Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high- quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current food and dining blogs. Check out the full

Munchie Musings learns about farms

As a person with a brown thumb and an ignorance of plants in general, the idea of homesteading is something that is way beyond me. Homesteading equals self- sufficiency and that means growing and raising most of your own food. I certainly appreciate the premise, but am I built for that kind of life? Not very likely.

Someone who was bred for it is Susan Hanks. She and her husband, Paul, own Hanks Hens & All Things Good, a homesteading operation in Rio Linda. Susan says that she grew up with farming in her blood, which definitely was influenced by the fact that her family owned a feed mill operation near Petaluma.

I met the Hankses when I went to an event at Feeding Crane Farm's Lulu Kitchen. She has developed a relationship with Feeding Crane that has greatly helped her own operation. Feeding Crane has helped connect her to local restaurants, such as Mama Kim's and Masullo Pizza, so that she can sell her eggs and herbs. You will also find Hanks Hens at a couple of farmers markets, including the one on P Street on Tuesdays (starting May 1).

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Finding Our Way Now followed up her comments about chocolate-dipped spoons:

Not terribly long ago I commented on a picture of some chocolate-dipped spoons on Food Stories and noted how easy they were to make. The reply was an enthusiastic; "Can you make some and take pictures?" How could I not make them after that? These really are the easiest things to make. I seriously mean it. The hardest part is deciding how to decorate them. All it takes is a friend and a little bit of time. The friend part is to have someone there to share the fun with.

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