How Duck Became My Kids' Favorite Food

How Duck Became My Kids' Favorite Food

I love duck so much. If I had to choose a favorite meat, it would probably be duck.  

But would you believe my 5 and 7 year olds love duck even more than I do?

That hasn't always been the case. They used to like duck well enough but, as I changed how I cook duck, our children's favorite meat also changed. From "bacon" to "duck"!

So, if my children now choose duck over bacon, why does duck have a bad rap for being too greasy, too tough and too hard to cook?

What To Do When Your Farm Store Floats Away....

What To Do When Your Farm Store Floats Away....

I've heard that author Ann Patchett, calls her ideas for her as-yet unwritten books "butterflies." That's how entrancing and delightful she finds just the IDEA of these books. 

And I get that. Because my dreams for this Farm Store feel that beautiful too. Especially as I've watched them take shape. 

Last week, we set up the gazebo that will house our store. We even opened for one afternoon, just to do a "dry-run". 

Three Simple Life Lessons From My Mennonite Grandmother

Three Simple Life Lessons From My Mennonite Grandmother

My family - a small group of Amish-Mennonites - left France and moved to upstate New York in the mid 1800s. They were looking for a remote location where they could re-establish their farms and escape religious persecution. 

By the time my grandmother - Catherine Widrick - was born, the community had been in place for 5 generations. 

Part 2: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

Part 2: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

In my last post I talked about my first, very failed, attempt at roasting a pastured chicken. If you haven't read it, I'll summarize - it was super tough.

What I learned is that roasted pastured poultry does best when it's roasted either 1) hot and fast or 2) low and slow.

I already gave you a slow-roast recipe that yields the most tender roasted bird I've ever eaten. BUT, that recipe slow roasts for the better part of a day!

Part 1: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

Part 1: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

I was so excited. I had been wanting to switch to pastured chicken and finally I'd found a farmer I trusted.

I bought a chest freezer and 25 chickens. I had read so much about pastured chicken’s amazing flavor and health benefits. I couldn’t wait to try it!

Dreaming of the delicious meal ahead, I seasoned one of the chickens.