How to Make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

basket of cucumbersGrab the cucumbers. Today we’re making pickles!

Refrigerator pickles are easy to make, and they’re a great way to use up those cucumbers from your garden. With some simple boiling and mixing, you’ll have instant pickles. Continue reading

Discover Mrs. Lehman’s Recipes for Easy Meals

canned meat cookbookCraving delicious homemade meals but don’t have a lot of time? Fear not, Friend. We’ve got you covered!

For 35 years, Mrs. Lehman has been working her kitchen magic. We collected 18 of her favorite easy recipes and combined them into one mouthwatering cookbook that is made with busy cooks in mind. After all, the best part of cooking is sharing the meal with your loved ones. Continue reading

How to Make Strawberry Jam

Holding finished strawberry jam

Making homemade jam is simpler than you think.

Homemade strawberry jam has long since been a staple in the Lehman family kitchen. I grew up watching my brother eat it on toast, my dad scoop it up with crackers as a sweet dessert, and my mom prepare it from scratch. It wasn’t until recent years, however, that I joined her in the annual jam making. Continue reading

Recipes from Around the World – Part 3

family making spaghettiIf you’re a regular reader of the blogs posted here at Lehman’s, you might have seen my last two additions, Mexican and Korean dishes. I love both of those regions’ foods, and the recipes there are some of my absolute favorites.

This time, it’s a real crowd pleaser – Italian! When you think of Italian dishes, you probably think of delicious pastas with creamy sauces, crunchy bread with olive oils and garlic, a great selection of cheeses, and of course, the best pizza in the world. Maybe seafood, like shrimp, also comes to mind, or chicken crusted with Parmesan. Just about every ingredient associated with Italian food makes the mouths of most water. This blog post includes two pasta recipes (of course), and one recipe that might surprise you! Continue reading

Enjoy the Thrill of the Grill – Grilling Recipes Inside!

Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned barbecue? Outdoor cooking is as American as apple pie. Whether you live in the country or are grilling on your apartment patio, cooking outside connects us all with the great American outdoors. And the taste of grilled food is out of this world.

Although nothing beats a grilled hot dog or burger, grilling has advanced far beyond those outdoor staples. With the right product, you can cook anything you would in your kitchen on your grill. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – you and your grill can do it all. Beyond meats, you can ‘cue up an assortment of tasty veggies and delicious desserts.

Our own Amanda Burt shares one of her favorite summer meals, along with some helpful hints. Continue reading

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