Have you ever noticed how situations, circumstances and lives can be changed in a matter of minutes? Life is fleeting and this was brought home in a very real way to our family this week through our little shihpoo, Sprinkles. For our family, Tuesday began like any other day. We woke up and began preparing breakfast. While breakfast is being prepared, our 5 yr old feeds the outside dogs, Snowball … [Read more...] about Heavy Hearts
"Butchering a Cow" might sound like a step-by-step tutorial, but I really just want to share with you how we butchered our steer Brisket (while encouraging you to also branch out beyond your comfort zone). We purchased Brisket when he was a few days old from a local dairy (and steer-ified him soon thereafter). As his name implies, we considered him not as a pet but future meat for our table. … [Read more...] about Butchering A Cow
It is sad. Then again, it is good. First, the sad part: We are no longer milking Emme, our family milk cow. Needless to say, we are really missing the fresh raw milk... and cheese... and yogurt... But most of all - the ice cream! That's right, no more ice cream for dinner - I mean literally, dinner consisted of ice cream many nights. If you remember, we had many flavors of ice cream like … [Read more...] about No More Milk!
I thought I would give you a break this week on Family Friday's from the vineyard work/harvest and update you on our family milk cow, Emme. Well, almost. Let me just say before moving on to our escapades with a family milk cow, our last harvest is scheduled for tomorrow. We will be harvesting all of our Italian reds, Aglianico and Montepulciano, at one time. They will be harvested separately but … [Read more...] about Emme
If you follow Cultured Palate on Facebook, you already know that last week we sold Buttercup, one of our family milk cows. It was definitely a more emotional experience than I was expecting. I cried. Some of the children cried. And, the other cows cried. Really! Brisket and Emme moooo'd off and on all night and even the next day! It definitely caused unrest in the barnyard! … [Read more...] about Unrest in the Barnyard
Before I tell you how close harvest is, let me just say, it is so good to be home! Don't get me wrong - I had a wonderful visit for 10 whole days in Macon, Georgia with my mom (aka Mimi) and my sister (aka EC). But, you know the saying, "there is no place like home!". We had fun just spending time together not to mention all the eating we did! We went to a favorite hometown cafeteria, the S … [Read more...] about Homecoming and Harvest Preparation