Venison Neck Ham or Pepper Loaf

I tried a new variation on the neck roast from a deer I took this year. I always make it a point to harvest the neck roast from any deer I take and I take the time to get all of it and keep it as the biggest piece I can. If it comes out […] Read More

Dehydrating garlic for minced and powder

I grow a lot of garlic and usually have a good surplus. Sometimes however, there’s so much I can’t use it all before the bulbs begin to dry and shrink. This year, I peeled all my garlic, and sliced each clove in half in prep to dehydrate it. Slicing in half allows it to dry […] Read More

Quest for the best Goetta

This is an ongoing post… You can find the recipe below, but the recipe is not where good goetta is at. It’s the process employed to make it. Read on to learn more. It took growing up to realize that growing up in Cincinnati was cool. As a boy, I didn’t know or appreciate its history or wonder. […] Read More

Broody hen adopts 8 baby chicks

Here’s a story of adoption on the Morgan Ranch. In this quick article, I’ll describe the steps I took to introduce 8 baby chicks to a broody hen. My Buff Orpington’s have been the broodiest hens ever since I dispatched Mr. Rooster. I honestly can’t be for sure that it’s been the same hen… but it’s […] Read More

Evolving the maple syrup operation

My first trials into maple sugaring started started in 2014. So start there if you want to see the first version of the maple arch. Sugaring was something I always wanted to do since watching my dad do it as a boy. I made it happen last year by grabbing some spiles and buckets over the […] Read More

Bee Hive Christmas Ornaments

2017 Beehive Christmas Ornaments are ready to ship. The style has changed this year. They have flat lids just like the original Langstroth style bee hive. The price also has increased by $1 this year as I’m “co-making” them with a friend. We calculated the labor and materials to come up with this price adjustment. […] Read More

Traditional English Pork Pie

While going through the freezer the other night making space for hunting season, I collected a number of pig trotters that were begging to have something done with them. I decided on pork pie. The trotters would be cleaned and boiled to make an aspic for the jelly. I depended on a mash of recipes […] Read More

Setting up an Observation Hive

I’ve been wanting to set up a very portable observation hive for a few years. To date, I have borrowed them from fellow beekeepers to do bee education presentations for various groups. Since I didn’t want to wear out my welcome with the generous people who have loaned them to me, I finally have one ready […] Read More

Build your own tub-style chicken plucker

This post is not really how to build your own plucker at home… there are plans for that out there everywhere. Just google “whiz-bang chicken plucker” and you’ll find all the info you need. This is just the story of how I built mine. The fact is, I didn’t use any plans other than finding […] Read More

Coconut Chicken Biryani and Garlic Naan

Last night, it was cold outside… The night called for red wine… and something savory to go with it. Indian curry sounded appropriate, coconut chicken biryani in fact… with a side of garlic naan. I broke out the Indian cookbook and found a recipe. Now, I rarely follow recipes to the letter… I usually use […] Read More