Monday, October 22, 2012

A Farmer's Daughter by Dawn Stoltzfus

A Farmer's Daughter Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus is such a fun cookbook. Normally I need pictures in cookbooks, but I didn't even realize I missed them until time came to write up this review. The recipes are mostly mouthwatering that I can picture in my mind.
Tonight I cooked up the Baked Chicken with Rice and Broccoli (found on page 130) and was delighted at the simplicity of it and the homemade taste.

Baked Chicken with Rice and Broccoli

1 1/2 cups (white) rice, uncooked
1 tsp salt*
1 tsp celery seed*
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 cups broccoli florets
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 cups chicken broth*
4 bone-in chicken breasts*
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Pour the rice into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle with salt & celery seeds. Stir in onions, broccoli and mushrooms. Pour the broth over all of it and lay the chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
Serves 4

I didn't have celery seed so I used celery salt instead. I also didn't have chicken broth so I used vegetable broth.
I used two bone-in breasts and two boneless. The boneless were done much quicker so I cranked up the heat and cooked the bone-in a while longer.

This book is packed full of good things for all occasions.
The chapters include:
Appetizers, Dips, and Beverages
Breakfast and Breads
Spring Salads and Dressings
Summer Sandwiches and Winter Soups
Garden Fresh Veggies, Comfort Food, and Sides
Main Entrees
Cookies, Cakes, and Bars
Simple Do-It-Yourself Recipes

Over 200 recipes! Make your own chocolate syrup for chocolate milk. I can't wait to do that one!

About the book & author:
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.

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.
 Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

No comments: