A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to go on a farm tour around Kansas. On that trip I met a handful of amazing women, (bloggers, dietitians and farmers) and hit the road for a couple of days. We talked about farming, told stories, ate and laughed a lot. By the end of the trip we all knew we where going to miss each other. Amazing things happen on road trips.
Poultry. One of the decision making of any given day for me and mostly everyone that’s either cooking or eating. Let’s face it, I’m talking about you too. Chicken, fish, beef, pork. Which one to choose. Today I want to share with a story.
Celebrate fall with this delicious pumpkin flan. Flan is a dessert I enjoyed a lot as a kid. It’s a delicious dessert that is easy to prepare and everyone I know falls in love with it after the first bite. Today I am sharing with you a pumpkin flan recipe. The basic recipe is a vanilla base making it super easy to get creative by changing flavors by using different ingredients.
As a Latina I was not just celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month last month, I was celebrating all heritage, traditions and families. During my most recent trip to Minnesota and visit to swine farms I soon realized that they are more than just a company raising pigs for all of us to consume, they are also a family (or as in many cases, a couple of families) coming together for more than just putting bread on the table, they have partnered for the raising of pigs. From the pigs gestation to the end consumer (us), they have an extreme attention to details and great pride for their farms and livestock.
When I was invited to visit Minnesota farms; I jumped at the opportunity and joined bloggers, farmers and vets. My goal for this trip was simple, I wanted to see real food growing locally and I wanted to see first hand how livestock where cared for. Even though I test and photograph more recipes and dishes than the traditional home cook, I am seldom not sure I really understand what it takes to get that food to my table. As a city girl living in Florida I don’t get to see or experience farming other than the seasonal U-Pick farm picking, (blueberries and strawberries). Note, I am growing a container garden and have been harvesting and sharing with my neighbors. And have been learning and appreciating more the work of a farmer/grower. Nothing compared to the actual living and caring for a field that is hundreds of acres large and farms with hundreds of livestock in it.
Fall is all about being outdoors. Windy days with a crisp fresh air, different shades of colors on the leaves, and families enjoying the long beautiful afternoons. This is a beautiful time of the year indeed. Not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect.
With pumpkins showing up just about everywhere and the smell of nutty granola in my kitchen I couldn’t resist on making a trail mix to snack on while enjoying our days outdoors. Here is the recipe, there’s no reason why you can’t have some harvest trail mix too.