Saturday, January 29, 2011

January Cold!

Hello everyone!
January is just about over and the days are getting longer as we progress towards spring.
Things are quiet on the farm right now. Of course there are always things to fix and the guys try to cut wood when they can. They also work with the horses more in the winter and since we a have a nice covering of snow it's great for sleigh rides!!!

Winter is a good time for cooking up all those comfort foods like soups, stews and chilli, or maybe a good pot roast! We are well fixed for beef, pork and chickens and there are even some turkeys left if you missed getting one at Christmas. Following is a recipe for Minestrone Soup.

Come on over and try some of our meat. I think you'll find prices comparable or better than the store and the taste is definitely better. Watch for a special in February.
Also, if a sleigh ride is something you'd fancy, give us a call, e-mail, or leave a comment on this site. Happy sleighing!

Till next time,

Wendy for Knollbrook Farms

Minestrone Soup

4 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
2 cups celery, chopped
2 large onions
2- 156ml(5.5 oz.) cans tomato paste
2 Tbsp. beef soup base
10 cups water
4 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. oregano
1 cup uncooked macaroni
1 large or 2 med. sliced zucchini(I usually add a bag of frozen grated zucchini-4 cups approx.)
grated Parmesan cheese

Cook meats, drain off fat. Add water, soup base, celery, onion, paste, and seasonings.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes or until celery and onions are almost cooked. Add macaroni and zucchini and simmer for 10 more minutes. Stir every few minutes to keep macaroni from sticking. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving. Serves 12.

I often double this and freeze some or give some away!