Floriani Cornmeal Pizza Crust Recipe

This cornmeal crust is nutritious and will taste wonderful adorned with your favorite cheeses, veggies and herbs.
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Ingredients: 

1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp honey
2 tbls extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup stone-ground whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/4 cup coarse Floriani cornmeal
1 tsp salt

Instructions:

1. Whisk together the warm water, yeast and honey in a large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. When the surface appears foamy, add the olive oil and stir.

2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flours, cornmeal and salt. Add to the liquid, blending with a wooden spoon until a ball forms.

3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes, adding only as much additional flour as needed to keep it from sticking. When the dough is soft and pliable, place in an oiled bowl and flip once to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot to rise until doubled or tripled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

4. After the rise is complete, cut dough in half (or quarters), placing unused portions in plastic bags. Refrigerate if you plan to use within two days; otherwise, freeze.

5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a pizza stone or cast-iron pizza pan in the oven to preheat.

6. Roll out the dough into a thin round. After your baking vessel is preheated, place the crust on it and assemble toppings. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbling. Makes 2 large crusts or 4 individual crusts.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/floriani-pizza-crust-recipe-zwrz10zarc.aspx#ixzz3LuF0CZgi

I made this today using our Floriani cornmeal and whole wheat flour and it was fantastic!

 

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Freshly Stone-ground grain

We put the stone grinder to work this week on our Floriani Red Flint corn and wheat berries.

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Floriani Red Flint’ is a rare, open-pollinated red flint corn from Italy with unforgettable flavor — and the possibilities for cooking with it are endless.

This heirloom corn is an old variety from the Italian Alps that was originally selected for qualities that make great polenta. This particular variety is a landrace (a locally adapted variety that has more variation than a variety bred for specific qualities) from the Valsugana Valley, where subsistence farmers grew it as the staple food until the mid-20th century. While the hulls are red, the meal is a deep yellow with a hint of pink. It is physically beautiful and has a rich, complex flavor to match.

Floriani Red Flint cornmeal is far more nutritious than store bought, degermed cornmeal (see chart below). Fedco, a Maine-based seed company, had this to say after they tried this exceptional corn: “Floriani’s richly sweet, delicious, corny taste beat the competition silly in our pancake and cornbread muffin bake-off.”

We have the Floriani available in a 2 lb bag for $6.00

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 Our flour is 100% whole wheat with all the nutritious bran included!

It’s available in a 3 lb. bag for $6.00

Because our flour and cornmeal are 100 % whole grain, we recommend keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer to retain its fresh flavor.

I will be adding recipes to our page as I test them. This morning I made the buttermilk pancake recipe using both the Floriani cornmeal and the whole wheat flour. It was delicious!

to arrange purchase

Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

or call 815-467-5259

 

 

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Found Keys

I was emptying a large Kohl’s bag of egg cartons today and found these keys in the bottom of the bag. If they are yours, please e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259.

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eggs

eggsJust a reminder that during daylight hours, our eggs will continue to be in the cooler in the stand for as long as the weather stays above freezing. If you need to come by after dark, please call or e-mail and we will have them at the house.

815-467-5259

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Winter Eggs

Animal Welfare Approved Logo It looks like the 10 day forecast will be above freezing during the day, so to make it more convenient for everyone,  we will have eggs in the cooler during the daylight hours.

If you come out and there are no eggs in the cooler – please feel free to call. We have the house and my cell phone numbers listed in the stand and we have plenty of eggs.

815-467-5259

815-715-3590

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

No turkeys here – Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Creekside Natural Farm

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Winter Egg program

Animal Welfare Approved LogoToday will be the last day to get eggs from the cooler.
After today you can still get eggs from our organically fed and Animal Welfare Approved hens, but will need to either
call 815-467-5259 or
e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

 

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Eggs

Eggs are back in the cooler for at least the next few days.

Depending on the overnight temps. –  we may need to take them out at night. We have a sign in the stand with phone numbers to call if you come out and there are no eggs in the stand. Please don’t hesitate to call. We have plenty of eggs and don’t want anyone to make a wasted trip.

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Organic Pie

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We are taking a limited number of orders for pies for Thanksgiving. The pie in the picture is a lattice top apple made with organic apples and organic sugar. We will also have organic pumpkin. Each pie is made by hand by me using my mothers recipes. I use butter and lard in the crust (no hydrogenated fats) and organic ingredients if I can find them in the quantities I need.

They will be $13.00 each for a 9 inch pie.

To order, Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or

call 815-467-5259

 

 

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Eggs

We still have plenty of eggs

However, due to the super cold weather forcasted for this week, we will not have them in the cooler until Saturday (hopefully Mr. Skilling is correct about the “warm-up”).

You can either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259 to make sure we will be home before you come out.

 

 

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Early Winter

Because of the extra cold temps coming today we will be taking the eggs out of the cooler at night and putting them back in the morning. When the daytime temps become too cold, we will post the “winter egg program” info. If you come for eggs and there are none in the stand, feel free to call 815-467-5259.

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We still have plenty of kale and the cold weather has improved its flavor.

We will also be taking the butternut squash out of the stand but it will still be available on request. Also available on request – Heirloom stone-ground cornmeal, Katahdin lamb (chops, leg, sausage).

Either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259

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Local and Organic dinner

Bill and I were discussing our dinner today and how much of it came from our farm or from a local farm. We realized that the only parts that were not local were the yeast and butter in the bread. The flour and eggs came from our farm, honey from Contrary Mary’s (Minooka), milk from Traders Point Creamery through Amy’s Organics (Plainfield). The chili had our own tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, beef from Graze and Grow (Schefield) and red and black beans from Breslin Farms (Ottawa).

The flour was stone ground from our organic wheat and will be available for sale in a few weeks after I have had a chance to test some recipes with it.

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Lamb and Applesauce

We have lamb available for sale. This year we raised 3 Katahdin sheep on our grass pasture. This breed of sheep is known for producing fine flavored meat without the strong flavor that some lamb can have.

We have chops in a package of 2 (aprox. 7-8 oz per pkg.) – $20.00 per pound

Leg of lamb – cut in half and aprox. 3-4 pounds – $12.00 per pound

Italian style sausage – 1.5 lb package – $13.00 per lb

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This morning I made a batch of Organic applesauce from Earth First Farm apples and cider. Their apples and cider are certified organic and are the only ingredients in our applesauce. NO SUGAR ADDED and it’s not needed. I used a combination of Empire and Golden Delicious and a small amount of their fresh cider to keep the apples from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

It’s in the stand for $4.00 per container

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We also have Kale, butternut squash, eggs and a small amount of sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Freshly stone ground Heirloom Corn meal is available on request.

To request Lamb or cornmeal, either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or

call 815-467-5259

 

 

 

 

 

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Why is this chicken SOOO good?

Many people ask why our chickens, eggs, and produce taste so great compared to what they’re used to buying at the grocery store.  The reason is that we are truly passionate about natural, sustainable, non-GMO living, and we run our farm with these guiding principles.  On our new Sustainability Initiatives page you can read about several programs and certifications for Creekside Natural Farm.

Here’s the link:  http://www.creeksidenaturalfarm.com/blog/sustainability-initiatives/

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The girls are coming home!

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We’re on our way to Heritage Farm in IN to pick up our pregnant girls and bring them home. Apollo will be so happy to see his mama.

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This Week @ Creekside natural Farm

This morning we picked what will likely be the last of the cherry tomatoes for the year.

We are picking some beautiful Kale and have Butternut Squash and the end of the sweet peppers.

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We also have eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved and organically fed hens.

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Tomatoes are still here (but not for long)

The cool weather is here and we’re nearing the end of the warm weather veggies. We still have tomatoes and peppers in the stand, but the end is definitely near so get them while you still can! We also have some fall veggies – Butternut squash, bok choy and kale, pumpkins and corn stalks.

We also have eggs from our AWA  and organic hens.

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Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy is washed and in the cooler for $3.00 per bag.

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We also have eggs, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, baking pumpkins, zucchini, tomatillos, green beans, decorative pumpkins and corn stalks from our Non-GMO corn.

If you’re interested in chicken or corn-meal, you can either e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com or call 815-467-5259

 

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Tomatillios and Corn stalks are new this week

We have bundles of corn stalks for sale for $5.00 per bunch. They are from our own non-GMO and un-sprayed corn. We have also finally started picking tomatillos! They make fantastic salsa verde with our purple jalapenos.

We also have tomatoes, green beans, okra, zucchini, sweet and hot peppers, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin for baking and decorative pumpkins. also, plenty of eggs from our AWA hens.

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Our hens enjoying the day

You can see that our hens are living the “good life” and the fantastic eggs they produce are a result of that. They have free access to pasture and certified organic feed. We also supplement their feed with our own oats and lots of veggies. They particularly love the watermelon rinds and tomatoes. They are certified by Animal Welfare Approved and also by Certified Humane.

We have plenty of eggs in the cooler for $5.00 per dz. We also still have some small eggs for $3.00 per dz.IMG_4875

IMG_4880  We also have tomatoes, zucchini, various sweet and hot peppers, watermelon, potatoes, various pumpkins and decorative squash, butternut and spaghetti squash, beans and eggplant.IMG_4879

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Pumpkins and Squash

We have a variety of pumpkins and winter squash this year. Winter squash includes butternut, spaghetti and Kabocha. We have Valenciano and Autumn Crown pumpkins for baking (or decorating) and Bliss and Speckled Hound for decorating. Bliss can also be used for cooking and is recommended for curry dishes, but is not sweet.

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Cut-up watermelon and garlic for next year

I used the rainy morning to cut up some of our organic watermelon for those who don’t have the time or the space in their frig. It’s in the cooler in 16 oz. containers for $2.00

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The afternoon excitement was our awesome mailman bringing our box from the Garlic Store with our first delivery of seed garlic this season. We like to try new varieties every year, so we order from several sources.

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Melons this Week @ Creekside natural Farm

We didn’t plan to have enough cantaloupe to sell, but it has been a good year for all of our vine crops, and the cantaloupe are soo sweet that we’ve decided to sell some. They’re in the stand for $3.00 each.

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We also have sweet organic watermelon, Purple Viking and Fingerling potatoes, Spaghetti squash, Valenciano pumpkins (beautiful white pumpkins that are also great for baking), green beans, beets, various sweet and hot peppers, zucchini, garlic, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, fresh salsa and eggs from our Animal Welfare Approved hens.

Call 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com to arrange for purchase of our organic pastured chicken or heirloom cornmeal

 

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Watermelon!

After a cool summer, the watermelon is finally ready and in the stand for $7.00 each. Like everything else we sell, it was grown here with no chemical sprays or fertilizers.

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We also have eggs from our pastured hens,spaghetti squash, hard neck garlic, heirloom tomatoes, various sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, lemon squash and we are making a fresh batch of Fresh Salsa.

We still have frozen chicken and heirloom corn meal available by calling 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

 

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Spaghetti Squash and LOTS of tomatoes!

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We are finally picking LOTS of tomatoes and have some available in half-bushels. We are selling them for $1.00 per lb. A half-bushel is 26 lbs. these tomatoes are great for juice or canning.IMG_4823

We also have our heirloom Italian frying peppers available in a half-bushel for $20.00. They can be roasted and frozen, pickled or canned.20140819-212409-77049497.jpg

The okra is really happy about the recent hot weather and is very easy to freeze. I slice it, stir some of our cornmeal into it and put it in freezer bags. You can also pickle it. We’re selling it for $2.00 per pint.IMG_4826

 

We also have lots of beautiful heirloom eggplant, beets are back, heirloom potatoes, hard-neck garlic, bell peppers, poblano and purple Jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, lemon squash and a fresh batch of Fresh Salsa.

In addition to our regular eggs, we temporarily have small eggs from our young hens. They are $3.00 per dz. and will only be available until the hens start laying larger eggs as they mature.

We also have frozen chicken that was processed last week for $4.00 per lb. and Freshly stone ground heirloom cornmeal (non GMO). Both are available on prior request.

If you’re looking for half or full bushels of tomatoes or peppers, chicken or cornmeal, you can either call 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Fresh chicken

Were on our way home from a LONG day in Aurthur, IL for chicken processing. We will have chicken available starting tomorrow. This is our last batch for the year and we won’t have more until next Spring. They were raised outside on pasture with a moveable shelter so they could be moved to clean grass every day. They were fed certified organic feed from Yorktown Organics. They’re available as a whole chicken or a cut up chicken for $4.00 per lb. The price for cutting is .70 per chicken.

I will be home all day Friday for pick-up. After Friday, you can make arrangements ahead of time by either calling 815-467-5259 or e-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Little Bit of Sweet Corn and LOTS of other things

Bill picked enough sweet corn to put in the cooler this morning! It’s very sweet, but the ears are about half the size last years sweet corn. It’s non GMO and has never been sprayed or fertilized with chemicals. We have them in bags of 14 for $3.00.

We also have fresh salsa, cherry tomatoes, large heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, pickle cucumbers, heirloom potatoes, hard-neck garlic, poblano and purple jalapeno peppers, various heirloom sweet peppers, colored bell peppers, heirloom eggplant, lemon squash, green beans, multi-colored French Filet beans, fresh sunflowers and zinnias, various herbs and eggs. If I forgot anything, it will be a surprise when you get here!

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This week at Creekside Natural Farm

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Beautiful multi-colored French filet beans back in the cooler today for $4.00 per bag.

We also have lemon squash, fresh heirloom tomato salsa, red Italian frying peppers, heirloom eggplant, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, pickle cucumbers, sweet chocolate peppers, colored bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, fresh garlic, heirloom potatoes, eggs, sunflowers and zinnias.

We also have frozen chicken and heirloom stone ground cornmeal available. You can contact us ahead of coming out for those 2 items.

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“Homegrown” Tomatoes

What would life be without home grown tomatoes? Our heirloom tomatoes are grown here and picked ripe – just like if you grew them yourself!

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Beans by the half bushel

Bill picked some beautiful beans this morning and we will have a limited amount available by the half bushel. The purple, yellow and thin green beans are a French filet type or Haricot Vert. They are more tender and flavorful than the fatter beans and are great eaten fresh or frozen. They are also much more time consuming to pick and therefore a little more expensive. They will be bagged and on the cooler for $4.00 per lb. the regular green beans are $3.00 per lb. or $24.00 per half bushel (12 lbs.) and are great for canning. It’s so nice to have organic beans in the pantry or freezer in the middle of winter.

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