Monday, March 7, 2011

Getting to know where you food comes from

Our freezer was bare and I thought a great family field trip was in order...we love bison meat.  It has less calories than beef and lower fat than beef and even chicken!!! It is very nutritious in addition to it low fat, low calorie content.

We went to Cibola Farms in Culpepper, Virginia.  In the past we have order and had the meat shipped from Buffalo Gal.  I know ordering and shipping meat seems odd, but the meat so far has arrived absolutely rock hard frozen!! (I have to admit I was shocked the first time!!)

The Great American Bison...they were simply stunning to watch as they grunted, head butted, stampeded, and roamed freely!

The farm was an awesome place to walk around, they had self guided tour booklets and here is Judson and Lorelei on our walk around the farm.

In addition to bison they had a pretty good number of turkeys, goats, and hogs.

Here is a snapshot of Lorelei and I standing in front of the mother/baby bison field.

They had an abundance of loud roosters and chickens and here is a pic of their duck field with a random chicken roaming around.

Another pic of a beastly, but tasty animal!! I am so glad that farms are bring the herd population of this amazing animal back in a sustainable way.

We had bison spaghetti for dinner...ummm DELICIOUS!!!

I use a pressure cooker but this recipe is EASILY adaptable for stove top cooking!

Pressure Cooker Bison Spaghetti

  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 2 tblsp Italian seasoning (OR 1 tblsp oregano, 1 tblsp basil, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary)
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup   Ideal sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 2 tblsp salt
  •  1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (to added at end of cooking time)
  • 1 package whole wheat angel hair pasta
Mix all ingredients thoroughly until meat is broken down and well mixed in sauce. 

*Pressure cooker directions...low pressure for 15 minutes.

*Stove top directions... slow simmer for 2 hours. 

*Slow cooker directions....low for 5 hours.

Cook pasta according to package, drain and add Parmesan to sauce then add pasta.

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