Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blasts from the past

This snail race was fun. The snail closest to you kept trying to make a u-turn!
Warning! These are addictive.
One of my favorite pics of Ethan.
Preserving Meyer Lemons was fun...and I am still using them.
Had a wonderful time making clams for the grandkids..on vacation at the coast! Elaina loves her clams..and so does Ethan. They also love salmon roe..eaten with chopstix.
My favorite...preserved tomatoes over quinoa pasta.
Deep-fried baby artichokes with grey salt.
Frozen pom seeds. Oh, and those vacuum-sealed beets from Trader Joe's.
My fave meal...lamb and veggies. Well, one of my favorite meals.
Yes...I always have some chicken fat for schmaltz-making in the freezer. I also save bacon grease. Don't mix em up though. :)
I love brown basmati rice.
Brick...my new favorite thing. I love Brick a L'Oeuf.

I am off to Portland for 9 days. Can't wait to get there! Dave and the cats will hold down the fort.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Winner Winner Turkey Dinner

Roasted in convection oven for 2 1/2 hours on 425
Started it with breast side down...sprinkled turkey with Sale Alle Erbe (salt with herbs)
Stuffed turkey cavity with fresh sage, garlic, and a big onion cut in half. It was moist, delish, and am using leftovers for sandwiches, turkey chili, turkey hash, and there's a real possiblity for Christmas decorations... using the bones. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mondays with Marcia Lowry-How Much Food Do You Eat in a Year?


We try to live a sustainable lifestyle, relying on renewable energy, home-grown food and being gentle to Mother Earth. One thing, among many, that has amazed us in this journey is the amount of food it takes to get us through a year. I have tried to keep accurate records in the past and have finally arrived at what we need to feed us from season to season. Here is an approximate tally:

Half a beef – locally grown and traded in part for pork and lamb, 1 pig – home-grown and fed mostly garden produce and milk, 1 -2 lambs – home-grown, grassfed, 12-15 meat chickens – home-grown, free-range, 50 dozen eggs – from home-grown free-range chickens, 300 gallons of milk from pasture-fed Molly cow –some going to the pigs and chickens and barn cats , 25 gallons of cream-to be made into butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and for cooking, 50 lbs. of various kinds of cheese, 30 quarts of green beans, 15 quarts of peas, 15 quarts of broccoli, 15 quarts of cauliflower, 50 quarts of corn, 20 quarts of tomatoes, 5 quarts of tomato sauce, 10 quarts of peppers, 10 pints of salsa, 16 quarts of peaches, 10-15 pints of various relishes and jams, 10 quarts of dill pickles, 300 lbs. of potatoes, 150 lbs. of onions, 25 acorn squash, 100 + pounds of carrots. 50 lbs. of parsnips, 25 lbs. of red beets, 25 lbs. of cabbage, 6 quarts applesauce, 3 gallons sliced apples, 150 pumpkins – most go to pigs and chickens, 350 lbs. of mangles (fodder beets) for cows, pigs, sheep and chickens.

In spring and summer gardens we grow various veggies such as asparagus, lettuce, radishes, summer squash, etc. In the passive solar greenhouse we have lettuce, kale, chard, beets, tomatoes and peppers all winter. We are fortunate to get several shipments of citrus fruit from Rob’s folks when they winter in Arizona. We try to keep food items we have to buy at a minimum as we only go to “town” every 2 or 3 weeks – flour, olive oil, coffee, tea, condiments, seasonings, spices and alcohol. We try to eat seasonally….by March we are really tired of carrots and are craving asparagus

There have been lots of lessons learned here - the most important being just how much product, time, energy and planning it takes to feed us…and we are just two humans! How much food do you eat in a year?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Photography-read and learn

Michael Craig Harris, photographer

My son, Mike Harris, is a photographer in the Portland, Oregon area. He started a blog recently and I learn something every time I read it. His latest interview with Andy Batt is fantastic. When I go up to Portland later this month, I'll get more lessons in lighting.

Mike says I need a new camera...but can't do it right now. Maybe later!

Go here and read a great interview.....and learn something about photography you didn't know!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Preserving Summer Tomatoes -Two Ways

I ended up with 6 quarts of peeled tomatoes and 6 quarts of mushroom/basil/preserved lemon pasta sauce. Will do more next weekend using romas! Thanks to Eileen...and Phil's suggestion, I'll be doing pickled peppers as well.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Mondays with Marcia Lowry-Breakfast on the Ranch

Remember Molly the Cow? Time for calf to eat!
And the sheep head out to pasture. Time for breakfast. (wish I was there)

Monday, September 06, 2010

Marlena Spieler on the BBC

Marlena Spieler on the BBC!

Listen HERE. Just turn it on and go about your business. Fun to listen to!

We loved it when she was at our house!

Friday, September 03, 2010

How about looking at my cats?

Please keep Buddy out of my box.
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
I got your glass...up here!
The cat's outta the bag.

My cat Max used to lay in the sink like this kitty. I still miss Max.
The new litter box....Buddy likes it. He's waiting for me to leave.
Taking turns laying in the corn box. Stan and Buddy fought over that box the entire day.

Stella......sunbathing. Nobody bothers her.