Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Vegetable Bars

Vegetable Bars
Crust:2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
Topping:8 ounces cream cheese
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup salad dressing
Vegetable and other toppers:Summer vegetables such as diced or chopped peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes
1 large package shredded cheese
6 slices fried bacon, drained and crumbled
  1. Mix the crust ingredients and spread on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Mix the topping ingredients and spread over the crust.
  3. Top with diced peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and tomatoes; 1 large package shredded cheese; and bacon. Press down into cream cheese mixture. Yields: 1 cookie sheet. Cut in bars to serve.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Join us tomorrow for Open Farm Day , 11:00 - 3:00

Today Bob and the "Bigs" are off the farm.
Team Mack and Mike are in Gorham Maine today, enjoying the first Fall plow of 2017 with fellow teamsters.
It is a beutiful time of year to visit Maine.
Fall Plow #1

There is so much happening this fall on the farm!

Join us tomorrow for Open Farm Day  , 11:00 - 3:00


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chorizo and Sauteed Greens Pizza

Chorizo and Sautéed Greens Pizza


For the dough: I do not make dough / I purchase uncooked dough

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup  whole-wheat flour
  • 1 package  quick-rise yeast
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups  warm water , plus more as needed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz.  baby spinach leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 lb.  fresh chorizo, ground or removed from casings


1. To make the dough, in a food processor, combine the flours, yeast, sugar, and salt. Pulse to mix the ingredients. With the motor running, add the water and olive oil in a steady stream, and then pulse until the dough comes together in a rough mass, about 12 seconds. If the dough does not form into a ball, sprinkle with 1 to 2 tsp. of water and pulse again until a rough mass forms. Let the dough rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Process the dough again for 25 to 30 seconds, steadying the top of the food processor with one hand. The dough should be tacky to the touch but not sticky. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and form into a smooth ball. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk and spongy, about 1 1/2 hours.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, punch it down, and shape into a smooth cylinder. Divide into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, dusting with flour only if the dough becomes sticky. Cover both balls of dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Place the second ball in a gallon-size zipper-lock bag and freeze for up to 2 months. (When ready to use, thaw the frozen dough for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature.)

We use a wood fired oven
4. Place a pizza stone in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450°F .Once the oven has reached 450°F let the stone continue to heat for 15 to 30 minutes longer, without opening the door.

5. Warm the olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until soft but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until the spinach mostly wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

6. On a floured pizza peel, stretch or roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch  round. If the dough springs back, let it rest for about 10 minutes before continuing. Leaving a 1-inch border, spread the sauce over the dough round and top with the cheese. Distribute the sautéed spinach and the chorizo evenly around the pizza, breaking up the sausage with your fingers as needed. Brush the outside edge of the dough with olive oil and season the whole pizza lightly with salt and pepper.

7. Carefully slide the pizza from the peel onto the hot stone in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the chorizo is cooked through and the crust is golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve immediately. Serves

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Open Farm Day

This Sunday October 15th 11:00 - 3:00

While you are here you can: meet "The Bigs" Team Mack and Mike !

Enjoy the fall color

Tour the barn , talk draft horses and equipment with Farmer Bob.

Shop Lisa's photography and goodies from the farm house kitchen,
and More!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Soup


  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 cans cheddar cheese soup
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 large broccoli heads
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 16 oz half & half
  • Salt & Pepper


Farm House Kitchen

  1. In a large soup pot, combine the chicken stock, butter, half & half, and cheddar cheese soup.
  2. Let it cook on medium heat, while you prepare the vegetables.
  3. Cut the bottoms off the broccoli florets, and into small bunches.
  4. Coarsely cut the onion in to small wedges.
  5. Add the shredded carrots, the broccoli florets, and the onion to the pot.
  6. Let it simmer on low/medium for about twenty to thirty minutes.
  7. Stir in the shredded cheese, until well combined.
  8. Using an immersion blender, blend until it’s semi-smooth, leaving small chunks of broccoli, onion, and carrot for texture.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mike and Mack


work out

Maple-Glazed Bacon with Cracked Black Pepper


  • 12 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1. Preheat an oven to 400°.Spread the bacon out in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.

2. Bake until the bacon is barely crisp and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully drain off and discard the fat from the baking sheet.

3. Brush 1 Tbs. of the maple syrup over the bacon strips and sprinkle with half of the pepper. Return to the oven and bake until glazed and shiny, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from the oven and, using tongs, flip the bacon slices over. Brush the other sides with the remaining 1 Tbs. syrup and sprinkle with the remaining pepper. Bake again until glazed and shiny, about 2 minutes more. Transfer the bacon to a serving platter. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes (the bacon will firm up and become extra-crispy). Serve warm. Serves 6.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Flavors

Here in Maine it has been unseasonably warm and humid.
The grass is still very green.
I am super behind on my canning (too hot to boil).
Have been out and about practicing my photography, and we are just starting to see some color.
This week we will be visiting two fairs Deerfield New Hampshire and Fryberg Maine.

Pop this dessert in the oven right before your family sits down to dinner, and it’ll be ready just in time for dessert. When choosing pears, pick ones that are ripe but still firm. In lieu of caramel sauce, try this with whipped cream or chocolate syrup. This is already a relatively healthy treat, but you can up the nutrition by serving it with Greek yogurt and granola.

Baked Cinnamon Pears with Caramel Sauce


  • 3 firm but ripe pears, such as Bosc
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup  apple juice or cider, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (purchased) warmed

1. Preheat an oven to 350°F

2. Cut the pears in half lengthwise, keeping the stem intact, and core.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Using your hands or a pastry brush, rub the butter mixture all over the pears. Place the pears, cut side down, in a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking dish. Pour the apple juice around the pears.

4. Bake the pears for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the pears, and add more apple juice as needed. Continue baking until the pears are soft when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes longer.

5. Transfer the pears to a platter and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.