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Our Angel - Usually every other week, Angel Sturgeon has an article
in the Barren County Progress where she includes a recipe
from the Farmers' Market.

We will be putting them here in this section exactly as they appeared in the paper.





The Barren County Farmers' Market is a KY Proud market as well as a Homegrown by Heroes Market!


This is so good and so chocolatey and easy, too, because you make it all in one pan. Be sure to place something under the pan as it bakes because if it boils over it can make a mess. If you use coffee instead of water, it punches up the taste of the chocolate.

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Chocolate Pudding Cake

2 Tbsp. margarine
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups water or coffee

In a 9x9" pan melt margarine in a 350 degree oven. Mix the next 6 ingredients right in the pan, making sure to get in all corners. Mix together the two sugars and the cocoa and sprinkle evenly over batter. Pout water/coffee over all and bake in oven for approx 40 minutes or until cake on top feels done to the touch. Serve hot or cold, with or without whipped cream or ice cream. You can add nuts to the first 6 ingredients if you like.

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My niece recently asked me about something her mother told her we had when we were little and visited our Grandma's in TN. It brought back some good memories and made my mouth water thinking about it so I wanted to share this recipe with everyone. You can use store bought biscuits but you KNOW it won't be the same. Grandma made this for us for breakfast. It made us feel special.

My Grandma's Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup buttermilk

3 tbsps cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsps flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups milk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour, soda, baking powder and sugar. Cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk and knead until smooth and pliable. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place in a baking pan. Bake for about 12 minutes or until brown on top.

In a saucepan combine the cocoa, sugar, flour, vanilla and milk. Cook over medium heat until it boils. The mixture will slowly thicken. Simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Pour over buttered hot biscuits. Serves 10. For more recipes visit the website: or contact us at


This is one of Bill's favorites because he loves cinnamon. This week is his birthday so I will be making this for him. A lot of people call this Cinnamon Pull Aparts but the recipe was given to me a long time ago and was called Hungarian Coffee Cake. The only difference I can see is the nuts, which you could leave out if you can't have them. Visit the market's website for more recipes and information at or contact us at

Hungarian Coffee Cake

1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp salt
1 pk yeast
2 eggs; beaten
4 1/2 cups bread flour
3/4 cup margarine; melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Pour boiling water over sugar, margarine and salt and mix until margarine melts. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm wa and add to mixture. Add beaten eggs. Stir in flour and mix to make a soft dough. Place in a large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise till doubled in a warm place.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt 3/4 cup margarine in one cmall bowl and mix 1 1/2 cups sugar and cinnamon together in another small bowl.. Form dough into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and roll each one in margarine and then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place balls into a tube or loaf pan in two layers sprinkling the nuts in between layers. Pour any leftover margaine or cinnamon sugar over balls before baking.. Bake for about 35-50 minutes or until nicely browned.Turn over onto plate and leave pan on top for a few minutes to let any syrup run down over cake.


It's been cold lately, I'm sure you've noticed and thought it was time for something good and warm. This recipe is a good one for using venison if you have it and don't really care for the taste because the spices help cover it up. Otherwise, I just use beef but you can use ground chicken, turkey, pork or mix it up.

Pat's Hearty Winter Chili

1-2 pounds ground meat - your choice, mix if you like
1 lg onion, chopped
1 lg bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 lg can crushed tomatoes
1 lg jar tomato juice, homemade if possible
2 potatoes, diced
1-2 cans beans, your choice, mix if you like
1 tsp Oregano - or to taste
1 tsp Cumin - or to taste
1 tsp Paprika - or to taste
1/2 tsp Garlic powder - or to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste

In large pot, brown ground meat and drain off fat. Add onions, celery and pepper, cook till tender then add tomatoes and juice. Add spices, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and cook till tender then add beans. Cook slowly till desired consistency and serve hot on a "chili" day. You can add chili powder but you have the same spices here except for hot peppers which you can also add if you like it hot.Good crusty homemade bread goes great with this. The potatoes and beans make this a very filling meal.

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I got this recipe from Bill's Mother. She makes a lot of homemade noodles. Don't forget that chicken soup is the perfect thing for times when someone you know has a cold. For more recipes go to the market's website: or contact us at

Homemade Noodles and Chicken Soup

1 chicken cut up
Parsley, chopped, fresh or dried
Salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste

2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup water
Soup: Boil chicken till done, let cool then take meat off bones and set aside. Place carrots and celery, salt and pepper in pot and cook for a few minutes, adding more water if needed. Add homemade noodles, below, and cook till noodles are tender. Add chicken, heat through and serve.

Noodles: Heap flour onto counter. Make a well in the center and add eggs and salt. With hands, thoroughly mix egg into flour. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing into a dough, using only as much water as needed to make a ball of dough. Clean the counter and dust with plenty of flour, knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a thin rectangle, 1 part at a time, keeping remaining dough covered. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin, slide off and cut the now folded dough into thin strips depending on what size noodle you want. Folding the dough over lets you cut through more than one layer and is faster, use a very sharp knife. Shake out strips and place on towel to dry, about 2 hours or cook immediately. When completely dry, break dry strips into smaller pieces. Store in tightly covered container.


I hope you have someone you love enough to make this cake for. When it comes out right, it has a tunnel of fudge but since it is Valentine's Day we will call it the Tunnel of Love Cake.

Tunnel of Love Cake

1 3/4 cups margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups chopped nuts
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups chocolate chips
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Gradually blend in 2 cups confectioners' sugar. Beat in the flour and 3/4 cup cocoa powder. Stir in the chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 1 hour, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. For the glaze: In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Stir in milk, a tablespoon at a time, until desired drizzling consistency is achieved. Spoon over cake.

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This is a good salad for using up leftover chicken and would go well with a nice soup. It uses tomatoes which usually don't have any taste in the winter unless you know what to look for. Most tomatoes in the grocery stores are picked kind of green and gassed for shipment. This turns them red enroute, but they are still hard and tasteless. The Roma and Grape tomatoes however, hold up well for shipping without chemicals so you can sometimes find some of those that have ripened naturally and have a decent taste. If not, then use tomatoes that were canned whole at the peak of their ripeness, cut them up and drain before using. One more thing to remember, never EVER refrigerate tomatoes, it changes their texture and taste.

Italian Chicken, Tomato and Bread Salad

8 roma tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks, or 1 pint grape tomatoes
2 cups cubed leftover cooked chicken
2-3 cups shredded lettuce of your choice
1 1/2 cups Italian bread cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

Mix all ingredients in a large serving bowl. Let stand 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

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If you want to do something different but you can't hardly bring yourself to dye your hair green or get a tattoo, this recipe might be just the thing. It is unusual, yet everyday.

Spaghetti and Meat Cubes

Make your favorite meatball mixture. Put it into a square pan, patting it down firmly into all corners. Place this on a cookie sheet and surround the outsides with strips of wet towels. The purpose of this is to keep the outside from getting done too quickly and letting the middle cook at the same rate. This also works with cakes and will help them stay flat and not get that bulge in the middle. Bake till done through, let rest for about 10 minutes or so. Cut into squares and add to already prepared sauce and put over your favorite pasta. My sauce is simple:

Pat's Simple Pasta Sauce:

I saute some chopped onions, chopped peppers I froze last summer, minced garlic in oil till done through. Add two regular sized or one large can of tomato product, whatever you want at the time, add some oregano and if you prefer, basil. Simmer till thickened. Add meatballs and simmer a few minutes longer. If the tomatoes were sour you might want to add a pinch of sugar.

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Cooking doesn' t have to be rocket science. Baking can be a little tricky but plain everyday cooking doesn't have to be hard. You save a lot of money by cooking instead of eating out or buying quick microwave foods. All you need to do is learn a few methods, figure out what you like and what you need to keep onhand and go from there. Recipes just allow you to use the methods you have learned in different ways. This week I want to tell you how I make "Unbaked Beans." Simple, filling and inexpensive. And very versatile.

Unbaked Beans

2-3 cans pork and beans
2-3 slices bacon
1 onion chopped
brown sugar, molasses or honey

Fry the bacon in a larg skillet, remove from pan, pour off most of the grease. Saute the onion then crumble the bacon up and place back in pan. Pour beans in the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Add some catsup and mustard according to how much zing you want in them. Continue simmering until thickened, add brown sugar, molasses or honey - about 1/4 cup usually is enough - and cook a couple minutes longer.

You can add more things if you like, I like to add celery seed and smoke flavoring. You can add browned hamburger or chopped hot dogs and make it a complete meal. You can add whatever you feel like, as long as you learned that this is only one way to fix them, and you can go from there. For more recipes and other information, visit the market's website at: or contact me at:


Remember a couple of weeks ago when I said you may not want to do something as crazy as dye your hair green? This week we may change our tune because you can dye this recipe green for St. Patrick's Day! It might make people think twice about eating it but it will be GREEN and it will be good. This is a typical Irish dish that is very good and makes use of some of the few vegetables in the winter that hold their quality well, potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage.

30 Minute Irish Shepherd's Pie

2 cups potatoes, mashed - may use leftovers
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef stock or broth
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves - opt.

Combine sour cream and egg yolk with mashed potatoes. Mash until potatoes are smooth. Add oil to hot pan with beef, season with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve. If you want to get crazy for St. Patrick's Day, you can put some green food coloring in the potatoes when you mash them. Serve with boiled cabbage and Irish soda bread on the side.

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