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   Print 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… 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

Community Supported Soup

Community Supported Soup My last post, 2016 Election – Food for Thought, talked about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the GOP’s platform to uncouple it from the Farm Bill and block grant it to death. With a Republican majority in both houses and a Republican president, it’s quite possible this will come to pass,… Continue Reading

Who’s growing your holiday turkey(s)?

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 very full schedule of meat chickens?), scheduling issues (every grower wants… Continue Reading

Terra Madre Re-cap

Last month (how can it be a month already?!), I had the privilege and responsibility to represent  Slow Food Chicago in Turin, Italy at Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto 2016 (http://bit.ly/2eg1qH3). This biennial conference and food show celebrates our diverse food cultures, protects biodiversity, and works to improve our global food system through local action and community… Continue Reading