Grain-Free Early Summer Quiche With Basil And Wild Garlic

Mirin has been reading a lot of survival books to himself lately – Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, and Julie Of the Wolves.  He’s been inspired to forage in the forest and ditches.  We certainly do stop to scrump wild plums, harvest wild grapes, mushrooms, betany roots, etc, but I usually draw the line…

A Garden Interview With Tim Noyes

I recently met Tim Noyes at a Third Monday Meeting, and discovered he was a kindred gardener who also gardens with the same “above organic” standards that I pursue.  I  was so impressed with his knowledge of heirloom vegetable varieties, and the amazing tomatoes he brought to share! “I have been gardening for 8 years. …

Grain-free Cookies N’ Cream Ice Cream Cups

This is the next instalment of Frozen Summer Treat Goodness Experiments that have been going on in the kitchen lately! The cows have been eating bales of just-cut oat hay that smells like oat porridge with honey, and the cream line on the milk has been increasing – the top shelf of the fridge is…

Biscuit-Crusted Mini Breakfast Pizzas

  These mini-pizzas delighted my children one morning, when everyone had had a long day the day before, and were all set to be grouchy and snappy that morning.  Instead they were so pleased with these little pizzas, they helped cut them out and season them, and even made runs to the garden and herb…

Early Summer Garden 2017

                    The summer garden is at that lovely and anticipating time when flowers are blooming and fruits are ripening.  I didn’t really have time for it, but I planted lots of flowers – zinnias, hollyhocks, Tithonia, marigolds and cosmos in the flower beds in front of…

Orange Creamsicle Icepops

  Summer is starting to set in (at least here in Florida).  There was a short spell of cool nights over the weekend, but being nearly mid-May, we can reasonably expect the weather to get hotter and hotter and the intense summer heat to set in. We’ll be getting out the sprinklers and water guns…

DARNE DE SAUMON A LA MAITRE D’HOTEL: French Grilled Salmon

  For my birthday recently my mom bought a whole premium Scottish salmon from Northwest Seafood.  We brought some of it home to try out this delicious grilled salmon recipe in La Cuisine.  It’s simple, rich, and delicious.   Usually I re-write the recipes to be in a more modern format, but this recipe is…

Natural Cheesemaking: Fromage de Chevre and Creme Fraiche

We have been making a lot of cheese lately – both fresh, cultured cheeses and fresh renneted cheeses (we have no cheese cave to age them).  For years I have wanted to be more serious about dairying, but when I looked at cheesemaking books, I felt intimidated and unhappy about all the additives and delicate…

The Last Spring Calves

Chestnut was the last of our mama cows to calve this spring.  We missed when she had been bred, and months ago I thought she would be the first to deliver because she was so large and pregnant.  But after all the other calves were born, she was still getting bigger and bigger.  Her udder…

Graduating the Chickies

The pastured meat chickens have been a lot to keep up with so far.  They grew faster than we thought they would (doesn’t this always happen?) and it was a wee bit of a struggle to keep up with them. They are so incy-wincy-teeny-tiny when they arrive, you can’t imagine they will be so large…

Home-made Maple-Pecan Granola

  I know, I know…granola recipes on the internet are a dime a dozen (no, actually they are free), but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill granola recipe. This is soaked-to-remove-phytic-acid-naturally-sweetened-WAPF-style granola, and it is SO good, I can hardly keep it stocked in the house.  Sometimes mornings can be rushed, and it is so nice to have…

Large Pigs At Large; Piglets Behind Bars

  Sooner or later, piglets all get to this stage – the stage where they bust through electric netting and go marauding on devilish and troublesome mischief adventures. In the midst of a busy gardening week, and on top of that a winter virus running through our milking herd and causing some anxiety (all the…