The Elusive Baguette

So… Im getting pretty good at bread making these days. I always thought yeast bread was too difficult and complicated to master so I would drive miles and miles for great bread, hours actually.  Many years ago I drove from Barrington all the way downtown to Masi’s Italian Bakery around the Taylor street area, I…

Baby Chicks

Our first hens were pullets, so we didn’t really know how old they were when we got them. This round of chicks were three days old, hatched on Monday and we got them on Wednesday. They change by the minute and this post is just about watching them grow. 3 days old Wednesday April 26…

Grandmother Sophie’s Chili Sauce

My husbands Grandmother on his mothers side was an incredible cook. She was a superwoman of the depression era. She canned everything herself, and when she cooked for gatherings she came with trays filled with fried chicken, polish sausage and sauerkraut, potato salad, and always made enough for an entire neighborhood. She worked at Marshall Fields…

Flock Friday: Portraits: 6 weeks old

Our chicks for the 43 coop are 6 weeks old. They arrived in a box 6 weeks ago this Wednesday June 7. that makes them 6 weeks and two days old. We have thirteen breeds and two extra, one a mystery chick and the other the single Favorelle, her sisters didn’t ship. Enjoy their portraits,…

Tomato: Yaponskiy Trufel Chernyi

One of my favorite tomatoes last season was the Japanese Trifele Black.  After growing my first Cherokee Purple a few seasons ago, a lucky find from home depot, I was amazed by the depth of flavor, it was the tomato flavor I’ve been searching years for. I immediately began searching for other black and purple varieties, cross…

Avian Pox: Chicken pox for Chickens

Monday we vaccinated 44 chicks for the Avian Pox. It went rather well we thought, took us about 35 minutes start to finish. We put all the 6 week old chicks into the West Wing, set up a saw horse with supplies, put the perch rack, weeds, grit bowl and water bowls into the East…

SÁRGABABFŐZELÉK or Wax Bean Stew

This is one of my favorite meals. Growing up I ate a lot of Fozelek which translates to “cooked  down” which would translate to “comfort food”.  If there is a large harvest of anything, too much to eat or is the type of vegetable that won’t keep well in the cellar, then “fozni le kell”  which means…

Pickled Radishes

Today was another hot day, I painted wood for the pergola over the deck, Ken began to install the beams. He dug and placed all the 4×4’s for the corners yesterday and while the paint was drying I repotted tomatoes. Chickens ran freely in the courtyard loving their time in the sun and foraging to their hearts…

Radishes

I love radishes, sweet, crunchy, juicy radishes, love them with sandwiches, boiled eggs, slivered onto salads, almost anything! They’re so fresh and pretty. I’m not crazy about the spicier ones, the sweeter they are the better.  This year we are testing a few varieties of radishes. These are Lady Slipper and Cherry Belle. Both are…

Flock Friday

Meet Mahogany, she is our first Rhode Island Red and our very first egg layer, averaging one brown egg every day. Poor little Mahogany, she was picked on so we got two more reds to keep her company but they were not friendly to her either. She is such a docile hen little hen, lowest in…