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We harvested one of hopefully two batches of honey from our two hives this week.  It was a record haul (for us).  A couple of the frames had brood, so a few bees were born in our kitchen during the process.  It was a sweet, sticky, long day.

Uncanned Peas

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It’s pea season around here and I put some in the freezer this week.  You shell them, boil them for 2 minutes, dunk in ice water then drain and freeze them in serving sizes.  These are destined for creamy lemon pasta with peas next winter.  I like to plan ahead!


Still Going Strong

Our asparagus patch is still giving us spears, we pick some every day.  We grill it with olive oil, salt and pepper, steam it or broil it wrapped in bacon.  Leftovers go into a cheesy risotto.  We’re in our third month of asparagus harvest.  Once they’re gone, it will be a good six months before I miss it enough to pay grocery store prices to have them again.

A Southern Thing

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We had the great fortune to be invited to a cookout last weekend where we met two lovely documentary filmmakers who recently completed a short film titled Pimento Cheese, Please!  which is kind of a love poem to this southern delicacy.  Did I have the nerve to make a batch and take it?   You bet I did.  It was very well received (they took home the leftovers).  I thought I’d share the recipe here.  It’s pretty simple stuff, just 5 ingredients; 8 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese,  3 Tbsp. of Duke’s mayo, 2 0z. of drained pimentos, 2 good splashes of worchestershire sauce and hot pepper flakes to taste.   Oh, and salt & pepper.  It’s best served on a saltine cracker.  Go ahead and make some, you know you want to.  And while you’re at it, have a look at their short film, it’s awesome!   http://vimeo.com/31515064

Dog Soup

Herding sheep is hard work in the heat, especially when you’re wearing a black fur coat.

Gone Gone Gone

Our one remaining rooster got kicked out of the barn for injuring our banty hen Nugget.  We found her almost pecked to death and moved her to the big barn to recuperate.  The rooster continued to hang around the hens acting all sad about being banished until a few days ago when he up and disappeared without leaving as much as a feather.  We are guessing that hawk that’s been hanging around may have grabbed him.  Or maybe he just flew off and found a farm that appreciated him more than ours.  Nugget’s injuries are all better but her personality has changed.  She used to be a real scrapper and the fastest bird on our farm.  Now she’s very docile and easy to catch.  At least she’s healed.

In Training

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Jack’s been training Brian in sheep herding.  😉  Actually, Jack’s getting to know our sheep and his new handler.   He’s really eager and knows his commands.  Because he’s so young, he’s very excited to show them who’s boss.

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