About Me

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Welcome to This Farm Girl Cooks, my name is Deanne Frieders! This is the place I LOVE sharing recipes and ideas with busy home cooks. My focus is on simple, delicious meals your family will actually eat!

I’m a wife to a farmer, a mother of four, and dog-mom to an uptight miniature schnauzer named Duke.

When our daughter, Eleanor was born, we made a decision to have me more involved in our farming operation here in Northern Illinois – Waterman IL, specifically.

My first duty was cooking farm meals for my husband and in-laws.

The first thing I did was Google, “What do farmers eat for lunch”.

Crickets.  Chirp…Chirp…

I found a few people sharing meals, but not nearly enough. What was a farm wife to do? 

To help others and share what I was making with other farm wives and families, I started this blog.

Some of my favorite farm girl recipes are portable field meals and hand held food ideas, like Lasagna Cups and cold lunch ideas for lunchboxes.

Tractors may have GPS and auto steer but no microwaves – yet!

I make my own recipes and I share family recipes too, like my Mom’s Apple Pie

I also LOVE meeting and talking with groups, Farm Bureau organizations, and other about all things food and farming.

Can you tell I’m a hand talker???

If you check out my social media on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll see me, well, being me. They – whoever that is – say “cooking is love made visible.” I’m not afraid to try new things and share about it along the way.

This Farm Girl Cooks

My recipes are simple to recreate and family friendly. Meal planning and a well stocked freezer are just some of the tools in my kitchen arsenal.

So if you love easy meals, a sprinkle of humor, and a dash of keeping things real, you’ll feel right at home here. I share tips, shortcuts and an insight into our everyday life.

Come on in and join the fun!


  • Reply
    Heidi Gorman
    March 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Hello, Deanne –

    I’m interested in collaborating with you for a monthly column in our magazine.

    It would be a great fit, in my opinion!

    We have had an interest in this specific type of monthly column.

    Please let me know if you are interested.


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    August 31, 2020 at 10:54 am

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    • Reply
      Rebecca Gamble
      October 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Deanne! I’m Rebecca Gamble from Marengo, IL. I just turned on RFD TV and caught the clip of you driving the grain wagon and laughed hysterically over the hand signal fiasco. Although I’m much older than you I feel like we could be friends. I’m enjoying your recipes too.

      • Reply
        Deanne Frieders
        November 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm

        Hi Rebecca, we aren’t too far from each other! So glad you enjoyed my RFD TV segment and recipes!

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    Diane DeRosa
    December 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Deanne, I would love to make old fashioned crunchy ginger snap cookies from your grandma’s recipe but my computer just shows the ingredients and no measurements or baking directions so I don’t really have the recipe. Can you please help me out with this? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Deanne Frieders
      December 22, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Diana, it’s at the very bottom of the page in printable format. I hope that helps!!

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