Recipes from Honest Abe Log Homes 

Home and food go hand-in-hand. That’s why we love to share recipes from Honest Abe’s customers, employees, owners, partners, dealers and supporters from the HALH blog & Honest Abe Living Magazine.Also featured on the Honest Abe Log Home Blog are recipes from our friends at Southern Grace FarmhouseMcFarland Creek Outdoors and Lodge Cast Iron.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Tammy Taylor is the office manager and sales assistant for Murfreesboro’s Honest Abe Log Homes sales model. She’s also a busy mother and in her “spare time,” she’s a songwriter. She’s shared her favorite muffin recipe with Honest Abe Living and even snapped a photo before she ate one. Here’s her recipe.

Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle

In honor of Father’s Day, Janie Smith, who along with her late husband, Doug Smith, founded Honest Abe Log Homes in 1979, shares a recipe for turning a humble sweet potato into Sweet Potato Souffle. Janie, daughter April and son Shane own and operate Honest Abe....

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

Recipe by Melissa Watson, Sales Representative at the Honest Abe Cookeville Model Home and Sales Center   Cookies: 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt   (Omit Baking Powder and salt if...

Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Inez Price is a longtime sales representative at the Honest Abe Log Homes National Headquarters. In addition to helping dozens of customers achieve their dream log home, Inez and her husband live in their own. She's sharing one of her favorite family recipes this...

Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Wayne Brady, Sales Representative at Honest Abe Log Homes Crossville, provided special occasion recipe that he and wife Lori enjoy preparing and serving. Ingredients:1⁄2 Tsp Rosemary1⁄2 Tsp Thyme1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder1 Tbsp Salt1⁄2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper2 Tbsp Butter...

Dinner in a Dish

Dinner in a Dish

2 lbs. ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained 3 cups frozen peas (optional) 1⁄2 cup ketchup 1⁄4 cup parsley 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. beef bouillon cubes 2 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. salt 1⁄2 tsp. pepper 6 cups...

Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

"A kitchen is the heart of our home and always has been. Growing up we always knew one thing, we would all sit down at the table together and enjoy a meal mom (Janie Smith) had made. No matter how many hours she had put in at work or how exhausted she was, she always,...

Kenny and Wanda Rogers’ Chili

Kenny and Wanda Rogers’ Chili

2 lb. turkey meat or lean ground beef, browned and drained 1 large yellow pepper 1 large red pepper 1 med. onion 2pkgs. McCormick Chili mix 2 large cans or 4 small Italian recipe style tomatoes 1 8 oz. can tomato paste 2 large cans kidney beans Add to taste: sugar,...

Loretta Lynn’s Ole Fashioned Apple Pie

Loretta Lynn’s Ole Fashioned Apple Pie

Winesap or any sour apple makes a better pie. Pie Filling Mix the following and put into the prepared crust. 5 or 6 apples, sliced thin 1 t. cinnamon 1 T. butter 2 T. all-purpose flour dash of ground nutmeg My Pie Crust (one top and one bottom) 2 1/2 c. all-purpose...

Faith Hill’s Coca Cola Cake

Faith Hill’s Coca Cola Cake

Recipe for Coca Cola Cake Sift together: 2 c. unsifted flour 2 c. sugar Heat to boiling the pour over the flour mixture: 2 sticks butter 2 T. cocoa 1 c. Coke Add: 1/2 c buttermilk 1 t. baking soda 2 eggs, beaten 1 T. vanilla 1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows The batter will...

Grilled Steak Nachos

Grilled Steak Nachos

Gooey cheese, crunchy chips, and tender steak are all found in this easy-to-make campfire recipe in the Lodge Cook-It-All. INGREDIENTS Steak Ingredients: 1 skirt steak, flank steak or flap steak 1 lime, juiced Salt and pepper, to taste Nacho Ingredients: 1 bag of...

Summer Salads

Summer Salads

Chicken Salad Ingredients: 4 cups diced poached chicken, recipe follows 1 stalk celery, diced ½ cup sliced grapes ½ cup chopped pecans (if desired) 1 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons salt Freshly...

Healthy Veggie Lasagna

Healthy Veggie Lasagna

Cooking at McFarland Creek Outdoors Amanda Hatcher prepares hearty and delicious meals for guests at McFarland Creek Outdoors, a hunting preserve owned by Shane Smith, one of Honest Abe’s owners. Here Amanda shares a guest favorite, Healthy Veggie Lasagna. 1 box...

Air-Fryer Pickles

Air-Fryer Pickles

Fried pickles originated in the Southern United States. If it's possible to fry, Southerners fry it. With the recent popularity of the air fryer, many recipes are being converted to use.  Amanda Hatcher, chef for McFarland Creek Outdoors, an Honest Abe sister...

Quick French Onion Soup

Quick French Onion Soup

This recipe is onion soup for two made easy. It was developed by onion soup enthusiast Claudia Johnson, marketing director for Honest Abe Log Homes, who wanted a fast way to make traditional-tasting onion soup. From start to finish this recipe takes about 30 minutes....

Amazing Creamy Potato Soup

Amazing Creamy Potato Soup

April and Nick Patterson love to cook this amazing creamy potato soup on cold winter nights. It's quick and easy, but oh so good. Boil 32 ounces chicken broth Cook 4-5 diced potatoes with 1/2 jumbo clove of garlic and 1/2 onion Cook 15 minutes Add 2 cans cream of...

Nanny’s Chicken & Rice

Nanny’s Chicken & Rice

Cooking at Southern Grace Farmhouse Honest Abe Log Homes co-owner April Patterson and her husband, Nick Patterson, love cooking together. They often use recipes from the Clay County (TN) Young Farmers' Farm to Fork cookbook, but the recipe for Nanny's Chicken and...

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cooking at Southern Grace Farmhouse Honest Abe Log Homes co-owner April Patterson and her husband, Nick Patterson, love cooking together in their new 10" round log home on their Acres of Grace Farm. Pictured above is a secondary kitchen in their full  basement, which...

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole

Cooking at Southern Grace FarmhouseHonest Abe Log Homes co-owner April Patterson and her husband, Nick Patterson, love cooking together in their new 10" round log home's modern farmhouse kitchen on their Acres of Grace Farm. The Pattersons are very...

Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Fresh Raspberries

Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Fresh Raspberries

2 whole (4 halves) skin-on, boneless duck breasts (about 1/2 lb. each) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pt. fresh raspberries or pitted sweet or sour cherries, depending on what’s in season 2 T raspberry vinegar 1/2 t sugar Preheat the oven to 350°. Score the...

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

1 pound zucchini (8 to 10 small or 2 large), ends trimmed 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 large egg, beaten Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon Kosher salt and freshly ground...

“Salad” of Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Sherry

“Salad” of Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Sherry

2 pounds Brussels sprouts 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut across into strips 2 shallots, minced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of very...

Florida Blueberry Cobbler

Florida Blueberry Cobbler

Serves 6 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup self-rising flour 1 cup whole milk 2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over for stems, rinsed, and patted dry Vanilla bean ice cream, for serving Place the butter in a 10-inch cast...

Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

  Two-time National Cornbread Cook-off winner Lori Stephens of Hendersonville, Tennessee, won with this recipe in 2010 with her over-the-top version of sliders using a cast iron manufactured by Lodge Cast Iron. The 2018 cook-off is April 28. This recipe...

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

4 (4- to 5-ounce) veal cutlets Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk 1 1/2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs, or more if needed Sunflower oil 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges 4 sprigs fresh flat-leaf...

Fried Chicken Gumbo

Fried Chicken Gumbo

Cooking with Fried chicken: 1 (3- to 3 1/2-pound) chicken 6 quarts cold water 1 1/2 cups kosher salt 4 cups buttermilk 3 cups bleached cake flour 1 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon fine sea salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon Colman’s dry mustard 1...

Winter Vegetable Chili

Winter Vegetable Chili

3 T. vegetable oil 1 med. onion, chopped 2 med. garlic cloves, very finely chopped 2 large red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers, seeded & cut into ½” pieces 4 small parsnips, peeled and cut into ½” pieces 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½” pieces 1 med....

Pear Tarte Tatin Recipe from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

Pear Tarte Tatin Recipe from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

Butter piecrust: 1 c. all-purpose flour  1/2 tsp. fine sea salt 2 T. sugar 6 T. unsalted butter 2 to 4 T. ice cold water Pear filling: 4 small pears, or more as needed (Green Anjou or Bosc pears are best) Juice from 1 lemon 1 1/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. water 2 T. unsalted...

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking with Lodge    New England Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust Filling: 2 T. butter 2 medium onions, diced 1 celery rib, diced 1 large carrot, diced 3 c. cubed (1-inch) cooked chicken 1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen green peas 1 c. diced fresh mushrooms Salt and...

Gooey Chocolate Skillets – Cooking with Lodge

Gooey Chocolate Skillets – Cooking with Lodge

Gooey Chocolate Dessert Baked in 5" Skillets 1 (9-oz.) package chocolate wafers 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter 3/4 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao) 3/4 c. sugar 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract 2 large eggs, beaten Vanilla ice cream,...

Crusty Bacon and Cheese Bread

Crusty Bacon and Cheese Bread

3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling on dough and flouring hands 1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt 1 1/4 c. water 1/4 tsp. instant yeast 1/2 lb. sliced bacon, cooked until crispy, drained, and crumbled or chopped 2 c. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar...

Apple-Pecan Clafloutis

Apple-Pecan Clafloutis

3/4 cup pecan pieces 1 1/2 pounds firm, semi-sweet apples, like Fiji or Pink Lady 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 tablespoon apple brandy 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Pinch of salt 2 cups...

Corn Dip

Corn Dip

2 (11-ounce) cans Mexicorn (corn kernels with red and green peppers) 1 (10-ounce) can shoepeg corn  3 green onions, chopped 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon ground cumin Fresh lime juice to taste Salt and black pepper to taste...

Chicken and Mushroom Stew with Wild Rice

Chicken and Mushroom Stew with Wild Rice

Chicken and Mushroom Stew with Wild Rice recipe from Lodge Cast Iron is a delicious way to use a traditional cooking method and healthy ingredients. 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 (2-oz. slice country ham or 2 slices bacon, finely chopped 6 skinless, boneless chicken...

Red Quinoa with Roasted Acorn Squash

Red Quinoa with Roasted Acorn Squash

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1 acorn squash (1 to 2 pounds) 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 c. red quinoa, rinsed under cold running...

Spinach, Tomato and Bacon Frittata

Spinach, Tomato and Bacon Frittata

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 lb. sliced bacon 4 oz. baby spinach 1/4 c. halved cherry tomatoes 15 medium...

Chicken and Dressing Skillet Bake

Chicken and Dressing Skillet Bake

Honest Abe Log Homes and another Tennessee company, Lodge Cast Iron, bring you a recipe by Lodge. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 (6-ounce) packages Martha White Cotton Country or Buttermilk...

Polish Pork And Cabbage Stew

Polish Pork And Cabbage Stew

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 cup warm water 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 5 ounces thick...

Cherry Clafouti

Cherry Clafouti

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 6 large eggs 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons brandy 1...

Dutch Oven Danish Cake

Dutch Oven Danish Cake

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients Cake: 3  cups cake flour 4  teaspoons baking powder 1/2  teaspoon salt 3/4  cup vegetable shortening 1...

Aebleskiver

Aebleskiver

Honest Abe Log Homes and another Tennessee company, Lodge Cast Iron, bring you a recipe by Lodge. Ingredients 4  large eggs, separated  2  cups cake flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1  teaspoon baking powder 1/2  teaspoon salt 1/2  cup vegetable shortening, melted Scant 2...

Hannah’s Apple Pancake

Hannah’s Apple Pancake

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1/4  cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1/4  cup milk 1 apple (Hannah prefers Golden Delicious) 1...

Tender Venison Roast

Tender Venison Roast

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1  (4-pound) venison or beef roast 1  cup plus 2 teaspoons hot water 1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion...

Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1  jalapeno chile, sliced 1/4  cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4  cup plus 1 tablespoon olive...

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with or without basil, drained. 2  garlic cloves,...

Simple Berry Skillet Cobbler

Simple Berry Skillet Cobbler

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients One 10-ounce bag individually frozen raspberries or 1 pint fresh berries 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2...

Lemon-Lavender Pound Cakes

Lemon-Lavender Pound Cakes

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 2  lemons 1 1/2  cups sugar, preferably superfine 1 1/2  cups cake flour (whisk it first before...

Nannie’s Catfish Cakes & Come Back Sauce

Nannie’s Catfish Cakes & Come Back Sauce

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1  sleeve premium saltine crackers 2  tablespoons butter 1/4  cup finely diced onion 1/4  cup finely...

Pan-Fried Fajita Steaks

Pan-Fried Fajita Steaks

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons kosher...

Upside-Down Salsa Cornbread

Upside-Down Salsa Cornbread

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients Filling: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon chilli...

Duck Breast with Sugar Snap Peas and Mushrooms

Duck Breast with Sugar Snap Peas and Mushrooms

Duck Breast with Sugar Snap Peas and Mushrooms – Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 4 duck breasts (6 to 8 ounces each) Salt and freshly...