When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee’s pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee’s kitchen, my grandmother’s was simple yet comfortable. It’s where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try to bring to my own kitchen.
Ironstone pitchers, farm fresh eggs, and a French scale speak country farmhouse kitchen to me. I think a farm kitchen tugs at my heartstrings because it brings back so many memories of my grandmother, who we called Mimi. My grandfather was called PawPaw, which could be confusing because they lived in PawPaw, Illinois.
As a kid, I would often spend a week at her house in the country. She’d cook up a farm fresh breakfast complete with eggs, bacon, and toast made in the oven. In these photos, the solid brown eggs are real, the other speckled ones are fake and simply props.
Making food from scratch is a priority for me, even though it takes longer. I don’t even buy bottled spaghetti sauce anymore. When we use whole, fresh foods to make meals, they’re more full of flavor and better for you.
We grow our own tomatoes and make a variety of sauces. This past summer was ridiculously dry and I didn’t have enough tomatoes to can and last us through the winter. I really missed the canning process.
Have you ever bought eggs fresh from the farm? Do you ever buy organic or cage-free eggs? They’re more expensive, but I think they’re worth it. I’ve found eating organically costs more at the store, but I believe it reduces medical expenses in the long run.
Mimi loved to sing while cooking and cleaning her kitchen. I think she was happiest when spending time in the heart of her home. I’m so fortunate to have such fond memories of my grandmother who was generous with both her food and love!
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