This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm – 4/3/2019

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

I hope it’s warm where you are. Here in southwestern Virginia, we got a brief glimpse of snow flurries this morning. It was very cold last night. My cabbage suffered but will likely survive. They should have been covered. Hindsight is 20/20. The temperatures dropped about 3 degrees below what was predicted. I wanted to plant onion today, but hey, it’s cold and windy out there. Think I’ll wait. Tomorrow’s high will be 70 degrees – or so they say. I’m hoping.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • Where can you find us? Wytheville Farmer’s Market, April 13th from 10 am to 12 noon.
  • This week’s FarmCast is a study in the science behind the senses as they relate to the taste of food.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Homesteads in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

There is so much to say about what makes our food taste great. Each individual cook or home chef adds their own touch. However, there are three standard biological sensory functions that, when working together, form the basis of the full experience of “taste”. 

This is a peaceful and philosophical one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Cheesy Garlic Roasted AsparagusCheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus: Around here we are just waiting for the asparagus to peak its head up from the ground. Yes, it’s that time of year. From about April through June an abundance of fresh asparagus is available. Check out your local farmer’s market to find this delicious veggie for your family.

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs – not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.


Cheese in the News

Virginia Cheese Fest: Farm to table dinner – June 7, 2019 – Historic Smithfield Plantation

The Goods on Gruyere: Discover the many flavors, textures and pairing options of this complex cheese.

Sheep and Artisan Cheese:Tim Young of Small Farm Nation talks with Sarah Hoffman of Green Dirt Farm in Missouri. She raises sheep on pasture, milks them and turns their milk into award-winning cheese.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 3/27/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

Spring is coming on faster and faster. This time of year it seems like time speeds up and it’s hard to get everything done between dawn and dusk. I have potatoes, Chinese cabbages and onions to get in the garden. Oh, I almost forgot about the strawberries. Those need to get in the ground also. It’s going to be a fun and productive week around here.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast brings out the philosopher in me.
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Cheese in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I had a great time recording this week’s podcast. I love sharing the history of how we human beings made it to this point in our evolution. It’s amazing that we survived. Please enjoy this week’s topic: What Does It Mean to “Get in Touch with the Land?”

This is a peaceful and philosophical one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

grilled cheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwich: If you’re going to enjoy cheese, I can think of no better way than melted on some toasted bread slathered with butter. A grilled cheese sandwich is simple to make but improvements can always be made. This recipe will give you the confidence to make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular. Here are four tips for making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich even better.

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs — not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.

creme fraicheCrème Fraîche: Similar to sour cream but not at all the same, this recipe provides a glimpse of how traditional cheese is made. It’s quick and it’s easy. Use it in any setting where you would use sour cream. 


Cheese in the News

Virginia’s losing one dairy farm a week. Can cheese save the industry?

I sure hope so. This article is a bit of a downer. Lot’s of farmers have given up hope of ever making their dairy operations profitable. It does take a lot of money and know-how to operate a creamery. Personally, I have a great deal of hope. There is a great movement toward locally produced food. I want to be part of it and hope you do to.

Cheese tea, the pegan diet and 9 other food trends for 2019

The cheese tea is simple. Tea with a sour cream floater. What do you think?

My French Grandmother’s Shortbread Makes for Shamefully Addictive Cheese Crackers

OMG I’ve got to make these.


This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm: 3/20/19

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This Week at Peaceful Heart Farm:

Hello everybody,

So good to be writing again. Spring is just around the corner (along with my birthday). We are so ready for its arrival. The tiny plants we started way ahead of planting in the garden are growing like crazy. I’ll be planting some of those out this week if it warms up even a little.

I’m so excited to share the Farm News from this week.

  • This week’s FarmCast brings a new word to our discussion
  • Most Recent Recipes
  • Cheese in the News This Week

Peaceful Heart FarmCast

I had a great time recording this week’s podcast. I love sharing the history of how we human beings made it to this point in our evolution. It’s amazing that we survived. Please enjoy this week’s topic introducing the term “garde manger” or “keeper of the food”. 

This is a fun, educational and entertaining one, so LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HEREOr, if you have an Alexa device, just say: “Alexa, play podcast Peaceful Heart FarmCast.”

And don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to the Peaceful Heart Farm podcast on Apple PodcastsAndroidTuneIn, Stitcher or Spotify


Recent Recipes

Home Made Butter: There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you can take control of your family’s nutritional needs — not depending on your local supermarket. Making your own butter is just one way to instill that peace. 

cornbread on the hearthMary Randolph’s Cornmeal Bread: In Colonial America food was prepared with similar ingredients, but the method of cooking was vastly different. This recipe contains instructions for hearthside baking.

creme fraicheCrème Fraîche: Similar to sour cream but not at all the same, this recipe provides a glimpse of how traditional cheese is made. It’s quick and it’s easy. Use it in any setting where you would use sour cream. 

cheese fondueCheese Fondue: Can there be anything more fun than the family sitting around the table dipping into the fondue pot. I recently made this for my family. It was as delicious this time as it was the first time. 


Cheese in the News

Scientists Played Music to Cheese As It Aged. 

The Swiss seem to always be out there on the cutting edge with cheese. This is a fun story about their experiment with hip-hop, classic rock and Mozart.

How to Make a Store-Bought Camembert Into Something Delightful and Rare

“The best Camemberts are still made in Normandy, with raw cow’s milk, to a very specific set of standards.” This is the reason we have Normande cows. Somebody please try this and tell us how it goes. It sounds heavenly. 

Wisconsin cheesemakers again dominate U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

If I have my way, Virginia is going to start winning these contests. It’s an uphill battle as Wisconsin has been making cheese for a long, long time. We won’t let that deter us. cool

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