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Macaroni and Cheese Comfort

Posted on February 29, 2012

This time of year we teach adult education classes here at Living History Farms and the cooking classes are amongst the most popular. Last week’s class consisted of classic comfort foods. Pizza and ice cream…

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Decadant Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 8, 2012

As we progress into February we start to see candies and chocolates displayed in our local stores alerting us to the arrival of Valentine’s Day. People have several different opinions on this holiday and whether…

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Christmas Dinner Ideas from Fannie Farmer

Posted on December 20, 2011

Near the back of The Original Boston Cooking School Cookbook (1896) there is a list of different menus for the ardent housewife to draw from as she planned meals for her family.  Included in this…

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Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

Posted on November 24, 2011

We’ve started the Historic Dinner season here at the farms! What this means is 7 times a week people make reservations to come out to the 1900 farmhouse, and eat fresh food prepared on our…

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American as Apple Pie

Posted on October 5, 2011

We have been quite busy at the 1900 farm during this harvest season! Central Iowa has celebrated some absolutely beautiful days these past couple of weeks, and while we’ve been busy in the fields, we’ve…

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How to Make a Fruit Pie

Posted on September 7, 2011

There are few foods as traditionally American as a fruit pie. Apple, peach, pear, or cherry, it doesn’t really matter the flavor, those that can make a pie from scratch are generally regarded with great…

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A “Fair” Tribute to Fried Foods of the Past

Posted on August 24, 2011

If you haven’t heard by now, we celebrated the Iowa State Fair this past week.  The 10 day long event brings visitors from all over the world who come to see the Butter Cow (who…

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Making Butter at the Farm and in Your Kitchen

Posted on August 12, 2011

I’ve written about separating cream and turning that into ice cream, but I haven’t told you about one of the things we do quite frequently on the 1900 farm with our cream.  It is something…

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Gathering the Cream and Fancy Green Beans

Posted on July 26, 2011

Before I tell you about the cream, I want to let you know that the 1900 farm picked our first tomato today.  It was eaten right out of the garden, and it was delicious, we…

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Posted on July 19, 2011

Not too long ago I posted a recipe for Demi-glacé aux Fraises that included a recipe for ice cream. To help keep you cool down during this sweltering week,  I thought I would tell you…

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