Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday's Favorite Farm Recipe

My friend, Glenda, is this week's recipe contributor.  Glenda grew up in Barrington, Illinois - a suburb of Chicago, however, today she is a livestock farmer in Northeast Iowa.  So, how does one get from the burbs to rural Iowa?   Glenda's family had a farm in Wisconsin, that they visited often when Glenda was growing up.  Glenda knew she always wanted to be a farmer.  But, cruise director schooling and art classes called.  Then, one day Glenda and her husband Keith (He's an architect) were watching Orion Samuelson on the US Farm Report after watching a clip about feeding cattle they looked at each other and decided they could do that but better with their own twist. 

Today, Glenda has her own Red Angus cattle herd, hogs, goats, sheep, and chickens. Glenda and Keith direct market their products to the consumer.  During the  farmers market season Glenda and Keith along with their two teenage stay very busy selling and delivering!   Glenda is contemplating artesian cheese production.  I definately want to be one of her taste testers! 

Here is one of Glenda's favorite recipes.

Three Cheese Pasta

     1 (16 oz package) ziti pasta
     2 jars Alfredo sauce
     1 cup sour cream
     1 (15 oz container) ricotta cheese
     2 large eggs
     1/4 cup grated Parmesan
     1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
Preheat over to 350F.  Cook and drain pasta as instructed on package, stir together Alfredo sauce and sour cream; toss with pasta.  Spoon half the pasta into lightly greased 9X13 baking dish.  Stir together ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese.  Spread evenly over pasta mixture.  Spoon remaining mixture over ricotta cheese layer; top with mozzarella.  Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Thank you Glenda for sharing your recipe and pictures of you lovely red angus ladies!

I can't resist another picture of one of Glenda's cows.  She has some
of the most beautiful red angus I have ever seen.

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