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‘Farmhouse Rules’ salutes American veterans on Memorial Day weekend

Nancy Fuller star of Farmhouse Rules
Nancy Fuller star of Farmhouse Rules
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On today’s episode of “Farmhouse Rules,” Nancy Fuller, the born and raised farm girl from Upstate New York is serving and eating good food. Her recipes are called rules, and these rules have been handed down for generations. Nancy has been a chef and caterer for over twenty-five years and as a mother of six and grandmother of thirteen, she is still madly in love with her city boy hubby, David.

In this episode titled, “Operation: Farm Fresh,” Nancy and David have invited four very deserving veterans for an All-American meal at their farmhouse. They are; their neighbor Victor, a veteran of the Vietnam War, her nephews Jimmer and Zach, and their brother in arms, Micah, who just got back from tours in Afghanistan. She knows they have been craving a home-cooked meal, and who better than Nancy to provide it?

The meal she made for “Her Boys,” consisted of Fried Pork Chops, Braised Kale and Tomatoes. Washing it all down with Ginger Beer Shandy, and nothing is more American than Apple Pie. Way to go Nancy, and thanks for your service, Guys! Nancy related that three of the four guys have purple hearts. To find the featured recipes click here.

After getting the kale on the stove, Nancy set the table, and one special place setting was put on a separate table, with a rose, a burning candle and an American flag folded in the traditional triangle of the lost veterans, it represents the prisoners of war and those lost in action. What an awesome and loving tribute.

When the meal was just about ready, she took the pie out of the oven to cool. She set up a dredging station for the pork chops. She seasoned the chops with salt and pepper on both sides and crushed butter crackers for the breading to make them crispy. About four minutes on each side was plenty, and they looked delicious. When her guests of honor arrived, she was thrilled to see “Her Boys,” back home and safe. Being a mother and grandmother, she has a motherly connection to them, and proudly calls them “Her Boys,” and they do not mind a bit.

In a loving gesture, her nephew gave her his base coin that they received when they were deployed, and Micah gave her his KIA (killed in action) engraved bracelet with the name of his friend who was killed in Afghanistan, SSG Joseph Phaneuf, who died on December 15, 2006. Rest in peace, Joe and all the members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives so families can enjoy their Memorial Day holiday as this family did on this episode of “Farmhouse Rules.”

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