Turkey Brine & Spice Butter

My husband and I have joked around for a while now that we are the Green Acres Family. We lived for several years next to Disney in Celebration, FL For a few of those years I had the privilege of living next to one of my closests friends. We often said that we were going to dig a tunnel between our houses for rainy days. I really miss those days especially during Thanksgiving & Christmas. We’d run back & forth all day & night sharing ingredients.

I stole this from one of Dan’s previous blogs.

Jess & I have a love of Martha Stewart Recipes and that is where I go for my Turkey Brine & Spice Butter Recipe.  She shared this recipe with me years ago & I use it often both on Turkey & Chicken.  I’ll add pictures to this once Thanksgiving is past, gotta make sure that you guys have a great recipe to use for the actual holiday.

Rabbit Bog

 

Rabbit love it hate it, it is a tremendous renewable food source. When we talk about healthy meats this is the one that gives you bang for the buck. There is little fat in rabbit meat and the cholesterol is quite low.

According to Off Grid News “Rabbit has the lowest cholesterol value of any meat product. Compared to the next two lowest, chicken and pork (both with a value of 230 mg per serving), rabbit has a mere 164 mg of cholesterol. Rabbit is the lowest calorie meat per serving at 795 calories per pound vs 810 for chicken, 840 for veal, 1190 for turkey, and 1440 for beef. Pork weighs in at a whopping 2050 calories per pound. Rabbit meat is the HIGHEST in protein compared to chicken, fish, lamb, pork and even beef! Rabbit meat is highly digestible and recommended by the USDA for children and the elderly.The USDA also proclaims rabbit meat “the most nutritious meat known to man.””

After an unfortunate childhood rabbit incident I refused to eat rabbit.  At that point in time I got mad at myself and made my husband take me  out for rabbit for my 35th  birthday.  Since then I have extremely slowly begun to work with it. This past spring I took a rabbit butchering class at Standard Foods here in Raleigh.  I brought home my rabbit pieces and made them for lunch the next day.  We all loved them so yes I’m finally 30 some odd  years later am going to regularly make rabbit for dinner.

Tonight’s recipe is for beginners. Something to lesson the blow to the kids that you have a meat source. It won’t be recognizable, I usually find that the best way to start. and with a long slow cooking aromas they won’t be able to resist either.

Bogs are simple, you boil a rabbit or chicken in salted water for 2 hours. Next up you de-bone it(save the water) add rice and cook down until the rice is soft. The rice will take on a new texture making this dish more of a stew.  There will be left overs, freeze them and save for another rainy cold night when you won’t have much time on hand.


Bone Broth

Is it Fall yet, Y’all? The end of August was cool, as I write September has come thundering in.  I’m ready for soups, stews and bone broth.

Many of our clients know I despise one convenience kitchen appliance. Totally loathe and even though I’ve been given at least 4 of them I had to go out an buy one today just for this task.  My Mother in Law gave me one 3 Christmases in a row hoping I would keep one around. This item is a crock pot. Now we have some folks that make bone broth on the stove, I have before in the past. However,  free time and I have been struggling since February 24th. 2016.  That is the day I moved to the farm.

Yes I, Lucy, am a kitchen snob. I get why people use crock pots they greatly help out working parents stay on a budget, Crock pots have a hot dinner the moment you get home. My one complaint is that they don’t  keep a good consistent temperature.  Since I’m not putting meat in it only bones I can live with that for the convenience.  Otherwise I’ll be taking a pot on and off my cook top multiple times a day the next 36 hours.

Bone broth takes times, the bones need to break down to give you their sweet collagen and calcium.  A boost to both the breakdown and the  your body’s own digestion of calcium. Vinegar helps the body absorb calcium properly, as orange juice helps potassium be absorbed.

Lengua Tacos

Organ meats are a new item in my house. The lead in charge of this are two unlikely suspects. Two that forever have told me to go eat my hippie foods. My husband and our daughter, Rutabaga.   Earlier this spring Rutabaga decided she liked grossing people out by eating weird things.  Her new favorite food coming from this is Lengua or Cow’s tongue tacos.

Getting my hands on a Cow Tongue was harder than you think. They are one of the first things to sell when we get a cow back from Chaudry’s.  Only because we took a 2nd cow in July did I get one. And I justified it with my birthday, my  wish was to make my kiddos dream of Mama making her favorite dish come true.

Now for the cooking it is a 2 part procedure. First you will boil the tongue with the spices. Next pull out the person in your house that likes to do weird science. Step three chop & fry in a pan.  After the boiling & weird science portion you could actually slice the tongue thinly as a roast. There are limited photos in this recipe as many of you have a strong ick factor.

Red Beans & Rice with Linguica

Weeping Radish products have been a great addition to the Ninja Cow Farm Store and our own personal pantries.  When we first ordered the new sausages we were faced with lots of decisions. One of the new things we brought in is Linguica. Linguica is a firm peppery sausage made with Red Wine that has Portuguese origins.

I finally sat down and tried it a few weeks back, Red Beans & Rice came to my mind. During our 7 years in Florida I had many chances to work with folks from other countries. One of my favorite recipes I picked up was out of Puerto Rico from a family friend. In her recipe a homemade sausage was used. It was quite reminiscent of the Linguica we are now carrying in the store. The dried nature of this sausage helps it stand up to the cooking time involved. The flavor is powerful enough to help flavor the dish yet it retains flavors for each bite of the Linguica as well.

The secret to my Red Beans & Rice is a homemade Sofrito. You take onions, peppers, tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, & cilantro. You cook them all down together for a short while letting the flavors meld. I must confess though. For the 2nd year in a row my onions didn’t grow. And I never got around to planting garlic last year fall. This year though I have grand plans. With my peppers still growing and my cilantro dead I did have to take a trip to the grocery store.  At least my jalapenos & tomatoes are growing well.

This recipe makes a massive amount, feeding at least 10 people if not more.  And it will be more. I froze several meals worth after dinner.  In the Ninja Cow Farm Store we sell Linguica doe $10.50 lb. With only using 1 lb of sausage in this dish along with the remaining ingredients should bring this dish to under $25.  Not to bad for a one dish meal that feeds a crowd.

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole

This next week we have family coming for an extended visit. We’ll be out sight seeing yet still working. Make ahead breakfasts  will get us all off to a good start. The good news is that the restrictions are easy for me as a trained cook.  Flavor is something I’m not missing out on.

 

One of the thing I love is quiche, However I’m not allowed gluten or really any grains.  Then I thought about frittatas and thought hmm I’m lazier than that. How about a simple breakfast bake.

Sausage & Eggs are both in the NCF store & are the main ingredients to the dish. Then I added a few extra boosts, a teaspoon of Boar & Castle Sauce adds depth. The Cheese well because I love a cheesy eggs, luckily we now carry Ashe Co Cheese Mountain Marble. Chopped Red Onions, Red Bell Pepper, & Spinach add texture as well as a kick of flavor.

 

We carry several types of sausage well suited for this dish depending on the flavor you like.  The Mild or Hot Bulk Sausage is $7.50 lb, Chorizo is $10lb or, Ground Pork for $6.50lb.  Eggs are sold for $4.25 dozen. Mountain Marble run $6.95lb and Board & Castle Sauce is $3.99.  The Boar & Castle Sauce is worth the small investment I add it to everything. In all the cost of this dish will run $10-$20 depending on how big of a crowd you are feeding.  The measurements I’m giving you should have 8 servings for about $16.50. You’ll have plenty of cheese and sauce left over for other meals.

Beef & Broccoli

Beef & Broccoli a Chinese restaurant favorite  for take out. Now it is time for you to have this wonderful meal at home.

A few years ago my brother was home from college and he requested that I make Beef & Broccoli for dinner. I went to Pinterest to search as Asian food is not my strong point.  There I found this recipe by Rainy Day Gal (Jenny Miller). Despite its 1 hour marinade time this dish is quick. It is great for a night in which you have a a few minutes to get something together before running out for a practice then coming back and having it ready in 10 minutes.  For those nights I have frozen brown rice stock piled in my freezer. While I prefer everything fresh and homemade it isn’t always possible on a working parents time frame.