Thanksgiving 2022

Laura Frantz My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe 2022 is drawing to a close. The year has brought many ups & downs but despite the challenges, there are so many reasons to be thankful. And so many Thanksgivings to look back on! My best Thanksgiving memories are of my granny’s house in Berea, Kentucky. Ever since I was born, we celebrated holidays there until …

Valentine’s Day Cake

Laura Frantz Inspiration, My Kentucky Kitchen, Uncategorized

Ingredients 1 package white cake mix (regular size) 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup water 1/2 cup canola oil 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup finely chopped strawberries FROSTING: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup crushed strawberries 4-1/2 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Line the …

Thanksgiving

Laura Frantz Home, My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Happy almost Thanksgiving! If I could I’d love to learn what’s on your holiday menu this year, both Thanksgiving & Christmas. Here at our house we bring out the best china and glassware and heirloom silverware and set the table in advance. Sometimes days in advance. This year we’re feasting on a smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing/dressing, mashed …

Autumn Wrap

Laura Frantz My Kentucky Kitchen, Uncategorized

My kitchen changes with the seasons and this wrap seems to match autumn so well. Healthy and delicious and out of the ordinary. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium acorn squash (unpeeled), cubed 6 ounces applewood-smoked bacon (in one piece), cubed 6 leaves sage, chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 4 whole chives, chopped 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons …

Best Bread Recipe

Laura Frantz Home, Inspiration, Memoir, My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes

My Kentucky kitchen has become My Quarantine Kitchen instead! Some of you have asked for my bread recipe and I’m pleased to share. It’s been a favorite of ours for many years, especially now when we’re at home so much. The recipe is said to be from the mother of the founder of Williams Sonoma, the cooking retailer. No bread …

Kentucky Christmas Cookies

Laura Frantz christmas, My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Uncategorized

I’ve eaten a lot of sugar cookies in my lifetime and these are, hands down, my favorite. I’ve been baking these for over 25 years now and this is the tried and true recipe. I don’t frost them as prettily as these shown here. Honestly, we eat them too fast. Here’s hoping you enjoy every bite, too!   COOKIES Cream …

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…

Laura Frantz Home, Inspiration, Memoir, My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Uncategorized

I have rich memories of Kentucky Thanksgivings at my granny’s house. She’d cook for days beforehand, hardly taking her apron off till she went to bed. One magical happening was going onto the back porch and opening what she called the back closet. There, on many shelves where it was cool and fragrant, rested all the holiday dishes waiting to …

Favorite Fall Cookies

Laura Frantz My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Uncategorized

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup canned pumpkin 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½-1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional FROSTING: ¼ cup butter, softened 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups …