Recipes and kitchen tips for rural America

Recipes Tie Families Together

By Lois Hoffman

"Heritage recipes" are family recipes that have been passed through the years but are not necessarily written down, so eventually they might be lost. Putting those recipes to paper and creating a family cookbook will make a valuable keepsake and also tie families together.

It's a One Potato Day

By Connie Moore

When long February days bring on kitchen boredom, the only thing left to do is experiment.

Rip's: Where Bar-B-Q Is King

By Lois Hoffman

You might not expect it, but one of the best little Bar-B-Q places around is in Indiana.

Sorting Out Leavening Agents

By Lois Hoffman

Sometimes old recipes are vague, so it's hard to know whether to use yeast, baking soda, or baking powder. Some recipes use a combination of the three, so I decided to see what the difference was between the leavening agents.


It's A Persimmon Kind Of Christmas

By Karen Lynn

Karen Lynn shares how she and The Viking came into a windfall of persimmons, as well as their excitement about the plethora of possibilities with this amazing fruit.

Old-Lady Cooking (and Cake)

By Connie Moore

When we can across a recipe called "Old Lady Cake," we started to wonder about "fancy" cooking versus "plain" cooking and what it really means.

Red Flint is More Than Chicken Feed

By Lois Hoffman

Red Flint corn — also known as Indian corn — is a heritage seed that produces an excellent cornmeal. One man saw an article on Red Flint corn a few years ago in GRIT magazine, and has since turned the crop into a family business.

A Chocolatier Pours Artistic Sweets

By Lois Hoffman

A chocolatier is not a chocolate maker, but rather an artist. It's win/win when something tastes good and is pretty to look at, too!