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Lesson 1387 – Yellow cake

At a yard sale this weekend I found a treasure trove of old handwritten recipes. Oh sure, there were many recipes cut out from magazines (Robert Conrad’s potato casserole anyone?) but it was the ones written on those 1950’s – 1970 recipe cards (you know the ones with the little flower decorations in the upper left corner) that got my attention.

I have a few of my mother’s handwritten cards and I consider them to be among my most treasured possessions.  (Soon, I’ll be making those chocolate, peanut butter, rice Krispy cookies that I talked about at my mom’s funeral.)

It’s a lost art. Who writes down recipes anymore? It’s more like, if someone requests a recipe we send them the link to where they can find it, time just seems to fly a little faster these days. And even if we had the time to write down a recipe, who has the time to make it other than for a special occasion? Pizza hut to the rescue.

Well I have time (in between everything else I have to do.)

Think about it. When I grew up food was how you showed your creativity. While my mother did work (after the kids had gotten older) most women didn’t, they stayed at home and took care of the flock. Preparing food was how they nourished their families, while the recipes nourished their creativity. When received from a friend, most recipe cards began with “from the kitchen of..” Sharing recipes was the social network of its time.

My kids, who are the sons and daughters of this storyteller definitely know the potential of a good story (or two) when they see it. Helping me sort through the recipes on Saturday night and placing them into two binders, every single one of my kids knew what was coming.

What will we start with first? They asked me. Continue reading


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Lesson 985 – Terry Golson Cookbook review

When my friend; Terry Golson of Hencam.com asked me if I would write about her new book – The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook. I said ‘yes” – absolutely yes.

Farmstead EggTerry is part of the original four chick-chicks who were writing about chickens in the Northeast (Lauren Scheuer of Scratch and Peck, and Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest, and myself round out the quartet.)  We had connected online and finally had the chance to meet in person at the Northeastern Poultry Congress years ago.

Since then, we’ve kept in touch, have continued to meet yearly at the Congress, and we’ve even been able to have a meal or two together.

Terry, formerly a chef, is a fascinating person with a long and distinguished career in food writing. Her first  cookbook For Goodness’ Sake was a James Beard nominee and her other books include 1,000 Lowfat Recipes, Wholehearted Cooking, and the children’s book Tillie Lays an Egg.

Terry has also kept a chicken flock for the last 18 years (along with goats, a dog, and a rabbit.) In The Farmstead Egg Guide, she brilliantly combines her extensive knowledge of chickens along with her food expertise to create a cookbook that belongs on every chicken lover’s shelf.

Terry teaching others about the wonders of chickens

Terry teaching others about the wonders of chickens

The book is divided into two sections, the first covering how to start and care for a backyard flock. The second half is filled with tons of egg recipes – ever get overwhelmed by the amount of eggs you find in the hen house? This book fixes that problem.

Terry has included all kinds of recipes for any meal and has even included a section on cakes, breads, and cookies. What also makes this recipe book outstanding are the photographs. There are stunning after stunning photos of many recipes (the Salsa and Guacamole Frittata is simply a work of art.)

I always try a recipe from a cookbook that I’m reviewing, but because I was on the road taking my son back to college from spring break, my husband chose a recipe to make.

This is what he made:

Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon

oh yum.

oh yum.

He said it was delicious and he would make it again.

I say that any cookbook clear enough for a guy to understand the instructions and make something like that deserves space in everyone’s home.

Thanks for sharing this cookbook with me Terry and continued success to you and your flock.


If you want to read more about Terry’s Cookbook, here is the schedule of the blog tour. There are some pretty big names in the chicken community on this tour, it speaks to Terry’s presence in the chicken world.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 731 – Bacon and Pea Quiche – finally the eggs have returned

It’s been a long, cold winter but with the spring sun we are finally seeing an increase in our flock’s egg production. During the summer, we can get up to 24 eggs a day, however with the very cold temps, lots of snow, and far too much dampness we’ve had around here, this winter we were getting about 5 eggs a week. If that.

I know that we weren’t alone. Many of my chicken friends were noticing the same things in their flocks. Egg production is supposed to decrease during the dark months but this was ridiculous.

Just what am I going to do with 5 eggs when my son the gymnastic uses that many as a “snack” when he gets home from practice?

And I sure as heck, wasn’t going to buy store eggs after preaching to my chicken workshop students (and to readers of this blog) about their evils with regard to nutrition. Continue reading


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Lesson 439 – Flock worthy egg muffin cups

When you raise hens for eggs and not for meat, sometimes you have to get a little creative with how you serve those calcium covered delicacies. Don’t get me wrong, even the youngest in our flock can tuck into a platter of scrambled eggs with bacon on Sundays but sometimes those lovely weekend eggs can very quickly turn into weekday “not-again” eggs.

Trust me, if it’s made with eggs, my kids have probably had it. I’ve tried a few recipes in the past, sausage and cheese burger pies come to mind, as do quiches of every type but often it’s just too much of a good thing.

The other night for dinner I decided to try another egg experiment. I had seen a recipe on individual egg cups and thought I bet I could do something like that.

This is what I did: Continue reading


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Lesson 276 – trying to find a deviled egg that we’d eat

Small confession here.

I’ve never met a deviled egg that I’ve liked. I mean, let’s be real, deviled eggs are nothing but egg flavored jello filled with that nasty smelling dry yolk stuff. (shudder even to think about it)

I know, I know, with having so many chickens in our life, you’d think that we would live on deviled eggs. And apparently you are not alone, you wouldn’t believe how many deviled egg plates I am now the proud owner of. I get them for Christmas, as gifts in return for eggs, at Easter, and in one case when the sun was shining on a summer afternoon. Continue reading


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Lesson 260 – Little things in small packages

Remember that very first egg we got from Zelda? That lovely blue/green “Easter Egg” for which we waited and waited? (and if truth be told, the one we eventually cheated on by buying an “egg-laying machine” because our girls were not laying yet?

Our Golden Egg

With 7 family members at home (Spencer’s at college) who are all eating scrambled eggs these days, it’s not unusual for us to go through at least a dozen eggs a day (cholesterol be damned) and when I make an “egg” dish, I use anywhere from 4 – 8 eggs at a time. We eat eggs. After all, if you’re going to raise chickens, you might as well reap the rewards (and lower your food bill while you’re at it.)

But we don’t do that every single day and sometimes our eggs get backed up.

That's a lot of breakfast!

Our girls are productive, with 33 birds in our coop (still missing little Ives) we get anywhere from 12 to 18 eggs a day. This makes sense because even though we have some hardy birds (Ameraucana, New Hampshire Red, Black Sex-linked) which are bred for prolific egg production, we also have some smaller bantams, who although very pretty usually don’t lay eggs every one to two days that the others do. Continue reading


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