Cooking With The Old Farmer's Almanac

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Here at the Almanac, we love to cook, bake, grill, roast, and eat! We show you how to make some delicious recipes.

June 7, 2017

Here is an easy berry jam recipe with just two ingredients, so you can learn how to make jam in no time! Importantly, this simple jam has that naturally delicious, flavor-packed taste that all jam lovers crave. Making Jam, Jelly, and Preserves For this home-style recipe, you simply need equal parts of berries and sugar. Skip the fruit pectin. Though it helps jam jell, it can also dilute the natural flavor of the fruit. You may need to cook the fruit a bit longer, but it’s worth that old-... more

May 21, 2017

Switchel or Haymaker’s Punch is a refreshing drink made from apple cider vinegar. It was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields—which is enough of an endorsement for me! This drink is also called Haymaker’s Punch because it was often drunk while haying—which is hard work.  What is Switchel? Switchel has a long history as a traditional drink with Colonial Americans. (See History of Switchel.) It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients—apple cider vinegar,... more

February 5, 2017

Cook with edible flowers to add color and a hint of flavor to soups, chicken, and salad dishes.  Also, they are easy to grow yourself; just seed in pots in early spring. Flowers also add an easy touch of elegance to dishes, so for your next dinner party, try adding a few petals of a brightly colored edible flower like calendula. Edible flowers were especially popular in the Victorian era and growing in Victorian parlor gardens.  They seem to be making a comeback though The Old Farmer’s Almanac... more

December 30, 2016

With this Thai Chicken With Linguine recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dinner “rush hour” turns into family time. It’s easy to make, filling, healthy, and packed with flavor. Fortunately, I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry and fridge, and the rest was easy to get from a quick trip to the grocery store. The entire recipe took only about 20 minutes to make, which for a family on the go is ideal for a home-cooked meal that is, yes … healthy! Pasta Pointers I used some of... more

October 23, 2016

I love Southern food, and this SoCo caramel corn recipe is no exception. It’s a perfect adult-style popcorn to enjoy while watching the big game or bring to a potluck. The main ingredients: Southern Comfort and popcorn for the popping. Kernels in the pan.  The popped corn: pretty and white and fluffy. The good, Southern stuff: SoCo, vanilla, a whole lot of sugar and butter. Now, if that doesn’t sound like the makings of some good caramel, I don’t know what does! On the baking pans. I wish... more

September 28, 2016

We know, you don’t like brussels sprouts—but this recipe for Creamed Brussels Sprouts will have you changing your mind! When I was a kid, I believed a lot of really weird things: My dad was breaking the law when he would drink soda in the car. The Closet Monster would eat me in my sleep if not contained by the power of a flimsy wooden door. Brussels sprouts were tiny lettuces and, since I hated lettuce, brussels sprouts were something to avoid. Then, when I was 35, long after I started sleeping... more

August 18, 2016

The Warm Brownie Pie from the Eats cookbook is the perfect dessert for a perfect day, or even for a really bad one. After a particularly trying Thursday, I turned to my copy of the new Eats cookbook for that perfect recipe to end a not-so-great day on an upbeat note. I knew I needed chocolate, and this recipe was wonderfully satisfying. Warm Brownie Pie (page 94 from the Eats cookbook) One 9-inch pie crust (Use your favorite recipe or, if you’re short on time, a premade frozen crust will work... more

August 18, 2016

On a recent Saturday morning, I settled in to make these Glazed Lemon Cream Scones from the Eats cookbook. I live in Seattle—land of coffee and rainy days (although the latter are not quite as prevalent as our reputation suggests). Scones are the perfect food to complement both! An Easy and Delicious Scones Recipe First off, they were shockingly easy. While I do know my way around a baked good, I’ve never made scones. For some reason, I’ve associated their difficulty level with biscotti, which... more

August 18, 2016

Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole from the Eats cookbook is a new favorite in my household. I made this deliriously delicious dish for a potluck and it was a HUGE hit. It was gone almost immediately and practically licked clean by those fighting for the last bit of it.  This recipe can be made as a side dish or a dessert! The topping is the best part. It is almost like candy.  Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole (from page 28 of the Eats cookbook) Filling: 4 large sweet potatoes,... more

August 18, 2016

This Super-Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe from the Eats cookbook brings me right back to the happy, carefree days of my childhood, which was filled with mac and cheese. When I was growing up, mac and cheese was my favorite dish. Mind you, this was mac and cheese … from a box. What did I know? I thought that was as delicious and gourmet as it got! Then I learned how to make it from the box myself and thought I was a chef. I’ve learned better since and no longer make the stuff from a box. I’ve... more

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