My husband and I live in North Central Wisconsin on 60 acres of mostly wooded land. We have started a small organic farm and raise our own chickens and goats. (More animals to come now that our 3 year old granddaughter lives with us) We have raspberries,hazelnuts,apples,cherries,plums,asparagus,and we grow hundreds of different varieties of vegetables every year. I have recently started to work with heirloom varieties and seed saving. I hunt and fish and we eat a lot of food made from what we hunt and gather. I hate processed foods and try my best to cook everyday. We eat meals together and involve Evi, our grandbaby in the cooking. She adores all fruits and veggies and prefers them raw. Exactly as it should be. I love to do all sorts of crafts and also help my hubby out with his Window Cleaning business. I love to stay busy. I am super fortunate to have a hubby who loves to eat new things and also cooks.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook new things. I love foreign cuisine and have tried everything from South African food to tibetan food. I just plain love to cook. I still find I need to use a recipe for proportions, but I usually change things to my liking anyway. I love to cook what we have brought in from the garden and we do a lot of canning, drying and freezing. Most of the winter we are able to eat what we grew organically. This year my goat is old enough to kid so we will be experimenting with goat's milk in recipes and I will be making goat's milk soap.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents never cooked much and I grew up on canned and processed foods like mac and cheese from the box. BORING May be that is why I love so many different flavors and foods. I guess the only traditions we had were during the holidays at grandmas farm where we would always get home made pies, bread and lots of chili during hunting season. I used to love to help Grams in the kitchen with the bread and still remember the smell of fresh baking bread at 5 in the morning.
My cooking triumphs
I guess my biggest triumph is that every year, for the last 3 years, my hubby and I are asked to cook for a very rich and well known family in our area for their annual get July get together. They have about 40 people to their ranch from all over the US and I do all the apps,salads,and side dishes and my hubby does the grilling. It has been super successful and we have been asked to cook again next year. We make several hundred dollars and have a great time.
My cooking tragedies
I recently made this beautiful pot of chili and accidentally put in a jar of super spicy salsa instead of a jar of stewed tomatoes (all canned from our garden) and OUCH people were running for the milk. My poor grandbaby cried for half an hour. My fault for not tasting before serving.