Monday, May 19, 2014

Morel Hunting 2014

Finally, a day for a walk in the woods again. I went seeking morels and found a pair of Scarlet Tanagers, a couple pairs of Orioles, a Turkey, a deer, two Turkey Vultures and a frog. There were lots of Jack-in-the-pulpits, May apples, and ferns,and a few wood violets. While cutting vines off of trees, I almost stepped on a morel, then saw three others. In the end, I found six total and enjoyed a perfect day in the woods. See my photos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gate to Front 9

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11: Ready to cut

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TSI

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Attacked burning bush for two hours with Tony and the burning bush wins again. There seems to be more here than when we started. Time for lunch.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Red Oak Firewood

After a few hours of clearing trails and cutting firewood, I have a couple of nice woof piled, some mosquito bites, and very sweaty clothes. But, it was a nice afternoon spent in the woods and only few tops lost to the storm. I hope what's down and the 22in Red Oak left standing without its top are enough for Steve to bother bringing the log truck for.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Garlic Mustard Pesto

I made pesto with the Garlic Mustard that I picked from the timber.  I used this recipe: Monches Farm Garlic Mustard Pesto Recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 2 C Garlic Mustard leaves (no stems, cleaned, dried, and packed tightly)
  • 1 1/2 large Garlic cloves (less would have been okay)
  • 1/2 C pecan halves (chopped, substituted for walnuts, walnuts may be better)
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil (one or two tablespoons more would be good)
  • 1 C Parmesan cheese (shredded)
Instructions:
Clean and cut stems from Garlic Mustard leaves (this is tedious).  Chop garlic cloves and walnut (pecan) halves.  Chop in blender until leaves are well chopped and ingredients are well mixed.  Add olive oil slowly while continuing to mix.  Remove from blender and add shredded Parmesan and mix thoroughly.

Serving Suggestion:
I like using it as a spread on crackers (I like Wheat Thins) or as a sauce for pasta.

How does it compare to Basil Pesto?  Hmmm... it was a lot of work to pick and clean the Garlic Mustard leaves.  Definitely cheaper to buy pesto.  But, it did taste good once I had enough other ingredients for how strong the garlic was initially.  I will make it again if for no other reason than to feel better about the bountiful Garlic Mustard available in the timber all Spring, Summer, and Fall.

If you would like to try making your own Garlic Mustard pesto, I know where you can harvest all of the Garlic Mustard you'd like.  :)