Today's adventure was, aside from running a million errands (and I still have a couple to do yet) going to a nearby farm and picking up all-natural, humane, organic, grassfed, free-range goodies.
First, I found EGGS. They're all different colors - brown, green, and blue! Aren't they cute? I haven't had a real free-range, farm fresh egg in a million years. I used to raise chickens and I miss having truly good quality eggs, so these will be a treat. And yes, that's a big tub of lard, and I'm not talking about just me! But it's pastured lard from pigs who, in the words of the farmer, spend their lives out in the fields "rootin' and snootin'".
Then I picked up a few pieces of BEEF! These are just a couple of them; I think I got 5 or 6. This is a NY strip and what looks like a pot roast. Look how dark and rich the meat is. I also saw the cows who get turned into these steaks. They all had horns! That struck me as odd because I've worked with cattle plenty of times, but never with any that had horns- in this country I think it's just weird to see that. I should have taken a picture but I only had my cell phone and it's old and the camera sucks.
I also got a little freezer-pack of chicken gizzards. I'm planning on frying them up in the lard and seeing how they turn out. If I manage to cook them right, I'll go back and pick up a whole bunch because they're so cheap.
And I made some pickles - this is my first attempt and I guess they're ok, but they're not nearly the same caliber as my mom's yet. My mom definitely makes the best pickles.