Baking Up Memories: Ice Box Butter Ring Recipe

ice box butter ringI guess you could say that my passion to bring old family recipes to life happened while rescuing old English tea cups from garage sales and flea markets. I have always enjoyed having tea with friends and collecting unique and beautiful tea cups. Over the past few years, I found myself stopping at various markets in search of my favorite tea cup patterns. It was during one of these tea cup hunts that I started noticing old recipe boxes being sold; complete family recipe boxes; old tins and boxes filled with handwritten recipes; recipes clipped from old magazines and even cut from product boxes. I suddenly started to wonder about the person who may have made these recipes. I wondered about the hands that kneaded the dough and the origin of the various recipes in each box. I wondered how far the recipe may had traveled. Some recipes even had stars on the top or a note that said favorite. Then I started wondering why a family would want to get rid of family recipes. When I would ask the sellers, many would reply, “I should have spent more time in the kitchen with my mother” or “I just can’t seem to figure out the recipe(s).” Continue reading

Recipes from Around the World – Part 2

Allison in IndonesiaCooking is one of my favorite ways to spend time, and international recipes are my absolute favorites to cook! I love putting together unexpected ingredients and ending up with something delicious and adventurous. In this second installment of my series on international recipes, we are going to travel to Asia! Continue reading

DIY: Make Your Own Maple Syrup

diy maple syrupThere’s an old saying; you can take the man out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the man. Roger Myers, with over a dozen years of service at Lehman’s, has a background in farming and country living. And he is full of country skills!

“I raise goats and chickens and a little bit of corn,” he said. Working at Lehman’s brought him in contact with lots of customers, including those interested in making maple syrup. “I listened to customers and how much satisfaction tapping trees for sample maple syrup gave them and I thought I would try it myself.” Continue reading

Recipes From Around the World

enchiladasSince discovering my love for cooking a few years ago, I have also found that I love a certain kind of recipe the best – international recipes! Why should we stick to our same old menus when there is an entire world out there filled with different foods to try? Cooking dishes from another country is like traveling there and experiencing their culture, right at home. I like to make cooking international recipes even more of a cultural experience by listening to music from the region my recipe is from while I’m cooking, and learning more about the history of the recipe. Introducing different ethnicities’ foods into your recipe book will add tons of new flavors and ingredients you may not have tried before, and you may find some new favorites! Continue reading

DIY: Fermenting Basics to Get You Started

DIY FermentingWelcome to the first post in Lehman’s food preservation series!

The year 2020 brought a bumper crop of new gardeners to the scene, and in 2021, we’re watching for the food preservation trend to gain speed. Both of these skills are tasks many of our great-grandmas were very familiar with, and in reality, we are simply returning to the “old ways” but with the advantage of modern tools and information to get the job done. Lehman’s is committed to helping your revive these valuable skills in your home so that your family is well fed and prepared for whatever may come.

Today’s topic is fermenting. So, pull up a chair and get ready to learn about this age-old food preservation method. Continue reading

January is for Homemade Soup (Recipes Inside!)

chicken and gnocchi soupHappy National Soup Month! While we can’t avoid the cold weather, we can surely find ways to make it more tolerable, and homemade soup is the perfect remedy.

Today, we’re sharing with you a recipe straight from Lehman’s newest cookbook, The Sapphire Cookbook Collection. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Pfeffernusse: Tiny, Spicy Bites of Christmas Tradition

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We all love the soft, fluffy, iced and decorated sugar cut-out cookies – and it wouldn’t be Christmas without those, am I right? But, if you’re looking to add something a little different to your baking this year, step back in time and make some peppernuts!

The history of these tiny, spicy, crunchy cookies is varied and vast – and most of the modern recipes contain neither pepper nor nuts. But it appears peppernuts are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in several European countries. 

In the Netherlands, the cookies (called pepernoten) are linked to the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6), when children receive treats in their shoes left out overnight. In Germany, pfeffernusse are more closely tied to Christmas itself.  Continue reading

From Apple Tree to Apple Pie: My Trip to the Orchard

Editor’s Note: With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we have pie on the mind!  Enjoy this sweet photo trip through the apple orchard from Allison Ervin, daughter of Glenda Ervin VP of Marketing. Keep reading to find the recipe she used to make a fresh, homemade apple pie! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Butterscotch Roll Cookies

butterscotch cookiesAdding a variety of cookies to your holiday baking gives your loved ones an array of sweet choices. Try this classic recipe for butterscotch cookies. (Helpful Hint: Just make sure you leave time for the dough to chill!) Continue reading