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Grandmas Kitchen

I am an avid writer that enjoys the cooking experience, from planning the meals, to shopping ingredients, to spending time in the kitchen creating the dish.

Most importantly I luv to eat what I cook, I enjoy the flavors and textures in all foods.

I luv to immerse myself in the smells and aromas that invoke so many memories, isn’t it funny how a chocolate chip cookie can take you back to a long ago memory that fills you with love and comfort!

My go to smell is that of baking bread, I can close my eyes and see my grandma reaching for that jar of bacon grease as she made the endless dinner rolls for our family supper every Sunday on the farm in Wisconsin.

There I sat at the kitchen table, in the tiniest kitchen, watching her work her magic. In between stoking the fire, she would prepare the ham, pot roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, a pot of fresh greens, cornbread, hot rolls, and an apple and fresh fruit pie, any fruit that was in season.

There was a recipe that grandma Myrtle created called ” Graham Gems”, she would make these with bacon grease and a ton of love. Each gem was made a very large muffin that was pulled out f the oven and smothered in more bacon grease and syrup. We would have these with the meal, or for dessert, however she wanted to serve them, I didn’t care, as long as they were on the table.

I sat there at this old kitchen table and just watched and soaked in all those smells surrounding me and filling me with love.

I knew once I left the soft warm kitchen, as a young kid I would be thrust into the world of adults, all clambering to get to the table and fill those plates.

The adults were coming in from the either the barn, or the fields, or the wood shed, they too had a certain aroma that I will always cherish.

Nowadays when I am putting new straw into the chicken coops, I smell the grandpa barn, all the sights and sounds come back to me. Unfortunately when I open my eyes there are chickens staring up at me, not my grandpas beloved cattle lol.

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AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for living is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.
I have written many cookbooks over the years, _this one_, thisone_ and this one, they have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.
Now that the kitche and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
I was brought up on a salad, main entree, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!
You can forge the dessert, it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry. Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!
I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

There are many things I love about living in the Rockies For instance you can literally jump in the car and get to the mountains within 30 mins. You can also enjoy the semi-arid landscape and we have access to many rivers, lakes and mountain streams.
Homemade jam makes a wonderful food gift all year long. Taking a little more effort and making your gifts from your own kitchen can go a long way in showing someone you care. Not only that, but home canning also gives you control in what’s in every jar. Homemade jam has no preservatives or unnecessary additives and you can create new flavors that you wouldn’t find in the store. These are the reasons I love to make my own homemade jam

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