Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Today was the annual Ridgeland Chicken Fly, part of Pioneer Days. This is a wonderful, traditional small town festival, involving a greased pig contest, pork chop-and-chicken community feed, silver dollar search in the haystack, and my personal favorite, the Chicken Fly. Basically, a couple of guys stand up on top of the roof of the old feed store building (now a bank) and toss chickens into a crowd, waiting to catch them. No nets are allowed, folks, and if you catch it, you keep it. Things get a little crazy: This year, a couple of kids got flattened, someone got pegged in the head by a dive-bombing rooster, and one particularly smart bird shat all over the crowd as he flew around overhead, before landing on the roof of Jorstad's IGA. I didn't catch a bird this year, but I nearly got clobbered while filming (see the end of the video for details). Later on, there's a community dance. Pigs and chickens are not encouraged to attend.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
After everyone went home, I sat down and narrowed down my own personal seed order. From Jung's, I am ordering miniature red bell peppers, bush acorn and butternut squashes, and a collection of round zuchinni. From FedCo, I am ordering teeny tiny seed packets of green deer tongue greens, organic beet and radish and shell beans, the "classic keeper" seed potato collection and both red and yellow onions (which should keep all winter into next summer!). That leaves me with today's project--starting to plan out the garden, and deciding how to build a couple more beds.
I can hardly wait!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Today, I am home with a sore throat. I am so tired of plain yogurt, glumpy cream of wheat, and probiotic-laced cottage cheese. If I look at another mushy noodle, I may just scream. It is definitely time to rummage the cupboards and find something different.
I rediscovered the bags of sliced, fresh-frozen peaches that I tucked away into the freezer last July. After adding some brown sugar and spice, stewed peaches (with a dollop of yogurt to help the Antibiotics Fairy do her thing) and I had a happy lunch, dreaming of summer.
Cast-Iron Skillet Stewed Peaches
Melt one tablespoon unsalted butter in a small cast-iron skillet. Add three tablespoons brown sugar and one teaspoon ground cinnamon. Stir to combine, allow to perk a bit on low heat. Add about a cup or so of frozen, sliced peaches. Swizzle the peaches around in the sauce, cover with a spare lid or strip of aluminum foil, and allow to work away on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir it once in a while, to be sure nothing is sticking and burning. Once the sauce is thickened and caramelly, allow to cool slightly (hot sugar is like lava), spoon into dish. Very good served with plain or vanilla yogurt, or a teensy scoop of ice cream if you have this as a dessert. You can play with the spices, too--ginger and peaches go really well together!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tonight, I celebrated the current heat wave (it's going to hit 30 degrees above zero tomorrow!) by spending the evening purusing the most luscious seed catalog I have ever read. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, which is out of Mansfield, Missouri and kind of part of the heritage village there, produces this masterpiece of photography yearly. The best part is, you can buy the seeds, too. So I whittled down my list of "must have" heirloom seeds, and wrote out my check for $25.25 including shipping. Come summer, I am going to have a garden filled with the most interesting looking squashes, vining beans, bicolored tomatoes and giant, 8 foot tall pale yellow sunflowers anyone has every seen.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Aren't they all just gorgeous? I love chickens!