Market Monday/Meal Planning

One day late- forgot to post! ūüôā¬†

This week Eric and I went to the Easton Wintertime Farmers Market at Simpson Springs.  We brought $100 and got plenty to eat for the week.  We spent $30 on wine from Running Brook Vineyards and the rest of the $70 went to groceries.  Here’s what I can recall for items and prices:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Apples ($2.99/lb)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dill pickles ($8)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Lettuce $2/head (we bought four since we were having some family over for dinner Saturday evening)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Garlic

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cheddar cheese from¬†Foxboro Cheese Company

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Kale ($4 a bag, probably about 5 cups)

We also went to the grocery store for the first time in awhile.¬†¬†We buy all of our paper and household goods through Amazon.com‚Äôs ¬†Subscribe and Save, and I have a pretty good stockpile of rice, beans and other pantry staples, so there¬†hasn’t¬†been a need to hit the grocery store.¬†¬†Since we were having a dinner party, and wanted to make chicken¬†Parmesan¬† we needed some supplies, most notably chicken.¬†I hope to be in a position someday to be able to throw a dinner party from our own backyard, but I‚Äôm not there yet!¬†

The rest of the week is all planned out:

Sunday- lamb shank and maple syrup-glazed Brussels sprouts (recipe coming up later in the week- absolutely delicious!)

Monday- Caesar salad with leftover fried chicken

Tuesday- leftover chicken Parm w/ sautéed kale

Wednesday- Salad with Cheddar cheese and apples

Thursday- Crockpot lentil soup w/ homemade whole-wheat biscuits

Friday- homemade pizza or calzones w/ mozzarella & roasted red peppers (frozen from last year’s garden)

For breakfast I am making enough Overnight Oats (of Pinterest fame) to last the rest of the week. Lunches are leftovers or frozen, homemade soups.

On another note, I checked our cold frame and some lettuce seeds germinated!! Here’s hoping they make it through the remaining cold days!

That‚Äôs what¬†we’ve¬†got cooking this week.¬†¬†How about you?

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Eating local as the days get longer…

There is no doubt that late winter is the hardest time to be a locavore. Nothing is growing right now, and the root vegetables that store well during the winter are probably getting a little tired. It’s easy to forget the bounty grown right in our own backyard. Mix it up with different seasonings. Try a little garam masala for an Indian feel, or buy some sesame oil to give your salads an Asian cuisine flair. If you dig out and visit a local farmers market, you can get creative with a recipe like the one below.

Apple and Gouda Salad

This is an easy weeknight meal that comes together quickly. You can adjust the cheese to what you have on hand- Cheddar, Asiago, or Gouda would all work well here. Check out Foxboro Cheese Company for an excellent selection.

Ingredients (serves four)

4 to 6 cups Winter lettuce mix (from Oakdale Farms in neighboring Rehoboth, MA)

2 Apples (from CN Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, MA)

Block of cheese, cubed

Croutons

Dress with a simple vinaigrette, or however you like.

Variations: Try a handful local dried cranberries, some Feta cheese, and some walnuts. Or, top your salad with some pan-seared local scallops.

Sorry for the somewhat crappy iPhone pics. Isaac was in need of lots of parental attention and I didn’t have the heart to deny him!

What’s your favorite wintery meal?

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Saut√©ed pea greens with fried eggs

Saut√©ed pea greens with fried eggs This isn’t so much a recipe as a technique. Hardy winter greens and eggs are a great combination and a simple and fast weeknight dinner. I always pick up some greens at the farmers … Continue reading