Cutting up a Whole Chicken

I often just take the easy route of roasting (or crock-potting) a whole bird and just cutting or pulling the meat off once it’s cooked.  Once in a while though I want to make a recipe that calls for cut up pieces.  Here’s a great resource for learning how to:

Cutting Up a Chicken  Melissa Clark from the NY Times shows how to cut up a whole chicken.

Italian Sausage Hoagies

 Comfort Food! Italian Sausage Hoagies   This is a family favorite. Using bulk sausage means we can get 5-6 hoagies out of a pound of sausage versus four when we us links.    Italian Sausage Hoagies   A quick and easy sandwich. Ingredients 2 T Olive oil 2-3 Yellow onions, sliced 2-3 Sweet peppers (any… Continue Reading

Turkey Brine Recipe & Tips

So, you’ve gotten your pasture-raised turkey… now what? 24-36 hours ahead of cooking your turkey get it into a brine. Brining is one of the ways to ensure that this will be the best turkey ever! There are a lot of brine recipes, choose one that appeals most to you. Below is a simple brine… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Collaboration!

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm announces collaboration with Gunthorp Farms! The first and best meat CSA in Chicago is teaming up with the premier provider of pasture-raised turkeys to top restaurant and retail outlets. October 9, 2017 (Chicago, IL)— CVSF is excited to announce they will again partner with Gunthorp Farms to bring drug-free, GMO free… Continue Reading

Who’s growing your holiday turkey(s)?

Thanksgiving Turkeys – 2017 Edition Here’s what I said last fall: Every fall at about this time, our CSA members and farmers market customers ask us about holiday turkeys. We HAVE grown turkeys for the holidays in the past, but due to a amount finite brooder space (where to put turkeys when we have a… Continue Reading

Beef Stock

Beef Stock   Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 hours Total time 10 hours 10 mins   This is so easy, I hesitat to even call it a recipe! Serves: 3 Qts Ingredients smoked beef bone 1 celeriac root & top (can substitute 5-6 stalks of celery) 1 large onion Instructions Scrub celeriac root… Continue Reading

Crispy Roasted Pork Belly

    Crispy Roasted Pork Belly   Prep time 15 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 15 mins   Ingredients 1 lb Fresh Pork Side 1 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Tbs Kosher Salt 1 Small Onion 1 Small Orange Instructions Pat pork dry. (You may want to leave it uncovered in the… Continue Reading

Italian Sausage Risotto

This is one of my favorite “company” dinners.  It’s delicious, impressive-ish, and lots easier than it looks!   Italian Sausage Risotto   Serves: Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb Italian sausage (bulk) 2 Tbs butter 1 large onion, chopped 1⅔ cup Arborio rice ⅔ cup red wine 4 cups chicken stock ¼ cup Parmesan, grated (plus… Continue Reading

Routes to Farm Summit at Starved Rock Lodge

Routes to Farm Summit Last week,  Beth, Jack, and I made the short trip to Starved Rock Lodge for the first Routes to Farm Summit  after dropping Duncan at school. It was refreshing to have a farm conference right in our backyard. The lodge is close enough to shuttle back and forth to take care of the animals and… Continue Reading

Small questions –

  Small questions – We live in a world of big intractable problems. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. I want to just put my head down and get on with MY work and take care of MY family… tunnel vision on, world tuned out. But, I have amazing friends…friends that inspire. me. to. lift up… Continue Reading