Rabbit is becoming more of a mainstay among the American diet. I have started seeing several friends posting that they are having rabbit for dinner. When my family dines out we are seeing it on the menu more often. Why? Rabbit is a great hardy animal to raise for meat. The best part is it’s the healthiest meat & most environmentally friendly meat you can buy. We just have to overcome the idea of what is in your head.
Cassoulet comes to use from France named for its cooking vessel. You can use any meat to make this versatile dish. Duck, Rabbit, Chicken , Beef, & Pork can all be used. (If using red meat switch to Pinot Noir and add 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste). If you need to make it fast use 2 cans of beans and lower the amount of of liquids to 1 cup wine & 1 cup broth. If using chicken then use chicken broth instead of beef. If I was only only allowed 1 meal it would be Rabbit Cassoulet. The scent of this dish stayed in my house overnight, making me wish I had more of it to eat for breakfast.
Rabbit runs in the NCF Store for $10.50 per lb. Each rabbit weighs between 2.5 lbs and 3.5 lbs. If we hadn’t had friends over for dinner this easily would have fed our family for several meals. In this dish we also use NCF Italian Mild Sausage which sells for $10 per lb. The rabbit and sausage pair perfectly together giving a great flavor profile.
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.
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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.
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.
Great news just in time for the weekend. Weeping Radish dropped by this morning and delivered Uncured Hot Dogs, Beer Bratwurst, & Linguiça. Hopefully next week they will have our Pastrami & Roast Beef ready for delivery.
Hot dogs $7 lb 4 per pack in pork casing
Linguica $10.50 lb
Beer Bratwurst $10.50lb
We’ll be sampling the new products this weekend, stock up for Memorial Day cookouts.
Dan has been writing on the blog about all the taste testing on the farm, we’ve all put on a few extra pounds with it. Now the products that we are going to carry have been handed off to me to make yummy lunches and dinners with. Luckily I have a husband & daughter who are adventurous eaters for the most part.
Today I’m aiming for a savory sweet pork roast. One that livens up the dinner plate yet is balanced enough to not overwhelm the rest of the dinner. This is where Alarita comes in. Yesterday the sons of Miss La Rita came in with their salsa’s. We got to talking and we were throwing idea’s off of each other like the finals at Wimbledon.
With a pork roast you want to roast it at a low temperature giving the fat time to cook down and spread through the meat. Roughly an hour and fifteen minutes per pound. My favorite temperature to roast pork is at 280 degrees. Today with the citrus involved we are going a bit higher to 300 to get the sugar to play nice.
The Pork Butt & Picnic Roast both come in at $7.50 lb. The roast you see here weigh 2.66. And provide 1 meal for 4 and lunch for me. I had our neighbors Erin & Mark taste test the roast as well. All around everyone loved it. For lunch I used it to make lettuce wraps, and it was definitely just as great the 2nd time around.
You’re probably going “Lucy knows it’s chicken parmesan, right?”. Yes I do know, when a craving hits & there is a chicken breast shortage hits (now remedied), you substitute. In this case I used Pork Chops from the NCF farm store coming in at $9.50 lb. It makes for a good fall meal on these still cooling off nights.
In my pictures you will notice the bone & extra fat. Don’t do what I did and leave those on. My crew was startled to find they couldn’t cut their meat under layers of sauce and cheese, from now on I will use my noodle a bit better and remove the extra fat as well as the bone.
There is no Parmesan cheese in Parmesan dishes. Why?? The dish is named for the area it is from in France. Also I do not add my seasoning to the breading. I season the meat after egging. I’ve found that this adds a bit more flavor to my fried dishes. And please make sure to let the meat come to room temperature before frying. Cold meat in a fryer = burnt breading