to keep trying and waste ingredients. Having said that though….if I don’t keep trying, I won’t get any better! So I’ll probably continue to work at it!

Does anyone already have this book or a similar bread cook book? What are your thoughts on baking breads?

Head to my 12 Months of Recipe Books to see what other books I’ve talked about!