Almond Cake with Caramelized Blood Oranges

I had company coming for supper on Sunday. Nothing fancy. I love the slow relaxed gathering around the table for Sunday Suppers. I made a lovely Stillwater Farm roast chicken, collard greens and a warm potato salad.  But the best part of our Sunday Supper this week was this Almond Cake with Caramelized Blood Orange Topping. Pretty, huh?

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This recipe idea began when I shopped last week at our local market and asked the man in produce if they had any blood oranges.  He got so excited, and said he just got them in and was so glad I asked!  Well, now, didn’t I feel seasonal!

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Roasted Root Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms

YES – we raise meat on our farm, and we love it and honor every meal that we partake from our beautiful pastured animals.  BUT, I also promote and enjoy many meals that are vegetarian, or meatless. I think it helps me to appreciate the abundance of animal proteins available in my diet even more.  And it is nice to have a recipe like this Roasted Root Veggie Stuffed Mushroom, that is so good with or without meat added.

This is a great recipe if you like to “go both ways”, ya know?  Add ground meat or sausage if you like!

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Maple Syrup

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Breakfast on Sunday has always been a tradition in our home.  The ease into the morning, the paper, the coffee, the aroma from the kitchen and the pretty table all add up to the perfect beginning to everyone’s favorite day of the week.

And these pancakes are AMAZING!!!  I love them more than donuts!! The earthiness of the buckwheat combines with the sweetness of the ripe banana in a sultry tenderness that is balanced by the bright pop of the pomegranate seeds in maple syrup!  And the smell in the kitchen will draw your family in and make them never want to leave your home for any reason.  Just stay home and eat these pancakes. Well, maybe that isn’t exactly the objective here.  But at least you can be assured they will linger.

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Healthy Turkey and Veggie Chili with a Dollop of Avocado and Yogurt Topping

Brrrr… It’s cold outside today and guess what?  The farm has recently picked up GROUND TURKEY from the meat processor.  Turkey chili for the coldest day of the winter in the southeast so far this year? Perfect, I think. And healthy. I hope you enjoy the inspiration. Stay warm.

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Here’s a pic of Romeo. This morning he is celebrating winter because he loves the cold. We are in NC today and yep, there’s a little snow on the ground.  Sigh…. can we stay?

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Healthy Turkey and Veggie Chili with a Dollop of Avocado and Yogurt Topping

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Small Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 cup Carrot (chopped)
  • 1 Medium Poblano Chili (roasted, seeded and chopped)
  • 2-3 cups Cooked Beans of choice (black, pinto, garbanzo, cannelini)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro (leaves chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 or 2 Avocado Slices (topping per bowl)
  • 1 wedge Fresh Lime (topping per bowl)
  • 1 quart Chicken Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 Lime (juice freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon Greek Yogurt, plain (topping per bowl)

Note

This light and healthy chili is a wonderful meal for lunch or dinner.  Make a double batch and have leftovers!!

Directions

1. Season ground turkey with salt and pepper.
2. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil to medium-low temperature in deep sided pan on stove top. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.
3. Increase heat under the pan to medium and add ground turkey and stir until browned. Should not need to be drained as has very little fat.
4. Add chopped carrots and stir until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
5. Add cumin and chili powder and stir to toast the seasonings and adhere them to the vegetables and meat, about 3 minutes.
6. Add tomatoes and chicken stock and allow to return to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, until colors deepen.
7. Add beans and fresh squeezed lime juice and adjust seasoning by adding salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
8. Serve in soup bowls with plain greek yogurt, avocado and slice of lime.

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Pork Shank with Israeli Couscous, White Bean and Tomato… Local Meat

Braised Pork Shank with Isreali Couscous,

White Beans and Tomato

Raising beautiful animals on the farm and watching them grow provides us an opportunity to really appreciate them for all they offer us while they are living out their lives in the best way we can provide for them.  As I reached out to our customers recently, I asked each of them would they want us to deliver the “pork shank” with their bulk order. Surprisingly, I didn’t get a resounding “yes”, and so I decided to share a recipe and a few ideas about the importance of appreciating the “whole animal”.

Not considered one of the prime retail cuts of meat, the shank is none the less meaty, flavorful and collagen-rich.  Slowly braised, the structure and integrity of the meat is retained while the collagen is dissolved into a melt in your mouth celebration of the whole animal.

All it takes is a little time to enjoy the reward of this perfect seasonal meal choice.  Winter braises give us permission to take the time to enjoy dishes from the kitchen that are worth waiting for.

The ingredients are so rustic and simple. A mirepoix, or carrot, celery and onion with fresh herbs, some white wine and chicken stock are all that is required to let this often overlooked cut of meat provide the perfect comforting meal on your winter dinner table.

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Breakfast on Sunday – Biscuits ‘n Country Ham

Growing up, – when dinner preparations began, the question quickly arose – “are we having biscuits or cornbread?”.  Such a staple of the southern kitchen, these “quick breads” were part of our lives.  Well, I hope you enjoy this little photo essay on biscuits and country ham.  I know my hubby did!  Happy Sunday!!!

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