Friday, October 30, 2009


Snow in the 'fish! That's Crow Peak in the background. Doesn't it look like Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Turkey Time, Take 2

Yeah turkey! Now this turkey has been chilling in our freezer for almost a year so it was fine time to launch him into the oven. It was delicious and Jack particularly liked the crispy wings.

I really need a larger roasting pan set up!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Turkey Time

Fall is really in the air in the Black Hills and leaves are blowing everywhere. I love this time of year! It's time for turkey. Crisp, roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and spinach salad is on the menu for Sunday. Tom is in the refrigerator thawing out and I am considering the menu. It will be gluten / casein / soy free so everyone in the family can enjoy it. Simple is best when it comes to the turkey. The only thing special I like to do is add apples, onions and fresh herbs to the cavity (that get tossed) and herbs under the skin. I still have some fresh orange thyme from my garden so that will be the ticket.

Mashed potatoes will be done with olive oil instead of butter and hemp milk instead of cream. I'm infusing rosemary in the EVOO which adds a great flavor. A little roasted garlic too.

For the spinach salad, it's just fresh spinach and whatever I have available. Toasted pine nuts for sure.

Baked apples for dessert? Yes, I am ready for this pre-Thanksgiving feast!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Lamb Loin Chops - Black Hills Local Flavor!

Pumpkin and lamb just seem to go together in the Black Hills! I am sharing this delicous sounding recipe from a e-newsletter I receive from We purchase our lamb from The Butcher Shop in Spearfish but have considered buying a whole or half lamb instead since we love it so much. That's on my research to-do list. Local pumpkins can be found now at the Runnings stand in Spearfish for $3 each. You have to ask yourself, why would you buy a pumpkin at Wal-Mart for $4 from who knows where, when you can support your local farmer and buy a local pumpkin for less? Gage's Garden's and the Farmer's Market (next to Crow Peak Brewery) are also carrying pumpkins.

Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Lamb Loin Chops

BTW - here's the secret to pumpkin seeds. In fact, I cook ALL my squash seeds like this. You will too once you try this simple process.

Scoop out all seeds from the pumpkin (or squash) and remove as much of the goo as possible via rinsing. Pat seeds dry. Pre-heat the oven to 450 and put tinfoil on a cookie sheet. Plop the seeds on the cookie sheet and pour enough EVOO to coat so each seed is shiny but not drenched. Spread them out on the foil and pop in the oven. Now watch them! As soon as you hear one 'pop'! take a look and give them a shake. Do that again. We're talking only a few minutes and they will be done. You'll know they are done when they are golden brown. I like to sprinkle a little salt but that's it. You can get creative and add other spices too. Let them cool for a minute and dig in or crush / use in your favorite recipe. They are crisp and delicious!

Can't wait to try these on the lamb!