Month: January 2018

Goats and Chèvre

Laura Chenel brought goat cheese making to California in the 1980’s. Until then, the soft, tangy, cheese had been largely unavailable in the US. The first time I tasted the creamy rounds of warm goat cheese, sautéed in bread crumbs, and served on a…

Hobbit Horses!

Growing up among horses, and teaching riding, I saw my share of scary horse accidents. I always taught horse safety, but accepted some risk as par for the course. Until the time came for me to put my own babies on the back of…

How Long Will Eggs Last?

How long will your fresh laid eggs last on the counter? Unwashed eggs will last about two weeks on the counter, and up to three months in the refrigerator. Washed eggs need to be refrigerated. They can last up to two months in the…

German Pancakes

This German Pancake recipe has been in my family since I was little. The show-stopping pancakes make breakfast feel like a special occasion. But they are so easy to make! They are supposed to be misshapen, and will deflate a bit when you take…

Peonies for Gamy

I adored my grandmother, Marjorie. She was strong, and smart, and independent. She taught me to love piano and politics, how to bake a pie, and garden. Our Daisy is named after her. (Daisy is a nickname, as Marjorie comes from the French word…

Dating Eggs

With four kids, our eggs usually get eaten within a day. But there is nothing worse than cracking open a rotten egg which has spent too long at the bottom of the bowl! In France dates are stamped on eggs – not the date…

Away from the Farm

So this is the part of the day where I get to scrape the mud off, forget about being a mom, or a hayseed, and feel like a city girl for at least a few minutes. I used to hate working out. Now I…

Got Muddy Eggs?

Eggs are laid with a shiny coating, kind of like a dried layer of egg white, called “bloom”, which keeps them fresh on your counter for weeks, as long as you don’t wash them. In other parts of the world, eggs aren’t washed before…

Our Hobbit Horses (Mini Horses)

These are our “hobbit-horses”, Bilbo and Frodo. Technically they’re mini-horses, but my “Lord of the Rings” loving boy named them. I’d never owned a little horse before. But our urban farm would be a bit cramped for full-sized horses. Bilbo and Frodo have turned…

My Favorite Chicken Mug

A lovely rainy afternoon. Reading “Tumtum and Nutmeg” to the girls, coffee in my favorite mug, (I absolutely covet all the Jacques Pepin chicken dishes – look how silly the chickens are!) And fresh baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – crispy, chewy, warm, and…