About Me

I was raised Old Order (horse and buggy) Mennonite with German and Eastern European influences that shaped my palate. My own family enjoys heritage food, as well as vegetarian, plant-based, and global cultural cuisine. 

Contact Me: culturedcountrycook@gmail.com


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June 30, 2018


2 1/2 cups warm water

2 heaping Tablespoons yeast (not rapid rise)

2 eggs

3/4 cup butter (or shortening)

3/4 cups sugar

2 1/2 teaspoon salt

7 1/2 cups flour

1 quart pie filling of your choice 

Method: Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon salt in warm water. In separate bo...

May 12, 2018

From the New Vegetarian Epicure Cookbook, by Anna Thomas


2 pounds thin, tender green beans

1 head Garlic

3 Tablespoons green olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 large ripe, red tomatoes (or 1 15-oz can, undefined)

Splash of balsamic vinegar

2 Tablespoons choppe...

May 12, 2018

With Garlic and Sage

From The New Vegetarian Epicure Cookbook, by Anna Thomas


1 pound small white beans (navy beans are great)

Handful of fresh sage leaves or 2 Tablespoons dried whole-leaf sage

1 head garlic, separated and peeled

3-4 Tablespoons fruity green ol...

May 11, 2018


3/4 cup whole almonds

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups unbleached flour

7/8 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda 

Dash of salt

Method: Place almonds in shallow pan and roast at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Meanwhile, w...

March 31, 2018

Long before I learned you could buy pre-made meatballs and use grape jelly and cocktail sauce for the sauce, these meatballs were a family staple. These are, hands down, the best meatballs ever!


2 pounds ground beef

1 cup rolled oats (can use gluten-free)

3 Ta...

March 30, 2018

Also known as “Frances Rohrer Field Day Treat.”


4 quarts popped popcorn (unpopped kernels removed)

1 pound bag regular mini marshmallows 

1/3 stick butter

1/2 tsp flavored gelatin to color and flavor (optional)

3/4 cup gum drops (I used colored mini marshmallows...

March 23, 2018


3/4 cup butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (my addition)

A sprinkle ground cloves (my addition)

1 cup finely chopped apples

1 1/2...

March 20, 2018


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar or sucanat

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 beaten egg

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup cooking oil

3/4 cups mini chocolate chips

Method: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 2&1/2 inch muffin cups or 24 mini cups, or l...

March 16, 2018


3/4 cup whole green mung beans

1 cup brown rice (not instant or quick cook)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish

3 garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon peeled and roughly chopped ginger (OR 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

1 teaspoon Garam Masala (see recipe below or...

March 15, 2018

This is a combination of some my favorite recipes for pizza. Be sure to read through all the ingredients before starting the process. 

Ingredients for crust:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon yeast

1 cup warm water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 Tablespoon vegetable (or olive...

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Mennonite/Brethren heritage food with a flare for vegetarian cuisine and a global palate 
Contact Me: culturedcountrycook@gmail.com

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