Monday, August 14, 2006

Local Meal 7? I'm losing track.

Corn Mother Squash Casserole. Weird name but pretty good. Never made this before. There are blackberries there also, although sort of hard to see.

Blackberries - Mine

Casserole-Squash (from farmer up the road where I buy my corn), Mucho Nacho peppers and some other kind of mildly hot bell shaped pepper (mine), onion (Roots market a couple Tuesdays ago), hominy (some town in Virginia that begins with an L. Over 100 miles. There is a brand of hominy made in Baltimore, but my store doesn't carry it.), Cheddar Cheese (Adams Reserve, NY state, also not technically local, but not too far), sour cream (Shady Acres in Etown), and topped with Tortilla chips that are not local, but I had them and they were sorta stale.

Tasted good. A little spicy, but not too much. SOme of the peppers I grow I leave on the plant too long or something and they could peel paint. This was just right spicy. And I love anything with hominy in it. Hominy is one of my all time favorite things. Sauteed in a little butter with a ton of black pepper and some salt is total comfort food to me. Try it sometime if you've never had it.


Blogger Jamie said...

One time the s.o. took over the kitchen and made a really wonderful batch of posole. Ever since then, I've been all about hominy. Glad to see I am not alone in that!

10:43 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

OK, goats...

Our goats (3 does - we take them to a neighbor's buck to be bred) have more room then they really need, because we have it to's sort of a pie shaped pasture, maybe 400 by 100 feet or so? We have two goat houses, the old dog house and a three sided "shed" - it's goat height, so only about four feet tall. Both sit directly on the dirt, and we move them every few months to new grass, then scoop up the old straw that's left behind to compost. We don't feed them till they kid, they just graze all summer, and then we feed a dairy goat ration twice a day, about a half cup per goat. They drink from one flat sided bucket we fill every am. Our fence is 5 foot welded wire with one inch openings, on 8 foot steel t-posts. It breaks down periodically since the goats spend part of every day rubbing against it, and I know some people use electric (or 1 strand of wire along the bottom of the regular fencing) instead for that reason. We just go out and fix it when a goat shows up on the porch... I sell goats at 8 weeks old, they'd nurse for a year if you let them :) but by then they eat plenty of regular food. I trim their hooves every three months, and give them a CDT vax once a year, a month or so before they kid - I order everything from Hoegger's and it's very inexpensive. Kids are dehorned using a dehorning iron, and I use an elastrator to castrate bucks if someone wants to buy a wether. We feed them hay cubes and goat food all winter - they waste less of the hay cubes so they end up costing about the same as hay by the bale.

12:13 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Hmmm....I think everything sounds good until the dehorning and castrating. But I could probably do it. I would like to get goats next spring if I can talk the husband into it. He has been pleasantly suprised by the chickens, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have a large lawn area and a wooded area that I could fence in, giving approximately 100x300. So you think girl goats are best? This is a stupid do you get your goats to the breeder? You must have a truck. And finally, do you use goat milk to make anything? Or are the goats just for fun and brush control?

12:53 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh man, you're gonna get goats?! I'll be *so* jealous if you beat me to it! But you will, because I probably won't get any critters until '08. We want to build a barn structure first (I know they don't need it, but I have no where to store hay, etc), and then put in a solid perimeter fence. Then, I'm thinking a couple of Nigerians Dwarves (I think that's what Shannon has) and maybe a sheep or two. And a guard/work donkey. Oh boy, do I have plans or what? ;)

You can definitely milk Nigerians, and I think she is, but is trading up for a larger animal that makes more milk. If you don't want to deal with milking, get a wether (castrated male)... or just don't breed your girl goats.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Judith said...

All I can add to this conversation is that I had the privilege to milk a Nigerian Dwarf goat last summer. They are sweet little goats & compact, too. What holds me back from adding chickens, goats, llamas are my woods--all those trees are in the way and it's probably a good thing in the end. My beehives, dogs & cat will have to content me instead. As for Local Meal 7?--it looks delicious to me!

9:28 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

The goats are a big 'maybe' right now, so don't get jealous yet. It would be a lot more prep than for chickens. I don't have any place for hay either. There is a tiny little shed structure up at the end of the property where I would keep goats, but if I put hay in there, there would be no room for goats. So have to work on that. I'm not sure about fencing either. I wonder how the portable electric fencing would work with goats. And I'm not sure I want to milk. I have all these visions of making fabulous cheeses and stuff, but in reality I barely have time to keep my house clean. So it might be a few years before this happens. I would love to have a donkey. They are so cute, but totally not enough room for a donkey. Have you seen mini-cows though. Google it. My friend's friend raises them and they are so damn cute, and small. Imagine a dairy cow that comes to your knee. Hehee.

9:55 AM  

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