Yesterday and last night we had a major winter storm. The day started out with light snow. Then it moved to rain. We had over one inch of rain before it turned back to snow/ice over the night.
This is what Jon and Lisa woke up to:
You can see the weight of the ice damaged some trees and a river is running through the back yard. Some of our calves got spooked last night and were out this morning. We are not sure what happened, but the sound of the breaking trees might have done it. Also, our dog, Boo, completely chewed through the wall in our mud room.
A kind of day like today calls for only one thing:
It is hard to find recipes that include bone in pork chops. Since the bone in takes much longer to cook, the pork industry has focused their recipe developmental on boneless chop. I love bone in chops because they provide a little more flavor. So when I find a simple way to prepare bone in chops, I jump at it. Here is one that is sooo simple that you have to laugh, but it is really delicious.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of the chops. Place in baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the chops once. Make sure the chops reach an internal temp of 145. Let them rest 5 minutes and serve.
Easy as that! They come out juicy and perfect. Pair with green beans, brown rice and a large glass of Organic Valley milk.
Of course I forgot to take a picture, maybe next time. But this is what they would have looked like if I had
Here is a real simple BBQ pork chop recipe that you can either cook up in the crock-pot or in the oven. I included all the prices of the ingredients I used to show how eating organic can be affordable. This recipe is so simple, I put it together with a baby attached to my hip and two fighting preschoolers in the background. Go Go Gadget MOM!
- 6-bone in Zweber Farms pork chops (about $7.00)
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced (organic $.33)
- 1/4 vinegar (I used malt vinegar, but you can use any kind of white) ($.66)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey (organic $.37)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ($.13)
- 1/2 cup ketchup (organic $.38)
- 1 teaspoon pepper (organic $.88)
- Dash of cayenne pepper (organic $.50)
Mix all ingredients together. To make in the crock pot pour sauce over pork chops and cook on low for 6-8 hours. To make in oven: oven to 350, place pork chops in a 11×15 sheet pan , pour sauce over chops and bake for 30-45 minutes.
I paired this meal with organic long grain white rice ($.50/serving), organic mixed veggies ($1.88/serving) and of course a glass of Organic Valley milk ($.50/serving). Total cost was: $4.50 per serving.
This meal was super simple, super yummy and super inexpensive. Now that is Affordable organics!
Right before Christmas we received a large package from Organic Valley. In it were ten beautiful 2012 Organic Valley calendars. Much to our surprise, our family was chosen to adorn the April page and our cows are the background on each page. Organic Valley calendars are known for their beautiful pictures. We have even had friends who work for other dairy companies that say they wish their calendars were like OV’s.
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This year Organic Valley is celebrating the International Year of Cooperatives. The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes,
“Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. “
That is exactly what Organic Valley set out to do 25 years ago. Back then, the cooperatives founders wanted to make organic farming both economically viable for its members while at the same time improving the community and world around them. Now with over 1600 plus farmers owners in the United States and Canada, I think OV is doing a great job on both accounts. It is the number one reason we chose to go with Organic Valley when we first went organic. A company owned by farmers and for farmers is important to us.
Would you like a free Organic Valley 2012 calendar, coupons and swag? The prize is a $30 value ($15 in coupons). Tell us how you work or play cooperatively or support cooperatives in your area . Do you carpool to work? Have a community garden? Support local farmers working in cooperatives? Teach cooperation to your children or students?
- Leave a comment on this page about how you work or play cooperatively or support cooperatives in your area. Comments should be no longer than 20 words in length.
- Comments need to be received by 11:59p.m. central standard time on January 2nd.
- Winners will be chosen on creativity and originality.
- Winners will be chosen by our family.
- Winners will be contacted by January 3rd, by emailing the account associated with the comment.
- Disclaimer: Yes, we are OV farmer owners, so we have an interest in Organic Valley and its brand. Please void where prohibited.
Good luck and have a blessed New Year!
All of our pork customers have picked up their orders except for a few outliners like Katie at PinkePost and Val at Wag’nTales. We will not fault them, they do win the prize for the farthest Zweber Farms customers. So we know you have your freezers full of tasty pork chops. If you are new to the Zweber Farms meat, you might be uncertain about cooking chops with the bone in. Here is a great simple recipe I made up today to start you off.
Pork Chops with Apple Cider Glaze
- 4 bone-in Zweber Farms pork chops
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Mix apple cider, brown sugar and mustard into a small sauce pan. Bring to boil and reduce to 1/2 cup.
Heat oil in large fry pan. Salt and pepper both sides of chops. Brown chops on both sides.
Place chops on baking sheet (okay, I made six chops instead of four). Pour about a tablespoon of glaze over each chop. Save some glaze for finish. Bake for about 8-10 minutes in oven. The pork should be lightly pink inside.
I served the pork chops with cranberries, brown rice, romaine lettuce salad and tall glass of cold Organic Valley milk.
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Photo by David Nevala
I had to post one last pasture picture of the season. Tim is bringing our cows in for their evening milking.
Disclaimer: I am not a food blogger. Even though I post lots of recipes on this site, Food Blogger is not in my title. I am apologizing in advance for my lack of pictures on this recipe. When I start cooking I often get caught up in what I am doing and forget to take pictures.
I have gotten to the comfort level in my cooking that I no longer “follow” recipes. Sure I still look them up for ideas, but that is usually as far as it goes. This past week I made a super easy ground beef chili. I could have called it Kitchen sink chili, because nearly everything went in it besides the kitchen sink.
East Ground Beef Chili:
- 2 lbs Zweber Farms ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 1 chili pepper
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 10 ripe plum tomatoes sliced
- 2 cups dry red kidney or black beans soaked
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown ground beef and onion together. Drain only if there is a lot of juice.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil and let simmer for at least an hour. When beans are soft the chili is done.
- Taste and add salt and pepper.
- Top with Organic Valley sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
This easy ground beef chili will serve a crowd. I froze half of it in an ice cream pail for later use.
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It is squash time! This year both at Zweber Farms and my parents’ farm, we grew several types of squashes. The most interesting squash to me is the Spaghetti Squash. I love squash of all kinds and thought it intriguing that the flesh when baked looks like noodles. After, doing some quick searches for recipes on the internet, I formed a simple yet tasty recipe using the spaghetti squash and Zweber Farms ground pork.
- 1- 4lb spaghetti squash
- 1lb Zweber Farms ground pork (Italian style)
- 1 small onion chopped
- 4 tomatoes pureed or 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
- 1 sweet pepper chopped
- 1 cup shredded Organic Valley cheese
Preheat oven to 375. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds and pulp. Bake rind side up for 25-35 minutes.
While squash is baking, chop onion, pepper and mushrooms. Brown pork sausage in skillet then add onion, pepper, mushrooms and 1/3 cup of tomato puree or spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes
When squash is done, take it out of the oven (leave oven on) and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then scrape out flesh into a large mixing bowl. Add sausage mixture and 1/2 cup cheese.
Place into baking dish and top with additional cheese. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
Take out of oven and let rest for 10 minutes
Serve with crunchy garlic bread topped with Organic Valley butter and a tall glass of Organic Valley milk.
I hope you enjoy. Need some pork sausage? Call us today to order a half or quarter of a hog. Pork will be ready in October and November. We have a few spaces left, but they will not last long. Call: 952-461-3428 or visit the Zweber Farms website for details.
Did you know that by visiting the Organic Valley website you can learn Who Your Farmers are? By typing in your zip code you can find a list of Organic Valley farmers in your area. Since Organic Valley tries to sell everything as local as possible, these farmers really “are your farmer.”
Take a look at what we do on our farm:
Visit the Organic Valley YouTube page to tour more family farms like ours.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitterand YouTube.
Happy Heart Health Month!! February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in the United States? And it kills more women each year than the next four death causes (including all forms of cancer). Every 39 seconds someone dies of heart disease. These facts are scary, but the American Heart Association has given you seven simple steps to lead you to a heart healthy lifestyle. Included in those steps is including low-fat dairy in your diet. Check out Life’s Simple 7.
It is no wonder that Dairy Makes Sense for heart health, because one glass of milk contains nine essential nutrients. We all think of milk having calcium and vitamin D, but how about potassium that helps regulate blood pressure or vitamin B-12 that helps maintain health red blood cells and nerve cells. Learn more here and see how your favorite beverage stacks up against the health of milk.
Here is a quick, easy and fun way to add more dairy into your diet. The recipe is from Midwest Dairy Association.
To get more heart healthy dairy recipes visit the Organic Valley recipe page or the Dairy Makes Sense recipe page.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.