Old Windmill Dairy

Old Windmill Dairy Goat Cheese, CSA Ed. 15, December 14, 2008

Edition 15; December 14, 2008


In this weeks’ Gourmet CSA bag:


2 Old Windmill Dairy Cheeses

Ross’ Garden Medley of vegetables


Cibolo Junction Food & Spice Co.,  Chocolate Diablo Sauce.

Fat Boy Coffee or New Mexico Tea Company Tea


Recipe of the Week




Easy Feta Chicken Bake




6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Salt
4 oz. Old Windmill Dairy Goat Milk Feta
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

2 medium diced tomatoes





Preheat oven to 350° farenheit. Arrange chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Drizzle chicken with 1 tbsp. of the lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Top with feta cheese; drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with red pepper and parsley.




What is going on at the Farm?

As you may know the does are on maternity leave. We made our last vat of fresh cheese yesterday.


We are now changing our focus on recovering from the busy season. You would think Michael and I could rest and perhaps go on vacation. However, we are now working on painting the dairy floor, doing a little repair work around the farm.


Michael is doing quite of bit of research on cheddar and other products we hope to offer in the Spring. Stay tunned.


Food for Thought

President Calvin Coolidge once said of Christmas, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”



The Jerusalem artichoke is a plant originally native to Peru. It was first brought to Europe from Canada where it was a staple food eaten by the indigenous population. Unlike corn and quinoa, staples in the Southern Americas, Jerusalem artichokes are suited to the Canadian climate due to their ability to grow in extremes of temperature.  Considering its botanical origins then it is curious then that not only is this vegetable not from Jerusalem but also has no relation to the Globe artichoke.



Sun Choke Chips Ingredients
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 ounces Jerusalem artichokes

1 tsp of chopped Rosemary

¼ tsp of salt

½ tsp of cracked black pepper

Sun Choke Chips Steal This Recipe® step-by-step Instructions
1. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, shave the artichokes very thin
2. Toss lightly in olive oil and herbs
3. Bake at 350ºF until crisp and golden-brown
4. Set aside





Dairyman Ed


Old Windmill Dairy CSA, News Letter Edition 14

Edition 14; December 7, 2008

In this weeks’ Gourmet CSA bag:

2 Old Windmill Dairy Cheeses

Ross’ Garden Vine Ripened Tomatoes




Almond Toffee from Unique Baskets by Linda

Fat Boy Coffee or New Mexico Tea Company Tea



2 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 lb. carrots (8-10), shredded
1 lb. potatoes (3-5), shredded
6 c. broth, vegetables or chicken
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 c. milk (may use part cream)
1-2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

Saute onion in butter in large soup pot. Add all but milk and cheese and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add milk and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Discard bay leaf. Serve hot with parsley sprinkled over.


What is going on at the Farm?

We are excited that our two year journey to Whole Foods was completed last Wednesday. Old Windmill Dairy Chevre can now be found at the Carlisle and Academy stores in Albuquerque. We are currently going through a test phase as Whole Foods is entering our bar codes and determining our price structure. It is our goal to have our cheese in the Santa Fe store early Spring of 2009. You may also find our cheese in the Whole Foods in Colorado as early as June 2009.

If you travel to the Houston area of Texas you might be delighted to know our Gouda and Prairie Cloud reserve maybe served in some of the cities finer restaurants. We are still working on the logistics but we are very hopeful.

Food for Thought

We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Zesty Wassail
Try this cheerful wintery wonderful Wassail. While most recipes use pineapple juice, I much prefer orange and lime juice. For additional spice add one star anise to this mixture.

2 quarts organic apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm. Serve with orange or lemon slices, or a cinnamon stick. It is very tastey.


Dairyman Ed