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Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review - The Farmer's Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus


Over 200 mouthwatering recipes--fresh from the farm

I'm Dawn Stoltzfus. Welcome to my kitchen! I was raised on a Mennonite farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. Now I'm opening up my recipe box, wiping away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipe cards, and sharing them with you. From Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and Strawberry Shortcake to Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and Chicken and Herb Dumplings, all the best comfort foods I learned to cook from my mother are here, along with some dishes that may surprise you!

In addition to the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, I share favorite stories from my Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair.

If you enjoy feeding your family hearty, wholesome meals made with fresh ingredients and lots of love, please join me in the kitchen!

The recipes in "The Farmer's Daughter" are divided into 9 chapters including a chapter devoted to breakfast and breads recipes, one for desserts and one for summer sandwiches and winter soups.
Along with the recipes are dozens of charming stories Dawn shares from growing up in a Mennonite community, cooking in the kitchen and what she has learned throughout the years. Dawn's love for cooking and for her family is absolutely evident throughout this collection and for that reason, among loving the many recipes, I found to be refreshingly delightful!
There is an excellent variety of recipes shared in this book, I cannot wait to try to many of them! 
I am pleased to add this book to my cookbook collection, and can see it being used again and again and again!  I highly recommend it for yours too! 
One recipe that is seasonal and came out delicious is "Quick Pumpkin Ice Cream," anyone who loves ice cream and pumpkin will love this recipe!  I had never made ice cream this way, but it came out lovely and smooth and oh so delicious!  Just perfect for that Thanksgiving dessert that is a little bit different!
"Quick Pumpkin Ice Cream" - found on page 180
1.5 qts. vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 coup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
gingersnap cookies
whipped cream
Place the first four ingredients in a bowl and beat well. Pour into an 8x8 pan. Cover; freeze for 3-4 hours. Let soften slightly before scooping. Serve in small bowls; garnish with gingersnaps, whipped cream, and cinnamon, if desired. Serves 6-8.

Dawn Stoltzfus is a wife, a mother of two sweet little boys, and a lover of anything creative. She started and ran The Farmer's Wife Market until 2008 when she sold it in order to stay at home to raise her family. She loves to cook, for one or three hundred, and sees cooking and entertaining as an opportunity to "be Jesus to people" and serve them out of love and joy rather than out of a sense of obligation. Her love for cooking was inspired by her mother and developed as she cooked for her family of six on their active, working dairy farm in Ohio


My thanks to Baker Publishing and Revell Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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