Friday, March 4, 2011

My Fudge Brownies (gluten free or gluten full)

These brownies have become my signature dessert. My family calls them "Sheri's fudge brownies" even though the original recipe is not mine.
When my son and I got off of all gluten about a year ago, I began converting my favorite recipes to gluten free.
I'm still a novice at converting, but this one turned out quite nicely. All of my gluten free notes are in parenthesis.

If you make them, I would love to hear how they turned out for you.

Yes, I know that they aren't exactly good for you, but hey, it's chocolate! They are dessert, not the main meal. (wink, wink)


Turn oven to 350

Melt in saucepan:
1/2 cup butter -real butter, not margarine
2 cup chocolate chips -set aside 1 cup for top

Add to the above and mix well:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups flour (Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-free Flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder (+ 1/2 tsp xantham gum, I use both for gluten free)
1 tsp salt

Then add:
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs - Polyface eggs, of course!
Beat the eggs in one at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. I like to use a wooden spoon.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan --glass is my favorite-- and sprinkle the 1 cup of set aside chocolate chips on the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Note: The "gluten full" expression came from our recent graduate, Ethan Kelly.  It makes me smile every time I hear it said.  We miss him already. He graduated from Polyface University (aka Polyface Apprenticeship Program) on March 1st and he left yesterday morning to go back home to his family in Florida.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Coming up on July 9, 2011...

occurs only once every three years and will be repeated this year on July 9.  One of the largest on-farm events in the nation, it includes farm tours,trade shows, networking, book store, and the best array of barbecued pastured meats you'll find anywhere.  Family friendly and insanely information-dense, this day transforms lives. Book early to ensure access.


6-7:30   Early bird walk-about.  Feel free to see what Polyface looks like at dawn while the grass still sparkles with dew.
7:30-9   registration
8-10:30  Whole Farm Tour with Joel Salatin.  This is a one mile walking tour with hay wagon transportation provided for handicapped.
9:30-10:30   Rabbit Production with Daniel Salatin.  For 21 years, Daniel’s linebred forage-based meat rabbits illustrate nativized genetics.
10-10:30  Chick Brooding with Kristen Nia Long
11-noon  Interns, apprentices, and young farmer germination with Daniel Salatin.
11-noon     Horticulture, mushrooms, and layering complementary production enterprises at Polyface with Dan Solberg
11-noon      Hay shed, deep bedding and pigaerator composting with Joel Salatin.
noon-1:30    Lunch—Barbecued chicken, barbecued beef, barbecued pork, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, chocolate buttermilk cake
1:30-4   Whole Farm Tour with Joel Salatin (Repeat of the morning tour—same route, same conditions)
2-3          Rabbit Production with Daniel Salatin (Repeat of the morning discussion)
2-3        Metropolitan Buying Clubs, Zen-Cart and software with Sheri Salatin
2:30-3   Chick Brooding with Kristen Nia Long (Repeat of morning)
4-5       Horticulture, etc. with Dan Solberg (Repeat of morning tour)
4-5:30   Q&A with Joel
4:30-6      Evening chores

All questions should be directed to Acres USA.  To Register visit ACRES USA or call toll-free to register with your credit card — or for more information!


To see a listing of all Polyface Tour options, please visit our tour page.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Moving the cows across the Cow Pasture River

 Yesterday, we had to move the cows across the Cow Pasture River in Bath County to graze the field over there. Grace Hernandez (Buxton farm manager with her husband, Michael) was kind enough to photograph the move.
 Daniel on the tractor with the water buggy - a homemade contraption with water tanks on it. We pump the water out of the river and it flows directly into these tanks.  The only time the cows ever touch the river is when we have to move them from one field to another.  The river and all waterways are fenced out.
 Here they come!

If you squint and imagine this photo in black and white, you can almost see the cowboys on their horses herding the cows.
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