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Country Living The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much
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Country Living The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much

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by Serena Thompson, Teri Edwards
 

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Meet The Farm Chicks! “Mompreneurs” Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards have achieved super-success, winning fans everywhere with their creativity and family-friendly food and craft projects. In just a few short years, they’ve established an annual antiques fair, created a line of products (jewelry, clothing, stationery), and become contributing editors

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Meet The Farm Chicks! “Mompreneurs” Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards have achieved super-success, winning fans everywhere with their creativity and family-friendly food and craft projects. In just a few short years, they’ve established an annual antiques fair, created a line of products (jewelry, clothing, stationery), and become contributing editors at Country Living. Now, the pair has written their first book, which tells their inspiring story while also serving up 50 simple and tasty recipes. Interspersed throughout are 19 easy projects to bring Farm Chick style to your kitchen.

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Stay-at-home moms Thompson and Edwards turned their passion for junking and repurposing found materials into a thriving business as the Farm Chicks, the vivacious hostesses of a wildly popular annual antiques show in Spokane, Washington. In this eye-catching hodge-podge of gingham and gumption, the duo share tips, stories and recipes along with plenty of heart. Those expecting country classics like turkey melts, granola, strawberry rhubarb pie and cinnamon rolls won't be disappointed, but there are just as many contemporary dishes like Cardamom Griddle Cakes with Maple Cardamom Cream, Roasted Chicken and Pesto Hoagies, and Enchilada Soup to keep bellies full. Nineteen simple, homey projects-including custom blackboards, aprons and cotton food covers (to keep the flies off your cole slaw)-allow readers to replicate the Farm Chick aesthetic, right down to the logo (a stencil is included). Like their dishes, Edwards and Thompson's crafts feature easily-sourced materials and simple instructions. This warm, welcoming duo makes an excellent first impression, and should elicit enthusiastic RSVPs for their next outing.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588167293
Publisher:
Hearst
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Country Living The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
The Farm Chicks are best friends Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson, who besides being busy stay-at-home moms also stage an annual antique show. Their self-described style is "farm girl meets Fifth Avenue," a blend of retro country-inspired chic and simple yet delicious cooking. Their story has been featured in Country Living, and the book's foreword is by Nancy Soriano, the editor-in-chief of Country Living (the cookbook also comes with a free year's subscription to Country Living). The book's introduction includes Teri and Serena's stories and their inspirations in the kitchen and beyond. Beginning with breakfast, the Farm Chicks offer up simple yet tasty renditions of favorites such as cinnamon rolls, Nancy's nutmeg coffee cake (it's best served warm, as the bottom crust becomes very crunchy when cool), the delightfully exotic cardamom griddle cakes with maple cardamom cream, maple oat scones, and the guilty pleasure of a golden potato bake jazzed up with sharp cheddar. Craft ideas in this section include a scone cozy made out of terrycloth and a paint-by-numbers tray. Appetizers include some upscale ideas such as parmesan rice-stuffed mushrooms, sweet onion tartlets, and grilled cumin chicken with apricot dipping sauce. For lunch, the girls serve up roasted chicken and pesto hoagies, tortellini and Italian sausage soup, and more exotic offerings such as Asian quinoa salad and spinach, feta, and beet salad. Vegetarians like myself will also find many options, such as veggie pitas, pesto pasta salad, 'mater sandwiches, tangy cucumber cups, and sour cream and onion zucchini cakes. Other non-veg recipes can easily be tweaked to become vegetarian (replace chicken broth with veggie broth in the parmesan rice-stuffed mushrooms, cheesy potato soup, savory sweet potato soup, and Asian quinoa salad). Desserts round out the savory offerings with a sweet finale, and this is where the cookbook shines. Such gems as dark chocolate butter cake, emboldened with cinnamon, espresso, and Dutch cocoa powder, and a large section on pies (including primers on baked pie shells, dough, and how to create a perfect piecrust) make piemaking approachable for new home cooks and old hands alike. Nutritional info (including protein, fat, carbs, fiber, sodium, cholesterol, and calorie info) is included for each recipe, and the Farm Chicks encourage you to write your own notes in the book regarding substitutions. The included recipes and crafts are simple and straightforward, making them approachable for working and stay-at-home moms (or dads!) alike. The craft ideas are cute and affordable, many using items that you may already have around the house: making aprons out of old sheets, cookbook jackets out of unused shower curtains or vinyl tablecloths, and a countertop utensil holder using a vintage glass jar wrapped in colorful oilcloth. The book also includes a reusable stencil of the Farm Chicks' signature polka-dotted apron and a one-year subscription to Country Living, making this a great gift idea. (Review copy courtesy of Sterling Publishing)
3cherry More than 1 year ago
Too much bio and crafts not enough recepies. Won't buy another!
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pupylov More than 1 year ago
This "cook book" is a must have for the vintage lover. It has awesome pictures. How to cook, decorate, and generally enjoy the laid back vintage attitude of the Farm Chicks! If you are into creating a fun functional home with thrifty ideas you will love this great book! And you can get good recipes too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read about the Farm Chicks in Country Living magazine a couple years ago and loved their country-can-do, positive attitude. I've purchased several of their products via the annual Country Living Fairs. I received 'The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen' as a Mother's Day gift this year. It is a fun read w/ background info on the Chicks, recipes, crafts, & lovely pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a charming book. The receipes are great, the craft ideas are clever and inspiring, and the picutures are beautiful. It was such a treat to sit down and read through this book. I'm sure I'll be looking through it many times over.