Arriving at the farm about dinner time on a chilly Friday evening, I was glad to see everything was working—the well, furnace, oven, refrigerator, washer, dryer, tv, Internet—all the things that can go awry when left on their own for too long. A couple of ferns I brought in for the winter were doing nicely, too, thanks to a neighbor’s care.
A Dinner from the Freezer
Dinner that evening would be whatever we could pull together from the staples on hand. Robin made a nosedive into the freezer and came up with some broth from the Thanksgiving turkey. In no time, she had soup simmering on a back burner, giving the place the aroma of an old farmstead.
Using firewood my grandson, Andrew, had brought in during an earlier visit, she soon had a warm blaze that helped take the chill off the house. She had brought along homemade crackers, that she had baked on a sheet pan and broken into irregular pieces. The recipe was in a recent copy of Feast magazine and turned out to be a perfect companion for the soup.
The next day when Tom, Lisa and the girls arrived, bringing yet more soup—a humongous pot! They had made it from a recipe given them by the chef at Blackberry Farm in Kentucky. Wow! Was it ever good! More later on this hearty soup, that gets a dollop of mashed potatoes served on top. I’m re-writing the recipe so it doesn’t read like something the chef scribbled from memory on the front of an envelope.
More to Do on a Cold Day
It being so cold outdoors, I wondered what the kids would find to do. They had already figured it out: ice skate. The farm ponds were not quite firm enough, so they bundled up and headed for Little Dry Fork creek.