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  • It’s Official – Days Getting Longer

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 Dirk No comments

    OK, it’s official, the days are getting longer.  How do I know?  The girls are laying more eggs.  They are not up to their normal summertime output of a dozen eggs per day, but getting six eggs in one day is a sure sign that spring will once again return to the land.

    The last several weeks we have only had two or three eggs per day.  When I collected eggs this evening I collected six. A nice change.  I guess that the girls are happy even if yard is mostly covered in snow.

  • “Better Red Than Dead” Ale Recipe

    Posted on January 27th, 2010 Dirk 1 comment

    This is another malt forward beer.  This is a dark Irish Red Ale.  It has a bit of a fruity character balanced with roast bitterness. Pours with a nice creamy head that hangs on for a couple of minutes.  The recipe came from the March/April 2009 issue of Zymurgy.

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  • Chicken with Grits

    Posted on January 26th, 2010 Dirk No comments

    Normally if you hear the phrase “Chicken with Grits” you think of something that you would eat. I guess in a way it does end up being that (after their eggs have been collected). In this case this is a description of the feeding frenzy that will happen in the hen house on a cold winter’s morning.

    To help warm the chickens, improve their attitude and just basically spoil them, the chickens will sometimes get a warm pot of grits for breakfast. For those that are not familiar with grits, they are a course ground corn cereal or mush. I like mine with Frank’s Hot Sauce and salt and pepper. The chickens get theirs plain.