Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Breakfast Sausage

Our annual piggy made it into our freezer yesterday.  This is the third year we've ordered from a small little family farm; and this is the first year they've raised their own pigs from ones born on their farm.  They are pastured, moved when the grass is low or starting to go bare, fed a supplement of thick rich cow's milk from same farm.

This year the butcher asked about sausage flavorings ... and I opted to just receive ground pork to be able to add my own spices.

Breakfast Sausage:

1-1/2 pounds of ground pork
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage or other green herb you prefer
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic powder

Mix well all spices into pork.  Shape into a log on a piece of wax paper.  Roll tightly.  Refrigerate at least an hour or overnight.

Remove wax paper and slice into 1/2 inch rounds, flatten a bit if necessary, and cook in a heated cast iron skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides and center is no longer pink .. about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness.  Strain and save the drippings to use in a savory dish.  Re-wrap any unused sausage and refrigerate;  use within a few days.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Windstorm 2015

A hole in our preparations .. and the remedy.

We just underwent and survived the Great Windstorm of 2015.  Losing power for 22 hours, many in our area are still without power after six days.  

We had water in our neighborhood storage tank and stores of gallon jugs in our home, heat from our wood stove, the use of our gas cook top stove, well insulated freezers.  Flashlights, batteries, oil lamps with fuel.  Canned goods and juice.

On our list of  'hole' fillers:  A large generator.  Our home is wired for a generator to supply power to kitchen lights, refrigerator, microwave, and family room lights.  I'd rather designate a generator to keep our freezers cold if need be.

The Mr. spent all of Friday cleaning up the yard from tree debris, pine needles.

Thank you to all of the linemen working long days trying to get everyone's electric power on once again.