Squash pocket scones

My daughter likes to bake.  She has recently set herself the task of learning to bake a nice scone.

While I was experimenting with other foods to make with all that winter squash, she decided to use winter squash as the flavoring for her pocket scones.

Scone ingredients:

3 cups flour, sifted
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
3/8 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
a pinch of Kosher salt
9 Tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup whole milk
1 egg beaten

Filling ingredients:

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup winter squash puree
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
3 Tablespoons sugar
a pinch of Kosher salt

Directions:

1.  Whisk all the scone’s dry ingredients together in one of the mixing bowls.  Add the butter and gently cut it in with a pastry cutter or fork.  Continue until the flour and butter is the consistency of large breadcrumbs.IMG_6521

2.  Pour in the milk and stir with a fork to make the mixture into a shaggy dough.  Be careful not to overmix.  Chill the dough in the refrigerator while you make the filling.IMG_6522

3. Put all the filling ingredients into a mixing bowel and whip with a hand or stand mixer until all the ingredients are well blended and have a fluffy texture.  Chill the finished filling in the refrigerator.

4.  Empty the scone dough onto a floured surface.  Dust the top with flour and roll it into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle.  Cut the rectangle into six pieces.IMG_6525

5.  Spoon 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the filling onto each dough portion.  Then carefully fold over into a triangle and pinch gently to seal the edges.  (My daughter’s triangles did not meet her expectations so she made them into square pockets instead).  Place the formed scone onto a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them in the freezer for at least an hour.

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6.  While the scones are in the freezer, preheat the oven to 445 degrees Fahrenheit.  Take the paper and scones off the baking sheet.  Put a fresh sheet of parchment on the baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray.

7.  Place the scones on the parchment on the tray.   Space them at least an inch apart. Brush each scone pocket with beaten egg using a pastry brush, dust the top with granulated sugar.  IMG_6527

8.  Bake for 15 minutes.

9.  Allow scones to cool 5 – 10 minutes before serving. IMG_6528

Perhaps, instead of going shopping the morning after Thanksgiving, use the leftover squash to make a lovely and special breakfast.  Make a pot of tea (instead of only a cup). Put on your robe and slippers and watch the local news to see the crazy crowds of holiday shoppers.

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Winter squash

Autumn is coming and after that,  then Winter.  The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is coming to a close for the year.  Only a few more weeks to go.

In the spring we can’t wait for strawberries and asparagus…and then tomatoes, corn, blueberries, peaches, and summer squash.  Now we are looking for vegetables to enjoy in cold weather…potatoes, sweet potatoes (white and orange!), cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, and WINTER SQUASH.fullsizeoutput_5aa8

I will admit that it was my husband (born and raised in New England) who introduced me to winter squash, especially butternut and acorn.  His mother cooked them.  My mother did not.  Ever.

I will admit, also, that winter squash were (and sometimes still are) a little bit intimidating.  When I look at a summer squash (zucchini!) I can picture how to cook it and how to eat it.  The first time I made winter squash I had no idea how to get it ready to cook.   Basic cookbook time.

My husband told me that his mother used to cut the squash in half, clean out the seeds, put a tablespoon of butter in the cavity, sprinkle some brown sugar, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until soft.  That works.  Roasted Acorn Squash

I have since modified the recipe by cutting, cleaning, and peeling the squash before I cook it.  Then I steam them and mash them with butter and a little salt, like mashed potatoes.

Honey Nut Squash and Delicata Squash are new varieties.  You can eat the skin.  It is very thin.  I prefer to peel them, steam them, and mash them with a little butter.  I also roast Delicata squash for a crispy finish.  (Link to recipe here).   Delicata squash fries.

Here are two more simple recipes using winter squash (your favorite variety or a combination) for a 30 minute soup and a snack cake.

Winter Squash Soup

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
4 cups peeled and cubed winter squash
2 medium white potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces of cream to finish (optional)

Cleaning a winter squash (butternut):


Directions:
1.  Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot.  Toss the diced onion in and cook for  about 5 minutes.  Be careful not to let the onion brown.

2.  Put the potatoes and squash in the pot.  Stir them around to mix with the onions and butter.

3.  Pour in 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock.

4.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

5.  Allow the squash and potatoes to cook in the broth until they can be pierced easily with a fork.  (About 30 minutes) You can then mash the vegetables with a potato masher to make a chunky textured soup or blend the soup with an immersion blender to make it smootherIMG_9311

6. Once the soup is the consistency you like, pour a cup of cream into the pot and stir.  Eat at once.

 

And for dessert….

Winter Squash Snack Cake

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup winter squash (steamed and mashed)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup raisins

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2.  Sift flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon together.IMG_9289
3.  Mix the squash and applesauce together.IMG_9291
4.  Beat brown sugar, butter, and egg together until light and fluffy.IMG_9288
5.  Mix dry ingredients into the sugar/butter/egg mixture alternately with the squash and applesauce mixture.
6.  Add raisins and stir.
7.  Pour batter into a greased 8 inch square pan.
8.  Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

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Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or let cool and ice with butter or cream cheese icing.  And some autumn sprinkles.Delicata squash fries.
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Applesauce loaf (to share)

There are many home cooks who do not share their recipes.  They do not for a variety of reasons that are their own.  My grandmother, whose father was a baker, was a great baker and did not share her recipes.  My mother, her daughter, asked her for her recipes.    They were not written down.  The result was that my mother, her daughter, baked with her and wrote many of the recipes down as they baked together.  Now I make them and share them with my daughters and, frankly, anyone who asks.  Look right here….recipes!

My grandmother’s recipes were not always easy to transcribe.  She didn’t use measuring spoons.  And her measuring cup was a “nickel” cup sold at the variety store down the street.  You know…that big white coffee mug with the big handle.  That was it.

I made this loaf one year in a hurry from my mother’s recipe card.  It was the night before the office Christmas party and I forgot.  I had time to make something simple and this was it.  The ingredients are things that are always at hand.  One of my colleagues came into the smorgasbord of dishes and first tasted my applesauce loaf.  And then he pulled a chair up to the buffet table and sliced about half of the loaf.  Someone tossed out a comment about his less than correct behavior.  He responded by telling us that the applesauce loaf tasted exactly like something his grandmother used to make and he simply couldn’t stop eating it.  He hadn’t had anything like it for years.  He was delighted when I offered him the recipe.  And for years after he brought the applesauce loaf to share with the rest of us at Christmas and sometimes on a whim.

I’m glad I shared my grandmother’s recipe.  Now lots and lots of people can enjoy her baking….forever.
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This is a simple recipe that is really more a cake than a quick bread.  It can be made in an 8×8 inch square pan or a loaf pan.

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 1/4 cups applesauce (I make my own…but purchased is fine)

Directions:
1. Turn on oven and set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2.  Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and spices onto wax paper (or into a bowl)
3.  Beat brown sugar, butter, and the egg in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
4.  Mix dry ingredients into the sugar and butter mixture alternately with applesauce.IMG_9270
5.  Pour into a greased 8 inch square pan or a loaf pan.
6.  Bake the 8 inch square pan about 45 minutes…the loaf pan about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake or loaf comes out clean.
7.  Serve warm or cool.
8.  Powered sugar can be lightly sprinkled over the top before serving.

IMG_9274link to homemade applesauce recipe on this blog

A variety of apples purchased from Fruitwood Farm and Wm. Schober and Sons Orchard were used to make the applesauce.

 

 

Farmers are people too.

Rick Hymer has been a New Jersey farmer for 25 years.  It is what he has always wanted to do.  He loves being his own boss, growing flowers and vegetables, and sharing all of that with his family and friends.  Us. He considers those of us who have shopped at his stand at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market for the entire life of the market, his friends.  543272_390818657656762_349448693_n

Rick Hymer does not sell a crazy wide variety of things.  He sells flower, herb, and vegetable plants in the Spring.  During the summer he sells tomatoes, bi-colored corn, peppers, cucumbers.  And in the Fall he sells the best red-skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.

I love cabbage and Rick Hymer’s cabbage is the best I’ve ever eaten.  He explained that he uses seeds from a vintage variety.  It’s the best for soup, a side dish, stuffed, cole slaw.  Years ago when I lamented the impending loss of his delicious cabbage he told me how to “grow” it so that I would have it all winter.  He sold me several heads of cabbage that he dug out with the roots still attached.  I did as he instructed.  I buried those cabbage heads upside down in my garden with the roots sticking out like a handle.  I covered them with dirt and waited.  When I needed cabbage, weeks, months after the market had closed for the season, I grabbed the root and pulled a head out.  I peeled off the layer of outer leaves and I had a gorgeous fresh head of Rick Hymer’s delicious cabbage.  Sometimes the winter weather was too harsh and the cabbage didn’t make it.  But more than one year I pulled the last buried head and cooked that cabbage with my corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day!

So far this Fall I’ve purchased those much anticipated sweet potatoes and broccoli.  Cauliflower is coming soon.  This odd summer (weatherwise) has pushed back the harvest

The average American farmer works more than 10 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Rick does.  To be sure to bring something to his table for our table.

But, farmers are also people. People like us. People who like spending time with families, watching the game on Sunday, reading the newspaper, playing with our grandchildren.

Rick Hymer says that his least favorite aspect of farming is the long hours, and that there is no guarantee for a successful crop.  He regularly misses family gatherings because ripe  tomatoes or the day the cauliflower must be planted wait for no man.  And sometimes, even with all the time and sweat and sacrifice, the crop fails.

Rick thinks this is the year he will retire from farming.  But he says he will keep his greenhouse open.  He’ll be back to Collingswood in the Spring with flowers to sell.  Probably herbs and vegetable plants.  He thinks he’ll plant a little bit.  Enough to sell at his home farm stand.  He thinks he might offer his help to other farmers too.  Definitely he’ll find his way back to The Collingswood Farmers’ Market in some capacity.  He feels like the people there, shoppers and vendors, are his friends.  And he is sure he’s going to miss them.  He likes talking with them.

I hope he’ll be back.  I like what he sells and I like what he says.  And he always has a smile.  But if he decides to grab his fishing pole and head out for some peace and quiet, I wish him many long and happy years.

Rick Hymer is a farmer.  Farmers are people too.  And Rick Hymer is one of the best!

 

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Some recipes:

Mashed broccoli (for people who don’t “like” broccoli)

Trim and steam a head of broccoli.
When the broccoli stalk can be pierced with a knife and is soft enough to mash, take it out of the steamer.  Put the broccoli in a serving bowl.  Drop some butter on top to melt.  When the butter is melted, mash with a potato masher or large fork (or puree it with an immersion blender).  Sprinkle with salt to taste.  Serve.

 

 

Sweet Potato Baked Home Fries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.  Cut into even sized chunks of about an inch.  Put the potato chunks into a pot of water and boil them until a knife just pierces them (about 10 minutes).  Drain and put the potatoes back into the hot pot.  Stir gently and quickly with a wooden spoon to “rough them up”.  Drop butter into the pot to melt. Coat the potatoes with the butter.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.  Dump the potato mixture onto a foil lined tray.  Bake in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes.  Watch for doneness….they will get browned.  When they are browned to your liking, take out of the oven and scoop into a serving bowl and enjoy!

 

 

 

Produce from Hymer Farm.

It’s finally time for soup…

We’ve had a peculiar summer here in the Mid-Atlantic.  Hot.  Humid.  Rain.  Repeat.  Not the kind of weather that makes me think of soup.

But the weather for the last market was positively autumnal and I craved soup.  While treasure hunting my way through the Collingswood Farmers’ Market I thought of a great way to make a delicious, unique, and simple vegetable soup and I set to it.

My daughters and I shop together each week and our shopping strategy is to walk the length of the market to see what’s new and enticing.  We stop, turn with the sun  at our backs, and shop, filling our wagons, until we are at the end of the market where we’ve parked our cars.

I decided during our walk to give every farmer a space in my soup pot and I bought one or two things only from each stand.  This is a great way to experiment with new vegetables.  It is also a great way to get your children involved.  Let them choose.

Recipe for Hamburger Vegetable Soup.

Ingredients:  a pound of ground beef or bison, leeks, celery, carrots, lima beans, winter squash, potatoes, green beans and/or yellow beans, cabbage, plum tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini….what would you add?

Directions:
1.  Dice and saute one stalk of celery, two leeks, and three small carrots in about a tablespoon of butter for about three minutes.
2.  Chunk up and saute the ground meat.
3.  Cut up and add your chosen vegetables to the pot.  A little of each makes for great flavor and fun eating.


4.  Pour in a 32 ounce box of chicken broth and 32 ounces of water.
5.  Add a clove of garlic (whole, so you can take it out before serving), salt and pepper to taste, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup dried parsley.  (You can buy fresh parsley at the market and pull the leaves off.  Delicious!)
6.  Stir all the ingredients, put a lid on it,  and let simmer on low all day.  The house will smell terrific!  Be sure to check the liquid level during the day and, if you have to run out for a quick errand or to take a nature walk with the children….leave the lid on and turn off the heat under the pot.  Then come back in a turn the heat on again.  The soup will continue to slowly cook, without the heat, while you’re away…don’t stay away too long.  If the liquid seems too low add some water or some broth.

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I served this soup with some crackers and cheese spreads (also from the market…see Hillacres Pride …cheese crackers are wonderful…and Cheese Etc.).  Grilled cheese with Hillacres Pride Cheddar on Wild Flour Bakery sour dough bread is also delicious!  And those fabulous little rolls with some farm fresh butter from Villa Barone…maybe even some fresh mozzarella slices.

And for dessert….Some sliced apples from Fruitwood Farm and Wm. Schober and Sons with cookies from Springdale Farm and Wild Flour Bakery.
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Some (I hope all) of the farmers and vendors from whom I purchased:  Springdale Farm, Buck Wild Bison, Wild Flour Bakery, Flaim Farm, A.T. Buzby Farm, Hymer Farm, Formisano Farm, Muth Family Organic Farm, Viereck Farm, Savoie Organic Farm, Wm. Schober and sons, Fruitwood Farm, Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms.

For your next shopping trip to the market…don’t bring a list, have no preconceived notions.  Buy something new.  And have fun!

Cheerful morning apple coffee cake

Thirty seven years ago, at the end of a whirlwind romance, I got married.  We met on a blind lunch date (with two other women) for lunch at a cafe that had recently witnessed a attempted organized crime hit.  That was in mid November.  After a lunch of enormous hamburgers, during which a truck backfired outside and my future husband comically tried to hide under the table, we dated for six weeks and became engaged at the end of December.  On the day after Valentine’s day, we were married.  We had twenty wedding guests at a lovely inn and then went off to a driving trip to New England and the temperature on Boston Common was 72 degrees.

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We returned to a lovely rented carriage house that we shared with a raccoon and about fifty mice.

I had determined that we were going to be cozy.  Big mugs of tea.  Pots of soup.  Homemade breads and cakes.  And to that end I found a very simple recipe that I made weekly, called Cheerful Morning Apple Cake. And so it was.

Hardly anything went as planned those first few months and yet, we’re still together. But we were in love (still are) and everything was (still is)beautiful. Maybe it’s the apple cake.

This cake is very simple to make.  The batter is stirred with a spoon.  Of course I used a wooden spoon.

Ingredients:

for the dough:
Mix together–
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup of room temperature butter
1 egg

Stir in:
1/2 cup milk

Then, add:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

 

 

for the streusel mixture:
Mix together —
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 to 4 apples, peeled and sliced thin

Directions:
1.  Mix the dough well with a spoon. Spread half of the dough in the bottom of a 9×9 inch pan (I lightly  grease the bottom of the pan).

2.  Cover the dough with apple slices and the streusel mixture.

3.  Top with the other half of the dough.

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4.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly golden brown or for 25 to 35 minutes

 

I can’t guarantee that mornings will be cheerful because of this cake…but I can guarantee that the cake is simple and delicious and with a mug of tea, coffee, or cocoa…well…..iu

Apples are available at The Collingswood Farmers’ Market at Fruitwood Farms, and Schoeber’s.

End of summer succotash

Believe it or not this long weird-weather summer is coming to a close.  The produce is changing at The Collingswood Farmers’ Market.  Apples are here.  Winter squash is popping up.  And baskets of lima beans made their first appearance at A.T. Buzby’s table this weekend!

I am fortunate to have a grandson who enjoys cleaning lima beans.  He has fun opening the pods and popping the beans into a bowl.  Lucky for me!

What follows is a simple recipe for making succotash.  The recipe uses corn, lima beans, tomatoes, and butter.  It’s easily assembled …with help shucking the corn (husband!) and shelling the lima beans (grandson)… and easily cooked.  One pot does it all and all at once.

Ingredients:
Fresh corn (your ratios can differ…I used 4 ears of corn and a 1/2 cup of lima beans)
lima beans
2 small tomatoes (I used San Marzano plum tomatoes)
4 tablespoons butter (as I used sweet butter I added salt to my taste right before serving)

Directions:
1.  Melt butter in a pan
2.  Drop in chopped tomatoes following by corn and lima beans


3.  Let them cook in the melted butter for about five minutes.  Put a lid on the pot and cook at least five minutes more.  Check lima beans for doneness.  They should be soft, but not mush.


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That’s it! Beautiful, simple, and delicious!

 

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Lima beans from A. T. Buzby
Corn from A. T. Buzby CSA share
San Marzano tomatoes from Muth Organic Farm
Butter from Hillacres Pride

Corn and tomatoes are plentiful and can be found throughout the market.

 

Grilled leg of lamb

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market now has a lamb vendor.  Headquarters Farm owned by Roger Byrom is located in Stockton NJ.

An article published in NJ.com states : “Headquarters Farm is a stunning historic property with the Neshanic River running through it. The farm, built in the mid-1700’s, is home to a flock of sheep cross-bred over the years to create the Headquarters Farm Romney/Romeldale/Jacob breed which are raised for meat production and sheepskin byproducts. Byrom raises and finishes his sheep and lambs on grass, as was customary during the time the farm was founded in the 18th century. He also rents out his flock to solar farms to provide a sustainable mowing service and for invasive plant species control. Roger sells his meats and sheep skin byproducts directly to the consumer at several local markets.”  Including, now, Collingswood Farmers’ Market…every other week.

You can see and “like” the farm’s Facebook page here: Headquarters Farm Facebook page.

My daughters and I walked to the end of the market and quickly found Roger Byrom’s stand.  It was adorned with lamb skins and slippers and a large cooler full of frozen lamb meat.

One of my daughters bought slippers and ground lamb.  The other bought lamb cubes.  And I bought a leg of lamb for my husband to grill/smoke.  Roger assured me that it was a small leg…he showed me the large for comparison!

Ingredients:
small leg of lamb
olive oil for marinating and basting.
spices for dry rub (including…white onion, black pepper, lemon peel, salt, French thyme, roasted granulated garlic, Greek oregano, spearmint) Your preference.
small chuck of a mild wood for smoke in the grill (we used cherry)

Directions:
1.  After thawing the lamb, rub with olive oil and throughly cover with the dry rub spices you prefer (mint, oregano, garlic, rosemary…)  Put in the refrigerator for several hours, or better, overnight.

2.  Set the fire in the grill with a hot and cold area.  The leg will be roasted on the cold side of the grill.  Put the meat on the grill.  Put the lid on.  And monitor the temperatures of the grill and the meat.

3. The whole cook took only about 3 hours.  The “oven” temperature of the grill was a steady 230 degrees Fahrenheit.  Low and slow is a must when cooking lamb.  Lamb is extremely lean and will dry out and be tough if overcooked.  The meat easily rose to 140 degrees and was taken off to rest for about 40 minutes.

Serve with your favorite side dishes.  To accompany our grilled lamb we ate zucchini and white beans sautéed with olive oil and thyme.

Roger Byrom is the man to talk with if you love lamb….he sells a variety of different cuts and gives very good advice as to how to cook this new meat offering at Collingswood.

 

 

Beef filet mignon with maitake mushrooms

Maitake mushrooms are also called “hen of the woods”.  They have a funny name and they are funny looking.  They are to be fried when cooked and make a wonderful paring with steak.   We love them with a filet mignon.IMG_8945

This is a simple, delicious, and very special meal.

At the Collingswood Farmers’ Market we are fortunate enough to have, every week, Davidson’s Mushrooms from Kennett Square PA (THE MUSHROOM CAPITAL OF THE UNIVERSE!). Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms are at the end of the market and they sell over a half dozen different variety of very fresh mushrooms.

Ingredients:
1 small maitake mushroom
2 grass fed beef filet mignon
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
1. Put a skillet on a burner on the stove at medium to medium high temperature and melt the butter.
2. Tear the mushroom apart.  Be aware of the root (a small rough piece) and discard it.


3.  Toss the mushroom pieces into the skillet and fry until brown and crispy. Stir frequently.   Do not burn!
4.  Cut the filets in half across the width and dry on paper towels.IMG_8967
5.  When the mushrooms are brown and crispy take them out of the skillet and put aside.  6.  Sprinkle the filet lightly with salt.  Place the filet salt side down in the skillet.  Fry in the butter that is left in the pan for about three minutes.  Turn over and fry another two minutes.  The steaks will be rare to medium rare.  Fry another minute for more doneness if desired.


6.  When the steak is done, remove to a serving plate. Top with the fried mushrooms.  And serve with favorite sides.

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Maitake mushrooms from Davidsons Exotic Mushrooms

Filet mignon from Hillacres Pride

Butter from Hillacres Pride (research shows that grass fed beef is best cooked in butter, not oil)

Potatoes from Muth Family Organic Farm

Green beans, tomatoes, onions from A.T. Buzby Farm (from my CSA share!)

The farmer who changed my eating life.

Hillacres Pride has been selling their products at The Collingswood Farmers’ Market since 2006.  They started with cheese.  And then a little ground beef.  They gradually added their family grown farm products so that today they sell over 40 dairy products (no milk…Not in NJ!), over 45 beef products, over 25 pork products, 15 different sausages (from breakfast sage to chorizo to kielbasa), over a dozen chicken products, eggs, and a host of prepared products like meatballs, mac & cheese, beef BBQ, and cheese crackers!

Hillacres  Jerseys is the name of the family farm from which Hillacres Pride sprung.  Tom’s family had the farm first.  Then Tom married Mandy.  Tom and Mandy wanted to stay on the farm and raise their family.  They needed to add income to keep everyone together.  Cheese was the first and most obvious answer.  Jersey milk is high in protein and makes excellent cheese (according to Mandy)!  And so Mandy’s husband Tom dubbed their venture their pride….Hillacres Pride.

After cheese production came beef (cattle takes two years to raise) and then pork (pigs take seven months raise).  Tom and Mandy added a pasteurizer and processing plant in 2009, which helped to expand their cheese line.  And finally they added chickens.

I have purchased Hillacres Pride products since the first time they appeared with their cheese at The Collingswood Farmers Market.  I ventured into ground beef shortly after that.  And I haven’t looked back.

The first time I bit into a burger made from Hillacres Pride grass-fed beef I was five years old again.  (And that was a long time ago)!  This was what beef tasted like.  I remember.  Yes, beef should taste rich and buttery and full of flavor!

Hillacres Pride has a winter program.  Once a month, on a Saturday,  from December through April,  Judy (Mandy’s mom) and Roland (Mandy’s dad) set up shop for preorders items only in nearby Haddonfield.  I am proud to say that I am one of the two people who made up the first year of the winter program.  Now there are many, many winter people.  One simply signs up, orders online when the email reminder comes, and spend a minimum of $25.  Easy to do.

I no longer buy my meats from a supermarket or even a butcher.  I buy from Hillacres Pride.  And that has changed my eating life all for the better.

 

Links to some of my recipes using Hillacres Pride products.

Stuffed peppers
Quick collards with bacon
Elegant beets stacked with feta and peston fresh cheese
Asparagus chicken stir fry
Smoked Boston Butt and Hash (for two)
Chicken fingers and easy chicken parm
Slow cooker chicken paprikas
Pork chops with apples, leeks, and sweet potatoes
Prepared meals you can buy from Hillacres Pride
The best hot dog you’ve never hear of…Italian Style
Another smoked Boston butt
Johnny Marzetti….I love him!
Breakfast for dinner….BACON!
Stuffed Cabbage!
Chicken noodle soup…
Good for what ails you soup with a chicken and beef knuckle
Fresh Ham
Whole chicken in a slow cooker…just like rotisserie chicken, but easier to make
Sheet pan chicken and vegetables
Hamburger vegetable soup.
filet mignon with maitake mushrooms

Thank you Mandy, Tom, Judy, Roland …and the rest of the family!

Hillacres Pride website