• Cooking with Miranda

    Cooking with Miranda: Grandma’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    I am ridiculously lucky. I had most of my great grandparents on my mom’s side of the family through my childhood and well into my early adulthood. I was raised surrounded large extended family of warm, wonderful, and loving people; my Grandpa Chuck’s siblings and their kids and grandkids. Great-Grandma Muhs fed them all. It’s what she did. You went to her house and she fed you. She was the embodiment of the “love people and cook them tasty food” magnet on my fridge. She had two entrances to her white farm house with the black shutters, one into her living room and one into her kitchen. We always came…

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    Cooking with Miranda: Biscuit Topped Chicken Potpie

    This spring my nephew came to stay at our house because he was bored. We put him to work. He helped in the garden, learned to feed the chickens and collect eggs. I taught him how to cook spaghetti and meat sauce so he could make dinner for his mom when she got out of basic training. I have to admit. I’m not used to cooking for almost teenagers. Everett and I tend to eat all sorts of things that twelve year old boys find weird. One dish was an overwhelming success. It got made a few times while he was staying with us; Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie. He…

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    Shortening the Food Chain

    When Covid-19 first started hitting America really hard in March, I told the fella that “this panic buying is one thing, a disrupted supply line is going to be something else entirely.” Then the stories appeared in the paper, about how already struggling dairy farmers were having to dump their milk, since their market (little cartons sold to public schools) was drying up. Tales of produce being left to rot or plowed into the ground to fertilize next season’s crop followed. With this weekend came the news that meat chickens were being depopulated and that pigs and cattle would meet a similar fate if new processors cannot be found. I’m…