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Special Food and Special Hands

I meant to get this post up last week, but, well…..

This year I give thanks for the consumers who purchase what we grow and raise, the farmers and ranchers who provide the bountiful choices we so enjoy and particularly the hands that prepare the food.

In preparing for Thanksgiving this year I was thinking of the wonderful and delicious dishes that I have been so blessed to be able to try over the years. Some of the recipes have been handed down, some are new. Read more…

Processed Foods, A Rancher Inquires

While doing chores this morning my Droid vibrated to signal incoming data of some sort. My general rule of thumb is to ignore all incoming data until after chores and after my son is fed. However, I was in the pickup returning from checking cows, so I checked. It was a tweet from Rob Smart:

@JeffFowle How do #farmers feel about highly-processed foods dominating supermarket shelves? #ProFood #AgChat

An interesting question, I had my own thoughts on the issue, but the timing was perfect, after taking my son to preschool on Tuesdays, I usually stop by the local bakery. Our bakery is a hot spot for farmers and ranchers to stop in for a cup of coffee and talk some local news, weather, politics and sports before continuing with their day. This would be an opportunity for me ask some others about their thoughts on the matter.

Country Bakery, Etna California

Local Coffee Stop

I dropped my son off and stopped at the Country Bakery. Sure enough, a farmer and a couple of ranchers were enjoying coffee. Read more…

Lemon Butter Cookies

 

A light and fluffy cookie that will go well with tea, coffee or cocoa.

Cream thoroughly

     1 cup butter

Add gradually, creaming well

     1 cup light brown sugar

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Cookie Recipe's

Chocolate Lady Fingers

½ c flour
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash of salt
2 eggs, separated
4 Tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease 2 cookie sheets and line with parchment paper, grease parchment.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and 1 Tbsp sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until light and pale colored.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites and remaining 3 Tbsp sugar with clean beaters on high speed until stiff, but not dry (2 -3 minutes).
Fold egg yolks into egg whites, then fold in reserved flour mixture.
Using a rubber spatula, transfer batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a large ½ inch round decorating tip, filling the bag half full at a time.
Pipe batter into 18 to 22 strips, each about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide, spaced 1 ½ inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
Transfer to a rack and let cool.

Yield = 18 to 22

Recipe form Natalie Haughton

Mom’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

2 c flour
1 ¼ c white sugar, divided
2 tsp baking soda
½ c soft butter
½ tsp salt
¼ c shortening
½ tsp ginger
1 lg egg
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ c molasses
¼ tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat 1 cup sugar, butter and shortening together.
Add egg and molasses; beat until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Refrigerate the dough at least 30 minutes.
Roll dough into 1” balls and roll in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes.

Yield = about 4 dozen

Recipe from Lyle Koons, Andover, KS

Honey Drops

1 c sugar
1 c honey
1 c shortening
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp almond flavoring
½ c chopped walnuts
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
¼ c chopped orange peel
~ 3 c flour

Preheat oven to 325.
Mix all ingredients, except the flour.
Add enough flour so that the mixture can be rolled into balls and place on a cookie sheet without running.
After placing rolled balls on cookie sheet, bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
Test bake 1 or 2 cookies to check for consistency.

Yield = about 12 dozen drops

Recipe from FDR, Jr. who raised Hereford cattle in the 50’s.

Saddle Snaps

1 c white sugar
¾ c butter, softened
1 lrg egg, beaten
4-6 Tbls molasses
2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ginger
2 Tbls Crown Royal
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together sugar and butter.
Beat in egg, molasses & Crown Royal; mix well.
Thoroughly blend all dry ingredients.
Beat into creamed mixture.
Mold into walnut-sized balls.
Roll in granulated sugar, but DO NOT flatten.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Yield = 60 cookies.

My favorite for throwing in the saddle bags when checking cows and riding in the mountain range.

Original Snap Recipe from Eva Ping, Paris, IL.

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Cookie Recipe’s

Chocolate Lady Fingers

½ c flour
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash of salt
2 eggs, separated
4 Tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease 2 cookie sheets and line with parchment paper, grease parchment.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and 1 Tbsp sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until light and pale colored.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites and remaining 3 Tbsp sugar with clean beaters on high speed until stiff, but not dry (2 -3 minutes).
Fold egg yolks into egg whites, then fold in reserved flour mixture.
Using a rubber spatula, transfer batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a large ½ inch round decorating tip, filling the bag half full at a time.
Pipe batter into 18 to 22 strips, each about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide, spaced 1 ½ inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
Transfer to a rack and let cool.

Yield = 18 to 22

Recipe form Natalie Haughton

Mom’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

2 c flour
1 ¼ c white sugar, divided
2 tsp baking soda
½ c soft butter
½ tsp salt
¼ c shortening
½ tsp ginger
1 lg egg
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ c molasses
¼ tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat 1 cup sugar, butter and shortening together.
Add egg and molasses; beat until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Refrigerate the dough at least 30 minutes.
Roll dough into 1” balls and roll in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes.

Yield = about 4 dozen

Recipe from Lyle Koons, Andover, KS

Honey Drops

1 c sugar
1 c honey
1 c shortening
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp almond flavoring
½ c chopped walnuts
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
¼ c chopped orange peel
~ 3 c flour

Preheat oven to 325.
Mix all ingredients, except the flour.
Add enough flour so that the mixture can be rolled into balls and place on a cookie sheet without running.
After placing rolled balls on cookie sheet, bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
Test bake 1 or 2 cookies to check for consistency.

Yield = about 12 dozen drops

Recipe from FDR, Jr. who raised Hereford cattle in the 50’s.

Saddle Snaps

1 c white sugar
¾ c butter, softened
1 lrg egg, beaten
4-6 Tbls molasses
2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ginger
2 Tbls Crown Royal
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together sugar and butter.
Beat in egg, molasses & Crown Royal; mix well.
Thoroughly blend all dry ingredients.
Beat into creamed mixture.
Mold into walnut-sized balls.
Roll in granulated sugar, but DO NOT flatten.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Yield = 60 cookies.

My favorite for throwing in the saddle bags when checking cows and riding in the mountain range.

Original Snap Recipe from Eva Ping, Paris, IL.

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