In the Kitchen

Black Bean Brownies in a Blender

Black Bean Brownies in a Blender

Sometimes we crave brownies. One of my favorite brownie recipes to pull out of my recipe box is Black Bean Brownies in a Blender. (Scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe!) Brownies. Made with black beans instead of flour.  Crazy, right? What’s even more […]

Mud Hen Bars: three layers of delicious

Mud Hen Bars: three layers of delicious

I have no idea how Mud Hen Bars got their name, but I recently found the recipe tucked in an old cookbook, written in what I assume is my grandma’s handwriting. There’s something pretty neat about reading a recipe written in your grandma’s handwriting. Sorta […]

Easy Berry Cobbler From Scratch

Easy Berry Cobbler From Scratch

Every so often I like to pull out my recipe for Berry Cobbler because it doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, and it’s really easy to put together. Oh. And because I live in a house of men folk and they get pretty darn excited […]

Farmhouse Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Farmhouse Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Although I’ve not had a lot of luck growing them on my homestead, carrots have a special place in my heart. Any vegetable that you can turn into a dessert is what I consider to be the very best of both worlds. A lot of […]

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

While I’ve got a lot of recipes that I consider my easy go-to bread recipes, sometimes I’m craving a treat. Something slightly more time consuming but oh-my-word so amazing. When that happens, I know it’s a day I’ll be hanging out in the kitchen to […]

Home cured ham: how to brine a ham

Home cured ham: how to brine a ham

One of the great things about raising your own pigs is having a full freezer after hog butchering is done. And while we all love homemade bacon, ham is a favorite as well. So let me share with you how we brine a ham (and […]

Two Ways to Render Lard — and What to Use it For

Two Ways to Render Lard — and What to Use it For

Pigs are just some of the animals we proudly raise here at Clucky Dickens Farm. When people find out we butcher our hogs at home, many of them ask, “So are you gonna render lard?” But, of course! There are many ways to render lard […]

My 5 Favorite Go-to Homemade Bread Recipes

My 5 Favorite Go-to Homemade Bread Recipes

What makes something a go-to homemade bread recipe in my house? It has to taste good, it has to be easy, and it shouldn’t take all day. A simple recipe that doesn’t take a ton of ingredients is helpful, too! (Trust me, I’ve got complicated […]

Slow Cooker Stew: Beef, Wild Game, or Chicken!

Slow Cooker Stew: Beef, Wild Game, or Chicken!

One of the great things that comes with the cold weather of a Minnesota fall and winter is the opportunity to make some pretty amazing warm and hearty meals. This slow cooker stew is one of our favorites because it’s ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious. […]

Homestead Menu Planning: How to make it work with real life

Homestead Menu Planning: How to make it work with real life

Menu planning is a great way to save money and stay organized. It can also help you eat like a homesteader by making the most of all that homegrown and home raised food you have in your freezer and on your pantry shelves. But some […]