Friday, November 30, 2012

Right Mouse, Boss Brain


The Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City is the best microbrewery in town.  They make excellent beer and have a big bar in a warehouse space.  They are going to serve plates of local cold cuts, nibbles and...cheese.  Boss Mouse landed the account, and I am also going to work on a beer cheese for them.  Here is a 3 gallon batch of brine I made from Right Brain beer


Big pot 'o suds to which I added…forgive me…lots of salt


The beer is RBs Flying Squirrel Nut Brown Ale, one of their many brews - I love all the names

THE BEER MENU

CLASSIC TAPS (ALWAYS ON)

BLACK EYE PA / DEAD KETTLE IPA / FLYING SQUIRREL BROWN ALE / SHADOW WATCHER STOUT / NORTHERN HAWK OWL / WILLPOWER PALE ALE / CEO STOUT / SATISFACTION ESB


SIGNATURE TAPS (ROTATING)

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS / IRISH GOODBYE / NAUGHTY GIRL STOUT / THAI PEANUT / BIG MEECH IPA / FIRESTARTER CHIPOTLE PORTER / CHERRY BRULEE/ VAN GOGH CREAM ALE/ CAN I GET "WHEAT" YA? / VANILLA CREAM ALE


PREMIUM TAPS (ROTATING)

LOOPING OWL / DEBAUCHERY WHEAT WINE / SOUR OWL / MANGALITSA PIG PORTER


ALSO

CAT SCRATCH FEVER CIDER / MOULIN ROUGE RED WINE / BETTY 



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

sky study #80



Sunrise over the farm November 24, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

truckle



A truckle is a small cylindrical wheel of cheese - here is a batch of blue cheddar on the draining table


I wonder if Butch likes truckles?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holman smoked whitefish



My friend Laurie's husband Tim makes the best home smoked whitefish I've ever tasted.  The spicy cherry montasio cheese I made a few months ago using Holman farm cherries was ripe, so we had a little cheese for whitefish exchange.  They also gave me the recipe for their delectable smoked whitefish dip:

1/2 - 3/4 pound smoked whitefish (or any type of smoked fish), flaked
8 ounce package cream cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
3 Tablespoons sour cream or yogurt
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients, chill and enjoy

Sunday, November 25, 2012

smoking fresh mozzarella



I did it in the burn barrel - getting the coals going


tinfoil package of apple wood chips in a metal egg basket


keeping the barrel warm & containing the heat


here are the little cheeses, cold smoked for about an hour - lovely yellow patina and subtle, delicious smoky flava


Smoking assistants Max & Cozy - I was doing all of this work inside the small barn, as the weather was so bad outside, so all of us got smoked in the process - the dogs have a great apple wood aroma to their fur now.  Cozy is wearing Pucci's old dog coat which is way too big on her.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

terrarium



I wanted to make a succulent terrarium, and found this big, hand blown bottle when I was in Detroit.  They are fun to make with a few simple tools and a bent coat hanger.  This bottle is about 2 feet tall.

Friday, November 23, 2012

there are many varieties



This is from a weird old nature book I have that was published in 1946

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Boss Mouse rising



My Dad worked the Boss Mouse table at the farmer's market last Saturday and we sold out again.  Cheese for the peoples!

Monday, November 19, 2012

everybody loves where they are from



Detroit co-traveler and almost new Mama Megan, posing here with her baby daddy


We went shopping and these are the ugliest shoes I've ever seen


excellent lunch at ground zero of my family's heritage: Vinsetta Garage


Dad & the boys, 1980s


Raquel got a cute new hairstyle


mocha fabulous host doggie Kelly


know what I'm sayin'?

Friday, November 16, 2012

hello Motor City



I  am going to Detroit this weekend and will post on Monday!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

you know you're getting old when...



I got my hair cut last night and told my stylist I wanted it kind of like Bob Seger in the 1970s, to which he replied, "who's Bob Seger?" 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

sold!



Boss Mouse had another great day at the farmer's market this past Saturday - sold out of everything again!  


More traded goodies: winter vegetables


cherry tomatoes, salad mix, broccoli and chard


a baguette


foraged Michigan chanterelle mushrooms


This gentleman has a table near mine at the market - he is a forest forager and sells all kinds of crazy stuff he finds in the woods (the source of the chanterelles)  Plus look at his awesome outfit!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

canine MMA



Max & Cozy in a full on Kingsley rules rugby match


I have to tie Max up or else he will run all over Kingsley - his leashes and tie-outs become part of the game


bring it
so thug

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

la petite armée de fromage



The little St. Marcellin buttons at one week in the cave

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

the beauty of the barter



At the farmer's market I traded some cheese for a beautiful bag of organic vegetables: parsley, garlic, daikon radish, tatsoi greens, broccoli, kale and watermelon radishes

Monday, November 5, 2012

first farmer's market



Boss Margaret at my table at the Traverse City Commons, an historic state hospital that has been converted into shops, restaurants and art galleries - they hold an indoor farmer's market all Winter, and Saturday was the opening day -  http://www.thevillagetc.com/farmers_market.html


A close up of my new banner and Dad-welded frame - the market is open from 10-2 on Saturdays and I was completely sold out of cheese within the first 2 hours!  It was great.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

cutting the cheese like a pro



My new cheese cutting knife!
A gift from the M. Kurta Council on Cheese Advocacy

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm tanked



The State of Michigan sent me my $50 "bulk milk tanker permit", which is funny, as it will be affixed to my used Ford Explorer.  So bulk.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meauwataka cabin



There is a beautiful little log cabin just a mile from my farm at the start of the Meauwataka highway between Kingsley and Cadillac.  The breadth of the planks they used to build it were so wide, it only took three to create the whole height of the cabin.  It has a private property sign on it, but is otherwise abandoned - I wish it were mine!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

autumn bright



sun through the trees in the morning