I’ve been trying for years to make black Russian Rye bread after I fell in love with it at the Three Girls Bakery in Seattle at The Pike Place Market. It’s still not as elastic as I like, but at least this Black Bran Rye Bread is not the latest “Duck sinker” I call it. A Duck sinker bread is one that is fed to the waterfowl and as they eat it they visibly sink deeper and deeper into the lake. Now I know you’re not supposed to do that anymore yet I still make loaves that could sink a duck more often than I’d like. I got this recipe off the back of a Bob’s Red Mill Rye Flour bag.
I made a leap in 2015 and started purchasing raw milk from a neighbor’s dairy in an attempt to support their farm. What I didn’t expect is that the phlegm I usually produced drinking homogenizes, pasteurized and ultrapasteurized products never happened! It was like a miracle. After a few months I tried yogurt from raw milk and also raw cheese from her dairy. It was kind of bland but I had read a few books on raw milk and found that it contained natural bacteria that would kill off any bad bacteria.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard it. That’s exactly why I don’t tell people what they are eating when I make up a batch and bring it to a community or farm function.
The surprised comments are what I really enjoy though after they dish themselves up and taste it. Then I have to answer a bunch of questions like, “Where do you get mutton?” and “Yum, how is this cooked?” “How come it’s not fatty?” and “I never liked lamb before this.” Then I have to say, “It’s not lamb, it’s mutton” and then have to explain the difference, where to get it, how much it costs and on and on.
Ranch dressing is very easy to make, saves you lots of money and is easy to modify making it very low in calories.
It’s a bit of a hassle, but finding a dog biscuit recipe where you can control what is in them doesn’t take as much time as you think. You can make them in large batches and freeze them. Here is a Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Recipe that is healthy for them.