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A peek into life on a working farm. 
Aug. 28, 2013 1:00 pm 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2013 5:13 am
From my earliest memory I remember living my life on a 200 acre dairy farm in central Wisconsin. With 6 children and 2 adults, sometimes more during harvest season, there were many meals to cook. We raised our own dairy cattle, pigs and chickens. Add numerous cats, dogs and horses and you have a thriving farm. We had a large garden, apple trees, and multiple berry bushes. Eating what we grew and raised was a way of life. This was during the,,gulp,,, 1960s and 70's. There I said it. Anyway, preparing our own fruits, vegetables and meat was the way we lived life. We always had a variety of fruit and vegetables we canned and our own meats we prepared. I don't know if my foster parents knew about the nutritional value of all that we ate but there was always a variety and I don't ever remember going hungry. Beef, pork and chicken were regulars at our meals. As I grew older and learned more about nutrition, I realized we ate well on the farm. I can't imagine Not eating beef, in all its glorious forms as well as pork and chicken, but my favorite meat is beef. Broil, bake, sauté any cut of beef and I am happy. Cooked properly beef is tasty and very nutritious. As in all things, moderation. Beef makes me happy any time of the year. Here are pictures of some of my favorite beef dishes.I am an Allrecipes Allstar (a voluntary position), and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, Grandchildren and cooking are a natural go together. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, ibbz
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Aug. 28, 2013 1:43 pm
ibbz, you were one lucky girl growing up like that. All that room and the education you would have got just being there. Thanks for sharing.
Aug. 28, 2013 5:00 pm
We lived like that for about 3 years. We didn't have air conditioning either. We would raise the windows to catch a breeze, but when I had to do the ironing (yes, back in the day we ironed!) I set up the ironing board in the basement, the coolest place I could find. We would prepare the vegetables for canning or for the freezer while sitting under a shade tree in the back yard. We would throw the scraps to the cattle over the fence. Back then, we didn't know we were recycling!
Aug. 28, 2013 7:36 pm
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could revert to that wholesome trust in our food.
Aug. 28, 2013 7:45 pm
You had such a wonderful upbringing--very lucky to have these experiences. I used to be so envious of my friends who lived on farms or ranches. I always thought I'd make a good cowgirl!
Aug. 31, 2013 3:54 am
if you post pictures of recipes it should have access to those recipes
Aug. 31, 2013 5:13 am
Would love the Beef and Mushroom recipe! I used to visit my cousins "on the farm" and loved every minute of it! So kind of got at least a little of that lifestyle in the 50's and 60's.
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About Me
My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking fried chicken in my cast iron pans. Any type of pasta dish is always a happy cooking time. I enjoy cooking fish and shrimp whenever possible. My family also enjoys my cornbread, biscuits, beans and greens, they eat almost every bite, so I know they like them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family insists that I make my "famous" potato salad for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, actually any time is good for them.
My cooking triumphs
A castle cake w/moat for my grand daughter's 7th birthday made of Rice Krispies, frosting and a ton of toppings. It stood over a foot tall with the towers on top. She loved it, that is what matters to me.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
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