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.

February 15, 2018

This Lentil and Brown Rice Soup recipe is a perfect introduction to cooking hearty, comforting lentils. If you thought lentils were intimidating, check out how incredibly easy this recipe is! Lentils are a really satisfying legume rich in protein (especially important for non-meat eaters) and fiber for heart and digestive health. This is a delicious, aromatic soup has become a favorite go-to recipe—especially on a chilly day. If you’ve never worked with lentils, they can be a little... more

February 2, 2018

I hardly needed a reason to try this Chocolate Berry Torte recipe, but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed like perfect timing! Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially when it’s swathed in whipped cream and raspberries?  And for all of the complexity that the name “torte” suggests, this is easy to do well. I have a deep aluminum bowl for two primary purposes: bread making and whipping cream. It has always seemed like a bottomless pit, but 3 cups of heavy whipping cream defied... more

November 17, 2017

Rugelach are delicious Jewish pastries made from a cream cheese–based dough and filled with anything from raspberry jam and walnuts to cinnamon-sugar and chocolate. Find out how to make delicious rugelach pastries! What are Rugelach Pastries? The word means “little twists” in Yiddish, and they are a traditional Jewish pastry. However, after making the rugelach recipe below, the translation seems to have changed a little to mean “heaven in cookie form” in my home! My grandmother makes us... more

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

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