TC Farm Cookbook


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    Sausages - Not just for the grill

    Betsy and I love having sausages around to cook with as an ingredient. They are our quick go-to meals and we enjoy making up easy variations with the seasonal veggies we have on-hand. Here are some tips and our favorites.

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    Borscht

    A members' summer/fall favorite. I love this recipe, and had to share!

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    Green Beans a la Shawn

    Shawn (3) said he wanted bacon and green beans, but the bacon had to be crispy, not too fatty. Here is the result. Simple, yummy and nutritious.

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    Peanut Butter Cookies and Variations

    I really love cooking by weights, especially with peanut butter and brown sugar. I just hate trying to get that measuring cup clean! So I decided to make this simple recipe here by weight so I wouldn't have to figure it out every time.

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    Saffron Lobster - Sous Vide

    This is so good... just wish we could offer pasture raised TC Farm lobster...

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    Pho

    Bet you'll wish you had some stockbones after reading this member's recipe for Pho. Quick: order some today for the February delivery.

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    Maple Dijon Baked Chicken Breast

    A unique maple and mustard flavor combination to liven up these January evenings.

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    Cuban sandwiches

    A delicious way to use your shredded pork. Sent in to us by one of our members. Yum!

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    Cuban-marinated roast pork with rice and beans and fried plantains

    A member shared this recipe with us and it looks mouthwateringly good!

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    Pasteurize your eggs

    If you plan on eating eggs raw and want to skip the salmonella risk, this article is for you.

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    Vanilla Pudding

    Homemade pudding is totally worth it!

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    Beef Tri Tip Roast

    OK, honestly, this is the best roast I've ever had and it was SO simple....

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    Butter French Toast

    I feel a bit sheepish that it took me so long to think of this simple twist on French Toast.

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    How to Make Gravy

    Gravy really is simple - and it can be made with so many meals. Come on, give it a try!

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    Pizza Potatoes

    Wasn't sure what to make tonight for dinner... Pizza Potatoes, that'll be good, right?

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    Perfectly Cooked Chicken Thighs

    Slow growth chicken is nothing like the fast growth factory genetics found at the farmers' and supermarkets. While it tastes SO much better, it can also be trickier to cook. Here are some tips to make sure the next TC Farm chicken thighs you cook have great texture and taste amazing too!

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    Easy Homemade Honey Marshmallow

    Making marshmallows really is easy... They are SO much better tasting (and healthier too!)

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    Hot Cocoa

    Homemade hot cocoa is easy, healthier and tastes SO much better than pre-made mixes.

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    Make Your Own Organic Vanilla Extract

    Vanilla: One of the most loved flavors and perhaps the most artificially (and poorly) imitated. Real vanilla is also rather expensive. Making your own is easy and much less expensive than a $2.50 per ounce in the store. At that price, you can hardly afford to use enough to truly appreciate this amazing delicacy. Way better to simply make your own... trust me, your culinary life won't be the same.

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    Nut Butter Cakes

    These grain-free cakes are GAPS intro diet approved and are an awesome healthy breakfast or snack on the go for you and your kids. Quick and easy to make, you'll have no problem serving up pancakes for the family any morning!

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    Fermented Beets

    Fermented beets are so tasty and good for you... filled with probiotics, they are a perfect way to capture a bit of summer. Using an InstantPot or other e-Pressure Cooker is an ideal way to cook beets.

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    Burger Variations

    Here are some fun and tasty ways to dress up your burgers so they are a step above ordinary

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    Smoked - Sous Vide Wings or Drumsticks

    This two ingredient recipe has a few steps, but is simple if you have the right tools. Oh and it tastes amazing. Great for wings or drumsticks.

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    Simple Herb Sausage

    This quick sausage works well for ground pork or beef and is a nice staple to add to your meal rotation. Works well with dried herbs, but obviously fresh would be nicer.

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    Honey Ginger Heirloom Carrots

    There is nothing like local heirloom carrots. We just love when we get them in our veggie CSA. They are fantastic raw, but add a bit of honey and ginger and you get something quite special for the few minutes of your time.

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    Rosemary, Olive and Lemon Chicken

    This is a simple one-pot meal you can make with any bone-in chicken. It doubles as a great dish for entertaining because it doesn't take long to cook, so you can do the work before your guests arrive and just take it out of the oven when its time to eat.

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    Moroccan Ragout - Vegetarian

    Betsy always saves ideas for recipes that pile up when we don't have time to cook as much as we'd like. This one she kept around for years until we finally tried it out. We made a few modifications and really like how it turned out!

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    Smoked - Sous Vide Pulled Pork

    There is nothing like slow cooked - low temp sous vide pork. The problem is that it just isn't very smoky. Here is a great recipe to combine the best of BBQ and modern cooking techniques.

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    Sweet Apple Carnitas

    When we were sampling our pork at Lakewinds, everyone was asking for the recipe of the carnitas we were serving. The deli department made up the recipe, so I didn't know it... but I decided to tinker and make up my own adding a few twists -- turned out AMAZING!

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    Slow Cooker Pork Roast

    If you're like us, you're busy enough with work and daily activities that coming home to make a meal sometimes isn't what you want to do at the end of the day. That's one of the reasons we love our slow cooker. Here is a great pork roast recipe you can have waiting for you to enjoy after a long day at work!

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    Brussels Sprouts with Saffron Hollandaise

    Easy.. this is really easy... Bacon Fat Fried Organic Brussel Sprouts with FAST from scratch Saffron Hollandaise. Yum.

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    Pork chops with a summer salad and peanut dressing

    With the snow on the way, we thought a nice summer scene would go nicely with the summer salad. This recipe works equally well with pork chops or chicken breasts. Although the ingredient list looks long, it is so easy to prepare. Everything can be made ahead of time which makes it a great dish for entertaining.

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    Mushroom Squash Risotto

    We love vegetarian meals. Rice isn’t something we should eat all the time for a wide range of reasons, but there nothing like a REAL risotto with Arborio rice. Strictly speaking this dish isn’t vegetarian since a homemade broth is essential to the flavor. The broth also adds electrolytes and helps cushion the onslaught of carbs the rice throws at us. This meal takes time to do it right, but it is easy. Just get a glass of wine and have a nice conversation.

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    Chicken and Coconut Soup

    We love this recipe. It is very flavorful but SO quick and easy to make. Start the chicken in the morning before work (or the day before if that’s easier) and the rest can be done in about 20 minutes right before dinner.

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    Bratwurst and Sausage Egg Bake

    This is a yummy one-dish meal modeled after the British dish Toad-in-a-Hole. We love it with our brats and eggs!

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    Thai Peanut Pasta with Ground Pork

    This has been a favorite recipe of ours for a good 10 years … but we never realized until now that it would be PERFECT with ground pork! We’ve always made it with chicken or as a vegetarian dish but with the pork it has just now reached its full potential. This is a quick and easy weeknight meal – enjoy!

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    Avocado chocolate (vegan) pudding extravaganza

    Not a fan of soy-burgers -- but you gotta love cooking vegan if for no other reason than this pudding. I've tried various internet recipes and none of them were that good -- but THIS is fantastic. A healthy, sugar 'free' treat for all.

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    Pepperoni and Pea Pasta

    We don’t generally have extra pepperoni to use for anything besides pizza, but we thought we should probably find another option for anyone looking to be more creative than we are! This recipe is quick to cook and uses ingredients that we generally have in the house. We don’t eat pasta often so when we do we want to make sure it is something really good!

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    Breakfast Burritos

    We used to make breakfast burritos all the time. At some point we fell for the marketing gimmicks and used to think that somehow those fake sausage soy crumbles were good for us, so we’d use those. Now of course we realize that soy is pretty damaging to our bodies and that factory made sausages are deficient in key vitamins, full of crazy artificial or ‘natural’ toxic flavors and thus we wouldn’t touch the stuff. Instead, here’s a great way to nourish your body with a tasty treat!

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    Tamale Pie

    We loved when we used to have time to make tamales. Our cousin, Andy, got us into it with a really complicated recipe that took about 20 hours to make a meal for four people. Those were the days. No time? No Corn husks? It’s a perfect time for Tamale Pie! This recipe makes a lot of food, we put half or more of it away for a future quick meal.

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    Preparing Perfect Pastured Pork Chops

    We've learned a lot over the years on how to prepare tender juicy pork -- not that dry cardboard stuff you might remember. A well prepared organic pork chop can rival any steak, give it a shot!

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    Penne in Cream Sauce with Italian Sausage

    It is so nice to have organic spiced, pasture raised Italian sausage! Here is a great dish that is super easy and any leftovers are even better!

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    Coconut Chicken Confit Pad Thai

    I don't think I would have come up with this recipe -- but it sure is a great way to showcase our slow growth dark meat chicken. Making a coconut poached drumstick really is simple to do and a perfect compliment to Pad Thai. This is a classic in the making.

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    Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic

    This is fantastic -- a superfood and easy to make. When I first tried making this, I didn't expect much, but it turned out so good that I was glad I made two whole cauliflowers worth!

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    Beet Chips

    Beets are SO good, but they also require planning ahead to roast and use in things... I love having this quick option for a great salty and sweet snack or side dish!