A big step toward self-sufficiency in the kitchen, this cookbook offers over 200 savory recipes for using the meats, vegetables, herbs and grains grown and harvested from the gardens and fields of your family homestead. Included are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well as helpful hints, menu plans, and tips on making your own cheeses, breads and pastas. This cookbook also contains some of the recipes featured at the Homestead Farms Delicatessen located at our Traditional Crafts Village in central Texas.
The purpose of compiling the recipes of Homestead Cooking was to show that with the meats we raise or harvest and the vegetables and grains we grow in the gardens of our homesteads in central Texas, we can eat a varied, healthy and delicious diet. These recipes don’t call for packaged puddings, boxed cake mixes or cans of cream of mushroom soup. Neither do they require a degree in culinary arts, a small fortune or elaborate, expensive equipment found only in gourmet restaurants. A new bride or any other beginner would start off well-equipped with this book alone on the adventure of family cooking.
These recipes use spices appropriately—to enhance and enliven rather than overwhelm the goodness of the foods themselves. And even the spices, with the exception of salt and pepper, are ones grown easily in a Texas kitchen herb garden.
Mary’s menus and contagious enthusiasm for preparing food for her family should help you over the hump of, “What shall I fix for dinner?” even on the roughest day. moreover, she frequently suggests how and where the kids can pitch in and help.
Her desire is that this cookbook might in some small way take us all a step closer to knowing that deep satisfaction of gathering around the table for a meal totally derived from our own efforts. And that satisfaction renews and deepens the meaning at mealtime of giving thanks.
Compiled by Mary Stein
Homestead Cooking includes the following sections:
• Cheese Making
• Soups, Stew & Gumbos
• Meats & Poultry
Posted by Enedina Wideman on 11th Apr 2013
All three of my daughters like to cook from scratch- no boxes or premix items. When I was in Texas last month, my brother took us to the homestead,Great place! I bought one of the cookbooks and really like it. So I knew the girls would like this book! so I ordered the cookbook for them and a friend.
The Dessert cookbook, I am looking forward to using it.