Haagen-Dazs “Made Like No Other” recipe – Caramel/Salt Surprise Summer Salad

July 12, 2011 in dessert, Food Porn, Humble Garden

Recently, BlogHer and Häagen-Dazs® asked me and a few other bloggers to create original recipes (not just desserts) using their ice cream as an ingredient.

How can one possibly say no to that?

I said yes and then, to the delight of my children, I went out and bought quite a few containers of Häagen-Dazs. I had to buy extras to fend off the ravenous offspring and then I set to creating my original take on Häagen-Dazs as an ingredient in a savory dish.

I could not help slipping in some of the lovely things growing in my garden too!

Click through to see all about this recipe – Caramel/Salt Surprise Summer Salad and enjoy!

Haagen Dazs original recipe

Chicken, our way

July 8, 2011 in chicken, Food Porn, Humble Garden

As you likely know, we try to grow and enjoy wholesome food at home, making us frugal foodies.

We raise and milk our own dairy goats.

2011 Kidding season: diapers

We raise our own laying chickens for eggs.

Humble Garden 2011: Infant chicks - upclose

We are getting a family Jersey cow this fall. We will have cow and goat milk next spring.

Humble Garden: Our New Jersey Cow

I blog about some of that craziness at my homesteading blog Humble Garden.

We source a lot of our red meat as pastured Beefalo meat from Wild Mountain Farm.

This year, in addition to our layer flock, we will be raising between 25 and 50 broiler chickens which we will butcher and freeze for the year!

The video below shows those (the little yellow ones) as well as some fancy chicks – ameraucana which lay blue eggs and purely ornamental chickens – white crested black polish – the ones that look like they have marshmallows stuck to their wee little heads.

Many people here in the US are getting into urban homesteading but run into roadblocks when they try to get some chickens.

I totally support you all and send you all my positive vibes as you fight to regain the right to raise chickens in your space.

Fresh. Local. Delicious.

August 4, 2010 in Food Porn, Gardening, Humble Garden


Last year, in our garden (see our organic and permaculture homesteading gardening blog here – Humble Garden), we had a catastrophic tomato failure when I lost all 60 home sprouted heirloom tomatoes to the early blight.

I had a bonfire and then tried to forget but failed miserably as I mourned their loss all year.

This year is 100% different!

This is the year of the tomato in our garden so I thought I would show you a few photos of our lovely beauties in this post.

Every morning and every afternoon I go out into the garden, stroll along the raised beds and fill my pockets with red and golden orbs of savory and sweet delicious silky glowing deliciousness.

Not many photos here of RED tomatoes because we eat them as soon as they are ready to go. I will include a few photos below from past years showing previous tomato harvests.

If this makes you jealous I have two words for you: Start Gardening!

Humble Garden 2010: Tomatoes!

Humble Garden 2010: Tomatoes!

Humble Garden 2010: Tomatoes!

Humble Garden 2010: San Marzanos

Humble Garden 2010: Tomatoes!

Humble Garden 2010: Tomatoes - before

Previous years from our garden

Organic Garden Tomatoes: all our own!

Organic Garden Tomatoes: all our own!

Garden Project: Today's tomato harvest

Garden Project: tomatoes and watermelon

Other things we do

May 22, 2010 in Behind the Scenes, Food Porn, Humble Garden


I thought I would share a video with you that shows a little of what happens here, when I am NOT food blogging.

If you are a longer term reader, you know I “homestead” or have a little farm here on our property. We eat local (backyard) eggs from our own chickens and diary from our herd of LaMancha dairy goats (20 of them).

To get milk from an animal you have to breed them and then separate their babies (bottle feed them until weanable).

The video below shows you this year’s 2010 class of baby goats!