Roasted Tomato and Garlic Gazpacho

So I’m going to get really real with you guys. I failed at gardening this year. My husband and I got this super cute little plot in our community garden and envisioned ourselves bringing home bounties of fresh vegetables each weekend. We figured we’d have tomatoes coming out our ears and zucchini for months.  We expected juicy, ripe summer strawberries, and boat loads of green beans. We planned to get to the garden once a week to weed and a couple times a week to water. Our hearts were in the right place, I swear.

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Grass-fed Beef at Together Farms

On a seasonably warm Friday evening in June I had the pleasure of enjoying the first grass-fed beef grilling class and dinner out at Together Farms in Mondovi, Wisconsin. Located just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, this beautiful farm is home to many happy hogs and piglets, as well as grass-fed cows and sheep along with a crew of quietly clucky chickens. Much to my delight, upon arrival we were greeted with a complimentary beverage – wine, beer, Wisco Pop or water – and the wagging tails of four furry doggos. True to form, I chose a nice chilled glass of Pinot Gris and tried to win over the copper colored weiner dog, Winnie.

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Wine in hand, we wandered around the farm, followed by our furry friends, and checked things out while waiting for the other guests to arrive. We walked along the edge of the pond and admired the beautiful rolling hills that sometimes go unappreciated. We said hello to the chickens and visited the piggies in their large pen. The cows were in a pasture too far away to see since they move them frequently to graze in different areas, but if you stood still enough you could almost hear them mooing in the distance. We grabbed a seat around the fire pit, sipped our beverages and just took it all in. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze keeping all of the gnats away and time seemed to slow down for a bit. I wasn’t checking my phone or thinking about all the errands I had to run. I was able to relax and enjoy the beauty of this Wisconsin family farm. Continue reading “Grass-fed Beef at Together Farms”