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Lesson 985 – Terry Golson Cookbook review

When my friend; Terry Golson of Hencam.com asked me if I would write about her new book – The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook. I said ‘yes” – absolutely yes.

Farmstead EggTerry is part of the original four chick-chicks who were writing about chickens in the Northeast (Lauren Scheuer of Scratch and Peck, and Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest, and myself round out the quartet.)  We had connected online and finally had the chance to meet in person at the Northeastern Poultry Congress years ago.

Since then, we’ve kept in touch, have continued to meet yearly at the Congress, and we’ve even been able to have a meal or two together.

Terry, formerly a chef, is a fascinating person with a long and distinguished career in food writing. Her first  cookbook For Goodness’ Sake was a James Beard nominee and her other books include 1,000 Lowfat Recipes, Wholehearted Cooking, and the children’s book Tillie Lays an Egg.

Terry has also kept a chicken flock for the last 18 years (along with goats, a dog, and a rabbit.) In The Farmstead Egg Guide, she brilliantly combines her extensive knowledge of chickens along with her food expertise to create a cookbook that belongs on every chicken lover’s shelf.

Terry teaching others about the wonders of chickens

Terry teaching others about the wonders of chickens

The book is divided into two sections, the first covering how to start and care for a backyard flock. The second half is filled with tons of egg recipes – ever get overwhelmed by the amount of eggs you find in the hen house? This book fixes that problem.

Terry has included all kinds of recipes for any meal and has even included a section on cakes, breads, and cookies. What also makes this recipe book outstanding are the photographs. There are stunning after stunning photos of many recipes (the Salsa and Guacamole Frittata is simply a work of art.)

I always try a recipe from a cookbook that I’m reviewing, but because I was on the road taking my son back to college from spring break, my husband chose a recipe to make.

This is what he made:

Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon

oh yum.

oh yum.

He said it was delicious and he would make it again.

I say that any cookbook clear enough for a guy to understand the instructions and make something like that deserves space in everyone’s home.

Thanks for sharing this cookbook with me Terry and continued success to you and your flock.


If you want to read more about Terry’s Cookbook, here is the schedule of the blog tour. There are some pretty big names in the chicken community on this tour, it speaks to Terry’s presence in the chicken world.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 877 – Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele – book review

Last week I taught part one of my two-part Chicken Owning workshop for our town’s Adult Education program.  I always have a lot of fun teaching the class and it’s good to see the continued interest in chickens.

We started with obtaining chicks and I told them about how I recommend that all baby chicks get medicated feed until they are fully feathered (about 5 or 6 weeks.) At that point I suggest that you discontinue all medicated feed and transition them to regular feed, free ranged food, and kitchen scraps. My reasoning for this (besides the fact that I have worked as a clinical microbiologist and I respect the bacteria) is that often baby chicks are around many other baby chicks and there is a high probability of them being exposed to various pathogens.  I see giving them the medicated feed as a type of insurance.

“But, we want to raise our chickens organically, is there anything we can do for our chicks that could protect them naturally, without medication?” one of my workshop attendees asked me. Continue reading

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Lesson 865 – Put an egg on it by Lara Ferroni – cookbook review

When you write about chickens and eggs (and children and parenting and Lyme disease and books) people tend to send you things to take a look at and/or review.

put an eggRecently I was sent the cookbook Put an egg on it by Lara Ferroni. Laura loves eggs the way I loved raw carrots as a child, it wasn’t a good day unless my mother had a peeled carrot waiting for me when I got off the school bus and likewise Ferroni  is not happy without her eggs.

Ferroni, a self-described egg addict and food writer/photographer from Portand, Oregon and who regularly contributes to Epicurious.com, Portland Monthly, edibleSEATTLE, and Seattle magazine writes:

It never fails. When I look at a menu, my eyes magically zoom to any dish where an egg appears. You might, if you listen closely, even hear a little “oooo” escape my lips. (OK, maybe you don’t have to listen that closely.)

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like a good egg dish but this lady LOVES her some eggs and because of this love she has created a cookbook filled with gorgeous photos (that one would be tempted to call true food porn) and “70 delicious dishes that deserve a sunny topping.” Continue reading

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