Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday June 22, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
A Toast to Babe

You will find on Boulderwood Farm that sometimes the inanimate beasts are as amusing and adorable as the live ones! 

 Let us make a toast to Babe!

Tuesday June 08, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Uni, our Guinea Hen

That which we call an Uni, by any other name...

Depending on which side of the fence you are on, quite literally, Uni, the guinea hen can be either unnerving or endearing.  He spends most of his days on the porch nipping at the zippers hanging from Jim's golf bag, repeatedly carving his initials into the kitchen's wooden screen door or playing follow-the-leader with any moving body.  His favorite Boulderwood buddy is undoubtedly Burtee the Border Collie who he runs, rests and romps with endlessly.  Burtee does police Uni, however, when his fowl friend starts intimidating the guests.  All you have to do is say, "Burtee, get the chicken!" and the path is cleared.


Hatched right here at Boulderwood, Uni, now at the age of 6, has acquired himself quite the status as his portrait hangs over the family dining table.  Our friend, Helga, did a beautiful job of capturing Uni's balloony yet statuesque posture and smart coloring with her oil paints-wouldn't you agree??


Happy tweets and trills to all this Tuesday, straight from the Guinea's beak!

Tuesday June 01, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Burtee, our Border Collie

What is black and white, has no tail, and is the king of 80 pasture and forest filled acres of land??
There is no doubt that Boulderwood wouldn't be the same without our miracle Border Collie.

When he was just a young pup he was run over by a car but was nursed back to health by mama Murko and papa Jim.  Now, at 5 years old, he welcomes every visitor with boisterous barks and a toothy smile (really!), enjoys hearty homemade turkey and sweet potato dog food, loves a good staring contest and, yes, boasts his own boulder!
There is one thing that Burtee might be longing for though.....sheep.  Sorry, Burt. As long as the coyotes are wandering the Berkshires, herding the humans and the chickens will have to suffice.

Tuesday May 25, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Julia and Delilah, our Cows


Every Tuesday is going to be devoted to tales (and tails!) of our animal personalities here on Boulderwood Farm, the motherland of Heirloom Meals!  Today, Julia and Delilah, strike a pose while chillin’ in grass heaven, hopin’ to give a whole new meaning to grass-fed beef.  Looking good, ladies!

Sunday January 10, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Chow Time at Boulderwood Farm

Even the animals have to eat!  And their excitement when the see the hay coming is pretty amusing. This winter we've kept the horses and cows in the lower pasture because it is flat and there is a wonderful flowing stream where they can get fresh water that doesn't freeze. Our upper pasture is pretty steep with many under ground springs that create a skating rink environment which is hazardous to the animals. The hay barn is however at the top of upper the steep pasture. We heave the bales into the truck and drive them down. When we go to the barn, the cows begin to moooooo with excitement and the herd descends on the gate. I don't have to come up with a menu for the animals, but it sure is fun feeding them.
And for my other herd....here's a meal I put together after a vigourous cross country ski outing. While there was no mooing, the herd descended upon the table which always makes a cook feel good!!

Our meal consisted of:
Caesar Salad
Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Left over roasted chicken with gravy
Dark chocolate and clementines to sate our sweet tooth!

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