Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.

Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther

"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Friday, April 29, 2016

Heaven on a Plate

It's Asparagus Season!  Nothing makes me want to dance in the garden like discovering asparagus.  This is my absolutely favorite way to eat the bounty.  I have it at least two or three times a week.  It's one of those good for all three meals dishes, and it's fast, healthy and full of protein.

Here's the gist -

Make two pieces of toast (good whole grain bread is the best).  Put it on the plate and spread on goat cheese.

Take a big handful of fresh asparagus and saute it in a hot skillet just until it's tender.  Put the asparagus on top of the cheese.

Add a little butter to the skillet and make two over easy eggs.  Put the eggs on the asparagus.

Sometimes I add bacon or ham with the asparagus if I have it.  If it's possible to improve perfection then that does it.

Divinity is served!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Things

Although we've had some chilly nights, a little bit of snow and some frosts it is absolutely spring around here.  

These were on the table the same day that we had snow and the menu was a turkey with all the fixings.
We were a little calendar confused.

The boy turned 11 in March and has jumped into grown up things:  splitting wood with an 8 lb. maul (that's heavier than his dad's), running the chain saw, mowing with the riding lawn mower, and this weekend hunting turkey for the first time.

He saved his money and bought a ukelele.  I keep feeling like we need to go to Hawaii.

The hammock is up - we pledge to use it more.

First Harvest - Aparagus, onions and garlic for me; cat nip for the kitties.

When my Francophile, mushroom loving friend stops in I revel in spoiling him a little with things my family won't eat.  This time around -  a mushroom popover pie (Molly Katzen's The Heart of the Plate) with a ham and asparagus topping.