Archive for August, 2011

Blueberry-Sweet Corn Cobbler

August 30, 2011

I’ve been walking around with a purple tongue all week, but I don’t care. When a friend gives you a huge bowl of wild blueberries you simply have to indulge. We’ve had our fill straight from the bowl, and now we’re enjoying the last of the berries in favorite desserts, pancakes and more.

I made this cobbler today and simply had to share the recipe. The sweet-tart berries are topped with delicate sweetened biscuits studded with in-season fresh corn kernels. The result is a perfect union of end-of-summer flavors. read more »

Rosemary-Lemon Grilled Chicken

August 08, 2011

The chickens have been the center of attention lately. No, not on the table, in spite of the picture, but with all the out-of-town guests we’ve been hosting.  The chickens are invariably number one on the list of things people want to see when they come to visit.

This weekend they had a visit from their fan club from St. Louis, three of the cutest kids you’ve ever seen. They came for breakfast, a cuddle with the chickens and a chicken chase. All three of the kids are fast on their feet and one is even competing at the national level in bike racing, but my girls outran them every step of the way! The kids also were certain the girls would lay them an egg or two for breakfast while they watched, just like last year, but as I’ve learned myself chickens are anything but predictable. read more »

Safe in a Gated Community

August 02, 2011

The chickens are thoroughly enjoying their new safety of living in a gated community. The fencing contractor finally arrived last week and finished off the wooden fence that surrounds our backyard, adding gates for our ease in getting in and out.  Keeping the chickens safe is of prime importance, so finishing off the fence was our top priority this summer.

Actually, the chickens rather liked the former arrangement of the temporary fence, as they could see out into the world.  They also loved the thrill of  escaping into the side yard with its virgin grass and shrubs.  But I think that the dog attack earlier this summer convinced the chickens they were better off staying within their exclusive boundaries. read more »