4th of July Homemade Hot Dog Buns

4th of July Homemade Hot Dog Buns

  I really like a good hot dog!  Way back when I lived in Los Angeles I had all the routes to Pinks Hot Dogs on La Brea Boulevard memorized.   My favorite was a kosher dog loaded with chili, sauerkraut, onion, and sweet pickle relish. …

Butchering chickens at home using a steel cone

Butchering chickens at home using a steel cone

Today Kip and I butchered the first ten of this season’s 120 chickens.  At 4 weeks and 4 days these Harvest Whites from S & G Hatchery in Alabama have been fast gainers – the dressed birds weigh on average 2 and a 1/2 pounds…

In which 251 beef, pork, turkey meatballs are bagged for the freezer

In which 251 beef, pork, turkey meatballs are bagged for the freezer

Early this month I spent part of a day grinding a large piece of beef, a loin of pork, with added ground turkey for a BIG batch of meatballs! We love them for adding to pasta sauce and for sub sandwiches. I pack six balls…

An evening’s baking class; Pita and Naan at the Frenchman’s Corner Kitchen

An evening’s baking class; Pita and Naan at the Frenchman’s Corner Kitchen

Simple flatbread and lightly yeasted breads have been part of the staple menu for many a household over the eons.  Starting with some flour and water the end result is hot and crispy or hot and tender breads ready to be drenched in butter or…

A Winter Chocolate Making Session

A Winter Chocolate Making Session

We had a lot of fun! Amid the wafting aroma of exotic spices and turkey mole roasting in the oven my four students worked at the grinding of the cocoa nibs till we made a fabulous paste.  At each stage we tasted; first to savor…