Giblet Gravy Our Way

Cook gizzard, heart and neck with ghee in a skillet till brown*. Add in chicken stock (and maybe a little reduced vermouth) and cook for 30 minutes or until at least half the stock is gone. Reserve stock and chop the browned organs and meat from the neck fine. Make a roux with flour and drippings from the turkey (or butter if you need to make in advance). Slowly add the reserved stock and chopped meat to the browned roux and simmer as long as you can stand it. Yum. If it thickens too much you can add a little warmed water to it till it reaches the consistency you like.

*The liver is too strong, leave it out, or it overwhelms everything else.

How Not to Behave in a National Park

I am sure that by now that you have seen the video. If not, take a minute to watch it. 60 seconds are more than enough, but feel free to watch it all. I hope you are appalled by the behavior of the human. The elk is just an elk who has been badly treated…

May 1st. May Day. Beltane.

Probably safe, but I am keeping a close eye on him just in case.

May 1st. May Day. Beltane. Not much celebrated in the western world after the mid 20th century because Soviet Russia aka USSR used it for military parades. Remember those photographs of missiles and tanks rumbling down Main Street Moscow? That was the May Day Parade. The Novelist and Poet Margaret Atwood used it as a…

Change Your Backyard, Change the World

A real life example. An entire community in England has rallied around this simple idea and changed their world. Take a moment and watch this.

The Real Margarita- we suffer so you don’t have to™

The Real Thing 2 parts reposado tequila 1 part cointreau 1/2  part fresh squeezed lime juice stir gently, add ice “Skinny” Margarita 2 parts reposada tequila 1 part cointreau 1/2 part fresh squeezed lime juice stir gently,  add ice add sparkling water till volume is doubled Notes: Fresh lime juice is key. Get a good…

The Best Burger You Have Ever Tasted

Best Burger 1 pound ground 85% grass fed beef 1 pound ground organic pork 1-2 Tablespoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce 1-2 Tablespoons Lea & Perrins Thick Worcestershire Sauce Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning (we use the lower salt version) or  Savory Spice Shop Hudson Bay Beef Spice Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning or Savory…

Hot Bourbon Coffee, Our Traditional Holiday Drink

1 cup coffee 2 oz Bourbon 1/3 cup organic heavy whipping cream 3 teaspoons raw sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla syrup Blender or Whisk Heavy Glass or Large Mug Heat the glass or mug with hot water. Add the vanilla syrup to the heavy whipping cream. Whip the heavy whipping cream by hand or in a…

Kick Ass Ribs!


What could be better on a lazy fall weekend than ribs from the smoker? Below I share with you how to make ribs so good you may never darken the door of your local BBQ joint again. I have an upright electric smoker with two grill grates and two pans. This recipe is based on that smoker…

Hunting for Organic Meat

Chicken's from our friend George

The truth, we cannot deny it. Kevin and I love meat. We’re not vegetarians, nor are we contract killers. But there you have it. Durning the course of our relationship, this was one of our only dietary struggles. I was raised to be very aware of what was in my food. No pre-mixed packages or…


Backyard Ecosystem began as an expression of my determination to make a difference in our own backyard. Literally and metaphorically making a difference at the micro level of my yard and to operate at macro level of treating the entire planet as something I am an integral part of and whose destiny is shaped everyday by what I do in my corner of the world.

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