Monday February 21, 2011
There is nothing that gives me more joy than cooking for friends. Here's the menu that I made for my dear friend, Maurice Peterson's birthday party. An evening of love, laughter and fun was had by all!!
(Maurice and Jim)
Guacamole and Chips
Hot Artichoke Dip
Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
Heirloom Flourless Chocolate Cake
Maurice Martini - made with homemade ginger simple syrup and Absolute Citron
Red and White Wine
Boulderwood Spring Water - sine and con gas - gas a la sodastream
Thursday February 17, 2011
Triplets, twins, triplets - lambing is in full swing! Thank goodness no
bottle babies (yet). I'm not getting much sleep, but then again I don't
expect to this time of year. Twice nightly barn checks, then work all day
either cleaning the barn, feeding, fixing or dealing with what comes my way.
The warmer weather is nice to a point, and now that the snow is melting we
are dealing with flooding in the barn/ice at night when it refreezes.
The forecast for spring is wet and wild - Oh boy!!!
Wednesday February 16, 2011
@NYCUlla, Goldilocks finds Manhattan or Ulla Kjarval is an Icelandic American who grew up on a farm in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Ulla and I met in the twitterverse. So for all of those non-believers out there, twitter does allow you to find a community of people who care and tweet about the same topics that you do. Ulla actively tweets about the merits of grass-fed meats and advocates for them. Of course this doesn't seem far-fetched when you find out that she grew up on a farm and understands the challenges that small, sustainable farmers have.
Ulla shares her memories of visiting her grandmother in Iceland and how simple and pure the food was. She and her Mom have just developed a traditional recipe for Danish style pork pate that I promised her I will make and then share the recipe with my readers.
First listen and then join the conversation that we are having about the future of food, the impact it has on our health, and the importance of local, sustainable agriculture on our futures and communities. Ulla has. In her words, "My hope is to throw a pebble into the dialogue." Thank you Ulla!!
Tuesday February 15, 2011
Here's a photo of some flowers for a dinner party I threw last summer....inspiration for the winter blues!!
Monday February 14, 2011
TEDxManhattan - Changing the Way We Eat was an amazing and inspiring day. Two days later, I still feel the energy and am energized to be part of the revolution. Oh wait, I am already part of the revolution. I buy local, grow some of my own veggies, belong to a CSA, raise chickens and cattle and am working on Heirloom Meals which embraces sustainable agriculture, cooking and family meals and exploring the old way of cooking and dining.
Here are some of the people who inspired me: Laurie David, Ken Cook, Karen Hudson, William Li, Michel Nischan, Britta Riley, Melony Samuels, Josh Viertel to name a few - really - all the speakers were amazing, compelling and AWESOME!!
Stay tuned as I think about a project to enter into the TEDxManhattan Challenge!!
Here's the link to the webcast of the event. Enjoy!!
Sunday February 13, 2011
The big mammals as we call them are hay burners this time of year. It's been quite challenging getting the hay to them twice a day in the big snow conditions. Here they are munching away - even Burtee tried to get in on the action!!