Archive | December, 2012

Lyrics to Auld Lang Syne

28 Dec

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for days of auld lang syne.

We two have run around the hills
And pulled the daisies fine.
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot
Since the days of auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream
From morn till the sun was down.
But seas between us two have roared
Since days of auld lang syne.

So here’s a hand my trusty friend.
Give us a hand of thine.
We’ll take a good-will drink again
For auld lang syne.


The 5 Most Popular Items at Tara Firma Farms

17 Dec

A bone-in ribeye steak

Yes you can give food for Christmas. In fact you should. Here’s why these five items are Tara Firma Farms’ most popular products according to Tara herself. Key the drumroll….

5. Ground Beef Mixed with the Pork Sausage – best sausage or burgers ever. It’s all in the 21 days dry age of the beef and spice in the pork!

4. Pork Roasts – a crock pot, 2 cups of vinegar, 4 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of ginger. Three to four hours later you’ll have a meal you will eat before anyone else gets to the table.

3. Rib Eye – because it is amazing.

2. Pork Chop – the best pork in the world, in my opinion.

1. The Bacon. It is so clean, can be spiced to your desire and we never have enough.

Soil Cycle Simplified

10 Dec

Cows grazingThe soil cycle is as follows:  Healthy soil has microbial life.  Microbial life is important as its poo feeds plants (yes, microbes poo). Plants or grasses photosynthesize carbon out of the atmosphere and put it back into the ground where it belongs (this is called carbon sequestration).  Grasses have to be growing to photosynthesize and therefore need a haircut every 2 to 3 months in order to continue to grow.  The cows, chickens and pigs do the haircutting.  If managed correctly they don’t overgraze the grass to the ground but instead only are take a top bite and then are moved to the next pasture.  This allows the grasses to recover and in doing so sequester more carbon.  The animal poo is food for the microbilal life…and back to the beginning!–Tara Smith, Founder, Tara Firma Farms

The amount of carbon that can be restored in the world’s degraded agricultural soils will directly influence global food security and climate change within our lifetime.” – Rattan Lal, director of the carbon management and sequestration centre at Ohio State University.

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The 5 Most Popular Items at Cheese Plus

7 Dec
  1. Brillat Savarin Triple Crème: This triple creme is the richest, creamiest soft ripened cheese in the store. It is 75% butterfat which is just 9% lower than butter itself. Hello? Needless to say it melts on the palate. Named after a famous 18th century French gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin who is known for the quote “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” We assure you that if you eat this you are happy.Image
  2. Pasamontes Manchego: This nine-month artisan raw sheep milk cheese is made by octegenarians Mr. and Mrs. Pasamontes in the same way and place their relatives used since the 1870’s.  It’s a firm and complex cheese with deep nutty rich flavors. Because it’s made exclusively from the milk of a closed herd of 200 sheep and known as Spain’s best Manchego it’s always in limited supply.Image
  3. Rustic Bakery Crackers: Their crunchy snap and classic San Francisco sourdough flavor make these handmade, organic, Marin County delights the crackers of choice for Bay Area cheese lovers. Image
  4. David’s Old World Pastrami: Rachel and David Michael Cane, hosts of the award winning culinary travel radio show “A Matter of Taste” wanted to bring a taste of their NYC youth to the Bay Area so they began making pastrami. They brine and slow-cure briskets and navels hand rubbed with a special blend of garlic and spices, slowly smoked over real hardwood fires, and then steamed to the perfect texture. The result is always properly spiced, perfectly smoked and succulently tender. It’s a SF favorite.Image
  5. Jeni’s Ice Cream: We can’t say enough about Jeni’s–especially during the holidays when they release their unique seasonal varieties. This Ohio brand creates amazing hand made American deliciousness using only pure ingredients and milk and cream from cows that eat grass.Image