Tag Archives: Food

How many women does it take to pluck a chicken?

Spoiler alert- this post contains photos and video of a chicken being plucked. Although there is absolutely no blood and gore, the chicken is, of course, no longer living. It is not gruesome in any way, but it you’d rather not see a dead chicken, this post is not for you. Continue reading

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A little self back-patting

I have to say, I’m really happy now about our choice of heritage Blue American rabbits, for our tiny rabbitry. Not only did we have a super successful round of mating (finally)…but after posting on CL, we sold HALF the … Continue reading

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Quick Daikon Refrigerator Pickles

I keep going out to the garden, staring at the tiny kale, spinach, arugula, spring onion and snow pea shoots that are peeping out from the black soil, and muttering “grow, grow, grow!” You see, we got really spoiled this … Continue reading

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On the naming of livestock

When we first started raising animals for our own consumption, the most popular piece of advice we received was “Don’t name them. You won’t want to eat something you’ve given a name.” I generally found this advice fairly perplexing, having … Continue reading

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The 2nd Annual Pig and Pie

This led, as you do on roadtrips, to a rambling conversation about pigs, raising pigs, eating pigs, ROASTING pigs… And before we knew it, I’d found directions online to build a pig roaster, and a plan was hatched. Continue reading

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Chickens in the Garden

There’s a lot of information on the web these days, on how to ‘garden with your chickens’. Sites praise the fertilizing qualities of composted chicken poop (totally true) and rhapsodize about the helpful animals, turning your soil and living in … Continue reading

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Question of the day: Is this rabbit pregnant??

As you may remember, the very first post for this blog detailed our ongoing difficulties in getting our new Blue American rabbits successfully bred and delivered. I even put a little ticker on the bottom of the blog, counting off … Continue reading

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Connection, and the Matriarchy of Sourdough

I have a conflicted relationship with my own generational ties of food and love, and yes…obligation to the women of my family of origin. At the same time, I am blessed to have passionate, strong, supportive ties to the women of my community, my heart’s ancestors and kin, with whom I share meals and comfort and struggle. This is echoed in the little pots of sourdough I’ve sent off with friends, so that a piece of my kitchen and the work of my hands can be shared between us. Continue reading

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Embracing Imperfection: Sourdough Bread

When I sketched out my little list of ‘things to blog about’, sourdough bread was right at the top of the list. You see, I LOVE bread, am an avid baker, and am somewhat anthropomorphically attached to my sourdough starter, … Continue reading

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Snow Day: with Cabbage, Salt, and Time

Well, we finally got real snow here in North Carolina, after 2 rounds of Southern Snow Panic that didn’t quite pan out. There’s a solid 6-8 inches of beautiful packy, heavy, tree-limb bending, perfect snowball snow. Waking up this morning, … Continue reading

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