Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Heart Warming Ham Loaf Oven Meal

There is an old farm saying; "When the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen".  Frost on the ground and in the air proved this to be true today. What better day to make an oven meal to warm up the house as well as the spirits?

Today's recipe for ham loaf comes from Mendy Sellman (see "Farmers Wife" on the business page).

to make an oven meal, along with the ham loaf you could

bake potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or squash (I vote for squash)
make a green bean casserole or scalloped corn (I vote for green beans)
for dessert
make a fruit crisp, pie, or cobbler (I vote for crisp)

Doesn't this sound yummy? What sides do you vote for?

Marcheta *cast her vote
Mendy's Ham Loaf
1#ground ham
2 cups soft bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp powdered mustard
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp paprika

Basting Sauce

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Press into 9x9 cake pan, Bake in oven for 45 minutes, then pour basting mixture over top of ham loaf, bake for an additional 15 minutes. Note: The unbaked loaf freezes very well.

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