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Rump Roast with Green Olives and Raisins

Shredded Rump Roast With Olives and Raisins This is not your ordinary pot roast recipe. Ever since my friend, Liz, made me this roast some thirty years ago, my mouth waters, Pavlovian-style, when I think of it. This makes the most amazing Argentinian empanadas and the...

Carnitas

Carnitas

  Carnitas What are carnitas?  Done right, carnitas are ultra-rich, soft pork meat with slightly crisp edges.  Pork butt is the perfect meat for this recipe but the picnic works great too.  This is a very simple recipe for an outstanding, authentic dish. 4 lb...

Very Basic Meatloaf

Very Basic Meatloaf

  Basic Meatloaf I LOVE meatloaf and it seems like I never make it the same twice, which is why I LOVE meatloaf.  It's a perfect "whatever you happen to have on hand" type of recipe. I've had families drop by unexpectedly and I'll throw a couple of pounds of...

Slow Cooked Rump Roast

Slow Cooked Rump Roast

  Slow Cooked Rump Roast Coming home after a long hard day on the farm, this is what I want to smell. A tender, flavorful rump roast with all the trimmings! 1 3-4 lb rump roast1 onion1 tbsp black pepper1 tbsp paprika (smoked if possible)2 tsp chili powder.5 tsp...

Rosemary and Maple Syrup Roasted Chicken

Rosemary and Maple Syrup Roasted Chicken

I came across this recipe comes in my favorite (and only) subscription magazine, Saveur, which highlighted this wonderful and simple roasted chicken recipe using my favorite roasting technique, high heat with just a few rich, savory ingredients. This recipe comes from...

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This recipe is adapted from the Williams-Sonoma Pulled Pork recipe and it just can't be beat!  It's a no-fail recipe that can be made with a myriad of sauces depending on your cravings and on your stores. Serve these hearty sandwiches with homemade or...

Counterfeit Duck Confit

Counterfeit Duck Confit

Duck - Counterfeit Duck Confit Duck Confit (literally Duck Preserved) is one of my favorite meats of all time and so there's no need to mention how excited I was to find this recipe in David Lebovit's cookbook, My Paris Kitchen....

Wisdom From Wendell Berry

Wisdom From Wendell Berry

Our Work Starts with You. With the gentle caressing of another rainfall, chores done, cows milked, bread rising and most of the gardening put on hold, I’ve filled the French press with coffee and grabbed my morning reading for some further edification from Wendell...

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

I've just come in from my pasture inspection and I just couldn't help but remember what things were like on the farm one year ago.  Baby Indi was just born (yesterday was his birthday) and Baby Michi was born in several inches of snow (today he is one year old).  Both...

Narnia, here at River Cottage Farm

Narnia, here at River Cottage Farm

It takes more than four straight days of rain to keep me from my pasture walks in the mornings.  I pull on my Wellies, step out onto the patio and with the deepest breath I can muster I bask in the beauty of our farm. Balancing my piping hot cup of tea as I unhook...

Reaping the Rewards of Quiet

Reaping the Rewards of Quiet

I must admit that no matter how hard I try to obey my children and stay in bed until 5:30 am, every once in a while I just can’t take the waiting and quietly tip toe out into the dark, still house already anticipating the coming hours.  It’s absolutely, hands down, my...

Finding Joy in Simple Living

Finding Joy in Simple Living

Our culture lends itself to busyness, and often even those of us who are drawn to local sustainable agriculture and natural, organic foods and products can find ourselves rushing through things and hurrying more than we'd like. In the midst of all the important and...

Our Chickens – How they Grow

Our Chickens – How they Grow

Day 1 at RCF   This year Brayden will raise about 1500 chickens.  If the weather keeps up it's warm and cold spells he may even be able to go year-round and up that number by about 400. The bottom line is that we sell a boat-load of chicken.  I thought I would...

Bone Broth, Back in Fashion

Bone Broth, Back in Fashion

I figure that I spend about three quarters of my life out of fashion and that's ok with me. I must admit though, that the three quarters spent "left behind" keeps me humble when I'm in or maybe even ahead of the curve. So, although I may still be wearing boot cut...

Catching a pup in the act!

Catching a pup in the act!

Keeping an eye on the sheep watcher There are so many times I sit down to write this newsletter wishing you all were here with me, witnessing the amazing scenes of the farm.  There's no doubt that being a farmer is incredibly hard work and when the day doesn’t usually...

Thank you, Johns Hopkins!

Thank you, Johns Hopkins!

One comment we've both heard and uttered over the many years we've milked cows without grain inputs usually went something like this, "if someone would just do some serious lab testing on 100% grass-fed dairy ..." Well, now, according to new research published in the...

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

I've just come in from my pasture inspection and I just couldn't help but remember what things were like on the farm one year ago.  Baby Indi was just born (yesterday was his birthday) and Baby Michi was born in several inches of snow (today he is one year old).  Both...

The Blessing of the Bees

The Blessing of the Bees

As an Orthodox Christian I am blessed to have centuries of ancient prayers to recall for almost every act on our farm.  Monks pray as they bring their cows or goats in for milking; they pray as they collect eggs from chickens asking blessings on them for their...

Is Organic Farming “Easier”?

Is Organic Farming “Easier”?

Last week I went out to the Aveda school in Brentwood for a haircut and the woman getting her haircut next to me mentioned about how she was trying to eat organically but didn't know where to go to find good, healthy food.  Of course I piped up and told her I was...

The Making of a Great Cow

The Making of a Great Cow

It never, ever fails! Whenever there's historical storm a baby will be born on River Cottage Farm and with a full moon to boot this baby had no choice but to be born in the snow. So, after a week overdue according to our records, baby Michi Storm was born last night...