Category Archives: Food

Cooking, preserving, and talking about food.

Do you Pinterest?

downloadPinterest... At best, it's just a bunch of pretty pictures or at worst filled with epic fails (think Thanksgiving Turkeys) you should avoid, right? Not really. It's actually a really good way to crowd-source ideas. and it's particularly good for sourcing recipe ideas and cooking techniques/tips. I eschewed Pinterest in favor of Google searches which got me answers from high traffic sites like All Recipes or Epicurious.  

A good friend and fabrenda and luisbulous WI Realtor  mBrenda+Luis-smallade a strong case for using Pinterest as it will bring content from smaller blogs and individual cooks that will have different takes on the ingredient, recipe or theme on which you ar searching. Also, it's a way to share and compare and organize visually. It's easy to set up a pin board. We've organized our boards by types of meat or eggs and have a separate "Life on the Farm" board. Feel free to visit our Pinterest page. Feel free to follow us, if you like. We'll be adding new boards and pinning to existing board more in the coming weeks. If you have pin boards you'd like to share (especially if they include our fabulous meats), we'd love to see them.

Sites like All Recipes have reviews and comments, but a lot of times they're more monolithic than I like. A dish you will find on our beef board is redang daging which is and Indonesian Beef Curry. It has become a family favorite. It is not a recipe we ever would have found by thumbing through our own cook books. We found it at this pin. From there we could go to a beautiful (and helpful blog) table twenty-eight.table-twenty-eight Pinterest is often a visual feast (epic fails aside - which can be entertaining) and can inspire me to try new recipes or techniques. We'll certainly be exploring more ourselves Please let us know how it goes for you!        
Mise en Place

Mise en Place

Have you every made a stir fry dish in which the meat was overcooked, the veggies burnt, the noodles congealed into a lump and the sauce was missing a key ingredient/flavor? What about that special meal you made for guests in which the sides were ready well ahead of the main dish was ready toContinue Reading

The Local Beet

The Local Beet It’s a blog, it’s a directory, it’s an online forum, and it’s all about local foods. If you care about local foods in and around Chicago The Local Beet is a great landing page. From farmers market info to a comprehensive CSA directory to one family’s sustainable food journey, The Local Beet putsContinue Reading

5 Things to Do This Weekend (To make cooking easier all week)

Plan some meals Everything goes better when you have a plan. If your house is anything like ours, no plan often leads to more take-out/eat out. Take a look in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what’s in your food inventory. What should be used…are there fresh veggies in the crisper that won’t lastContinue Reading

Pork Stock

                        Pork Stock   Print This pork stock is a great base for oriental or bean soups. Author: Beth Osmund Ingredients 2 lbs pork (neck bones or hocks) 3 med. yellow onions (see note) 3-4 stalks celery 3-4 carrots 3 bay leaves 1 tsp.Continue Reading

Chicken Liver Pate   Print Ingredients 1 pound chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed 1 cup milk ½ cup unsalted butter 2 large onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon rosemary ½ teaspoon thyme 2 bay leaves ½ cup dry white wine (or chicken broth) 2 tablespoons drained capers 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon groundContinue Reading

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

  Chicken Stock   Print Ingredients 4 – 5lbs chicken (this can be a combination of whole chicken, necks, backs, or carcasses from baked/roasted chicken) The better the chicken you use the better your stock will be. (We like CVSF chicken, but any pasture raised chicken will be good.) 2 gallons cold water 1-2 onionsContinue Reading

Real Food – Fast

When it comes to feeding a family, there are several competing priorities: time, cost, nutrition, and the ever important “Will the kids eat it?” I have a strong bias toward real food. By real food I mean food that is minimally processed, which eliminates many of the so called convenience foods that I once reliedContinue Reading

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)

Easy Enchilada Bake (a.k.a. Delicious Glop)   Print (As you may guess from what my kids call this, a lovely presentation isn’t always my priority!) Ingredients 1 bag prepared meat (chicken, beef, or pork) 1 bag precooked beans 1 cup rice 1 can enchilada sauce (hot or mild) Shredded cheddar cheese Flour tortillas Nonstick sprayContinue Reading