Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

It’s not hard to tell that it’s pig processing time around here. We are actually nearing the end of it, with a few projects left to complete. I have 30 pounds of pork belly sitting in a maple brown sugar cure in the refrigerator as we speak, destined for the smoker in a couple of […]

Dry Cured Guanciale

Dry Cured Guanciale

Winter officially arrived in northern Minnesota this weekend, and with it the inevitable desire to stay indoors. It’s the time of year when all I can think about is sleep and food. And because I have 3 small children, sleep is limited. So why not focus on the other option? Which is exactly what I […]

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

Give me just two minutes and I can explain. You still here? Good. I was worried I’d scared you off with a few harmless little turkey feet. Okay, big. Big turkey feet. Big turkey feet that somewhat resemble dinosaur feet. I get it. They’re not super pretty and yes, feet are gross. We can agree […]

How to Prepare Caul Fat

How to Prepare Caul Fat

It’s pig butchering season here on the farm, and with it comes so much excitement, emotion, and inevitably, exhaustion. Those of you who have raised and butchered your own animal, you know that reverent feeling that comes over you during this time. When you hold in your hands a part of that animal, you don’t […]

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

I am endlessly intrigued by interesting and unique ways of approaching the ordinary. Especially when it comes to gardening. You probably know that about me by now. When I was introduced to hugelkultur, my personal perspective on food production was changed forever. It was no longer as simple as sticking a seed into the ground, […]

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

I’ve been a bit of a drag lately. I couldn’t figure it out at first. Energy. Gone. And just feeling…down. A little bit like that episode of Winnie the Pooh with Tigger and the rain cloud that wouldn’t leave him alone. The sun is shining, and yet there’s this pesky rain cloud hovering overhead. No […]

Acres USA Magazine Feature & Giveaway + Garden Update August 1st

Acres USA Magazine Feature & Giveaway + Garden Update August 1st

Ever since I ventured into the world of hugelkultur, I’ve felt it important to show start-to-finish photos with each season. Naturally, it’s scary trying something new. Especially when there’s a lot of “talk” out there. That’s the thing about the internet…it’s so dang easy to talk. Right? When I was researching the death out of […]

Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

Raise your hand if you will pretty much die if you don’t eat breakfast in the morning. That would be me. Some of my most difficult moments are in the morning before I’ve eaten, and the kids are bugging me for breakfast. It’s pretty much understood that mom needs some fuel in the tank before […]

In the Garden: July 15th, 2016

In the Garden: July 15th, 2016

It’s time for another garden update! Some quick background for new visitors: I garden in NE Minnesota where we have a very short Zone 3 growing season (this year’s last frost was June 8th). I use hugelkultur raised beds and apply permaculture methods throughout my garden. Nearly everything I grow are heirloom varieties and all […]

Nose-to-Tail Eating: Marinated Pig Heart

Nose-to-Tail Eating: Marinated Pig Heart

Quite possibly the greatest service that you can offer an animal that is to be eaten- outside of seeing to it that they are well-fed, watered, sheltered, and cared for- is to let as little of it as possible go to waste. That isn’t always easy, especially in modern society where the meat we find […]