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Mr Shoes & Boot (our son) toiled all day Tuesday converting my round-pen into an escape-proof pigpen; I say goodbye to my pen not really needing it these days & knowing it will be in good service to the farm. Yes, the pigs could live inside the barn 24/7, but in my experience happy pigs make better eating, so these 2 guys need a comfortable outdoor space to call their own before they end up filling our freezer in the fall. Pigs are actually thought to be one of the most intelligent of animals, scoring considerably higher on the scale than do dogs. If you'd like to see proof of this claim, go here to view a group of smart little piggies who have been trained using a form of operant conditioning; the farmer in this video uses a snap of his fingers rather than a clicker or a whistle, but the training premise is exactly the same.
Back to the topic of the day: I have been baking & creating more of our meals from scratch than I have since the days when we were young parents; I don't think Mr Shoes has had to eat a store-bought cookie in close to a year now. Pardon me while I reach over & pat my own back just a little. Mr Shoes loves spicy food, & tacos are a frequent request, but those little packets of taco seasoning can range from a sale price of 89 cents up to a regular price of over $2. That is to season 1(!) lb of meat!!! Arrggghhh. I am happy to say that such highway robbery is no longer an option OR a choice I have to make as I recently found this recipe. In an effort of continued generosity & sharing, now here it is for you all.
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- 1 T chili powder
- 1/4 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t onion powder
- 1/8 t cayenne pepper
- 1/4 t dried oregano
- 1/2 t paprika
- 1 t ground cumin
- 1 t sea salt
- 1 t black pepper
Brown 1lb your choice of ground meat, add 1/4 c water & 2-3 T spice mix.
Simmer until reduced.