August 2009


A few weeks ago, we drove about 100 North East of our farm to get a very young bull and some furniture.  The folks we buy our cattle from are moving to Tennessee and are trying to limit the stuff they haul with them.  So we took the cattle trailer and had a nice Saturday morning drive.

It was a lovely day and the trip was quick, at least it seemed that way,  especially since I slept almost the entire trip.  Ahem . . . .well, anyway, we got up to the farm and chatted with the owners a while.  Then they introduced us to Trooper.  He is sooo cute.  I can’t get too close to him yet, but he will learn to trust us.   He is only 3 months old and once he grows up he’ll be our herd bull.   That is him with the blue tag.  I know it’s hard to see that now, but he’s going to be a great addition to our herd! 

 

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Dexters are sort of like peanuts.  Once you go to pick up one, you just can’t do it!  We ended up adding not one, but three to our herd that day. . . Trooper (a bull), his half brother, Diplomat  ( a steer) and a 7 month old steer named Rush.  Aren’t they darling?  This is Rush.   He came to us at the same time as the two little ones.  He’s a 7 month old steer.  He’s less timid of us, but still shy. 

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Diplomat is quite small and barely comes to my hip.  I think I’ll call him Mattie, I don’t think I like the idea of calling him Dippy!   Not that a steer would know the difference. . . But I would.   Rush’s mom was named Patience so Sally thought it would be fun to name him Rush.  She said he is anything but in a rush.  So once he trusts us, we hope he’ll be easy to deal with.

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 My mom would be so proud of me. . . Not only have I grown my own tomatoes this year, I have also grown basil and oregano as well as a few other herbs (not to mention the lettuce carrots and radishes I grew from seeds).  But yesterday was the culmination project that she would still be smiling about!  I took those tomatoes, oregano and basil, added a few other ingredients (onion, green pepper, garlic, olive oil) and TA-DA !  I made my own fresh spaghetti sauce!  

   Not being from an Italian background, it means that I had no previous experience in making something like this.  I dont’ even think my Mom made any like this.  she would occasionally saute some tomatoes and put them over rice in a South American style.  Dad always liked foods that reminded him of home. 

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 I hope I can get a few photos of the lovely products to you soon.  DH has absconded with the cord that allows me to download said pictures to the computer.  I’m sure it was unintentional, he’s such a computer geek all things computer belong in his computer bag, don’t you know. . .  ahem.

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Anyway, the big question was going to be HOW DOES IT TASTE?  And I know what you are thinking, it probably turned out like any amateur tomato sauce job. . . So I let DH try it with his dinner last night before I froze the rest for a special dinner.  He loved it!  It has such a great tomato flavor.  I couldn’t believe it myself.   

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I’m so glad that I saved a number of the seeds as I was preparing the tomatoes for the sauce.  I grew the plants from seed and the flavor of them is wonderful.  And I don’t care for tomatoes!   These are really meaty and grow in odd shapes.   According to my horticulture teacher they have a “cat facing” on the bottom.  some of them turned out looking like there are two or three tomatoes stuck together, but they are one! 

   There are still tomatoes growing in the garden, but they are fewer and farther apart.  I wonder if I could freeze them and make sauce later as others  become ripe?  It is unfortunate that the number of tomatoes I cooked only produced 1 quart of sauce.  I’ll just have to produce more next year!