Country Cook News – February 8, 2013

Hi Everyone!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK – Guest Post
Directly from The Gourmet Farm Girl Cookbook, author Deborah Mahon, shares from her cookbook an old-fashioned recipe for Chicken Thighs and Vegetable Medley. Filled with bacon, herbs, fresh garden vegetables and brown rice, this recipe will make you want to go live on the farm. But, there’s no need to call a moving van quite yet. This savory entree can be prepared in a modern kitchen, it just has that down home, from-the-farm goodness you and your family are going to love. Throughout the cookbook Deborah adds interesting “Did You Know?” tidbits such as: Did you know? A female chicken is called a hen, if she is under a year old she is called a pullet. A male chicken is called a rooster, also known as a cockerel, cock or chanticleer. Male chickens less than one year are called cockerels. Baby chickens are most commonly referred to as chicks. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing a sampling of your cookbook! And just so everyone will know, there are many more recipes and stories in the book that are filled with country flavor, while making one’s mind drift toward life on the farm.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK (Part II)

The Gourmet Farm Girl is once again spotlighted in the Country Cook News. On her blog Deborah shows many family pictures that go back to 1912 (maybe earlier) and shares a snippet of her grandmother feeding the chickens back in the day. For me, the site brings back fond memories because I well remember tossing grain to the chickens, gathering the eggs and running from the roosters. With its photos, her blog is a heartwarming stroll down memory lane as are the home style, “just like Grandma used to make” recipes. Deborah also sells The Gourmet Farm Girl Seasoning and All Natural Soup Mixes, which would be a spicy asset to anyone’s pantry. So, if you’re in need of some delicious seasonings, you’ve found the right blog!

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MORE ORGANIC OR SUGAR-FREE KETCHUP
In a previous Ask Cynthia a Question, Carol was seeking a recipe for organic or sugar-free ketchup. Just today I ran across a simple gourmet version called Worcestershire Ketchup from Cupcakes & Kale Chips that looks mighty tasty…perhaps on a nicely grilled filet?

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CB’s KITCHEN TIP

NO MORE BUTTER BLASTS: Put a small bowl of water in the microwave beside a dish of butter to prevent butter from splattering when it’s melted. This works great, no more messed-up microwave.

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PIZZA FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
This Grandma is planning to make this pizza in a heart shape and add pepperoni slices that have been cut into heart shapes with a tiny cookie cutter. What a fun surprise from America’s Test Kitchen and Grandma!

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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION
Susan asked: Frosting is the best part of any cake in my opinion. What is your most chocolaty, dreamy chocolate icing that you make in your house?
My answer: My favorite for a simple-to-make, everyday frosting for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, graham crackers or right from the spoon when I’m having a chocolate sugar attack, is Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Hope you and your family enjoys this chocolaty frosting as much as my family. Thank you, Susan, for your interest in Ask Cynthia a Question.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
CB

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