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    Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pasta

    With mixed feelings, I made the best of this quiet evening home alone.  It is still a rarity; one kid at camp, one kid at work, and the husband also is working.  A little solitude was a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening, puttering around and enjoying the sights and sounds of my lovely little farm.  On the other hand…no hustle and bustle, no noisy playful banter, no companionship.  Sigh.  Sniff.  The kids are growing up and so much less dependent on mom. But!  I can eat whatever I want for dinner.  And no one will complain, or push their plate away only to replace it with a…

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    Asparagus and Spinach Frittata Recipe

    This was a perfect spring day! I took a vacation day from work. A friend from out-of-town came over for lunch and a visit. The weather was glorious…75 degrees and sunny. I picked flowers, played with goats, and gardened. There was asparagus frittata. I make this frittata once each year during asparagus season.  Frittatas are so versatile and simple, as well as delicious and healthy.  They can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner; may be eaten hot, cold or room temperature; and can be modified for almost any fresh vegetables and cheese that you have available. This recipe is modified from Giada’s Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina using ingredients…

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    Homemade Egg Noodles

    The homestead husband has been craving and asking for homemade noodles “like mom used to make” for quite a while.  These were off the menu due to diet restrictions, however.  But, we are now in recovery from a gluten free diet, and with all of these eggs, I decided to give noodle making a whirl. Still suffering through a miserable cold spring (it snowed nearly every day through the first week in April), I decided chicken and noodles was on the menu.  First, one of our whole, frozen chickens was placed in the Instant Pot and cooked for 50 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the noodles.  The ingredients are placed in a…

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    Instant Pot Chicken Wings

    Once or twice per year, we raise a batch of Cornish cross meat chickens to stock our freezer.  I watch for specials from Meyer Hatchery for day old chicks.  They are shipped to our local post office, then started in our barn under heat lamps for about 3 weeks.  Around that time, they are sufficiently sized and feathered to move outside to our moveable chicken pen and finished on pasture for 5 more weeks.  A local Amish family butchers the finished broilers for us, and we package them for the freezer.  These shrink bags work great for keeping this delicious, healthy chicken free of freezer burn until ready for use. The…

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    Maple Creme Brulee

    March in northeast Ohio is not known as a time for bountiful harvests.  However, here is a decadent treat to take advantage of what is in season now.  Eggs and maple syrup. 2018 has not been a prolific year for maple syrup production.  Unseasonably cold weather persists, even into the first days of spring.  In order for the maple sap to run, we need temperatures above freezing during the day and below freezing at night.  Average normal high temperatures in our area at this time of year should be around 48 degrees–today’s high is forecasted at 35, and this cold snap will remain through the week.  With the sun still…

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    Homemade Venison Sausage–A Quick Dinner Starter

      A meal planner app has been an invaluable tool for staying organized, and assuring that a healthy, home-cooked meal is on the table at least five nights per week.  For several years, I have made weekly (sometimes even monthly) meal plans, scribbled on little pieces of paper. Generally, I can keep track of that little scrap for the week, but then it is lost.  Recently, I found a better system.  I highly recommend MealBoard.  This app has been added to my iPhone; meals are still planned a couple of weeks at a time.  But with MealBoard they are stored where I won’t lose them.  Ummm…here’s hoping that my phone doesn’t…