Father’s day blueberry muffins

Father’s day will be here on Sunday. Let’s surprise dad with muffins using Mimi’s old tavern beer bread. Sounds different I know but instead of using beer, I used a very berry hard cidar and added blueberries. 

What is great about Mimi’s is it’s easy, vegan, no soy, non-gmo and no corn. So not only clean ingredients..she is from North Carolina!

The directions are so simple. Open bag into bowl, pour a flavored hard cidar to match your fresh fruit of choice.

I use a melon baller scoop and chose to use mini muffin pans. Bake at 350 for roughly 12 min. and top with granulated  sugar. I like to add the surar at the end because it seems to melt if sprinkled before baking. While still hot, I broke in half and topped with ashe county butter. As everyone knows, I stopped buying kerrygold butter because I just LOVE ashe county rolled butter. This recipe, in mini muffin size, made 18. I froze the rest for the kids and grand-kids.

Next, I’ll be doing a version that includes gouda cheese and stout beer. Stay tuned!

Creamy cucumber salad

Need a cucumber recipe to use up a surplus of cucumbers? Or how about a salad recipe that can be whipped up quickly for a group gathering? I grew up with my mom cooking from scratch for every meal and I loved her cucumber salads but as I grew older i discovered I just can’t eat a lot sugar anymore so I took her basic recipe and modified to suite my taste.

I am not a fan of the traditional waxed cucumbers unless I remove all the seeds and by that point a great deal of the cucumber is gone. So I always prefer the english ones. Fourth of july is coming up so make a batch and watch it disappear.

Savory Brisket

Jeanette & I were discussing the values of roasts today. We are on our summer cut sheet schedule of  using our chuck for more steaks and ground chuck for tasty tasty burgers.

She kept asking me what cut makes a fall aart cut like the chuck. I kept telling her brisket and she was all ” But its so expensive!” And I was all teenage Groot attitude saying ” No it’s not”. It is in fact 50 cents a pound more. With a 5 lb roast that is $2.50. But guys there is no bone unlike the chuck & the roast is bigger. HELLO LEFTOVERVILLE … Maybe I shouldn’t write blog posts after hanging out with Jeanette.

Our Briskets are amazing and this summer I will put my not so famous not so secret K.C. Style Smoked Brisket recipe up this summer. I hope life’s a bit nuts at the moment so I’m not cooking anything other than basics lately.

Brisket Tostada

While our NCF Chuck roasts are $8.75 per lb our Brisket is $9.25 per lb. We have used this recipe for parties. Shred and place out buns, tostadas , tacos, salads, on mashed potatoes and just as a dinner roast. And I’m really craving it after writing this. As we run low on Chuck roasts this summer please give this tasty recipe a try.

Shirred Duck Eggs with Fresh Tarragon

When Jeanette began working in the store last fall she brought a wonderful thing with her Duck Eggs. We have had them in the store a few times before but keeping them in stock was a bit rough.

For many who are allergic to chicken eggs , duck eggs are a great replacement. Bakers love the eggs for their richness they bring to cakes and doughs.  I’ve been hesitant to try them though as I constantly have chicken eggs on hand from the flock here on the farm.  But alas Jeanette has convinced me to give duck eggs a try for more than just baking.

Shirred eggs are great for when the Grandparents are in town and you need a fast easy dish for a crowd. Years ago I made a breakfast brunch for my sister in laws wedding. Then I did  Frittatas for 30, looking back this would have been so much easier.  The food was good though. And I think you just might be able to get the kids on this.

Duck Eggs sell in the NCF store for $8 per dozen. Simply Natural Heavy Cream is $4.60. I am in love with this cream and use it daily in my coffee.

This recipe comes from Lisa over at Fresh Eggs Daily

 

Steakhouse Au Gratin Potatoes

Winter will just not end, somebody please go capture spring and tell it, its suppose to be Spring. My poor garden is completely perplexed at what it should be doing currently.

I’m taking advantage of this extra cold spell to continue cooking my winter comfort foods. This recipe for Steakhouse Au Gratin Potatoes has passed around my girls friends and I’m not sure where it is originally from. We have all added our own personal take on it. For me, my addition was simple ground mustard. Ground mustard adds a level of depth in the flavor when it comes to cheese dishes. Dress this dish up with some pancetta or add some earthiness with mushrooms. All around it is a solid dish that you can play around with.

This recipe uses two things from the NCF store Simply Natural Dairy Heavy Cream and Ashe Co Redneck Romano Cheese. The heavy cream is is $4.60 and the Romano is 9.45 per lb.

Pieces & Parts & Goats Milk

Boston butt pork steaks

Dog, cats, ferrets &  Soap Crafters, what do they all have in common?

Pork!!!

Dan surprised Jeanette & I today with our special request for

Tails,  Fat Back( what you use for lard), Liver, Heart , & Feet are now all in stock in .

Prices

Tails- $4.50 per pound- Not only a great for pets but also great for stews and veggies.

Fat Back  $4 per pound if you want lard or to make your own soap this fat is gold.

Liver-$4  per pound liverwurst, Scrapple or liver pudding you know you want to make your own this summer to go with all those fresh garden veggies. We have a few books in the store to steal some recipes out of for these dishes

Heart- $2.99  per pound great for adventurous eaters (slice and cook like a steak) or for pets

Feet- $2.50 per pound.  These are my secret ingredient to so many dishes. I smoke them then add them to beans, collards and pork bone broth. Oh yes, pork broth should be its own magical food group.

Ears-$4 per pound. Not just a great dog treat, these are also my favorite bar food.  I braise these till tender (280 F in a dutch oven for 2 hours) then slice and fry.

Neck Bone-$4 per pound try a new flavor of  bone broth. If you love beans this will add an extra depth of flavor to them.

Finally Raw Goats Milk ($5 per 1/2 gallon) is back in the store on Fridays and Saturdays. The supply will be limited. Please let Lucy know by Monday if you need an order. Several of the area veterinarians in the area have suggested this for orphaned pets or pets going through medical issues such as Chemo or on raw food diets. Please check with your own veterinarians to see if this is right for you.

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At Last Oven Pastrami

In Honor of St Patrick’s Day we are repeating this 3 part series.

The Big Finally is here lets make some Pastrami!

Last week I brined my brisket, Sunday night I slice it & made corned beef. Today were are going to use the power of smoked paprika to make this brisket into something magical.  This whole week I have struggled back in forth. Do I cold smoke to I hot smoke, then it came to me. Most people do not have access to a smoker hot or cold, they do however have access to the grocery store & an oven. The whole premise of how I cook is to make it easy for those at home to follow and do the same. Let’s go!

As you can see the left over portion of my brisket is small, There will only be a few servings. Next time I make this I will order one of the giant 12 pounders and make enough for left overs.

 

Corned Beef 

With St Patrick’s Day close by we are republishing some old recipes

St Patrick’s day is getting closer do you have your Brisket yet. The good new is that you still have time. The recipe I posted last week only takes 3-5 days. For you last minute folks out there (like me) this one is for you.

The dark color is due to not using nitrates in the brining process. I used beet juice unfortunately it was not dark enough to preserve the color

 

This past weekend my family hosted a farm game night for all of us that live here at NCF. We served the Corned Beef with Cabbage, it was a big hit.  It scored a solid 8 out of 10, every last morsel of the beef was consumed.

Mark & Dustin grabbing their dinners.
SWMBO didn’t even get a bite.

The only issue we had was coloring and it may have been due to my beet juice not having enough of the coloring in it. My beet juice was not nearly as colorful as other brands I’ve seen out there. In fact it was downright pale.

 

Alarita Cider Turkey Breast

We haven’t made too big of a deal about it yet, but we will now. Brittany Ridge Farms now has Turkey Breast. This means the NCF Store now has Turkey Breast. SWMBO & I have had some fun filling our families bellies with these wonders. Now I have to share. Even if I don’t want to share.

The one thing I try to keep out of my house is processed lunch meat. I try to make a bit extra at dinner for a light lunch for us for the next day. Somehow there are rarely leftovers on meat though no matter how hard I try.  This means that once or twice a week I make an extra roast. Or if I make a Turkey Breast then my family has plenty of meat left over for a few sandwiches. And as much as my family loves the Herb Butter Recipe from Thanksgiving I prefer something a bit different from time to time.

The one thing we still need to do with Turkey though is Brine. Turkey is just too low in fat through the muscle to make it a moist meat without Brining.  I recommend that you simply make the Brince the night before drop your Turkey Breast in it. Then cook it the next day the perfect brine time is somewhere between 12-23 hours. Some folks I know do a 36 hour brine, I only recommend this if you are using a bird that hasn’t had time to properly rest after being harvested. Brine is a simple recipe 4 tablespoons of Kosher Salt to 4 cups of water.

Turkey Breast is sold in the NCF store for $10 per lb. The breasts weigh between 2.5-3 lbs. I usually get a dinner and 2 days of sandwiches for my family of 3. I then use the carcass to make soup. Waste not Want not.

Alarita Dry Rub is now a constant in my kitchen. I’ve gone through 2 bottles in the past year. I use it for roast vegetables and meats alike. It is a solid product at $8 a bottle.  It take a ho hum green bean or eggplant to “ooooo green bean & eggplant”. The tiny bit of brown sugar in it balances the flavor for herby flavor.

 

Brisket to Corned Beef to Pastrami

It is March, this dish was a favorite among our clientele last year. Now I’m bringing forward for this year.

 

This is a several part series stay tuned…

Brisket, that mighty versatile cut of beef.  While I was mostly raised in Nashville, TN I was born in Missouri meaning smoked K. C. brisket is my favorite. We can make it sweet, savory, BBQ,  & corned. Dan claims Ribeye is king, nope Brisket is king for this girl.

Corned Beef is an American Classic for St. Patty’s Day sorry folks it’s not Irish. The reason being most Irish at the time this recipe came together could not afford the cut of meat. The good news is today you can afford it and it is readily accessible in our store at NCF.

The NCF Brisket sells for $9.25 lb. Last summer we decided that our clients preferred a smaller family sized cut ranging from 3 lbs to 5 lbs instead of the giant 12 pounder our processor was sending. Even a small 3 lb roast will feed a large party of people. I’m using this one brisket to make 2 things. Add in a hash and that is 3 meals.

The recipe I’m using today is not my own. I’m using a recipe from  Katie at the Wellness Mama website . This is a new recipe for me, it has good reviews. The reason why I am going with a new recipe is to use a recipe that is nitrate free.  I hope we all enjoy it. The good news is my family gets to go first.

After we have corned the beef we will the make 2 separate dinners corned beef & cabbage & pastrami.  Where many recipes will call for you to remove the excess fat here we need to keep it  for the pastrami.

The beautiful fat cap there to the left. LEAVE IT!