Sometimes even the most independent ladies need a little help, and thankfully New York is a city teeming with likeminded individuals. I’m an observer, a reporter, a writer, and most importantly a fan and friend of bigLITTLE. With my help, the connection between the Ladies and their loyal readers will continue to grow. We’re taking a peek into the world of bigLITTLE, with more recipes, anecdotes and mouthwatering photos. So come along for the ride!
By Laura E. Marcus
The Ladies may hail from the big city, but they have no problem getting their hands dirty. Last week we set our sights on Pine Bush, NY and found ourselves at Lynnhaven Farm – home of fowl, feline and fresh goat cheese! The day was planned out accordingly, starting with a tour of the farm with Lynn, and the real 411 on cheese making. The adventure would of course culminate with a fabulous three-course meal prepared by the Ladies for Lynn and her farm hands.
First up, Flannery seasoned the goat shoulder and got it into the oven, while LG prepped the tart crust for later. With the prep work done, we slid on our galoshes, and stomped around in the mud en route to some pretty amazing furry friends. Goats aren’t often thought of as “cute,” but after nuzzling up to a couple, the Ladies and I agreed they were shockingly adorable. That is, until we watched a mating ritual which left us all rather speechless. Seeing a male goat get down was a truly entertaining experience, but preferably not for the weak of heart. Of course, the Ladies and I weren’t phased (we are New Yorkers after all!)
After meeting the goats, geese, chickens, roosters, turkeys, and peacocks, the Ladies were ready to get some serious cooking done. After a few hours of dicing, confiting, basting, and sautéeing the meal was ready, with each course featuring an ingredient from the farm. Whether it was the fried Araucana egg yolk featured in the appetizer, the slow cooked goat shoulder, or the glorious ricotta goat cheese in the tart, each ingredient proved more spectacular than the last. Of course it was the Ladies’ expertise that truly let each flavor shine, but Lynn’s lovingly raised products and hospitality were the real stars. Can’t wait for the next adventure!