Meatloaf: Try A Comfort Food Classic

When I write my articles for Lehman’s, I write a few at a time. And lately, I’ve been writing a great deal about food. And that makes me hungry! So a meatloaf is sounding like a good idea for dinner on this chilly day. I have such a good, easy recipe. I found it in my mother-in-law’s hand-written notes. Continue reading

LehmansHacks: Lighten Up!

There’s a hugely popular website called ‘Lifehacks’, where folks get commonsense advice on how to go about things: being a better public speaker, learning important points on new software, communicating more clearly. All those are great things. But we think LehmansHacks are more fun!

Today’s topic: lighting! Sure, there are all kinds of traditional kinds of lighting that we supply to folks: oil lamps, lanterns, and gas lighting. But there’s more! Continue reading

Harvesting Ice In Amish Country

Francis Woodruff, editor of the Dalton Gazette and Kidron News has shared some photos of a recent ice harvest in our area. For all you snowbirds who may be missing home, enjoy this taste of winter here in the country!Men pulling ice
Several neighbors recently spent a Saturday cutting and harvesting ice from this farm pond at the Eli R. Yoder farm that will be used to refrigerate food for the coming summer months at the Yoder’s Amish home on Arnold Road, Dalton. Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Ritz Chicken

Welcome to Recipe of the Week! Each week, we’ll share a favorite recipe with you from one of three sources: Lehman’s 55th Anniversary Cookbook; Sizzle, our newest cast iron cookbook, or a ‘secret family recipe’ from a Lehman’s employee.

After all, we all have to get dinner every night. Why not take a peek into what other folks do? You may find a new favorite dish. Continue reading

Mysteries of The Ground Cherry

Related to tomatoes, the golden fruit drops to the ground when ripe. Remove husks, and enjoy! Seeds for this tasty variety are in stock now at Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Above, nicely ripened ground cherries.  Seeds for this tasty heirloom are in stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Ground cherries? I don’t mean cherries processed for jams or preserves, not at all. I mean a species of Physalis pruinosa, an heirloom variety that produces tiny golden sweet fruit.

Related to the tomato and tomatillo, and native to the cooler regions of North America, ground cherries ripen in about 70 days after the plants set fruit. Their papery husks turn brown, and the fruit drops to the soil. Gather the fruit, husk them, and you have a treat waiting for you!The fruit can be handled just like tomatoes, although they tend to be much sweeter, and more delicate than the average cherry or grape tomato. Use ground cherries to make chutneys, relish, or other preserves. Continue reading

Get The Most Out Of Leftovers With Proper Storage!

Our Glass Baking and Storage dishes go from oven to fridge and back again. Made in USA, available at Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio and at Lehmans.com.

Our Glass Baking and Storage dishes go from oven to fridge and back again. Made in USA, available at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio and at Lehmans.com.

I recently read the astounding and horrifying statistic that 40% of food purchased is wasted. Much of that waste happens in the kitchen. How many times have you cleaned out your refrigerator and found things tucked into plastic bags and lidded containers and not been able to identify the contents with any certainty? I know I have and, given the number of hungry people on the planet, I can see it as nothing less than a sin. It was a particular problem for me because I’m so used to cooking for a crowd. Now that there are only the four of us at home, I’m having trouble cooking appropriate amounts. I started to take the leftover situation around here seriously a while back and I made a couple of discoveries.

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Come Back, Please: The Art of the Boomerang

Just throw this boomerang into the air and watch it come flying back. Handcrafted in the USA! Find it at Lehmans.com or in our store in Kidron, OH.

When I first started working at Lehman’s, I could not help but smile when I learned that they sold boomerangs. I had one when I was little and was fascinated by it for many reasons. For one, I couldn’t quite understand why or how it came back; all I knew was it did (or at least when I threw it correctly, which well . . . took me quite awhile to figure out). However, the main reason why I liked it so much was the boomerang’s story. Continue reading

Forage in Your Own Yard for Delicious, Nutritious Purslane

Available at Lehmans.com or at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

During my Thursday garden demos in Lehman’s retail store in Kidron, Ohio, I stock my table display with conversation starters and educational tools from our farm. Churning butter prompts stories from folks who churned many a batch in their youth. On the plate of freshly harvested veggies, people often inquire about the bright yellow pattypan squash or the unique Mexican Sour Gherkins and in the bouquet of flowers, Bells of Ireland are the main attraction.

Even with all these fun things, the most popular display is likely my humble plate of edible weeds. Unless you have a perfectly landscaped and chemical-sprayed yard, everyone grows weeds and is curious to learn which ones they can safely put on the supper table. Continue reading

We Love Our USA-Made Noodle Cutters–And The Craftsman Who Makes Them

Our noodle cutter, handmade by Bill and Gladys Snelson.

Our noodle cutter, handmade by Bill and Gladys Snelson.  Available at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Bill Snelson is a pretty modest guy. “I started turning wood as a hobby about 30 years ago. I didn’t think it would go as far as it did when I started. I started selling things locally, and it went from there.”

What he doesn’t say is that he does all his turning work using traditional methods, and his wife, Gladys, works at his side, packing, shipping, tracking and helping with finishing.

Here at Lehman’s, we’re pleased to share the fruit of their labors with you. The most recognized piece the Snelsons make is the cherrywood noodle cutter. He also makes our: Continue reading

Ice Cream Dishes Make Hearts Beat Faster

Just like in the parlor downtown! USA-made, and available now at Lehman's in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

Just like in the parlor downtown! USA-made, and available now at Lehman’s in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

It’s the middle of February, and I’m thinking about…an ice cream social.

Well, OK. A friend has a landmark anniversary coming up in the summer, and it’s been suggested to ‘do a different kind of party.” Originally, I was going to do a fancy cake for them, but why be traditional?

Back again, to hold your sweet treats, the ice cream bowls are in stock now at Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio, or Lehmans.com.

Back again, to hold your sweet treats, Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls are in stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, or Lehmans.com.

Hence the ice cream social. Look at those tall Old-Time Sundae Dishes and those colored Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls. How cute are they? Continue reading