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: 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

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sugar Cookies and Frosting

cutting out cookiesCandy canes, Christmas trees, stockings that look so good to eat…today’s recipe is a classic holiday tradition for many folks – making and decorating cutout cookies. Whether you like to intricately decorate each cookie or just like to pile on the frosting (like someone in my family), this is a sweet activity to put you in the Christmas spirit.

So, gather up your favorite cookie cutters and give this sugar cookie and frosting recipe a try. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle CookieThe holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start planning one of the sweetest holiday traditions of all – baking Christmas cookies!

Today we’re sharing with you a classic cookie recipe that is sure to win over chocolate lovers, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. It’s the perfect addition to your cookie tray! Continue reading

The Recipes of Fall: Amish Noodles

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Looking for a comforting side dish? Noodles are a favorite in our area, and this recipe is sure to delight. Pair it with your favorite entrée – it also makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal! Continue reading