I know I said that my next blog would be on pastured chickens (I will get to that...promise) but after last night's dinner I had to put it on hold.
Last week Chris got a call from local author and culinary professional Deborah Krasner. She gives culinary tours of this area and wanted to know if we would be willing to give a tour of the farm. She offered dinner in exchange for the private tour so naturally, assuming that the meal would be fabulous, Chris accepted.
The tour went well despite the biting early spring cold and high winds. The group asked great food questions that left mouths watering in anticipation of the evening's meal. After the tour, the group headed back to Deborah's bona fide chef's kitchen to cook the meal.
We arrived at Deborah's beautifully renovated barn-turned-home around eight, having made sure to arrive hungry. It was obvious from the aromas emanating from the kitchen and the amazing collections of cookware lovingly decorating the dining room, that Deborah loves to cook.
We were met by Deborah's culinary tour group along with local farmers David and Yesenia Major of Vermont Shepherd. We sat and got to know each other over cheese (from Vermont Shepherd of course) crackers, elk pate and olives.
What was the main course you may ask? Lamb directly from Deborah's back yard cooked with figs, a heaping platter of saffron rice and a salad of spring greens. We were all so silent as we savored the first bite that no one had to say how delicious the meal was. The dessert was an amazing chocolate souffle rolled up like a buche de noel with cream in the middle...delicious!
Deborah's most recent book Good Meat:The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat was a major topic of conversation over dinner. As Chris and I leafed through the book we were impressed by the practical cooking and butchering instructions along with the recipes which will not only be helpful to us, but also to many of our customers who want a comprehensive meat reference.
We were so happy to have been a part of Deborah's culinary tour and loved meeting the group. Everyone was truly appreciative of what we are doing here at Walpole Valley Farms. We hope to see more of Deborah and her tours in the future as we continue to raise good meat.