Need a Saturday pick me up to chase away boring weekend food? Come out to the farm visit the cows and pick up the ingredients for a fabulous snack. Let’s make some Mimi’s Ham & Cheese Beer Soft Pretzel Bites. This recipe is straight from Lin Johnson-Carlson founder of Mimi’s Mountain Mixes.
This is one dish I saw disappear quickly. I changed up the ingredients a bit to incorporate what I could find in the NCF store. The change worked great and my oh my what a snack. The Redneck Romano was subbed for swiss cheese . It was the perfect substitute. Redneck Romano has just a bit more flavor than you traditional Swiss. I think I’ll be using it more from here on out. The Lusty Monk was exchanged for Beer Mustard. Once again more flavor. The heat of baking mellowed the spicy punch. Rutabaga was hesitant to try one but was quickly hooked & ate 4. Lasty I used our Deli Ham made with our pigs by Weeping Radish. The thickness of the ham gave a more filling bite.
Fall recipes are looming in my brain. I see blankets of leaves with my family bouncing through them as they come in to have a mug of warm butternut squash bisque. Then I open my eyes and realize that is not my family just the one that resides in my head. Dinner party season is just about to start up though. Short easy recipes to take an appetizers are a must. Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos are a delicious apps to make ahead of time, throw in the oven as you’re getting dressed then retain enough heat to stay warm on the car ride to a friends house. This recipe is in honor of Mark & Jeanette who have used about 90% of the Jalapenos I have grown this year.
Earlier this spring Jen from Chickadee Farm began visiting the Ninja Cow Farm Store. One day she showed up with pepper plants for me explaining she had more than she could plant. She asked if I would want them. “Sure” I said knowing full well my family does not eat spicy food. We are a thorough blend of Scotch, Irish & Norwegian, are any of those cultures known for their spicy foods? Nope. I planted the peppers and poof they have produced like no plant ever before.
This spring we also began having Weeping Radish Butchery pick up our pork and beef to make Niche Market meats with. Their sugar free bacon recipe mixed with our pork is AH-Mazing! In the store it sells for $12.50lb. W won’t be using too much int he recipe today. There will be plenty left over for a BLT for a midnight snack. Sugar Free Bacon Wrapped around a Jalapeno filled with cream cheese and a dash of Smoked Paprika creates a fabulous appetizer.
Always ask what is growing in the garden. I’m always glad to share the bounty.
I can see the Eww’s coming across the screen already. Hold tight though and take a trip further into the Culinary World. Recently we’ve had several international clients request Chicken Hearts. After consideration and a few rounds of cooking them. I declare they are tasty must have treats. Easy to make and man are they good, like I now crave them type of good. The taste and flavor is as if a steak and a chicken thigh mixed together.
This past March my husband had to travel to Brazil on business. When he returned he raved about the food and being forced to try new things. Now the man is not the most adventurous eater due to some food allergies (okra and shellfish). In fact we were a bit worried about the language barrier and proceeded to take a crash course in Portuguese so he could safely eat. To hear he was trying new food excited me so I asked what his favorites were to spice up our weekly menu. When he said chicken hearts I about dropped my jaw on the floor. In fact he couldn’t wait to share them with the family. I’ll cook most anything he requests. Let’s go!
Chicken Hearts are provided by our wonderful partner Christy over at Brittany Ridge Farms located in Hookerton, NC. We charge $4 lb for these tasty morsels. These are quite simple to cook quickly and would be great served with salad or as the meat component to a meal. Have a party and offer them as a daredevil bite. Drop by today from 2-6 to get your own.
Have I scared you off yet? Just remember in this whole Farm to Fork world we need to eat all parts of the animal not just a few. Try them you won’t regret it.
Lucy here on the actual non- recipe part of the blog. We’re still having some internet issues here on the farm. The store is open tomorrow 2-6 p.m. & Satuday from 8-5. Erin & Crystal will be running the store while Dan gives tours. SWMBO & I will be off picking up our kiddos and hosing them down after a full week of sleep away camp.
Ninja Cow Farm has a wonderful new product in stock. DUCK!!! Seriously, we now have Duck thanks to Blue Whistler Farm over in Bahama, NC. Blue Whistler is a wife and husband owned 5 acre farm. It may not seem like much land, they work it and are producing some great products.
Last year I was introduced to Amy at Blue Whistler Farm. I followed her for a while, light facebook stalking in truth. What drew me to her was the amount she loved and cared for her animals while they were on the farm. How she is able to provide with love and care yet realize this is a business and you must follow the rules of it to be successful.
She has tried several animals on her 5 acre farm. Amy shares her triumphs and successes along the way. Now we can share her ducks with you. Blue Whistler Ducks are pastured raised, while receiving conventional feed rations.
As you can see though they stay in the pasture not in a closed in cage on a factory farm. Amy is hoping this winter to bring us Duck by the cut as well. Blue Whistler ducks are currently sold whole in our store for $8.45lb. Drop by and see us for a new flavor on your table.
Versatile glazes make my life turn round. While some prefer their meat & fish plain, including me at times, I love a glaze. During all of our food tastings this spring Dan & SWMBO came across Falling Bark Farm Hickory Syrup. I for one am thrilled they did, it goes great on Corn Bread, Salmon, & makes a great Old Fashioned. Now it is time to try it on meat, specifically pork.
At the same tasting SWMBO fell in love with Lusty Monk Mustard. Lusty Monk has a spicy bite to it. It is great on Sandwiches. Everyone here on the farm especially SWMBO recommend using it on our Bratwurst with Two Chicks Farm Sauerkraut.
This week marks my husband and I’s 20th Wedding Anniversary. Rutabaga was invited to unexpectedly to a friends house for an tweenage girl sleepover. That means Mom & Dad can eat like adults and Momma can play around with new ideas.
Pork Tenderloin sells for $13 lb. It is truly worth it for a special occasion. The Falling Bark Hickory Syrup is $17 a bottle. Lusty Monk Mustard sells for $6.95 a jar. This is a special meal, and I know investing in these two ingredients will pay off for meals to come.
Squash Season is upon us once again. Sadly this year there will be no squash here at Ninja Cow Farm other than what folks bring us or the State Farmer’s Market provide. Last year we got blight in the gardening beds and until I can wrap them in black plastic for a month in September there shall be no squash.
My husband however is thrilled he absolutely detests squash. He will eat Zucchini bread though if you don’t tell him what it is. Finally though I found a method to get him to eat his Squash. Hopefully I will one day get him to eat Okra & Eggplant as well.
The folks at Alarita have been wonderful. This last weekend they came out to the farm for a tasting day. The brothers always have a warm smile with quick wit. Their Dry Rub Seasoning Blend has also quickly come to be my go to seasoning for meat and veggies. For an $8 rub it may seem pricey however it is a locally family made item that is incredibly versatile. Remember the Citrus Pork Recipe, well that was Alarita Dry Rub doing its magic there too. I keep saying I’m going to try it on eggs but so far I haven’t had a chance.
Try this dish out and see if your picky squash eater enjoys it too. With quick broiling it stays firm for those with texture issues.
During the store expansion we decided to check out Ashe Co Cheese. Mostly as Dan wanted to offer a cheaper butter that was still a great quality and well cheese curds. He’s a sucker for the curds.
This recipe comes from the Clark Family here at NCF. Their friend’s southern mother handed it down to them so it it must be good right? Wrong! It is PHENOMENAL!! I can’t remember what was going on at the time but one night the adults were getting ready to go somewhere and the Clark’s were making this for their kids dinner. I snuck a bite. Then when we got back from our adult dinner I snuck the leftovers, yes I know Bad Lucy. Someone should really hit me on the nose more often.
With all of the summer family get together skip the box and the mayo based salad. Head straight for the pasta and cheese that kids and adults will eat up with glee.
Before we get to the recipe of it all lets talk add in’s:
Sub ghost pepper jack cheese for the spicy lovers
Add in some cooked bacon on top the last 5 minutes
Add in some sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic for some fancy times.