Super Coop

Well, it’s almost finished and I LOVE it!! Its so beautiful and practical. We have tweaked it to what we have learned from our Chickens, or what our Chickens have taught us about what they prefer. We are combining two flocks so we have added extra nest space, extra roost space, more feeders, more waterers…

Hungarian Kolbasz & Salami

Centuries ago ancient Hungarians, shepherds, herders and horsemen carried dried meat with them as a staple food item. Usually they would be gone from home for a year or more. These dried meats they could reconstitute into a delicious hot stew by means of a large kettle hung on a tripod. Austria-Hungary pre 1921 was…

Recipes

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Chewy Soft Pretzel Buns

I love boiled eggs, but I don’t like dry or flimsy bread with them, I don’t want to bathe toast with a lot of butter either. Our eggs are rich and delicious so I want a bread that will hold up in taste and texture to them. Just as I was thinking about making a…

Avocado Toxic to Chickens

I’ve read all kinds of lists as to what’s toxic and not to chickens. Avocados are on all the lists!  Interestingly enough, so far our chickens seem to know whats good and what’s not. I’ve seen them leave certain plants after closing their beak on them and decimating others. I have not purposely fed them…

“Uborkasalata” Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad version is different than I find in any of my cookbooks, but it’s the one I grew up with and simply love the most. Many recipes add sour cream or onions which is fine, but when you have this simply incredibly crispy, fresh, sweet, sour side next to the rich egg dumplings…

Avocado Toast

After July 1st the Avocado tree is ready to share her bounty and this year more than enough to eat, share and sell. I only wish it was more horizontal than vertical. Every year for a month or two my fingernails are strong and grow well. No amount of vitamin supplementation has accomplished this. During…

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…