Showing posts from June, 2012

Knitting Hanna's Avery Cowl

This project was a breeze. A cool, delightful, but over-sized breeze. I enjoyed the knitting and really got into a groove with the chart, recognizing the pattern and only needing the chart as reference.
Hanna and I decided she needed a good hand-knitted cowl in her life and scoured ravelry for just the right one. After choosing Avery, we set out to Weaving Works to pick the yarn. We had both envisioned this cowl/scarf in an undyed wool fiber, something very natural and neutral, but when Hanna saw that red tucked amongst the Cascade yarns, her heart was set.

What a beautiful project for a beautiful friend!

Recipe: Wilted Lettuce Salad with Bacon and Chevre

I woke up early this morning with a stomach growling to be fed and when I opened the refrigerator I saw my leftovers from market yesterday: Little Gem Romaine Lettuce! I love salad for breakfast and knew something was in the mix when I remembered the nice customer at the Poulsbo Farmers Market yesterday who told me to make this.

Wilted Lettuce Salad with Bacon and Chevre

1 small head lettuce
3- 6 strips bacon (depending how much meat you want and how many people are being fed)
1 large shallot
1/4 c red wine vinegar
chevre or blue cheese to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Remove the lettuce leaves from the stalk, leaving them intact. Wash and dry in your salad spinner (best kitchen investment, use it every day!).

Peel and chop shallot as preferred. Fry bacon on medium heat, and when half-cooked add shallot to the pan. Add extra oil if your bacon is lean. Once this is completely cooked and pan is still on a heated stovetop, add vinegar to deglaze the delicious drippings. After ~ 10 sec…

Canning Strawberry Jam with a kid friendly recipe.

I'm behind schedule with my canning plans (and grateful to my boyfriend for picking up my slack by putting our pickled radish plans in jars this month) but am excited to have started the season with what feels like the definition of spring: our first farm-picked strawberries. Truthfully, our first farm-picked strawberries were sold at market and the second round put into our CSA boxes as requested, but the "seconds," otherwise known as the ugly and slightly damaged food, made it into my pot. I excitedly offered to make somethin for us all and with little effort produced three jars of jam-- one for each household!

Using my trusty canning book, the default for most of my canning endeavors last year and likely this year too, The River Cottage Preserves Handbook provided an alternative recipe to Hugh's favorite raspberry jam. Luckily for you, I found the exact recipe online! Sub strawberries for raspberries, taking care of halve or quarter the large berries. The process …

How to Cook a Rooster

Last month I had the fulfilling experience of seeing and participating in the culmination of the full life-cycle of an animal I raised and planned to eat, after the bald eagle killed a hen and we slaughtered the rooster on the same night. Knowing this would be too much meat for this one person to prepare and eat for herself in the allotted time before meat goes bad, I froze the hen and prepared a feast with the rooster to be shared with others.

We've all heard of coq au vin, the chicken recipe that graces many menus and turns up at the PCC buffett on occasion. What you haven't heard, is that until now, most of the coq au vin you've tried was a sham, a mere effort to recreate what the recipe was meant to be-- a slow and labor-intensive way to tenderize and cook an aged rooster. I have two favorite food books in my life right now, River Cottage Preserves (which I'm always reference for canning), and my new favorite general cook, titled Forgotten Skills of Cooking. This c…

A hen + a rooster. (graphic). My first time killing a chicken on the farm.

*This story contains a somewhat graphic description and photos of dead chickens. Please consider this before reading.

One Thursday evening, about a month ago, I got a call from the boss man. He seemed agitated and wondered if I was home. "Yeah. What's up?" He said he'd been seeding flats in the greenhouse when he heard some commotion in the yard; the dog was mad and the chickens scared. When he came out he saw a bald eagle descend into the chicken pen and use its strong talons to break a chicken's back, instantly rendering it dead with no time to prevent it. He was able to get the eagle out of the chicken pen without it carrying away our fowl but this left us with a freshly killed chicken on our hands, which Peter offered to me.

This was my chance. For weeks we had been talking about getting rid of the rooster who was past his young prime and remained to be mostly an annoyance to the family and a rapist to the hens. He wasn't needed on the farm and it only ma…