The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook

The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook

by Christopher Kimball

Hardcover(1 ED)

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Offers an introduction to old-fashioned, country-style cooking with a collection of 300 all-American recipes, focusing on cooking with inexpensive ingredients such as grains, vegetables, pasta, poultry & low-fat cuts of meat that are synonymous with good nutrition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316496995
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/02/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Chris Kimball founded Cook's Magazine in 1980; it has grown to a paid circulation of 1,000,000. He hosts America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, which are the top-rated cooking shows on public television, reaching 2 million viewers per week in over 94% of American households. Kimball is a regular contributor to both the Today Show and the CBS Early Show. He has been written up in most major newspapers, many national magazines, including The New Yorker and Time, and regularly contributes to NPR's Morning Edition, including doing a regular Thanksgiving segment. He will also host a public radio show on cooking starting in the fall of 2010.

Read an Excerpt

Christopher Kimball grew up on a farm in Vermont, feasting on homemade sausage, garden vegetables, biscuits with milk gravy, and fruit pies. Though Kimball lives in Boston now and edits the sophisticated food magazine Cook's Illustrated, he and his family still spend summers in Vermont, on a farm across town from his childhood home. He shares the food he remembers from his early years, along with the food he cooks now in his own farmhouse, in The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook. As he writes in the preface, "I make no claims of authenticity for these recipes, since old farmhouse 'receipts' need a great deal of updating and reworking for the modern kitchen." What he can claim, however, is a set of meticulously researched and tested recipes that truly capture the spirit of the best farmhouse cooking. Kimball dedicates whole chapters to the staples of country food, including Covered Dish Suppers (with dishes like Chicken Pot Pie and Beef Stew with Beer and Parsnips) and Farm Breakfasts, with foolproof recipes for coffee cake, skillet potatoes, and buttermilk pancakes. Other chapters cover apple dishes, root vegetables, the summer garden, preserving, and farmhouse holiday celebrations. Lovers of country food will delight in finding perfect recipes for favorites like Crisp, Crunchy Fried Chicken; Sweet Potato Casserole; Macaroni and Cheese; Creamed Fresh Summer Corn; and Indian Pudding. Kimball also includes heavily tested Master Recipes -- with detailed variations -- for basics like layer cakes, bean soups, fruit crisps, hamburgers, chicken and rice dishes, pot roasts, and many more. Kimball believes that the very best farmhouse food consists of simple ingredients, simply prepared. Holding fast to that standard, he has turned out a book of carefully constructed recipes that will allow even inexperienced cooks to let their ingredients shine in classic, wholesome, country dishes.


Lentil Soup with Tomatoes, Spinach, and Rice

This is nothing fancy, but it's a good, cheap, hearty soup perfect for a farm-house supper. Be sure to adjust the salt level carefully. Undersalting this soup produces a dull dish indeed.

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup lentils, rinsed and picked over
5 cups chicken stock, homemade preferred
5 cups water
2 cups canned or fresh tomatoes, chopped, with their juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup uncooked rice
1/2 pound fresh spinach, rinsed and stemmed
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

1. Place a heavy-duty stockpot or soup kettle over medium heat. Add butter and olive oil. When butter stops foaming, add onion, carrots, and celery, and sauté until the vegetables soften, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add lentils, chicken stock, water, and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until lentils are very soft.

2. Add salt and pepper and rice. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes. The soup will have thickened a bit and the rice should be tender. Check the seasonings and add more salt if necessary. Stir in the spinach, cover, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is fully cooked. Adjust seasonings.

3. Ladle into bowls and serve with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese and hunks of country bread.

Serves 8

Chicken and Dumplings

I have tried many recipes for dumplings, some made with cottage cheese, others made with potatoes. I find the cheese-based dumplings to be too wet and heavy, while the potato dumplings are good but take too much extra work for a simple supper. You can use the dumpling recipe below with any dish that has a fair amount of liquid, such as a stew.

1 (3- to 4-pound) chicken cut into pieces (see recipe instructions)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
2 cups coarsely chopped mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup half-and-half
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

For the dumplings:
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk, or more as needed

1. Heat oven to the lowest possible setting. Cut chicken into 10 pieces (cut each breast half in half again), rinse, and pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a very large Dutch oven with a cover. When foam subsides, add chicken pieces in two batches, starting with the skin side down, and brown both sides over medium-high heat, a total of 10 to 12 minutes for each batch. Pour off fat. Return all chicken to the Dutch oven, add stock and water, bring to a simmer, and cook gently, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Be sure that the thigh meat is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken to a bowl, cover with aluminum foil, and place in 200 degree oven to keep warm. Strain cooking liquid through 4 layers of cheesecloth. (You can skip straining the sauce for a less "refined" dish). Return the liquid to the Dutch oven.

2. While the chicken is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. When hot, add the mushrooms and onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mushrooms release their liquid, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the half-and-half and season liberally with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

3. For the dumplings, whisk together the first three ingredients. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, and buttermilk. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula to form a dough, much like a biscuit dough. If it needs a bit more buttermilk to moisten (it probably will), add it 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Bring the chicken broth to a simmer in the Dutch oven, add the dumplings, and cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl and place in preheated oven.

4. Whisk the onion-mushroom mixture into the broth in the Dutch oven over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly (it will be the consistency of half-and-half). Arrange chicken and dumplings on serving plates and cover with sauce. Garnish with an abundance of parsley.

Serves 4 to 6

Bavarian Apple Cake

I tried making this recipe both as an upside-down cake and also right side up and the latter won hands down. This is a crumbly, rich cake with a nicely browned topping. The juices and sugars caramelize with butter and the nuts are sweet, toasted, and crunchy. This recipe works both as a coffee cake and also as a rustic dessert.

3 large, firm, tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

1. In a large bowl, combine the apple slices with 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and lightly flour a 9-inch springform pan.

2. With an electric mixer, whip 4 tablespoons butter with the 1/4 cup reserved sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat each one until incorporated, about 1 minute total. Add buttermilk and vanilla and beat another 30 seconds. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder onto wax paper. Fold the flour mixture into the butter/egg mixture with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Spread the batter, which will be very thick, evenly over the bottom of the pan with the spatula. the layer of batter will be very thin.

3. Heap the apple mixture evenly over batter. (Fussy bakers can arrange the apples in concentric circles.) Dot the top with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces.

4. Bake about 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted deep in the center of the cake comes out dry. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes before removing the sides of the springform pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Customer Reviews

The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another one of Christopher Kimball and Co.'s obsessive cookbooks of good plain food. Some excellent recipes for those willing to take some time.
nbharder More than 1 year ago
I love this cookbook! My children LOVE every recipe I have tried, as do all the it's a win, win! Fresh ingredients and made with love....they won't even eat Macaroni and Cheese out of a box anymore!!