Sub-Zero Fresh Pork Sausage Making

KevinCharcuterie, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Sausage6 Comments

Coincidentally, when Allan called me about his blood glut problem, I already had pork from the recent pig-butchering on deck – slated for Rhulman’s ‘Master Pork Sausage’. Truth is, I had purchased a new meat grinder from Halford’s and I wanted to give it a go really badly. So the morning before making all that blood sausage, I was at … Read More

Cellar Dream-Come-True

KevinApple Wine, Charcuterie, Cheese, Dairy, Dry Cured Meats, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Saucisson Sec, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Wine10 Comments

I knew when I built my wine and root cellars, that they would bring me joy – but I had no idea it would happen so thoroughly, so quickly. Today I made a batch of very, very large saucisson sec. It was time to try again after my last slightly hurtful failure, and the humidity in my cellar has been … Read More

I’m Thankful for This Soup

KevinBacon, Charcuterie, Dairy, Fall Veg, Foraging, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, From the Garden, From The Wild, Mushrooms, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Vegetables3 Comments

I’ve been really grateful for the abundance around me lately. I feel a little like I’ve won the lottery [I don’t buy tickets]. This soup kind of summed up my happiness of late. It’s a purée of winter squashes from my former lawned front yard, with celery and leek from my backyard garden + a whack of chevre from Holly. … Read More

Pig Head Epiphany

KevinFrom Local Farms, Nature's Green Acres, Pork13 Comments

A while back, my good friend Yen told me of a dinner he and  his girlfriend had enjoyed in Boston – a confit’d pork head, finished on high heat in the oven. Melty-apart pork and crackling skin are two things I’ve grown to adore pork for, so when butchering the Nature’s Green Acres pig a couple days ago I was … Read More

FROM LOCAL FARMS – Nature’s Green Acres

KevinBeef, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, Kevin TV, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Poultry, Regional Food23 Comments

Shannon & Danny Ruzicka at Nature’s Green Acres are pretty tough not to like, their kids are cute, their farm is neat, their dog is gentle, their land is gorgeous. But tossing all that bias aside, how they raise their beef, chicken, and pork is truly remarkable. Clearly heavily influenced by Joel Salatin [If you haven’t watched Food Inc, you … Read More