Saturday

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Today I am going to indulge in gossip/discussion about problem behaviors. A new problem showed up yesterday. A note on the front door mentioned I had two extra cattle in my field and pre-thanking for my patience, which is running thin at the moment. Yep, two young Angus heifers in the field, from the tracks they had been chased all around the buildings, various equipment and through the orchard. Some panel fencing used to protect the water pump and plastic pipes were moved to block the heifers in an area by the corral, gates had been left open in several places between various fields and several sections of fence was damaged by the heifers when jumping the fence and not clearing it completely.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Good morning - Drinking good coffee is one of the luxuries of life I am very serious about. Discovered the pleasure of fresh ground whole beans and flavored roasts about 40 years ago at college when on a tight budget. The local roaster I used for years shifted to providing large volumes of products to the grocery stores. As availability increased, freshness decreased and amaretto is not available for small volume purchases.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

One of my favorite food information sites is available again - The Food Timeline (scroll down a bit to view the timeline). Today's diary would have been much longer if time had not been spent jumping from link to link.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Rice one of the most popular grains in the world. The varieties available in the local market keeps expanding. White rice is stable in storage for significant time and is one of the bulk foods I keep in the pantry.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Welcome to party. The subject is onions. If you are sensitive or working with strong onions may need to cut under running water or wear eye protection to prevent crying. I generally only cry when grinding the 5 pounds needed for a favorite relish.

Learning to master individual ingredients and the full flavor profile available with different cooking techniques provides culinary freedom. Below is a selection of video primarily on onions. The focus is on simplicity. The next step is adding additional foods, spices and herbs from around the world or the local growing enviornment to tantalize the taste buds and satisfy the soul.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Each year in the garden is different, experience helps but every year there are new lessons to learn. Participated in gardening in Central Oregon for over 50 years. Interesting climate, transitional area between temperate forests on the foothills of Cascade mountains and the sagebrush steppe extending to the Rockies. Highly variable growing conditions from year to year, similar to political; movements. The few years spent in Corvallis and Portland areas much more predictable patterns.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Today's diary is long on videos and short on writing. Knife skills are best learned by watching good practitioners and then practicing. Not very tolerant of dull cutting tools is the kitchen, too much work and higher risk of an accident if the tool slips while pushing harder to complete a cut. If a sharpener is not available a coffee mug can be set on a counter upside down to expose the unglazed ring to refresh the edge of a knife.

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Initially appeared to be an easy diary to write. Provide the food recipes used to feed the dogs and cats. Well the recipes are now only used as guidelines. The actual food used for ingredients has changed over time due to availability, pet preferences and time necessary for preparation. Cost comparison to commercial, not sure. It has been over 10 years since I purchased commercial dog kibble and dry cat food 3 years.

My concern for quality has remained consistent over the past decades, the ability of commercial foods to provide quality food consistently has changed. My hobby was showing dogs for a number of years, quality nutrition kept them winning in the ring and healthy at home. Only had to changed dog food once when a national brand changed their formula without any notification. The company denied any change in the formulation or work with us to identify if it was a problem related to the distribution channel. Offered free product instead and the opportunity to be a kennel reference.

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The few extra minutes of sunlight at the beginning end of each day. The farm is starting to awaken from its winter slumber. Daffodil and tulip leaves have emerged from the soil, crocuses suddenly began blooming. Finding chicken eggs once again in the nest boxes. The forecast of snow tomorrow may slow those hens downs a bit.

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