Whirlwinds

Time flies on the road with Outstanding in the Field; weeks seem like months, months like years, and so much happens day to day on tour that it's hard to remember what state or time zone we're in. From back to back events, driving to the next location, picking up menus, car repairs, monotonous journeys to department stores for odds & ends from birthday candles to dish soap; the OITF team never stops. 

We left Pennsylvania a little over a month ago, but it seems like ages since I last saw the mighty Delaware River. My confidant Marta finally migrated to the Indian Ocean for the winter to teach English on the remote Island of La Réunion. We were lucky enough to spend her last few weeks together on tour with the crew - the conclusion of which brought the crew to our hometown and our respected families to Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. We got to show the crew the most treasured parts of our childhood home from my folks' Bed & Breakfast to Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse and ended with a feast at my best friend Alex's family farm in Kintnersville: Peace Tree Farm. It was a real privilege to bridge the two parts of my life, my home and tour. 

Now I write from the deserts of California with more memories, recipes and miles under my belt as the end of tour is coming into sight. It's been overwhelming to even consider a life not on tour. I'm not sure I'll understand how not to drive hundreds of miles daily, how to stop setting up and tearing down a restaurant nightly on remote, breathtaking farms and to no longer serve honest passionate food to hungry wide eyed locals. I'm pleased to be back in the golden state I left behind in July, now a bit wiser, but my wanderlust has yet to be satisfied. The world seems to call wherever I go. I have loved this last year of life more than words can ever describe and the people I get to share it with will forever hold a place in my heart. I plan to savor every last bite and explore as long as I am able. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had this year and am indebted to those who helped me along this journey. 

My extended family at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkaise Pennsylvania 

My extended family at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkaise Pennsylvania 

Illana Katy and I at Phillips Farm in Milford, NJ

Illana Katy and I at Phillips Farm in Milford, NJ

Apple Parties at Phillips farm in Milford, NJ

Apple Parties at Phillips farm in Milford, NJ

The perfect pairing: Hudson Valley Smoked Duck Breast on a honey crisp apple with cracked pepper and parsley

The perfect pairing: Hudson Valley Smoked Duck Breast on a honey crisp apple with cracked pepper and parsley

Marta and zLil' Bit at Ralph Stover State Park in Pennsylvania

Marta and zLil' Bit at Ralph Stover State Park in Pennsylvania

Chanterelle stacks in Pennsylvania

Chanterelle stacks in Pennsylvania

Mushroom Foragers

Mushroom Foragers

Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods

The lovely ladies of my clan

Grandma and the Briggs' kids

Grandma and the Briggs' kids

The Delaware River Valley

The Delaware River Valley

That Sly Fox Ryan Briggs

That Sly Fox Ryan Briggs

Big Bear Little Bear

Big Bear Little Bear

Exploration along the Delaware Canal Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

Exploration along the Delaware Canal Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

Grandmama and I 

Grandmama and I 

Grandmas house in Hamilton Sq NJ

Grandmas house in Hamilton Sq NJ

Buckwheat Almond Raspberry Johnny Cakes

Buckwheat Almond Raspberry Johnny Cakes

Virginia's rolling Hills, Washington, Virginia

Virginia's rolling Hills, Washington, Virginia

Badger on the hunt for Staff meal

Badger on the hunt for Staff meal

Pig Pig at Free Union Grass Farm Free Union, Virginia

Pig Pig at Free Union Grass Farm Free Union, Virginia

Lovely Tools at Free Union Grass Farm

Lovely Tools at Free Union Grass Farm

Gaining Ground Farm in Leicester, North Carolina 

Gaining Ground Farm in Leicester, North Carolina 

Barn Red, White Steel and Blue Sky-Leicester, North Carolina 

Barn Red, White Steel and Blue Sky-Leicester, North Carolina 

Teddy Bear Sunflowers in Leicester, North Carolina 

Teddy Bear Sunflowers in Leicester, North Carolina 

Before-Leicester, North Carolina 

Before-Leicester, North Carolina 

After-Leicester, North Carolina 

After-Leicester, North Carolina 

Leicester, North Carolina 

Leicester, North Carolina 

This Babe-Leicester, North Carolina 

This Babe-Leicester, North Carolina 

Georgia Biscuit and Gravy

Georgia Biscuit and Gravy

North Carolina Shrimp and Grits

North Carolina Shrimp and Grits

Love is Love in Decatur Georgia

Love is Love in Decatur Georgia

Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, Tennessee

Hammocking in Leicester, North Carolina 

Hammocking in Leicester, North Carolina 

My buddy Brent's beautiful produce at the Atlanta Farmers Market

My buddy Brent's beautiful produce at the Atlanta Farmers Market

Tennessee Beauty 

Tennessee Beauty 

Hot Chicken Badger

Hot Chicken Badger

Crazy kids in Georgia

Crazy kids in Georgia

Tennessee Dreams on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee Dreams on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee

Campsite in Tennessee 

Campsite in Tennessee 

Gaggle of Geese 

Gaggle of Geese 

Badgers hang in Nashville

Badgers hang in Nashville

Lovely love in Tennessee 

Lovely love in Tennessee 

Times Past at Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon Tennessee 

Times Past at Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon Tennessee 

Jubilation in Lexington Kentucky 

Jubilation in Lexington Kentucky 

The Rarest Donkeys in the world in Lexington Kentucky at Woodland Farm

The Rarest Donkeys in the world in Lexington Kentucky at Woodland Farm

Ferdinand, the spoiled rotten Pyrenees in Lexington Kentucky at Woodland Farm

Ferdinand, the spoiled rotten Pyrenees in Lexington Kentucky at Woodland Farm

Alien Contemplation in Kentucky at Woodland Farm

Alien Contemplation in Kentucky at Woodland Farm

A Dinner in the horse barn at Woodland Farm

A Dinner in the horse barn at Woodland Farm

The Aunties at Woodland Farm

The Aunties at Woodland Farm

Rabbit Swing at Woodland Farm

Rabbit Swing at Woodland Farm

Brittany Spears the baby Pig at Such & Such Farm in De Soto Missouri

Brittany Spears the baby Pig at Such & Such Farm in De Soto Missouri

A Feast of Lamb Tartare with Bitter Greens and Crustini 

A Feast of Lamb Tartare with Bitter Greens and Crustini 

The Ohio River looking into Indiana at Woodland Farm in Kentucky

The Ohio River looking into Indiana at Woodland Farm in Kentucky

Chef Levon Wallace at Woodland Farm

Chef Levon Wallace at Woodland Farm

Woodland Farm in Ketucky

Woodland Farm in Ketucky

Horses and the Moon at Woodland Farm

Horses and the Moon at Woodland Farm

New Friends in Kentucky

New Friends in Kentucky

a girl and her swing

a girl and her swing

Ferdinand doing whatever he please, slumbering next to the table

Ferdinand doing whatever he please, slumbering next to the table

The horse barn at Woodland Farm and the moon

The horse barn at Woodland Farm and the moon

Ohio River Sunset 

Ohio River Sunset 

Graphics in Kentucky

Graphics in Kentucky

The Coolest Farmers in Missouri, Farmer Dave & Autumn with their baby dog Cadillac  

The Coolest Farmers in Missouri, Farmer Dave & Autumn with their baby dog Cadillac  

De Soto Missouri at Such & Such Farm

De Soto Missouri at Such & Such Farm

Cadillac being a ham

Cadillac being a ham

Secret Bridges in De Soto, Missouri at Such & Such Farm

Secret Bridges in De Soto, Missouri at Such & Such Farm

Chef Josh Galliano breaking down a beautiful heritage hog at Such & Such Farm

Chef Josh Galliano breaking down a beautiful heritage hog at Such & Such Farm

Jive Turkeyand his hens at Such & Such Farm

Jive Turkeyand his hens at Such & Such Farm

The Moon amongst the kitchen in De Soto Missouri

The Moon amongst the kitchen in De Soto Missouri

Amazing art at Such & Such Farm

Amazing art at Such & Such Farm

My hammock by the Joachim Creek in De Soto Missouri

My hammock by the Joachim Creek in De Soto Missouri

The incredible CIty Museum in St. Louis Missouri

The incredible CIty Museum in St. Louis Missouri

The dock at the City Museum 

The dock at the City Museum 

Crawling through an airplane at the City Museum 

Crawling through an airplane at the City Museum 

Unrivaled Happiness at the City Museum in St. Louis

Unrivaled Happiness at the City Museum in St. Louis

Stormy & Jim at Wichita Buffalo Company in Oklahoma 

Stormy & Jim at Wichita Buffalo Company in Oklahoma 

Staff meal in Dallas Texas

Staff meal in Dallas Texas

Wendy of Dallas Texas handcrafted this gem

Wendy of Dallas Texas handcrafted this gem

My loves

My loves

Mesquite Cess Pie in Austin Texas

Mesquite Cess Pie in Austin Texas

Stormy's Feet on the red earth of Oklahoma 

Stormy's Feet on the red earth of Oklahoma 

Real Life Cowboys in Texas at our event in San Antonio

Real Life Cowboys in Texas at our event in San Antonio

Amongst the Oaks in Texas

Amongst the Oaks in Texas

Coconut Honey Granola

Coconut Honey Granola with toasted coconut chips, almonds and sunflower seeds

Granola, a longed hippy favorite popularized by Woodstock, is a healthy alternative to cereal. I love this granola as a road trip snack or quick breakfast. This recipe is also very basic and you can use whatever you may have on hand, almonds are my favorite, but walnuts or cashew too work well. Sunflower seeds and pepitas are also a great way to bulk up your granola. If you don't have the old fashioned rolled oats, in a pinch you can use quick oats. The key to a top notch granola is all in the brown sugar/honey and oil mixture. Toast your oats with your sugar/oil mixture and a crispy snack will be yours! Play with different combinations to make this granola your own. 

Coconut Honey Granola

makes about 5 cups

1/2 cup almond, chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

3 cups whole rolled oats

handful unsweetened coconut chips, roughly 1/2 cup

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp almond extract 

1 cup craisins/raisins or chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350. On a large sheet pan with sides, lined with parchment paper, combine oats, salt, brown sugar, almonds and sunflower seeds. In a sauce pan combine honey & coconut oil, stir to dissolve and add extracts. Pour over oat mixture and toss into a thin layer. Bake for 5 minutes and stir. Bake until golden (roughly 5/10 minutes). Once cool, add craisins. Store in an airtight container. Bon appetit!