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 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 […]

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 […]

I’m a Terrible Farmer.

I’m a Terrible Farmer.

Do you ever have conversations with yourself…about yourself? Tell me I’m not the only one. Not that I’m so self-involved…or even that I’m crazy. I’m not. Really. But because we’re in the upswing of gardening season, when there is so much prep work to do, and every single naptime (in fact, every free moment) is […]

The Beauty of Sustainability

The Beauty of Sustainability

“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and find enjoyment in his hard work…” – Ecclesiastes 2:24 It was almost dark and we were still outside tossing large hunks of the rotten Mountain Ash tree that my husband finally cut down for me. It laid the foundation for the final […]

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

If I’ve learned anything over the years of feeding, growing, and harvesting the variety of animals that we raise to feed the family, it’s that I have a much greater respect for the food we eat. When you’ve put in the work all on your own, start to finish, the desire grows inside of you […]

How to Make Dry Cured Bacon

How to Make Dry Cured Bacon

Bacon. Few words get as much of a reaction as bacon. It’s a universal language that we all speak. And it’ll cure what ails you. Having a rough day? Forget the wine. Here, have some bacon. Don’t know what to make for supper? Who needs supper? Let’s just have bacon. Pondering what makes the world […]

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

Hearty Homestead Breakfast Casserole

I’m a casserole-type of gal. What can I say? I’m from Minnesota. We love our casseroles…probably because we spend 9 months out of the year trying to stay warm and what better way to warm up than a nice, hot, deep dish casserole? And we like them not only for supper, but breakfast and lunch […]

10 Things I’ve Learned About Raising Pigs

10 Things I’ve Learned About Raising Pigs

What is it about this time of year that has me all screwed up? Undoubtedly, it’s the weather. One day it’s a beautiful 70 degrees, the next it’s 30 and I have an all-out panic attack. It’s winter! Oh my gosh- it’s gonna be snowing ANY. MINUTE.! Just LOOK at what needs to be done! […]

You Have Too Many Animals.

You Have Too Many Animals.

“You have too many animals.” I would venture to guess there are many of you who have heard this one. Am I right? Well, me too. And it’s no big deal. Can’t help but laugh at those t-shirts and memes that proclaim the proud crazy chicken lady with her 1, 5, 12, don’t-judge-me number of […]