Making It Yourself: Why Bother?

Kathy's homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Kathy’s homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

I recently taught a workshop on soapmaking at our local folk school. I was telling a friend about it and she asked a pretty profound question: Why do you bother? Continue reading

Submit Your Recipes for Lehman’s Upcoming Cookbook

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Cooking and baking are wonderful family traditions. Share the fun by submitting your favorite recipe!

Calling all cooks! We’re looking for mouthwatering, can’t-get-enough recipes for Lehman’s upcoming cookbook. Think you have a dish that will impress our taste buds? Then send it our way – it might just appear in our next cookbook! Continue reading

Simple Tips to Foster a Love for the Kitchen in Children

mom and daughters in kitchenChildren love what we love. They respond positively when we are positive, and negatively when we are negative. They flourish when they feel trusted, appreciated, and welcomed. I am working hard as a parent to foster a love of food in my child and with my nieces and nephews, which I hope will lead to a love of food preparation and kitchens, where so much of life takes place! Here are a few simple methods I use to foster and encourage a love of kitchens, and all the cooking, baking, and cleaning that happens there. Continue reading

Part 2: Things Your Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch

pie cutterEditor’s Note: Here’s the second installment to Things Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch. If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Best Part of Thanksgiving

Heritage Blue Stripe StonewareWhat is the best holiday of the year? There are no costumes that need to be designed, no eggs to be dyed and no explosions going off next door. (Don’t get me wrong – I love Easter, Halloween and The Fourth of July as much as any teenager). Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it can be so simple – gather your family, large or small, around the table and share a meal together. Continue reading

Recipe for Small Batch Refrigerator Dill Pickles

dill pickles kathy harrisonWith such a large family, I got used to cooking everything in army-sized batches. Now, with only one child still at home, I don’t need to do that anymore. But getting used to smaller batch cooking has been a challenge for me. This morning I got out all the equipment to make dill pickles when it occurred to me that I wasn’t likely to need three gallons this week. One will be plenty, and will probably leave enough left over to bring to my neighbor.

I will can larger batches for our pantry later but this early in the season I tend to make refrigerator dills a lot. They are crispy, tart, make use of the garlic that is just ready to harvest, and the dill which is producing large, fragrant heads. My own garden up here in the hills is not giving us any cukes yet, but the valley cukes are very good. They are all but giving them away down at the farmer’s market. I bought a pound yesterday and the pickles I made are chilling now. Here is the refrigerator dill pickle recipe I used.
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Easy Taco Bake for Cinco de Mayo!

Bring Cinco de Mayo to your table this Friday! This Mexican holiday celebrates Mexico’s victory on May 5, 1862 against an attack of the French army. This victory was said to be hopeless due to impossible odds. Continue reading

Our Kitchen Manager’s Top Picks!

We Lehman’s employees all have our “favorites” – favorite products, that is. And sometimes, they are the least fancy, least attractive things – items that, if you saw them on the shelf of our store, you might just walk on by. But wait! Don’t do that! Here’s why… Continue reading

Dutch Oven Cooking: History and How-To

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Editor’s Note: Each May, we celebrate the annual Dutch Oven Gathering at Lehman’s store in Kidron, Ohio, where cast iron cooking devotees came from far and wide to cook up delicious treats for visitors to sample. Those unable to attend: this article’s for you! It includes helpful tips on getting started with dutch oven cookery, plus an easy (and yummy) recipe to try. Happy cooking!

In many ways you could say a Dutch oven is the ultimate cookware. For the resident barbecue “expert” who might feel he or she has perfected the grill, taking up cast iron cooking opens up a whole new world of mastering the cook fire for the enjoyment of family and friends. For the burgeoning cook who wants a new challenge, a Dutch oven can be a creative way to adapt both old and new recipes. I could go on and on, but the fact is cooking in Dutch ovens is just FUN. Continue reading

Four Grandmothers Gingerbread Cookies

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Last December I finally tried my hand at one of the most coveted recipes within the pages of my Great-Grandmother Miriam’s recipe book: her soft ginger cookies. She made them every Christmas when I was a child; we looked forward to them so much that she even wrote, “the kids like these” in the recipe (the entire thing is handwritten, another aspect of the treasure).

Blessed with a quiet afternoon to myself, the baby napping and the other children at school, I set about mixing up the dough in my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which was a wedding gift from Grandma Ruth. As I got out my rolling pin and cookie cutters, it suddenly dawned on me that my cookie baking was accompanied by not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR of my grandmothers. Continue reading