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Sunday lunch: Hummus en Fuego, Balsamic Bruschetta
*made ahead for lunches: quinoa w/ kale
Monday: Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup
Tuesday: Carrot Almond Salad (with green beans instead of asparagus), Lemony Chickpea Stirfry
Wednesday: cherry tomato couscous
Thursday: game night!
Friday: Spring Pasta with summer vegetables instead :)
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This week in our farm share we had gotten:
2 bunches arugula
2 bunches pea tendrils
2 bunches chard
2 heads romaine lettuce
2 bunches turnips
2 bunches cilantro
2 bunches baby bok choy
2 bunches carrots

I had a fabulous, but crazy full weekend. (More on that later.) As a result I did not do any meal planning for the week. Fortunately we are back into farm share season! I was totally able to put together dinner without having done any grocery shopping.

8-9 oz dried linguine
1 tbsp peanut or canola oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
0.5 tsp hot red pepper flakes
6-7 small carrots, sliced
4-5 heads of baby bok choy, stems separated from leaves and both chopped into bite sized pieces
4 brown mushrooms
1 red bell pepper + 0.5 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 cup broth
2 tbsp soy sauce

Boil noodles until barely tender. Drain and keep warm. Meanwhile, heat a wok or very large heavy skillet over highest flame. Add oils, swirl the pan to coat the bottom, and add the ginger, garlic and hot pepper flakes. (Keep your face away from the steam. It is spicy!) Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the carrots, mushrooms and bok choy stems. Let cook for 1-2 minutes then add the bell pepper. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add the broth, greens and soy sauce, cover the wok, and let steam until everything is tender (~5 minutes more). Divide the noodles among 4 soup bowls. Portion the bok choy mixture over the noodles.
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Monday Tea Time: Lemon Balm Tea Cake (recipe below)
Monday BBQ: beer bratwurst, swordfish steak, grilled marinated vegetables, grilled balsamic asparagus, and honey balsamic bean salad
Tuesday: los restos
Wednesday: chickpea curry
Thursday: cream of tuna
Friday: JoCo concert! no idea what is going on!


In case you too have a lemon balm plant trying to take over the world, this is something we are trying with it:
Lemon Balm Tea Cake recipe (with optional lemon glaze) )

Meal Plans

Jan. 2nd, 2012 01:02 pm
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Monday: pad thai
Tuesday: cumin wheat berry & lentil soup for [livejournal.com profile] salvbard and chicken tikka masala
Wednesday: chicken & vegetable curry at [livejournal.com profile] jasra's house for game
Thursday: asparagus & mushroom risotto
Friday: leftovers

Meal Plans

Jul. 11th, 2011 04:40 pm
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Sunday breakfast: breakfast barley
Sunday dinner: veggie stirfry with farmshare yellow and orange carrots, baby bok choy, and kohlrabi
Monday: veggie pasta (including csa sugar snap peas, carrots, and parsley)
Tuesday: wild rice with green lentils, sesame green beans
Wednesday: garlic shrimp and forbidden rice with mushroom and tarragon (with scallion and potato patties for Roger?)
Thursday: a variation of french green lentil & couscous salad with garden salad

Meal Plans

Jul. 6th, 2011 10:21 am
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This past week's farm share: 2 bunches golden beets, 2 bunches yellow carrot, 2 bunches scallion, 2 heads romaine lettuce, 2 heads cabbage, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches turnip and 1 pound sugar snap peas

Thursday Breakfast: carrot muffins
Thursday Dinner: pasta with sugar snap peas, mushrooms, yellow & orange carrots, kohlrabi and fresh herbs
Friday Breakfast: cream of wheat
Friday Dinner: grilled venison steaks, roasted yellow beets and carrots with sage, and garden salad
Sunday: leftovers!
Monday: 4th of July cookout!
Tuesday: sandwiches & garden salad
Wed Lunch: Red Lentil Soup
Wednesday: oil and vinegar based pasta salad, kidney bean and corn salad
Thursday: quinoa tabbouleh, grilled meats & veggies, salad and stewed rhubarb with vanilla icecream

Meal Plans

May. 1st, 2011 12:03 pm
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Sunday: jambalaya
Monday: pot roast
Tuesday: Tomato roasted red pepper w/basil and tortellini soup
Wednesday: chicken with saffron rice
Thursday: cottage pie
Friday: sesame noodles
Saturday: corn chowder
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Sunday - a Meyer lemon & basil variation of this lemon spaghetti recipe
Monday - [livejournal.com profile] cintyber used the last of the wedding leftovers with mac & cheese
Tuesday - blts
Wednesday - vegetarian red beans & rice with plantains & corn bread
Thursday - minestrone soup
Friday - cheesy pasta bake
Saturday - lentil soup?

It is that time of year where I start really thinking about cleaning out the fridge and freezer. The freezer I am emptying out more on general principle, but I like to completely empty and bleach down the fridge at least twice a year.

Plus I have been really enjoying working from what is in the pantry and coming up with meal plans buying a minimum of ingredients. And as an added bonus I find we eat more creative meals and less meat when I step out of autopilot, both of which are important to me.

What sort of things can you generally make out off your pantry? What are your pantry staples?

Meal Plans

Feb. 27th, 2011 07:48 pm
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Saturday: chicken and wild rice soup (mmm having our own canned stock makes all the difference)
Sunday: barbecue pulled pork, mashed potatoes, corn and pumpkin bread
Monday: steak salad
Tuesday: lettuce wraps
Wednesday: white fish, meyer lemon green beans, rice pilaf
Thursday: baked macaroni and cheese
Friday: home made pizza
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Saturday morning: cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting & sticky rolls with a toasted pecan glaze
Sunday: beef & barley soup
Monday: Hungarian goulash & sauteed brussel sprouts tossed with parmesan
Tuesday: steelhead, meyer lemon risotto & white asparagus

Hmmm I wonder what other tasty things we could think up to make this week.
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Week 20: 2 bunches beets, 2 bunches carrots, 2 bunches turnips, 2 bunches parsnips, 2 pounds green tomatoes, 2 butternut squash, 2 sugar pumpkins and 2 blue Hubbard squashes

Week 19: 2 bunches swiss chard, 2 bunches carrots, 2 bunches mizuna, 2 bunches beets, 2 bunches radish, 2 bunches parsnips, 2 pounds peppers, 2 (giant) butternut squash and 2 delicata squash

Week 18: 2 bunches arugula, 2 bunches carrots, 2 bunches tatsoi, 2 bunches broccoli, 2 bunches red russian kale, 2 pounds kentucky wonder beans, 2 pounds zucchini, 2 (giant) butternut squash, 2 acorn squash and 6 green peppers

As you can tell, we have been getting lots of squash. It doesn't use a lot, but an interesting way to use some of the leftovers was roasted butternut squash pancakes. We added pecans for a little texture, which I think improved them.
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Last night I made a variation of this summer squash gratin recipe where I added some thinly sliced kohlrabi to the potatoes (both of which I blanched before tossing with the squash to shorten baking time) and used sharp cheddar cheese (because it was what I had on hand). Yummy! The squash, potatoes and kohlrabi were all farmshare items. Served with a cucumber tomato salad (only the cucumbers were farmshare), this was a fairly CSA friendly meal.

Today, I need to make some carrot and butternut squash soup, which I will base on this carrot soup recipe. Umm yeah, I could follow directions, but I will leave that for the lab... (I also am interested in spinach and zucchini soup, but I will wait to see if we get any from the farmshare.)

CSA Week 2

Jun. 11th, 2010 02:41 pm
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2 heads romaine
2 heads red leaf lettuce
2 heads bibb lettuce
2 bunches broccoli
2 bunches Asian turnips
2 bunches swiss chard
2 bunches kohlrabi
2 bunches chioggia beets
2 bunches cilantro

Last night we had Broccoli Cheese soup, with 2 kohlrabi peeled and chopped up with the rest of the veggies. Yum!
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Tonight we made vegetarian yakisoba. Delicious! When you buy yakisoba noodles it often has a packet of sauce, but it contains a small amount of onion in it. It was a small enough amount it might have been ok, but it is super easy to make the sauce so it wasn't worth risking [livejournal.com profile] cintyber.

We also made a lovely red lentil soup that I amended with some cumin and fresh meyer lemon zest. I love the texture the brown rice gives this recipe, but Chiquita was not a fan for exactly the same reason.

Unfortunately that used the last of the red lentils, so we will need to pick up more to make dosa.

We also need to pick up rice noodles, because I really want to make Pancit Bihon.(I also want to make these double chocolate pomegranate cookies without the white chocolate chips, but I have everything for these on hand already.)
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Today I spent most of the day sleeping in recovery from the NY trip, so more posting tomorrow perhaps. For the brief part of the afternoon I was awake for though, I wanted to surprise [livejournal.com profile] cintyber with these maple glazed walnut cinnamon rolls (with some minor adaptions). OMG these are awesome, but also a huge sugar rush. Probably not the best idea when you have not eaten anything else.

The author of that post also links to their vegan version, which is worth noting as a great pareve dessert option if there was a meat meal at [livejournal.com profile] chaiya and [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare's house.
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The family is home celebrating Yule together tonight. And in honor of the winter holiday, we are having chili and corn bread (good winter foods that don't rely on imported out of season veggies). The chili is just a variation on my regular recipe, but the cornbread is one that intrigued [livejournal.com profile] cintyber when I mentioned it (shock!).

Warning! This is good New England corn bread. Which means it is slightly sweetened cornbread. So you southerns do not complain if you try it!

Maple Cornbread

1 c all purpose flour
1 c cornmeal
1 tbsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
1 c milk
0.25 c maple syrup
4 tbsp butter, melted
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 425*F. Lightly grease an 8X8" square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. In a small bowl mix the rest of the ingredients. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Serve warm.

Recipe from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion.
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It also seems a shame to use of mashed potatoes (totally my favorite leftover!), but these were pretty tasty. This was based on a potato dumpling recipe from The Cooking of Germany that I adapted.

0.5-1 c breadcrumbs
0.5 c flour
0.5 c farina (regular not quick-cooking type)
1.5 tsp salt
0.25 tsp pepper
3.5 c leftover mashed potatoes
2 eggs
oil for frying
extra flour for handling

Mix together all but last 2 ingredients. Chalk your hands like a gymnast with flour, repeating as necessary. (You will need plenty to form the pancakes without getting your hands super sticky.) Form pancakes.

Add pancakes to oil once it is just under the smoking point, and don't be skimpy on the oil. You just need to accept that you aren't going to make these all the time. (It should look hazy like heat over hot pavement but not actually smoking. It also has a distinctive smell, but that is harder to explain if you don't know it.) Once the edges are just golden brown *carefully* flip to cook other side. If you flip them before then or if the oil was not hot enough they will tend to fall apart. Once both sides are golden brown place on a plate with paper towels.

I thought the farina might give this a weird texture, but it didn't. [livejournal.com profile] cintyber pointed out that these would be quite tasty with fresh chopped flat leaf parsley, and I concur.
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So the last pumpkin bread recipe was a disaster. Seriously, I am not even going to link it, because it just wasn't worth it. From now on we will stick to the recipe on this blog post. So good!
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It is cool and wet, my favorite combination for a day at home. Today's adventure includes reorganizing the basement and trying out this fabulous looking recipe for oatmeal toasting bread.

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