Aunt Ester’s Yellow Squash Relish (A Lacto-Fermented Version)

Every season I make a bunch of old-fashioned brined pickles to keep us through the in-between seasons.  Late summer and late spring are times when the old garden is dying and the new garden is not yet ready for harvest. I prefer this form of food preservation over heat canning, because it preserves the nutrition…

Mango Barbecue Sauce

Ethan’s grandmother is just about to turn 99 this year.  She lives in South Florida, so we only get to visit her a few times a year, usually on the holidays.  It’s hard to make it all the way down there and back with the farm chores to do, and three children that are not…

All-Raw Ice Cream Season

The every day summer rains have been hard on the garden, but the pastures are lush and green.  The hay season is over, and the cows knew it as they watched us in a huddle around the empty hay ring as we set up moveable electric fencing for the week’s grazing.  Loud mooings, some plaintive,…

Fried Chicken (and a little romance)

  This is not a new recipe, but one I’ve made for a long time.  I first came up with it after I began to eat meat again after several years of being strict vegetarian, and then vegan.  My years of plant-based diet had started to cause some health problems for me, and I felt…

Frozen Vanilla Cream With Wild Blackberry Jam Swirls

    The blackberries for this recipe were hard-won, and there was quite an adventure in procuring them. We used to have lots of blackberries around the pasture. Actually, the pastures were mostly blackberries (Ethan wanted to call it “Poky Pastures Farm”), but between applying dolomite and the rotational grazing, the grass sward has been…

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate

  We got more than six inches of rain last week, much of it in a single day.  I’ve never seen so much standing water around the farm for all day like that.  We’ve gotten summer rain storms that make a creek of the dirt path to the milking area, but on Tuesday it just…

Wild Plum Harvest

This is the time when the wild plums are dripping from the branches.  They are tart, glowing and fragrant.  Some trees bear large fruits, some small.  Some are red and some are yellow.  It is interesting to taste each tree’s offering, getting a different mix of sweet, tart, and bitter plum flavor with each one. …

Summer Squash On The Grill

    Summer squash can be a pain to grow in Florida, between the bugs and the mildew, but it is so good!  Grilled with a light, herb rub, this made a special summer supper, and would be an excellent accompaniment to hamburgers, BBQ, or pulled pork.  The herb rub recipe makes more than you…

Mock Artichoke Soup

All the ingredients for this soup were home-grown (well, except the black pepper!).  The potatoes are just now ready to dig, and the pairing of the fresh potatoes and the patty pan squash give this soup an unusual flavor of artichoke! Benning’s Green Tint is an heirloom variety of patty pan squash that has been…

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…

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…