Elementor #302

Coconut Pound Cake INGREDIENTS For Cake: 3 cups CVM Bolted Soft Wheat flour  ¼ teaspoon salt  ¼ teaspoon baking soda  1 ½ cups butter, softened  3 cups white sugar  6 eggs  1 cup sour cream  1 teaspoon vanilla extract  1 (7 ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut For Frosting: 1 cup milk  2 tablespoons cornstarch  1 … Continue reading “Elementor #302”

By CastleValleyMill on May 10, 2021 • Recipes

Elementor #283

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies INGREDIENTS 2 cups CVM Soft Wheat Flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened3/4 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 large eggs2 cups Chocolate Chips (Semi-sweet) Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated … Continue reading “Elementor #283”

Elementor #274

Whole Wheat Pancakes Ingredients 1 1/3 cup CVM Soft Whole Wheat Flour 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 ¼ cup whole milk ¼ cup butter (melted) Optional – any in-season fruit chopped small Mix dry ingredients. With fork, beat together egg, butter, and milk. Add to flour … Continue reading “Elementor #274”

Strong Foundations

February: chilly, damp, gray, and in my honest opinion, the worst of all the months. But it is home to Valentine’s Day, a mostly commercialized holiday we all must endure, Valentine or not. Not a great day to represent love, but hey – it’s the only one we have. And, to me (though I might … Continue reading “Strong Foundations”

By CastleValleyMill on February 6, 2021 • Blog Posts

Grits Snob

I am a grits snob.  I didn’t used to be.  I was raised on grits and taught by my mama to amp up the taste of quick grits with a little butter, cheese, and garlic salt.  I relished even the worst and watery grits.  I was southern, after all, and it became a badge of … Continue reading “Grits Snob”

By CastleValleyMill on January 15, 2021 • Blog Posts

Castle Valley Christmas

In December each year, Castle Valley speaks Christmas. I was 13 years old when our family celebrated our first Christmas there. First of all, my father gathered the family into his trusty old International pickup truck and proceeded to Black’s Christmas tree farm in Solebury. There, after much-heated discussion, a single beautiful evergreen tree was … Continue reading “Castle Valley Christmas”

Bringing Home the Colors of Fall

  What does Fall mean? Usually, it means celebration.  Crowding around the table with friends and family, traveling from state to state to get those annual visits in, and the on-ramp to the December holidays and New Years. This year, obviously things are different.       Yet here stands a unique opportunity: To simplify.  Time that was used … Continue reading “Bringing Home the Colors of Fall”

Stone in the Rough

Every so often, the creek floods and uncovers what’s been hidden for years- even decades. Ancient relics have been hidden away under years of gravel and mud. Hidden from the light of day, and elements of the environment, anything that becomes buried by time will likely last- until the next flood rips away the cover … Continue reading “Stone in the Rough”

Sourdough Baby

“There was a time when the word from which lady sprang meant a ‘loaf-kneader’. To our own and our families’ distinct profit–and with little effort–we housewives can become ‘ladies’ again” (I. Rombauer, 1962). I grew up in the era of the bread machine. Throw the ingredients in, push a couple buttons, and leave to come … Continue reading “Sourdough Baby”

Family Fresh

It’s been hot – has it not?  The summer days are rolling steadily through our little valley, bringing nothing less than the humidity and the heat of a Pennsylvania summer.  Here, we say it like this: “August is coming …”  July and August are no doubt the hottest you can be here, and by the … Continue reading “Family Fresh”