Buttermilk Biscuits at 1840 Farm

Biscuits.  Just reading the word brings up thoughts of flaky, tender biscuits still warm from the oven topped with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey.  My mouth waters just thinking about it. I hear from readers quite often who have struggled to make flaky pastries to theirRead More →


For me, a serving of velvety smooth mashed potatoes is at the top of my list of favorite comfort foods. They’re always a welcome sight at our family table. They pair beautifully with so many main courses and I love repurposing any leftovers into the next evening’s comforting meal forRead More →

Favorite Baking How To Posts Collage

This morning, I published a new issue of our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter filled with links to my favorite baking how to posts.  I hope that each of them will help you to enjoy baking in your kitchen and turning out delicious breads and dessert for your friends and family. Read More →


There I was, reading a recipe for what sounded like a delicious cake.  I was inspired to head into the farmhouse kitchen to make one for my family.  I scanned through the list of ingredients, mentally placing a check mark on each line, happy to see that I had eachRead More →


Have you ever been in the midst of mixing together the ingredients for a recipe only to find that you are missing a vital component?  I’m sorry to say that I have on more than one occasion.  In fact, a few weeks ago, I discovered that the can of bakingRead More →


Baking powder, baking soda: what’s the difference?  Actually, there’s a big difference both in what they contain and what they should be used for. They’re both leavening agents, but they react differently and impart different flavors on the recipes that contain them. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate and reacts toRead More →


When I mentioned on our Facebook page that the best way to store fresh crusty bread was in a cloth bag, I had no idea that so many of my readers would ask the logical question:  “why?”  When I started to type the short answer, I realized something.  There isRead More →