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One of those things I LOVE to HATE!

65+ mph gusts, temps well below freezing, and wind chills below zero.

Happy Wyoming Winter!

I mean real winter now... the weather outside is, well, a bit frightful.

Appropriate for the season, I might add.

We are finally are having our first actual blizzard of the year and it's about time!

I love it when it snows, but it does make things a bit challenging for shipping products.

This is what I mean when I say Winter is the thing I love to hate.

So much depends on how much snow we get here, not just for us, but for our whole nation!

When we get snow in Wyoming, (becuase a large part of the Continental Divide runs through this state) that is more water for the whole entire country come Springtime.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hannuka, and Happy Kwanza- some more fresh mountain water is in store for your region! What a fantastic present from Mother Nature to us all.

It's hard to hate a blizzard for too long when you think about it this way, even though it may delay the arrival of a few of our other presents we may have ordered this week...

Especially -since we've no place to go- as the roads have been closed for the past couple of days and that means no shipments of any kind have been able to get here or leave here.

If you placed an order this week, please be aware that we are experiencing delays. The good thing is that cold weather helps keep perishable products cold longer at least!

I have held most shipments back so I can make sure everything stays the right temperature until roads open up again.

So for orders that have already been placed, non-perishables (Snack Packs, Jerky, Summer Sausage, and Cook Books) will ship out tomorrow (the 15th), and perishables (frozen meats) will ship out Monday the 19th.

This means the last day you can order from Taste of the Wind, and expect your package to arrive before Christmas, is Monday the 19th for any shipments destined as far as the East Coast, Tuesday the 20th for most other places, and Wednesday the 21st for Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nebraska, Idaho, the Dakotas, and Colorado. Order as early as possible to ensure your package will arrive on time, becaus you never know- delays happen!

Check out our Holiday Bundles HERE if you haven't already.

I wanted to share an Edwards' family favorite Holiday Recipe: Mock Wild Boar. I think it is an unusual one, because I hadn't heard of it before I met Chris, and neither has anyone I have told about it.

Let me know if you have ever had it!

This recipe uses a raw ham roast, which can actually be hard to find!

Most ham roasts you get in the store are cured. Some folks like to avoid cured items because they don't want to consume nitrates and nitrites. So this is a great Holiday Roast alternative for these folks who want to skip the curing salts.

I recently had a CSA customer reach out to me and ask what the best way to use a raw ham roast is, and that conversation reminded me that this is one of my favorite recipes.

This is NOT an easy recipe. It takes A LOT of time to marinate and cook, so this recipe isn't for the faint of heart, but boy is it good!

Chris's Aunt recently posted photos of the family recipe on the original cards she has, on Facebook, so I thought I would share them with you too!

I leave out the Accent (MSG-flavor enhancer) and replace it with 2 more Tablespoons of salt.

I replace the beef noodle soup with beef broth for this stage.

Let me know if you decide to take on this beast of a recipe.

It is certainly worth it!

I would love to hear what you think of the process and the end result.

What are some of your family's holiday traditions and recipes?

I would love to hear about them!

I hope you are enjoying snuggling up by a -fire that's so delightful- with hot drinks, and snow falling outside your window wherever you are this week!

Until next week...

-BJ and the Taste of the Wind Crew

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