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Janine Washle with Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen is always looking for creative ways to use left overs. If you have been entertaining over the holidays, Janine has some tips for using left-overs for hostess gifts for parties that you get to attend.
If you have left over oats from breakfast, this is a great way to get use them. Add pietas, dried cherries or half-full bags of whatever's left over from baking. Coat the mix with honey and butter and then toast it in the oven. Take them to your next party in an antique jar and your hostess will never know they are getting leftovers.
If you have some extra flour left over, you can give the gift of breakfast. Combine the flour with baking powder and salt and you have basic baking mix. Fill up a small jar with the mix, just enough for a couple breakfasts. Always attach a recipe with these kinds of gifts so the host or hostess will know exactly what is in the jar and how to use it.
A Jar of Caramelized Onions
This is a very flexible ingredient that can be used in many different recipes. To make the onions, fill a crock pot with onions, two sticks of butter, and ½ cup of sugar. Then let them cook for 10 hours on low.
A small jar of the onions can be used to make a pot of French Onion Soup. Just add beef broth and a splash of Madeira, heat and top with Swiss cheese.
Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.
CloverFields Farm is dedicated to the preservation of southern, especially Kentucky, food traditions. The kitchen is commercially-outfitted compliant with Health Department standards. In this kitchen I develop new recipes based on original ideas, inspirations from my culinary research, and most often according to what is in season.
On the farm, they make many gifts and specialty items. She is currently working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes.