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Field Peas with Ham

Looking for a delicious recipe that is perfect for fall and winter nights? Try Field Peas with Ham. 

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Recently, I picked up a few things from local producers, Cattle Tracks and Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres. Both are family farms here in Oklahoma. I wanted to introduce you to these great local farms and share with you a tasty dish I made with their products. I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for this winter that just won’t end.


I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for cold nights.

Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm 

A family owned farm in Fairview, Oklahoma. They are Certified organic, non-GMO project verified, Animal Welfare Approved farm. They offer beef, wheat, flour, seasonings, and beef jerky. They have numerous retail locations around the state. I order their products through both the Oklahoma Food Co0op and at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market on the 1st Saturday of the month. 

Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres

A certified naturally grown family farm located outside of Covington Oklahoma. They offer Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat, Eggs, Bird Feed, Goats milk herbal products (Soaps, Creams, and Laundry Powder, etc.) I have also ordered from them through the Oklahoma Food Co-op and the Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market truck.

This truck is an old yellow school bus that travels the state of Oklahoma (on a schedule).  A group of Oklahoma farmers gathers together to bring you farm fresh, clean food directly from their farms to you. You can find everything from local meat, cheese, bakery items, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, and household items like laundry soap with goat’s milk. I usually pick up at Mercy’s Heart Hospital North on Memorial in Oklahoma City Thursday afternoons.

Cooking Peas and Beans

The field peas from Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm were a combination of organic Black-eyes, Victors, Chinese Reds, Red Rippers. With any dried bean or pea, soaking overnight in water is the preferred method to remove make them easier to digest. You could also do the rapid soak method of bringing the peas to a rapid boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. 

Dried peas and beans can cause some to get a little gassy. I add a 2″ x 2″ square of dried kelp (seaweed) to all my beans and peas to help eliminate the “toot”. It doesn’t add any flavor to the dish and is removed before serving. You can pick it up at most large grocery stores or any Asian market. I get mine at Cao Nguyen on Military and NW 26th in Oklahoma City.

This dish, Field Peas with Ham is a simple and delicious dish I know you are going to enjoy. Serve it with cornbread, corn tortillas, or try something different with my Irish Soda Bread.

Field Peas with Ham

Field peas with ham, how to cook field peas, local Oklahoma farms, eat local

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth + water to cover peas
  • 1 ham bone or 2 ham hocks
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2″x 2″ piece of dried kelp, optional
  • Garnish: freshly chopped cilantro, optional

Directions:

  1. Soak peas overnight.
  2. Drain peas and place them in a large Dutch oven. Add fresh water to cover them by 2″.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Remove ham bone or ham hocks, kelp, and bay leaf. 
  6. Once the ham has cooled enough to work with, remove the meat and return to the peas.
  7. Spoon peas into individual serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve.

For more great recipes and family related articles, be sure to check out my website, Little Family Adventure.

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Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms

Eating local is made easy with 1907 Meat Company in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

Eating and buying locally grown foods has many benefits.  It supports local farms and helps the regional economy. Many of us look to local farmers markets or stands to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables. But where do you find or buy your local meat? In Stillwater, 1907 Meat Company, a whole animal butcher shop and restaurant, is working with local ranches to offer locally grown beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.


Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

On a recent trip to Stillwater, I stopped in at 1907 Meat Company to talk with owner Adam Gribben about his business and learn more about how he is working within his community to offer locally grown products that customers want. I even sampled a few items off the lunch menu that will have me returning again and again.

Adam is an OSU graduate who recently returned to the area. He opened 1907 Meat Company to reconnect people with local farmers and locally made products. He wanted to focus on food transparency because customers are demanding it. He said,

“We tell the truth. You know where it comes from, what’s in it, or what’s not in it, because there’s nothing in it. It’s meat from an animal that was raised on a farm that you can go visit.”

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

 

The shop works closely 22 local ranchers to produce beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Every animal is humanely raised, pasture fed, and finished on grain and grass. They use a local processor and an in-house butcher, Chad Smith who is a 3rd generation butcher. The shop is involved in every step.

In addition to locally sourced meat, you can find fresh local produce from Bear Creek Farms that is delivered fresh produce to the shop weekly. You can often find him and other local farmers in the shop. That’s the beauty of this local shop. It is connecting the community is so many ways.

Eat Local and Support Local Stillwater Farms with 1907 Meat Company

Because this is a whole animal butcher shop, you can get hard to find tongue, lard, heart, and more. Leftover bones are smoked and available for dog treats. Products are also rotated out of the meat case and offered in the restaurant. Executive Chef Matt Buechele creates a unique daily menu for breakfast and lunch Tuesday thru Saturday and Brunch on Sunday. When we were in town, we went for both Saturday lunch and Sunday Brunch. My favorite thing has to be the Short Rib Hash with potatoes, peppers, onions, and two eggs. I mean there isn’t a word in that title I don’t love. Everything on the menu is equally as delicious.

Eating and buying local is a win for the consumer, grower, and the community. Reconnect with your local farmers and ranchers to taste the Made in Oklahoma products today.

Sweet Prairie Home Signature Fudge, A New Oklahoma Business

There’s a new sweet shop in town, Sweet Prairie Home Signature Fudge.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new shop has opened to bring you sweet delectable treats for you and your loved ones. If you love chocolate, and let’s face it who doesn’t, then you’ll want to fudge1stop by Sweet Prairie Home Signature Fudge.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new shop has opened to bring you sweet delectable treats for you and your loved ones. If you love chocolate, and let’s face it who doesn’t, then you’ll want to stop by Sweet Prairie Home Signature Fudge.

 Sweet Prairie Home features a wide assortment of handmade, delicious fudge. You can find flavors like Maple Bacon, Rocky Road, Classic Chocolate, and more. Sweet Prairie Home uses only the freshest nuts and add-ins possible. They use fresh butter in all of their recipes, except their cheesecake fudge. There you’ll find real cream cheese instead of butter. Can’t you just taste it now? They source as much as they can locally.
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For Valentine’s Day, try their strawberry fudge. They are using fresh strawberries to give the fudge a sweet sumptuous flavor you’re going to enjoy. Plus for Valentine’s Day, you can get specially packaged heart shaped fudge.It makes a great gift. Be sure to pick up one for your loved one and one for yourself.


fudge2Mother and daughter team, Imalee Crow and Annette Gunter, began Sweet Prairie Home in the fall of 2013. They starting selling fudge at local craft fairs, holiday shows, and markets. Their fudge was extremely popular. On their Facebook page, fans are giving them rave reviews.

“I love this fudge! Quality ingredients and inventive flavors. I gave some away at Christmas and everyone loved it! It’s the best fudge I have ever tasted!”

“I got the Chocolate Toffee and Pumpkin Pie – love them both, but the pumpkin pie is heavenly!!!”

Their success prompted them to open a store in Bethany. Their grand opening is this week. Their new shop is just south of NW 39th Expressway near the SNU campus. They are a proud member of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition.

Stop by Sweet Prairie Home  today for their Grand Opening Celebration and see what delicious fudge flavors they’re featuring this week.

Location:
3933 N College Ave, Bethany
Hours:
Tuesday thru Thursday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Friday  11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Local Farmer Spotlight: Acadian Family Farm and Spring Greens, Prosciutto, and Olive Salad

We are starting a series of articles featuring local Oklahoma farmers and vendors. Today, we start with a look at Acadian Family Farms in Fort Cobb Lake, Oklahoma. Acadian Family Farm is a 80 acre certified organic farm owned and operated by Rod and Nanette Ardoin. This spring they are growing 27 different vegetables.

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Some of their green onions and lettuce growing on the farm.
Photo Courtesy: Acadian Family Farm

Their farm was certified as an organic farm in March 2013. I have been a member of Acadian Family Farms’ CSA program since early 2012. Nanette and Rod have a passion for what they do. After all, they have over 30 years experience in farming. Here’s a sample of what I recently received in one of my CSA boxes.

What in the Box? My Spring CSA Week 1 - Our Little Family Adventure

Spring CSA Box: Bok Choy, Arugula, Radishes, Mesclun Mix, Romaine Lettuce Mix, Pea Shoots, Dinosaur Kale, Purple Basil, Cutting Celery, and Dill
Photo Courtesy: Our Little Family Adventure

Their products are available at several locations around the state. They include:

For more information about Acadian Family Farm you can visit their website.

Spring Greens, Prosciutto, and Olive Salad - Our Little Family Adventure

Two of the items I’ve received in my Acadian Family Farm CSA box are spinach and arugula. These are two great seasonal spring vegetables. When using these greens, you want the flavor and freshness to shine through. This salad showcases the flavor of arugula, also called salad rocket. If you’re unfamiliar with arugula, it has a rich peppery flavor. That flavor is complemented with a simple red wine vinaigrette, crispy prosciutto, and Leyden cheese. Leyden cheese is a Dutch style Gouda cheese with cumin seeds. The cumin seeds provide a smoky, earthy flavor to the cheese and to this salad.

Spring Greens, Prosciutto, and Olive Salad

  • 3 slices of Prosciutto
  • 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup black olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup shredded Leyden or Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place the prosciutto slices in a single layer and cook until crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove crispy prosciutto and thinly slice and then chop. Set aside.
  2. Combine the spinach, arugula, and black olives in a large bowl.
  3. Combine  the vinegar, oil, salt, and honey in a lidded jar. Shake to combine dressing.
  4. Pour dressing over salad greens and toss until well combined. Add chopped prosciutto and shredded cheese. Serve.

4 Servings

Fore more recipes using seasonal ingredients or to see what is in my CSA box each week, visit my blog Our Little Family Adventure. If you are a local farmer, producer, or vendor and would like to be featured, please contact me at nic98omo@hotmail.com.


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Chocolate Cherry Adventure Snack Bars

It’s finally beginning to look and feel like spring. The temperature is rising and people are getting outside. My family has been out more enjoying this warmer weather. Have you?

Like most people, my family is on a budget. So we save money wherever possible. One way to do that is by making our own snacks and bringing those snacks with us when we go out. Having three children, someone is always hungry. Having healthy snacks on hand helps prevent us from having to stop at a store or restaurant every time hungry cries begin.

The recipe I’m sharing today is for our Chocolate Cherry Adventure Snack Bars. These are similar in taste and texture to a Lara Bar. They are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, and 100% delicious! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Cherry Chocolate Larabars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup sweet and tart dried cherries
  • 30 pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the almonds in a blender or food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and salt. Pulse a few times to incorporate.
  3. Add the cherries, dates, honey and vanilla extract. Pulse until a dough forms.
  4. Line a 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper. (Note: If using a silicone baking pan, you do not need to line with parchment paper.)
  5. Remove Lara Bar mixture from blender or food processor and press down into the pan. Be sure to pack it in firmly.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. Slice into squares and eat. Any leftover bars can be keep in the refrigerator.

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Support Local Farmers and Eat Great Food

Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

csaCan you believe Spring is upon us? There are days in which the weather doesn’t quite feel warm enough, like today. But, it is indeed here. Have you already started thinking about fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden? Do you enjoy the taste of fresh crisp carrots, sweet corn fresh off the stock, juicy tomatoes? Local farmers have been preparing all this and more, just for you!

Local farmers are starting to offer their freshest produce and vegetables to you their friends, neighbors, and local community. You can find these locally grown vegetables and fruits, eggs, and more at a variety of places; farmers markets, food co-ops, and CSAs. You may already be familiar with the farmers market and the food co-op. A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

If you aren’t familiar with a CSA, this is it in a nutshell. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.


Spring and summer shares are now available from a variety of farms around Oklahoma. Shares generally feed 3-4 people and a half share, when available, will feed 2-3 people for 1 week. Costs and length of the membership will vary by farmer. You can expect to pay anywhere from $20-$40 a week per share. Memberships can last 8 to 20+ weeks. Food is generally available for pick up at the farm or at designated pick up sites.

Joining a CSA has rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

Advantages for farmers:

  • Marketing can be done early in the year, before their long days in the field begin.
  • Payments are received early in the season, which help with the farm’s expenditures.
  • Have a guaranteed market for their products.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who consume their products.

Advantages for consumers:

  • Receive ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat before.
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.
  • Keep their money local which helps everyone.

WHERE TO FIND A LOCAL CSA

  • Eat Well Guide. Find local, sustainable, and organic products in your area. Site includes CSAs, farmers markets, farms, food coops, restaurants, and more. You can search my city, state, or zip code.
  • Organic Consumers Association. Organic Consumers Association  is a non-profit organization that focuses issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. Their website offers a “Get Local!” feature that helps you find local farms, businesses, local news, and events in the US and Canada.
  • Local Harvest. Local Harvest has a comprehensive directory of CSA farms, co-ops, farmers markets, etc. The site allows you to search for sustainability grown food in your area.

We have been members of several CSAs over the years. We have loved the variety and value it offers our family. You can too. It’s not too late to join a local CSA and support local, sustainable agriculture. If you already belong to a CSA, we love to hear about your experience. Visit us on our website, Our Little Family Adventure, and share your story.

 Photo credits: thebittenword.com