Hey there, I’m Rachel Riesgraf, a tater tot hotdish loving Minnesotan who can't get enough of farm life, lake days, and food, of course.
Since I can remember, I've always loved cooking and baking, so I created Modern Farmhouse Eats so I can share all of my favorite recipes with you! Well, that and 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 homestyle recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. I like to share easy, from scratch comfort food recipes that are for the busy, modern cook. You can also catch me sharing farm life adventures because I can't resist. But, mostly food!
To give you a little background, I was raised on a small dairy farm in Minnesota that was passed down from my grandparents. Growing up on a farm is quite the unique experience, and I didn't start to truly realize 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).
As I grow older, the more I realize how much I truly enjoy the countryside and farm life, as well as 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.
If you're wondering where I learned to cook and bake, it's from the best “chef” I know – my mom. 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 supplies me with the best barn wood boards for my photography!
As I develop my own recipes, I like to use fresh, seasonal ingredients and make from scratch recipes that are for the busy, modern cook, so you can feel good about what you're feeding yourself and your family. That's why I always replace canned cream of chicken soup with homemade sauce, like in my Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Rosemary Parmesan Gravy.
If you'd like to get all my best farm style recipes and follow along on my farm adventures, 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!