Nesting…in the kitchen

For some reason, I’m on a homemade kick lately. Today at lunch, I started two whole chickens on the stove.  Once they were boiled, I drained off that broth, stripped the carcasses, and then tossed the bones back in to boil for several hours.  I had enough broth to make homemade chicken & noodles for dinner tonight (with enough leftovers that I can make another double batch of noodles tomorrow and have another dinner!), with a huge Tuperware container of broth in the fridge, and four quart jars in the freezer.  (I’m just praying the jars don’t break. I made sure to use room temperature broth.)

I’ve got a nice headstart on Thanksgiving!  (I used homemade broth last year for the noodles.) But in all honesty, we’ll probably have most of this broth used up — I plan to make homemade rice pilaf again and I’m dying to try a Mexican enchilada “gravy” that uses chicken broth.

Meanwhile, I also started a few kitchen experiments. I have a jar of lentils sprouting, another jar of sourdough starter bubbling on the counter, and the celery root chopped off a fresh bunch from the store that supposedly can be planted.  The kids are all interested in these experiments — hopefully at least one or two will work out!

I also bought some local dairy farmer’s milk in glass jars at the store.  It’s still pasturized, but tastes incredible, but is so darned expensive (by the time I pay the deposit on the glass jar) that I don’t know if I’ll stick with it or not. I do want to get us drinking and eating more local produce and this is a start, but I can’t make butter out of this milk, and I’m really wanting to try homemade butter! Thursday, we’re going to investigate the local farmer’s market for some co-op shares.  Supposedly a different dairy farmer has a raw-milk share and will be at the market.  We’ll see.

So why all this interest in homemade stuff?  I grew up on a farm, for one, and I’ve always loved to cook.  Suzanne McMinn’s blog has been a great influence on me — I get so many recipes from her!  I want chickens and my own Beulah Petunia! However, with both of us having full-time jobs, I don’t know that we’ll ever be “farmers.”  I do like to dream, though, and meanwhile, I can support my local farmers as much as possible.

I also stumbled across two sites tonight and bookmarked a dozen recipes and ideas:  Kitchen Stewardship and Heartland Renaissance. More to come, I’m sure.  I just hope my sourdough starter doesn’t blow up on my counter (I had some bad experiences with the “easy” yeast experiments at school!)

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  2. Dude, you get into some homemade butter, and I will camp out on your doorstep until you let me try some! Yum!

    Oh, and tell me how the lentils turn out. I’ve always been tempted myself, but I seem to have lost my green thumb back in the boonies. Or maybe it was my patience with things that depend on me for survival. *snerk* Hmmm….

  3. You remind me of that old TV series “Good Neighbors” (aka “The Good Life” in the UK)… Farming in suburbia… Heh.

    Sounds like fun, though!

  4. I am a horrible gardener, but I do love to cook. I wanted chickens too but my husband said no. And given, that I’m slightly afraid of them, it was probably a good answer on his part. Your chicken and noodles sounds delicious!!

    How do you do all this, hold a day job and still find time to write? Don’t you ever sleep?

    ♥Spot

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