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In the kitchen with Lydia Jindra of Clarkson, Neb.
Tell us about yourself.
"We represent the fifth generation to farm and ranch near Clarkson, Neb., where we focus on producing high-quality Angus cattle. Customer satisfaction from our commercial customers all the way to the consumer is very important to us. Our goal is to produce functional cattle that work well in varying environments and continue on to create an efficient and superior product for the consumer. Our 23rd annual production sale is on February 8, 2023, featuring 175 registered yearling and 18-month-old bulls and 30 registered yearling heifers.
My husband, Nick, and I, both enjoy working alongside family with the day-to-day responsibilities as we both grew up that way. We have 3 children: Carrie (3), Emma (2), and Cole (4 months). Sharing the lifestyle of raising cattle, crops, and kids bring us so much joy and a lot to look forward to!"
What is your favorite cooking tip/trick?
"Meal prep for the busy times, not just the week. Between busy seasons I like to double up on making casseroles, cooking meat in bulk, or making the popular Nebraska “Runzas.” These can be stored in the freezer for months and come in a clutch when times get busy, particularly during calving and sale prep."
What is your least favorite job in the kitchen?
"Washing dishes - I am a big fan of Crockpot, sheet pan, or one pot meals to limit the number of dishes that get dirtied."
What is your favorite thing to make?
"Both of my daughters delight in helping in the kitchen and I love including them. Together we enjoy making cinnamon rolls or getting our hands messy making meatballs."
Where did you learn to cook?
"My mom made nearly everything from scratch and taught all of us kids early basics, from there we all had our share of trial and errors. My mom rarely bought prepackaged snacks; once we learned the simple art of making a PB&J or cinnamon toast, we were allowed to make our own snacks as long as we cleaned up after ourselves. From there it expanded to 4-H cookies and then to helping prepare meals for the family. We all pitched in."
Photos courtesy Lydia Jindra