Baking No-Knead Bread in Cast Iron

One of my sons is a fan of cast iron cooking when he is camping. As he was looking online at various recipes using cast iron pots, he ran across the technique of baking bread, using a no-knead recipe, in a cast iron Dutch oven. We decided to give it a try and the results…

4-H Club Biscuit Bake-Off

Each summer when I was growing up, we would have the 4-H Club County Biscuit and Cookie Bake-Off . The winners of the local clubs’ bake-off comptetitions would meet at the demonstration kitchen in the REA (Rural Electrical Association) office and proceed to make plain sugar cookies and biscuits. We all followed the same recipe and a panel…

Cornbread – The Essential Food of the Rural South

I grew up in rural southeastern Arkansas. When I say rural, I mean 10 miles on a gravel road from the nearest town which had a population a little below 3,000. We did not have electricity nor indoor plumbing until I was in the first grade. Getting a telephone line out to the house took a lot longer and that did…

Fastnachts (German Doughnuts)

There are two different traditions in my life related to the German yeast doughnuts known as fastnachts or fashnachts.  My German mother-in-law made fastnachts on Good Friday because they abstained from meat on that day  (I never understood how eating warm freshly made yeast doughnuts was a sacrifice but I considered it a great tradition every Good Friday…

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

While rummaging through a folder of old recipes, I found this bread recipe I saved from a 1973 yeast packet. The loaves can be shaped into two traditional rectangular loaves and baked in loaf pans or shaped into round loaves. See suggestions for crust variations below the recipe. Honey Whole Wheat Bread 3 1/2 to 4…