It’s that time of year again. Farmer Chris is taking orders for  his delicious grass fed beef.

The Kerstons
The Kerstons

His farm, Chaffin Family Orchards,  is  up the pike in Oroville.

I split a 1/2 cow last year with 5 friends.  If your interested, Let me know and we can increase  the order to a whole animal.

one pound packages
one pound packages

He’ll deliver at the end of June if the schedule is the same as last year. (Their olive oil is also delicious as well as the apricot preserves.)

Call for prices it’s different than your usual purchasing arrangements.

It’s a community service,  there is no mark up in the cost.

New York Strip Steak from Chaffin Family Farm

New York Strip Steak from Chaffin Family Farm

And they have big beautiful chickens for order too.

Remember… EAT WELL TODAY!

The Mystery Lunch Box Challenge is ON!  Scheduled at Jefferson High on April 27th, May 4th, 11 and 13th as an after school offering, this crash course in teenage cooking survival skills is  a BLAST!

Chef MB and the  Junior Chefs

Chef MB and the Junior Chefs

I’m looking for a couple more  chefs to guide these amazing youth toward delicious whole foods with the use of a fry pan, herbs and your  wonderful knowledge. (oh and some olive oil of course)

diggin in to those delicious plant based delicacies!

diggin in to those delicious plant based delicacies!

Please contact me if you can be of service (there is pay involved). Chefs must commit to all 4 sessions.  ( the first being the introduction to the class and the last being the cook off.)

Still need a little inspiration to be of service? Check out this video.

I’m looking for my mini me.  Someone who can cook and answer the phone, talk nice to clients, help with shopping, day to day operations, and give me a day off  (or two) every week.

You must be level headed, intelligent, an excellent chef with a catering background. The ideal applicant is not afraid to work early in the morning and is a driven by the love of food, and the need to create excellent meals served graciously everyday. This person must be a dedicated hospitality professional, love people, and my dog Maizee.  (Just seeing if you’re paying attention)

My mini me (and I say that only because I’m 6 feet tall)  is proficient in EXCEL, WORD, can sound like me when posting on the blog, and help with the viral marketing I already have in place.

How much for this fabulous position?  I’ll let you know after I see your resume.  It will start as a part time job on an hourly basis, with the option of working parties at party rates.  I will tell you this.  I have never offered this much before.  I’m willing to pay because I need help and I need to trust the Shoppe will run well in my absence. There will be a trial period with 3 candidates before anyone is awarded the position.

Please submit your resume and tell me why I should pick you in a cover letter. My e-mail is on the side of my blog.  And I look forward to hearing from you.

Update: the Lovely Eliza Swords has stepped up as the GM for Jennie Cooks and  as my mini me.  She’s doing well. Feel free to give her a call and encourage her to  give you the best deal possible.  Let’s see what she does… Yes – this is a trick.

Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride.

Emily and Blair

Emily and Blair

The guests were cozy in the Casita with a roaring fire to welcome them to this special day.

cozy guests

cozy guests

Outside the weather was giving us a thrilling evening –  we weren’t sure if it would rain –  and we didn’t care either way –  we were safe and warm, held by all the love in the room.

The bridge from the entrance of the Casita

The bridge from the entrance of the Casita

Right after the ceremony, we served chubby crab cakes to appreciative guests. Followed by a grand buffet with an emphasis on vegetarian selections.

People raved –  and joy abounded. Weddings are wonderful.

Chubby crabcakes

Chubby crabcakes

Please tell me – why is it okay to put up your Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving, but if you leave them up for the entire month of January, you’re a loser? On that note, Just because a party is long gone,  can’t I still remember it fondly and share some pix a few months later?

pretty pie makers & box decorators

pretty pie makers and box decorators

The answer: yes I can!
For starters, check out these awesome pictures and wonderful blog entree from Nozizwe.

 we use the honor system

we use the honor system

She made the prettiest pie and  we bartered for some of her awesome photos.  (I’m big on the barter thing)

Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and get all the busy bakers in the mood to  be thankful, joyful, grateful.

creating tradition for years to come

creating tradition for years to come

I certainly hope you can make it in 2010.  We made 130 pies this year –  and we couldn’t have made even one more.  Next year, more apples, more molasses, more pecans…. MORE BEER!

I’m checking things off my list  and one of them was a blog post about the Eat-In last September for Slowfood.

ready set...

ready set...

Lisa did a great review here. I added a few pictures and now… off my list !

gathering signatures and letter writing station

gathering signatures and letter writing station

good times, good eats

good times, good eats

Quit work early today and check out Michael Pollen and Alicia Silverstone on OPRAH. ALicia was a regular guest at the Double Dutch Sustainable Suppers (okay, she came twice)  and Michael Pollen was my old boyfriend before I was swept away by Joel Salatin. Spread the word. And eat well today.

Roasted Leeks, Cauliflower, Rabe and Sweets

Vegetables RULE - Roasted Leeks, Cauliflower, Rabe and Sweets