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Review: Cooked by Michael Pollan

For the past few weeks I have been savoring Michael Pollan’s Cooked, page by fascinating page.  Pollan, a slightly eccentric barbequing, braising, baking, fermenting wordsmith, has not only researched and tried many of the traditional practices our family enjoys, but has written about them in magnificent prose. From real Southern barbeque to the perfect loaf […]

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Review: Papa’s Wife by Thyra Ferre Bjorn

After lunch, I read aloud to the children.  It’s one of my favorite times of day, especially while we’ve been reading Papa’s Wife, an international best seller of the mid-20th century. Papa’s Wife by Thyra Ferre Bjorn tells the story of Maria who became a maid for Pastor Pontus Franzon in Lapland.  She was thrilled […]

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Review: A Farmer’s Daughter by Dawn Stoltzfus

Since I have celiac disease, I rarely pick up a mainstream cookbook, but A Farmer’s Daughter was irresistible.  You see, it’s about real, yummy, please-your-family food.   What else would a Mennonite dairy farmer’s daughter (and former owner of The Farmer’s Wife market) write about? A Farmer’s Daughter:  Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen is full of […]

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Review: A Simpler Season by Jessica Fisher

As wonderful as the upcoming festive season is, no one will deny that it can be stressful.  Guests, food, parties, gifts, and activities often compete with what we really want to be celebrating.  And that’s a problem.  But it is possible to celebrate sanely, and Jessica Fisher, homeschooling mom of six, author, and blogger, helps […]

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How to Pit Plums for Jam and Sauce

Well, there I stood, picking away at the mess in my colander.  I had boiled the plums as the recipe said, and then strained them through a colander to get the pits out, as the recipe had said.  The trouble was that a good deal of plum was left with the pits and it was […]

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