Hey there, I’m Rachel, a tator tot hotdish loving Minnesotan who can’t get enough of farm life, lake days, and food.
So, I created Modern Farmhouse Eats so I can share all of my favorite recipes with you! Well, that and selfish reasons like the fact that I get to take pretty pictures and I don’t have to sort through an overflowing recipe box anymore.
What you’ll find here are easy and delicious farm-style recipes from scratch + the occasional modern twist. You can also catch me sharing farm life adventures because I can’t resist. But, mostly food!
To give you a little background, since day one, I was raised on a small organic dairy farm in Minnesota that was passed down from my grandparents. Growing up on a farm is quite the unique experience, and I don’t think I truly realized that until I got older. Being able to step outside on a summer morning (or -15 because this is the Midwest) and see cows grazing and hear chickens clucking, surrounded by family, is a lifestyle that I was lucky enough to enjoy, but is a lifestyle that is sadly disappearing.
About 8 years ago, my parents actually moved their farming operation to Wisconsin, which has become my haven on earth. As for me, I currently live in the Twin Cities, but spend a lot of time back at the farm because of my strong love for family and the simple life. I also have the privilege of visiting with the best family farmers around the Midwest thanks to my wonderful day job as a Brand Marketing Specialist.
As I grow older, the more I realize how much I truly enjoy the countryside and farm life, and the open spaces and simplicity that comes with it all. And, I love being able to share that with all of you! I also clearly have a big place in my heart for food! Seriously, always thinking about it. I think I have a problem. Some of my favorite things are lake days, hiking, traveling, spending time with my family on our farm, and baking/cooking, of course.
If you’re wondering where I learned my cooking and baking skills, it’s from the best “chef” I know – my mom (aka my best friend). My mom has always been able to whip up amazingly delicious meals from whatever she has on hand, no recipe needed. To me, that’s a true cook. To this day, I still find myself seeking her advice, whether that’s inside or outside the kitchen.
And, then there’s my dad, ensuring that I stay a farm girl to the core, and there’s no other way I’d have it! He also makes sure I have the best barnwood boards for my photoshoots! So, I guess we have my parents to thank for this blog 😉
As I start developing my own recipes, I like to use fresh ingredients and make from scratch recipes that are for the busy, modern cook so you can feel good about what you’re feeding your loved ones (or yourself – that’s cool, too. You’re not alone). That’s why I replaced canned cream of chicken soup with homemade sauce in my Kicked-Up Tator Tot Hotdish. And, because tator tot hotdish is my absolute favorite, I also have a cheesy breakfast version and a chicken pot pie rendition!
If you’d like to follow along on my farm adventures and get all my best farm-style recipes, stick around! And, for a healthy dose of pictures and videos of cute farm animals, follow Modern Farmhouse Eats on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. If you’re wondering about the little baby goat I’m holding, that’s Ethel! Isn’t she cutest? I’m an obsessed, self-proclaimed goat mom. But, I wish she was still a baby because goat babies are the most adorable farm animals ever.
P.S.S. Before you leave, you absolutely have to make my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I swear to you, they are the best you will ever have. Scout’s honor.
Okay, sorry about the long Minnesota goodbye. Bye! …for now 🙂