A Swiss Village in Newport RI

October 30, 2013 § 2 Comments


For the ten years that we’ve lived in Newport, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Swiss Village Foundation, a 5 minute drive from our home.  This all changed for me in 2013.  This private property is only open to the public for one day in June each year.   In May, I was able to attend a lecture  by Philip Ackerman-Leist highlighting his book, Rebuilding the Foodshed.  In June, I finally made it to the SVF tour open to the public.  And, this past week, I visited SVF twice!  First, on Tuesday as a guest of my friend Charlotte, who is a member of the Barrington Garden Club.  This was a very cool experience, I tagged along with garden club for lunch at Sweet Berry Farm followed by a private tour of SVF.  Crazy, but true, I found myself at SVF the next evening for another lecture, this time it was chef/owner  Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and Pat McNiff of Pat’s Pastured (in case you need a Thanksgiving Day Turkey!) speaking about local food and farms.

To learn about SVF, it’s history, and their work to save heritage breed animals, check out their website, Swiss Village Foundation.   I’m planning on attending more talks from their lecture series and I’m also looking forward to swinging by to purchase some eggs, beef, and pork from their acorn-fed pigs 🙂

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The Great Pumpkin

October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Trying out all things pumpkin this month.

Roasted acorn squash with coconut oil, nuts, and raisins

Roasted acorn squash with coconut oil, nuts, and raisins

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Homemade Ghee

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Butter heating in pan

Butter heating in pan

It’s no secret; I love butter, but, I love ghee even more.

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Trip to Oregon

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Had to purchase yet another farmer's market bag!

Had to purchase yet another farmer’s market bag!

Last week, Kyle and I traveled to Portland, OR for our fall vacation and to celebrate our sixth year wedding anniversary.  I love heading west for a getaway (although, I do love heading east in the direction of Europe even more).  In all honesty, we did enjoy our time in OR even though we had to skip the two days planned in Crater Lake and come home early due to inclement weather.  Before I share some of the details from our trip, I’ll come clean and tell you that our primary motivation behind choosing Portland was to EAT!  And, of course, to unplug and enjoy some quality time in nature together.  You’ll see from my photos that we stuck to our plan. « Read the rest of this entry »

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