Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday January 31, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Soup’s On

Chicken soup entrees are in the house and I need to get cookin'! And there isn't a better time for chicken soup for me as I have been having some odd ball health issues. Basically my life is out of balance. And cooking is therapy for me - it's meditative, relaxing and nurturing. So, I'll keep you posted as I seek balance through chicken soup. And may the best man win the "Souper Bowl!"

Thursday January 27, 2011

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Bale Slicer

Well we managed to get through the cold and the snow and more snow. This is
a hard winter. I am looking forward to spring...but not the mud...countdown
to lambs has begun. Jenn said she "smelled" lambs last night once we were
finished cleaning the barn and had the girls back inside. She can usually
detect that scent up to a week or so away from the first lamb being born. My
nose isn't that good. I have to have a newborn right up to my face in order
to catch that scent.

The new bale slicer works great! George came and fixed it, we hooked it up
and whoosh....it cut the "mostly" frozen wrapped bale right in half! It was
so easy to pick up a section. Think of a wrapped bale as an onion. Stand it
on end (stalk up, root down) and cut in half. You can see the concentric
layers of the onion as the two sides are separated. The bale slicer works
the same way as the knife in this situation, except this is a 1500lb.
onion...made feeding the sheep their evening meal so much easier and faster!

The BCAE class with Chef Michael was a smash hit! All of the attendees were
thrilled to be able to work with such a talented guy and loved my lamb and
the Pretty Things Beer it was paired with. Here is a link to the photos
Many thanks to Leise Jones for sharing the photos!

Tuesday January 25, 2011

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Flow Blue Collecting

I became obsessed with flow blue dishes 15 years ago when Mom and I frequented tag sales and antique fairs. I just personally respond the blue and white and in particular the flow blue. And have a small collection.

The term flow blue is used to describe a type of fine china that was made from around 1800-1920 whereby the blue paint when fired, flowed and became blurry – thus “flow” blue. The older intact pieces are extremely collectable and very valuable.

I am lucky that my grandmother actually had the last made flow blue pattern as her fine china. My grandmother’s plates are the iris pattern.  And I treasure them - a true heirloom!!

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