• Respecting Life, Accepting Death: Thoughts Regarding On-Farm Slaughter
  • Heritage Ciders from Tannic Apples: New England’s OG Wine
  • Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration
  • Respecting Life, Accepting Death: Thoughts Regarding On-Farm Slaughter

    On a cold day in November, Malik’s car pulls up in our driveway. He and a companion, Papa, step out. . . We shake hands and exchange warm greetings. Malik asks after my husband and our two grown children. I ask Malik and Papa how their families are doing. We comment on the weather. Daylight is fading, however, and there’s work to do, so we head to the barn. 

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  • Heritage Ciders from Tannic Apples: New England’s OG Wine

    Your favorite apples from the grocery store don’t have much in the way of tannin, and they make an alcoholic cider that New Englanders from the Founding Fathers time would have scorned - cider was once the wine of the Northeast, and today heritage ciders are bringing back that tradition. 

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  • Local Wineries & Cider Makers Tackle Food Waste with Collaboration

    The crispness of fall has given way to chillier nights and snow dusted mornings throughout much of Vermont. It’s the season to tuck in with a glass of local wine or cider in hand. As you sip slowly, here's some food (or drink) for thought: what happens to the waste produced in the creation of your beverage? Where does that spent grape must and pomace go, aside from the compost bin?

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Recipes starting with A

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes in oven; 6 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: medium

Alpaca “Steak Frites”

Alpaca “Steak Frites”

 From the Cas-Cad-Nac Farm Cookbook. Our family’s favorite recipe to come out of this project is Chef Matecat’s version of steak frites, which uses our alpaca striploin medallions. Lately, we’ve served them with the addition of a garlicky chimichurri sauce on the side.

  • Time: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes on stove
  • Complexity: easy

Alu-Mattar-Gobi

Alu-Mattar-Gobi

Try cooking this simple yet healthful meal. It is a favorite for kids and adults alike!Try cooking this simple yet healthful meal. It is a favorite for kids and adults alike!

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Anne Robinson Minturn’s Currant Jelly and Cure for Desolation

Currant Jelly

“I will suggest that when currants are ripe, you have a few pounds of jelly made—say six or seven—it would be very useful in sickness, and if the currants are thoroughly ripe & the jelly well made with crushed sugar it will keep for three or four years–I would send it to you, but it will not keep long after being shaken up by transportation. How lost, how miserably desolate you must feel at times, and how constantly lonely.

1 pint juice—1 tb crushed sugar—boil 5 or 6 pints with the required sugar, at a time—it keeps so much better than when more is boiled at once.”

—Letter from Ann Robinson Minturn to her brothers,
July 20, 1862

  • Time: 20 minutes prep; bake 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

 

In the spring, the Robinsons cooked with dried fruit from the previous fall. This recipe of theirs has been adapted for modern dried apples, which are soft and spongy. If you are using home–dried apples that are tough and leathery, you will need to boil them in water before they can be easily cut.

 

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