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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes

I don’t know about you, but I love garlic. Looove it. I love adding it to pretty much everything I cook. I love how the smell lingers on your hands long after you’ve handled it. Some might find that gross. Not I. But what’s more, I really love growing it. I love the fact that […]

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

The perfect pie needs a perfect crust. One that is both beautiful and delicious in all of its flaky glory. Yes, flaky. If you are a person, flaky is not good. But if you are a pie crust, you are exactly who you should be. And all other pie crusts will envy you. Now, making […]

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 […]

Home Canned Beef Stew

Home Canned Beef Stew

There’s a wintry mix covering our little homestead, the kids have the first snowman of the year standing in the yard, and I have warm homemade beef stew settling in jars on the counter top. But around here, “beef” comes in many forms…most often by way of deer or bear. So technically I have “venison/bear […]

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 […]