Every Other Friday: Venison sausage braised in sauerkraut

It was Kevin’s turn to make our every-other-Friday dinner, and he turned out what may be, in my estimation, his biggest success. Those of you who follow this space will know that our plumber gave us some venison in return for the use of one of our shotguns, and Kevin decided he’d make something out […]

A plumber’s trade


Our introduction to our plumber’s sportsman side came when he installed a tankless water heater for us, about a year and a half ago. We’d only had the house for a few months when the seventies-era water heater, which we’d been warned about during the home inspection, crapped out. Enter Bob, the plumber recommended by […]

A Sasquash sighting

Me and my Sasquash

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. If you’re going to start procuring your own food, you need friends like Al and Christl. Al and Christl are the best gardeners we know. We’ve had their asparagus, kale, garlic chives, strawberries, blackberries, rhubarb, and tomatoes, and they’ve all been beautiful specimens of their kind, and […]

The heart of the deal


The other day, I was forced to be a jerk. It was the day we picked up our chicks. Cape Cod Feed and Supply opens at 8:00 AM, and we were told to get there early, as the chicks sold out quickly. We were the first ones there, at 7:45. By the time the store […]

Picking up chicks

Six-eighths of our brood

Kevin’s wanted chickens almost since the day we moved here, but it’s taken me a while to come ‘round. We don’t eat that many eggs – maybe two dozen a month, which is a little more than the output of one hen. If you’re going to keep chickens, you need at least four, so we’d […]