The Farm Home Cookbook: Wholesome and Delicious Recipes from the Land

The Farm Home Cookbook: Wholesome and Delicious Recipes from the Land

by Elsie Kline
The Farm Home Cookbook: Wholesome and Delicious Recipes from the Land

The Farm Home Cookbook: Wholesome and Delicious Recipes from the Land

by Elsie Kline


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These irresistibly delicious recipes come from the kitchens of home cooks who grow much of their own food on their family farms. They prepare their daily meals with as much care and enthusiasm as they garden and tend the land. These cooks use whole foods, animal fats, organic vegetables, and sustainably grown chicken, beef, and pork to make Foggy Day Chili, Maple Almond Granola, Chicken Thighs with Red Potato Crust, Garlic Soup with Parsley Spaetzle, Apple Butter Spice Cake, and Goat Cheese Spread. Editor/Author Elsie Kline is also the Garden and Food Editor of Farming Magazine. The Farm Home Family Cookbook offers more than 200 delectable recipes, each with readily available ingredients and clear, step-by-step instructions. The book also includes Elsie Kline's lively thoughts about gardening, farming, and family life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947597037
Publisher: Walnut Street Books
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elsie Kline is an Amish mother and grandmother from Ohio who loves cooking, gardening, and beekeeping. Elsie and her husband David live on the organic farm where they reared their 5 children. Elsie edits Farming Magazine, along with David, which she has done for more than 20 years.

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Buttermilk Pancakes


15 pancakes

Prep. Time:

10 minutes

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. (half stick) melted butter maple syrup, for serving

1. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until light. Add buttermilk and baking soda.

2. Separately, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.

3. Add melted butter. Beat until smooth.

4. Fry on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Flip pancakes when they puff up a bit and bubbles rise to the surface and break. Fry on second side until nicely browned.

Serve hot with maple syrup.

Baked Apple Pancake


6-8 servings

Prep. Time:

20 minutes

Baking Time:

25 minutes

Cooling Time:

5 minutes


Serve with maple syrup. The pancake can be inverted onto a large platter to serve if desired.

4 Tbsp. (half stick) butter, divided
3 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin wedges
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg confectioners sugar, for dusting

1. Place a 10" cast-iron skillet inside the oven and preheat oven to 450° while preparing the ingredients.

2. In another skillet, melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Add apples and sauté until they just begin to soften.

3. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. In a mixing bowl, blend flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, and salt together thoroughly.

5. Remove the hot skillet from the oven and add the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter.

6. Arrange the apples in the bottom of the skillet. Pour the batter over the apples.

7. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375° and bake 10 more minutes.

8. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.

Finnish Pancake


6-8 servings

Prep. Time:

10 minutes

Baking Time:

20 minutes

¼ cup (half stick) + 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
4 eggs, well beaten
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. butter
¼ cup sugar
2 cups milk maple syrup, for serving

1. Place ¼ cup butter in 9" × 13" baking pan. Place pan in oven and heat to 400°.

2. Meanwhile, mix the rest of ingredients, including remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, in mixing bowl. Whisk well.

3. Tilt baking pan so melted butter covers the bottom. Then pour batter on top of melted butter.

4. Return to oven and bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Cut in squares. Serve with maple syrup.

Pancakes, Farm-Style


16-18 pancakes

Prep. Time:

10 minutes


If desired, add 1 cup whole corn. We call those fritters.

2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar or honey
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1½ cups milk

1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Add eggs, cornmeal, and melted butter. Add milk and mix well to make a thick, pourable batter. Add more milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if needed for the right consistency.

3. Fry on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Flip pancakes when they puff up a bit and bubbles rise to the surface and break. Fry on second side until nicely browned. Serve hot.

Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes


5-6 servings

Prep. Time:

15 minutes

Resting Time:

12 hours or overnight


Stir in blueberries or apples.

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup (half stick) melted butter
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

1. Twelve hours (usually overnight) before you want to make pancakes, mix together rolled oats and buttermilk or yogurt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

2. After 12 hours or overnight, mix together eggs and melted butter. Stir into oats mixture.

3. In a small bowl, mix together remaining dry ingredients. Add to oats mixture and stir briefly. The batter will be thick.

4. Fry on a hot, greased griddle over medium heat. Flip pancakes when they puff up a bit and bubbles rise to the surface and break. Fry on second side until nicely browned. Serve hot.

Blackberry Skillet Custard


8 servings

Prep. Time:

10 minutes

Baking Time:

40 minutes

1 tsp. butter
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1½ cups milk
2 cups blackberries maple syrup, for serving

1. Place butter in 12-inch cast iron skillet and put in oven. Heat oven to 350°.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs; add flour, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add milk and beat well.

3. Tilt the skillet so melted butter covers the bottom. Then pour batter into hot, greased skillet. Scatter berries on top. Sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar.

4. Bake 40 minutes until puffed and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with maple syrup. Sausages go well with this, too.

We farm people usually have our main meal at noon, a practice from when farmers did the fieldwork with teams of horses. You need to unhitch the horses at noon to water, feed, and rest them. So it just made sense for the family to eat their main meal and have a short siesta while the horses rested. Our schedule was to eat at 11:30 and then go back to work at 1. Since most of the heavy work was done before supper at 5, the big meal was needed at noon. Then we had dishes like corn pone and custard for supper. Usually salads, sliced tomatoes, and other garden vegetables were also served.

When men began working away from home, dinner slipped into supper. Dinner at noon became lunch, and supper vanished. When we had children in school and classes resumed in early September, we had the main meal at supper. That way the whole family shared in the main meal.

Spinach Frittata


2 servings

Prep. Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Time:

15-20 minutes

2 strips bacon
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 cups fresh, torn spinach, washed and dried
3 eggs
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup milk
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup grated sharp cheese

1. In a medium skillet, fry bacon until crisp, 5-10 minutes. Remove to a paper towel to drain.

2. Add scallions to drippings in skillet and fry about 2 minutes, till softened.

3. Add spinach and cook 2 minutes more, until just wilted.

4. Beat eggs with salt, milk, and water.

5. Pour evenly over the vegetables, making sure the liquid spreads over the whole skillet.

6. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover pan and cook over low heat undisturbed to set the eggs and melt the cheese, about 8 minutes.

7. Serve hot or at room temperature with the reserved bacon. We like to have fresh bread with it, too.

Maine Wild Blueberry French Toast


12-15 servings

Prep. Time:

35 minutes

Chilling Time:

8 hours

Standing Time:

40 minutes

Baking Time:

60-70 minutes


We've discovered that domestic Ohio blueberries work just fine, too.


You can reduce this recipe by one-half or one-fourth. If you make only a one-fourth portion, use 1 Tbsp. blueberry jam; for half the recipe, use 1½-2 Tbsp. jam to maintain a strong blueberry flavor.

12 slices (½" thick) firm-textured bread
4 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2-3 Tbsp. wild blueberry jam
5 eggs
¾ cup whole milk
½ cup cream
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp. brown sugar, divided
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 tsp. + 2 Tbsp. butter, divided
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup blueberries confectioners sugar maple syrup, for serving

1. Toast bread in toaster, or on a baking sheet in a 250° oven for 15 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool.

2. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and jam.

3. Spread cream cheese mixture on half the bread slices and place the other slices on top, creating 6 sandwiches. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

4. Place in a buttered 9" × 13" baking dish.

5. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, vanilla, and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar. Pour mixture evenly over sandwiches.

6. Cover pan with plastic wrap, pressing it down on the sandwiches in the liquid to make contact and reduce air.

7. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

8. Allow baking dish to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

9. While the oven preheats to 350°, spread pecans, 1 tsp. butter, and salt on baking tray. Toast in oven until fragrant, 5-10 minutes.

10. Sprinkle pecan mixture and blueberries over sandwiches in baking pan.

11. Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar together. Drizzle over pecans and blueberries.

12. Bake at 400° covered for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 20-30 minutes, until top is bubbling.

13. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to firm up.

14. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve with maple syrup or, better yet, Maine wild blueberry syrup.

Breakfast Delight


5-6 servings

Prep. Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Time:

5-7 minutes

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup water
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup raisins
2 cups diced fresh apples
¼ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. vanilla milk or light cream, for serving

1. Combine the oats, water, and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-3 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and stir in everything else except the milk or cream.

3. Warm again on stove until steaming. Cover and let stand for several minutes to blend the flavors.

4. Then enjoy with milk or cream.

Today our daughters and daughters-in-law are coming home to help me with outside work. Our neighbors are having a wedding on Thursday, and the wedding services will be in our barn, with the reception at their place.

Our girls are even bringing our noon meal along today. It will be a good day, I'm sure!

Raccoon Valley Porridge


2 servings

Cooking Time:

8 minutes

1 heaping Tbsp. flaxseed or rolled oats
2 heaping Tbsp. Cream of Wheat
½ cup Wheatena small handful raisins small handful walnuts
2 dried apricots, chopped pinch salt
2 cups water

1. Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Then bring to boil and stir until thick, about 3 minutes.

2. Let stand with lid on for 5 minutes.

3. Serve with maple syrup or honey and milk.

A recipe that invites improvisation ...

Corn Pone


6 servings

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Baking Time:

30 minutes
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
½ cup sugar or honey
1 egg, beaten
1½ cups sour milk * or buttermilk ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

* Make your own sour milk by putting 1-2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar into a one-cup measure. Fill the cup with milk. Stir gently. Allow to stand 2-3 minutes.

1. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar or honey, egg, and milk. Add melted butter. Mix well.

3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Put into a greased 8? × 8? baking pan.

5. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6. Serve with fruit and milk.

When we eat this as the main dish with milk and fruit at supper, we call it corn pone. All we have with it is some cheese, and of course, coffee. Other times when we eat it like a bread, we call it cornbread!

Earthbound Farm's Famous Maple Almond Granola


10 cups

Prep. Time:

15 minutes

Baking Time:

40-45 minutes

4½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1½ cups slivered or chopped raw almonds
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1¼ cups pure maple syrup
1/3 cup (51/3 Tbsp.) butter, melted
1 cup raisins

1. In mixing bowl, mix all ingredients — except raisins — together well.

2. Spread granola on rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 325° until it begins to brown, about 25 minutes, then stir with a flat spatula.


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Table of Contents

A Meal-Time Song 4

About This Cookbook 5

Breakfasts and Suppers 7

Breads 27

Salads and Dressings 45

Soups, Stews, and Chowders 73

Meats and Main Dishes 97

Vegetables 131

Canned and Pickled Delights 161

Cookies 179

Cakes 191

Pies 207

Desserts 221

Appetizers, Snacks, and Beverages 241

Make It Yourself 269

Index 277

About the Author 288

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