Our main outbuilding is a combination of garden shed and chicken coop. The main human door is a screened patio door, which opens to the inside of the building. The chicken door was a custom built. As we were building, we left an opening in the wall for the chicken door, but didn't have a chicken door design we really liked. Through trial and error, searching the internet and talking with neighbors, we came up with a solution we believe will work for most chicken coops. [Read more…]
The Betty Crocker New Picture Cook Book (1961) notes, “The Puritan women learned to make it (Indian pudding) from the Indians. In New England, it always shared the old brick oven with baked beans. Traditional dessert for a clam bake.”
I've been curious about Indian pudding for years, since I'd heard about it but never tried it. (It's not something you normally see on the table here in Wisconsin.) In this post I'll share a couple of Indian pudding variations, and provide a little history on the dish. [Read more…]
Part memoir, part reference, The Encyclopedia of Country Living is a labor of love written and rewritten for over 30 years by Carla Emery. The subtitle on the front cover states:
Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between. Includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more.
This homemade chicken broth recipe serves as the base for many great dishes, including the best homemade chicken soup. If you’ve never made homemade chicken broth, you need to add it to your recipe routine. It’s a great way to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your chicken dinner into extra meals.
“The Resilient Gardener – Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times” by Carol Deppe came onto my radar while reading Harvey Ussery's book, “The Small-Scale Poultry Flock“. Harvey mentioned Carol's approach to feeding her ducks using garden crops to dramatically reduce purchased feed consumption, and I wanted to know more. Coupled with the duck information was an array of topics unlike any other gardening book I've ever read. [Read more…]