Sunday October 03, 2010
Could it be? A baby chick is hatched in autumn? Indeed it is. And Mommy bird is doing a great job. Birth is a miracle and hard-wired genetics are fascinating. I tried to put some water and food nearby and Mommy bird bit me. And to that I say, "why mess with nature?" She knows what's she's doing. Who needs humans anyway. Lesson learned!!
Because I couldn't get close - this photo isn't a good one - but "Harvest Moon" is alive and peepin'!!
Friday October 01, 2010
It's always fun when the kids come and I can make them their favorite things!! And fortunately for me, Jim's kids have exciting palates!! Moreover it's Matt's birthday which gives me an excuse to make his favorite - Nutella Heaven Pound Cake.
Friday Night's Arrival Menu:
Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
Brown "sticky" Rice
Mixed Green Salad
Saturday Night Birthday Dinner:
Pot Roast - I am trying a new recipe - I will blog about it on Monday
Roasted organic homegrown potatoes
Broccoli with thyme, lemon, garlic and browned butter - Matt and Caroline's F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E!!!
Nutella Heaven Pound Cake for Matt's B-day cake
Breakfast is always our chicken eggs scrambled with veggies and sprinkled with whatever cheese I have on hand. Lunch is leftovers, that is, if we have any!! Otherwise, I am thinking BLT's with my late tomato harvest.
Oh, and lest I forget...we'll open a jar of spicy salsa that I made a couple of weeks ago - another one of Matt's favorites. It's going to be a great food-filled family weekend
Thursday September 30, 2010
Alas, it's raining!! It's what the farmers need - some good ol' H2O. Ironically, the rain fell on the evening that Farm Girl Farmer, Laura Meister, hosted a celebration of the harvest with other farmers and farm advocates at her farm under the tent. Chef, Brian Alberg, from the Red Lion Inn, served up a grilling extravaganza - goat, lamb burgers, his own smoked ham, veggies and a whole halibut. Oh my god - it was o-u-t-s-t-a-n-d-i-n-g!!!!!!!
Thank you farmers and Laura!!
And might I add that Chef, Michael Ballon's chocolate covered macaroons were the BEST I have ever tasted - I am buying his cookbook just for that recipe!!
Wednesday September 29, 2010
Can you imagine growing up on a farm and learning the skills to feed yourself and your family? Shannon Hayes shares her memories with host, Carole Murko
. Shannon is an advocate of pasture-raised and grassfed meats in addition to sustainable and bio-diverse agriculture. Her advocacy is clearest through her 2 cookbooks, "The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook
" and "The Farmer and the Grill
" where she wants the consumer to understand how to cook with the variability of grassfed animals and the robustness of flavors and taste that result in knowing how to prepare them. It's a lively and interesting discussion on our food system and the importance of small biodiverse farms.
(This is a taped copy of the show as the computer in the studio was not working - I will try and upload the show next week - it starts 10-15 minutes into the show and goes longer so you can stop listening when I end the show.)
Tuesday September 28, 2010
I was inspired by my garden harvest - why not mix a little kale with some end-of-summer sunflowers for a high-impact centerpiece!!
Monday September 27, 2010
It was quite a trip - 22 hours of driving, 2 cooking demos, lots of great vendors at the fair and an overall great time!! Thank you Country Living!!
Here's my view from the stage:
And here's what a couple of people had to say:
Basking in the glow!!