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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!

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Roberta Worley

Monday 1st of November 2021

Dear Deanne

On your YouTube video 'how to freeze apples' you mentioned that you keep the peelings and cores to make apple syrup.

I grew up in western Wisconsin on a small farm of only 165 acres. Now I live between Seattle and Tacoma in a somewhat rural area. I'd have to travel over one of the mountain passes now to get to any orchard. But even then I know I wouldn't be able to find that wonderful apple syrup as I had back then.

My hope is that you are in process of sharing your recipe for apple syrup or that I somehow clumsied up my search for it on your website. I'd appreciate it if you would let me know. Thanks!

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Hi Roberta, here is an apple core syrup you'll like!

Fran Work

Thursday 11th of March 2021

I'm going this route as the "Contact Me" page is not working. In your recipe Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies the ingredients list has baking soda. But the directions list says to add baking power AND baking soda. Which is correct? Thank you.

Deanne Frieders

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Hi Fran, thanks for bringing this to my attention! You should add baking soda and baking powder. I've made the correction to the recipe. Enjoy!

Diane DeRosa

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

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!

Deanne Frieders

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

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

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Monday 31st of August 2020

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Rebecca Gamble

Friday 23rd of October 2020

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.

Heidi Gorman

Thursday 12th of March 2020

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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