Chicago Christmas

Way back when I was a young farm kid who frequented no town larger than Janesville on a regular basis, one of the highlights of my year was the Rock County 4-H Santa Train to Chicago. All us country kids and our families would bundle up during a cold day in December, carpool to Harvard, Illinois and…

Cast-Iron Skillet + RECIPE: Creamy Gouda Veggies with Breadcrumbs

So my Carrot got me this cookbook for my birthday. Ok, he actually got me three cookbooks. (You saw the picture). But this one cookbook that he got me- The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown- I’d never heard of it.  And if I’m being completely honest here, I planned to totally neglect it until…

A Hard Week + RECIPE: Tomato Fennel Soup with White Cheddar Crisp

It’s been a hard week my friends. A very hard, very long, and very emotionally taxing week for so many of us for so many reasons. Regardless of your feelings about Tuesday’s results, you probably have an opinion about who our next President is or our country’s response to it. Tensions have been high and…

CSA Member Good-Byes + RECIPE: BBQ Butternut Squash & Pulled Pork Pizza

We said goodbye to our CSA members last Wednesday. After 20 weeks together, it’s always bittersweet when we bring things to a close. Filled with unknowns and excitement, our relationship with our CSA members begins anew each spring. Mutual admiration grows throughout the season as we get to know one another better. By the end,…

Dinner on the Farm + RECIPE: Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Leek & Jalapeno

Farm walks. Cider. Blue skies with big fluffy clouds. Cool breezes. Pretty little strings of lights. Candles. Really any kind of mood lighting on a cool soon-to-be-fall night. Pumpkin. Squash. Brown butter. BBQ. Food that turns into more than food; food that turns into art, education, and conversation on the plate. Elegant mismatched china. The…

Farm Wind-Down + RECIPE: Crispy Korean Rice Bowl

Is there any better month than September? I really think not. I am in love with a month of the year and I’m not going to hide it. September just completely and totally rocks and I really never want it to end. November used to be my favorite month of the year (for obvious birthday-related…