The Hen House Homemade Dishes and Desserts

The Hen House Homemade Dishes and Desserts

The Hen House Homemade Dishes and Desserts

Straight Out of The Hen House!

I grew up in South Central Oklahoma in a family made up of mostly women on my Mother’s Side. My maternal grandparents had three daughters who, in turn, all had firstborn daughters and our large close-knit extended family was also comprised of a female majority. Every one of us, male or female, was expected to excel, or at least attempt to excel, in the culinary arts. My Granny Mitchell’s tiny house on Mohawk Drive in Pauls Valley, America (as she would say) was often filled to the brim with food, family, friends, fun and a whole lot of women and because of this, somewhere down the line in my branch, we began referring to my Granny Mitchell’s home as ‘The Hen House.’

We have been cooking and cooking well for centuries! Our distant grandmother, Mary Randolph, sister to Robert E. Lee and the first person buried on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, wrote “The Virginia Housewife,” which is the first cookbook to be published in the Americas.  Our tenacious resolve and spirits were passed down to subsequent generations and our homes as we came down the blue ridge and into Appalachia. The Pioneer Women in our ancestry kept their families alive by creating recipes that included whatever ingredients they could find along a wagon trail and were cooked over an open campfire in a Dutch Oven that clanged on the side of the wagon as they blazed a trail west. Our Great Grandmothers and their mothers managed to create treasured dishes out of the little their families were allotted during the depression and lean times of war rations. My Granny Mitchell made the most of post-war era and taught  "all her girls" the art of entertaining which included huge camping trips, fish fries, block parties, cook outs, and a massive family feasts for any excuse of a holiday! Over the years, our family get togethers have grown to include friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and innumerable plus ones.  The tiny house on Mohawk Drive can’t hold all the people that spill out onto the porch and yard! Nutrition and safety are always infused that into our traditional recipes and we always stay true to our heritage by ONLY USING REAL AND QUALITY INGREDIENTS.

So, from time to time, or as any excuse for a holiday grows near, we may extend to you a version of a coveted invitation to The Hen House by offering some of our favorite dishes and desserts for sale.  Cheesecakes, Pumpkin Pies, Toffee Topped Apple Pies, Rum Cakes, etc. We will offer delivery/shipping on a case by case basis and ask that you email us with such requests at grasshoppergirl@thegrasshoppergallery.com to ensure the most accurate information is obtained.

We don’t skimp on real butter, sugar, or cream, so please keep that in mind when ordering and don’t ask us to disrespect our heritage by removing or altering such.

 

Once, I was trying to break up with a boyfriend and had told him I didn’t know how to cook because I knew he’d never leave if he found out. We were attending a family dinner when the boyfriend complimented my mother’s cooking and proceeded to lament over the fact that I did not know how to cook. My 78-year-old grandmother lit into him with a vengeance I’m not sure he had ever seen.  She loudly exclaimed,  “All my girls know how to cook and are wonderful cooks!” She had no idea that the reason I had not cooked for this fellow was due to trying to get rid of him.  The cat was then out of the bag and tromping all through the mashed potatoes and gravy! As her time with us began to grow short, I could bring that up and we would laugh, and laugh, and laugh.