Yesterday’s episode of “Farmhouse Rules,” is titled, “Here’s to Another 250 Years!” starring Nancy Fuller, the born and raised farm girl from Upstate New York. She inherited a love for serving and eating good fresh food. The recipes she makes are called rules, filled with the history of the area and were handed down for generations. Nancy has been a renowned chef and caterer for over twenty-six years and as a mother of six and grandmother of thirteen, she is still madly in love with her ex-city boy hubby, David.
Nancy’s Farmhouse is 250 years old and for the celebration, she is cooking up a storm. She is making: Sparkling Stone Fence Cocktail and serves Beans and Greens Bruschetta with Broiled Goat Cheese, Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast with Potatoes and Onions, Warm Kohlrabi Salad, and Orange Ombre Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting. You can find all the recipes for this episode by checking here.
She is starting with the cake. No mix for this lady! She told fans that cake flour is a finer grain than regular flour for a better cake. Did you know that? The brown sugar also enhances the flavor of this cake. When she bought the Dutch-built house, it had no heating system or air conditioning. She loved it immediately and she and David bought it and fixed it up. Built in 1766, it looks just like when it was built from the outside. The batter is divided into three layers of different hues of orange, hence the name ombre.
Nancy then took viewers on a tour through the house beginning with the living room. The original floorboards are wide, unlike those of newer houses. The fireplace in the living room is also original with a date of 1765. The true reason she bought the house was that it had strong bones. When they peeled back the wallpaper, they found that the hand chamfering was visible and after 250 years, the building could stand for a few more centuries. Nancy believes that the house found her, rather than the opposite. The bedrooms and bathrooms are awesome and in keeping with the age, her decorations are simple and homey.
The birthday cake is cooling, and her pork tenderloin is nearly ready to go in the oven as she lays herbs on top and then wraps it in bacon. She added fingerling potatoes to the pan with a chopped red onion and into the oven for an hour and a half.
Once the cake was cool enough, she began to make the chocolate frosting. There is nothing better than orange and chocolate. After the cake was frosted, she started her warm kohlrabi salad. Nancy told fans that for kohlrabi, you could use the leaves but not the stems and roots. The kohlrabi was shredded and so were the four carrots and garlic. She does not peel the carrots because the nutrition is in the skin. For the appetizer, she made bruschetta with blanched broccoli rabe and cannellini beans, shallots and goat cheese.
When the guests arrived, they were greeted with the delicious bruschetta. They loved the pork and asked if the first residents of the house would have a meal such as this, and Nancy said that they did. Do you wonder if they had an awesome cook like her? When the cake was served, it was a total hit and a lovely tribute to the wonderful house. Happy birthday and many more for Nancy to share with fans on this episode of “Farmhouse Rules.”