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Spinach Quiche

My spinach from last year’s fall garden has survived the harsh NC winter like a dream, and we’ve had more than we know what to do with here at the Bighorn Barn. And,when you have an over-abundance of lovely things like fresh eggs and spinach the easiest thing to do is make a quiche. Since I was already making one, it wasn’t much more effort to make two and we had more than enough ingredients to go around. (more…)


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My boyfriend’s brother Jake was lucky enough to get to travel with his girlfriend’s family on a sailing trip to Belize for spring break. He was gracious enough to share his pictures and this beautiful sounding recipe for conch chip dip!
Here is a dish that I found out about during my travels to Honduras and most recently Belize. It is a chip dip that is popular among the garifuna communities (one of the few indigenous people of these two countries) and in this particular one I was able to use conch. The recipe is pretty flexible with what vegetables you use but the most important thing is lime. Here is what was in the one shown: (1-2 limes, half a tomato, one onion, one to two sticks of celery – very good, a bit of salt, and a conch) You want to make sure everything gets soft and the lime gets into the vegetables. As far as the conch goes: you have to find the third ring on the shell, punch a hole in it and cut the two muscles that attach it to the inside of the shell. Then just pull her out and cut everything that doesn’t look like meat away. ENJOY!

This is a picture of the sailboat that we were on  while traveling through Belize (She’s at anchor). What a fantastic trip!

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I was recently let in on a little secret, and I now have a source for fresh, raw  whole milk! It’s only a short drive through the countryside from  my home to the dairy. We pulled up bottles in hand, turned the handle and fresh milk started flowing faster than I could blink and before I knew it I had a gallon and a half of milk! We put our money in the cabinet, and went merrily on our way back home, after waving good-bye to the Holsteins in the field.


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Simply Saucey Apples

Apple sauce ought to be one of the easiest things to make. I mean really, all it takes is cooking some apples on the stove and stirring occasionally. You don’t even have to add anything if you don’t want too. Easy peasy from all accounts. I had been dying to make more apple sauce because I had recently had wonderful success – it was sweet, but not too sweet and cinnamony but not too cinnamony. I even avoided eating my apples so they would wrinkle and I’d have a reason to make more. So, I started this recipe with every ounce of confidence that it would turn out as lovely as last time. (more…)

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Did someone say breakfast?

So I’ve become a little smitten with this blog I ran across called Simply Breakfast: the art of breakfast. Miss Causey doesn’t mess around in the morning, serving up pretty pictures of her breakfasts, coffee always included. So I wanted to include a breakfast of my own that looked awfully pretty and tasted even prettier.

A delicious bowl of vanilla yogurt swirled with homemade pumpkin butter, with crunchy granola on top. My coffee was nearby, too.

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Deviled Eggs

Vilas 080I’m such a southern girl when it comes to my favorite foods.

My heart skips a beat when I see pork barbecue piled on a plain white bun, covered with red slaw, and doused with vinegar based sauce!

Or a pumpkin pie simple, no frills and its slightly chunky so you know it was made with real pumpkin and not the baby-food stuff from the can!

What about hot biscuits and apple butter!

Or, or a jar of pickled okra just opened! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

And then there are deviled eggs, my oh my! (more…)

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So I had this chicken, an awfully pretty chicken at that!

But, that’s a lot of chicken for one young woman. (more…)

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