Farm Recipes

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 8 comments

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers

These Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers have been a summertime BBQ favorite for a number of years here on the farm. Every time we make them, we never seem to make enough! We don’t eat a lot of meat, as we prefer to eat food we raise ourselves. However, as we don’t raise much meat on the farm, we do occasionally source pastured, sustainably raised, local meats. A branch of Mr. CV’s family were historically sheep ranchers in Northern California, and I grew up in England where New Zealand lamb was very much a staple in the family diet. Lamb is not particularly popular here in the...

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Goat’s Milk Pancakes

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Goat’s Milk Pancakes

As this spring’s goat kids get closer to being weaned, we now have some extra goat milk at our disposal. I was inspired the other day to actually cook breakfast, instead of resorting to my more predictable breakfast fare. I don’t make pancakes much any more, probably because we always have an overabundance of eggs.  A hot breakfast around here usually resembles an omelette, scramble, or frittata. However, I had a few lonely raspberries in the fridge last week that needed to be used up, and before I knew it I was whipping up a batch of pancake batter to serve them with.  ...

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Cheese Making: Whole Milk Ricotta

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 21 comments

Cheese Making: Whole Milk Ricotta

It’s the New Year, and this year one of my resolutions is to make more cheese. Not necessarily to eat more cheese, but make more of the cheeses that we use the most often. We’re looking forward to our own fresh goat’s milk in spring, but in the meantime we can still make cheese, even with purchased milk. As cheeses go, Ricotta is one of the most versatile in the kitchen, and one I use often. Ricotta can be used in so many dishes, from pancakes, to salads and sandwiches, and pasta dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara, lasagna, or ravioli. The word ricotto is Italian for...

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Roasted Butternut Squash: Galette & Pastry Pockets

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 12 comments

Roasted Butternut Squash: Galette & Pastry Pockets

The first day of winter, and it’s a cold and dreary afternoon. A perfect day for baking. Of course, good nutrition, and sensible diets dictate that I don’t bake too often, but when I do, it better be something I love. This time of year I love winter squash, especially the butternut types, like ‘Waltham’, or my favorite, ‘Greek Sweet Red’. Pair the squash with pastry, and I find myself in my very own little piece of heaven. By request, I’m sharing not one, but two of my favorite recipes for preparing butternut squash in pastry.  A simple, rustic,...

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Homemade Breakfast: Muesli & Granola

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 21 comments

Homemade Breakfast: Muesli & Granola

Breakfast is usually proclaimed to be the most important meal of the day. Why is it then that most of us mindlessly reach for a box of sugary cereal in the grocery aisle, rather than make our own? I enjoy eating cereal. Not the lighter-than-air sugar-laden, or marshmallow bestowed fluff in a box, but quality, wholesome, cereal grains. You know, the kind of cereal you actually have to chew? To have more control over the foods we eat, we already make our own bread, we produce our own eggs, and grow our own fruits and vegetables. Not wanting to purchase cereals though, lately I’ve mostly...

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Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 25 comments

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream may sound blah and boring to some, but it is the most versatile of all the ice cream flavors. Even though summer is officially over, apple pie season is in full swing.  As there is no à la mode without ice cream, stashing a few pints of a sinfully rich ice cream in the freezer now will guarantee that no pie, or tart, arrives at the table under-dressed this fall. As we have chickens, we have no shortage of eggs, so of course my preference is for making French custard-based ice creams. Note that this is not a low fat, low calorie, diet frozen dessert.  Most low-fat ice cream...

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Grilled Baba Ghannouj

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 8 comments

Grilled Baba Ghannouj

This is where I come clean. I am NOT a fan of eggplant. I’m not. Honestly. I never have been.  For me, more often than not, eggplant was always overcooked, mushy, and watery, and left little to be desired on either the flavor, or the texture front. Until recently I’ve often wondered what all the fuss about eggplant was.  It’s alright, I just wouldn’t go out of my way to eat it. However, all that said, this season I’m becoming something of a convert. First, we’re not growing the giant market-type aubergines that most of us are familiar with. Many of the...

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Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 16 comments

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Pita is a Middle Eastern flat bread that is not only easy to make, but also versatile. Truly fresh pita though can be difficult to find, as pita bread is never as good as when it first comes fresh from the oven. Most pita bread sold in local markets, unless it is baked fresh on the premises, is likely to be a very poor imitation of what can be baked at home. We often don’t think to keep pita on hand, but quite honestly, there’s no reason not to. If you can make a pizza dough, pita bread is really no more technically challenging. It takes roughly the same amount of time from start...

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