Thursday, July 23, 2009

CSA Week #8

I've been a slacker, I should have posted this a few days ago! Week #8's CSA basket was overflowing this week:

New potatoes
Green beans
Green Onions
Sweet Corn (white)

I made delicious stuffed zucchini with it this week - made a quinoa and turkey sausage stuffing that was pretty good on its own. The hubs said it was the best dinner he had in a while since it was both incredibly tasty AND healthy lol). The chard, cukes and radishes have been great in salads. I also somehow took the time to hand-cut a dozen of the new potatoes into potato chips.

Monday, July 13, 2009

CSA Week #7

This week's basket was overflowing with more summer vegetables!  Included was:

Sugar Snap Peas
Rainbow Chard
New Potatoes
Green Beans
Sweet Annie
Homemade Gooseberry Jam

The peas have been great chopped up in salads, I am sad these are the last we'll get of the growing season.   I made potato and leek soup with the last batch of new potatoes, I am still thinking about what I'll make this time.  The Sweet Annie was amazingly fragrant and very relaxing.  I had never heard of it before this week, its like a cross between french lavender and eucalyptus!

Monday, July 6, 2009

BBA Challenge - Anadama Bread

One of my favorite cooking books is Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice.  I recently discovered a group who was baking their way through this amazing compilation of bread and decided to give it a try!  The BBA Challenge was brought to us by Nicole of Pinch My Salt.  

Anadama Bread is the first recipe of the book.  It's an old New England Bread that appears in many books on bread.  I've tried it in the past and didn't care for the consistency or taste, so passed on making this when I initially bought The BBA.  I believe that previous attempts with different recipes went south because the soaker of corn meal was only a few hours and/or an overwhelming amount of molasses was used.  After letting the soaker rest overnight, the cornmeal had an appealing fragrance and was fluffy.  

The recipe was very easy and straight forward, no unusual ingredients or instruments needed to make this.  The dough was amazing, supple and easy to knead by hand (since the hubs has yet to come through on his "I'll buy you a new KA mixer" proclamation which convinced me to sell my trusty mixer back in AK, LOL).

Since I couldn't find my normal sized bread pans, I split the dough into 5 small loafs.  The finished bread definitely turned my opinion of this bread around.  It wasn't dense, dry, or overpowered by the molasses.  

My only complaint was that I couldn't remember what the heck I did with my stupid bread pans so that we could enjoy this with the BLTs we made for dinner last night!  

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Artfully Delicious 2009

Friday night me, the hubs, and our friend Mike went to Wooster's First Annual Artfully Delicious Festival.  Located on the square in downtown Wooster, it consisted of thirteen local restaurants and beverage companies.

We tried many, many different things, and our faves were: Broken Rocks Cafe's Shrimp & Artichoke pasta (had 2 servings, the picture below is the cajun chicken pasta the hubs disappointedly brought back after his third visit to their tent, LOL) and the BBQ from Omahoma Bob's BBQ.  

There was quite a turn out from the community and the weather turned from crummy in the morning to perfect in time for the festival to begin.  The event was sponsored by Wayne Center for the Arts and Main Street Wooster. Can't wait to see what next year has to offer!

CSA Week #6

This week's basket was overflowing with goodies - so much so that it took two trips to get the stuff in the car!  We got:

Sugar Snap Peas
New Potatoes
Watermelon Radishes
Green Beans ("Dragons Tongue")

Good Shepherd Farms is also at Wooster's Farmer's Market on Wednesdays at Fisher Auditorium from 3-6.  Check them out if you are in that area!