Market Monday/Meal Planning

One day late- forgot to post! 🙂 

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’s  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’m 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’s what we’ve got cooking this week.  How about you?

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Market Monday

We had a great day at the farmers market in Pawtucket, RI today. Because we had an extra set of hands (thanks Aunt Sandy!) I was able to bring the big girl camera and document the trip.

Here are some shots:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal plan

Saturday: we went to a friends house and brought a salad with Russian kale, roasted beets, harukei turnips and greens, and a great maple syrup vinaigrette that Eric whipped up.
Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs Eric made a few weeks ago and froze.
Monday: salad with smoked Gouda, roasted beets, radish greens, lettuce, and whatever else is in the fridge
Tuesday: lamb chops with sautéed pea greens (from Allen Farms Organics
Wednesday: Eric is out so I will probably have some leftovers
Thursday: Swiss chard lettuce wraps with some DIY fried rice and possibly some black beans.
Friday: Chorizo from Pats Pasturedand potatoes. I’m planning to do this on the stovetop but may turn it into a casserole.

I also bought some giant sweet potatoes and a butternut squash to make baby food for Isaac. I roasted the sweet potatoes yesterday and I plan to steam the squash tonight.

All in, we spent about $100 and got just about everything we needed to make the above meals. We splurged the grass fed lamp chops and a lamb shank from Hopkins Southdowns in North Scituate, RI. More to come on the shank- we threw it in the freezer and may make it next weekend.

Most of the farms at the market, as well as many other local farms offer CSAs for fresh organic produce, meats, and even seafood. Now is the time to sign up for a CSA for the summer – these local farmers count on their members to help keep sustainable agriculture going here in Southeastern MA.

As you can see, the eating is good up in New England, even as winter rages on!

Lard! Grandma’s secret ingredient

Baking biscuits makes me feel like a true homemaker (even if I do work.) It makes me want to pour a glass of sweet sun tea and say things like “hey y’all” and “bless your heart!” Which in my southeastern Massachusetts, combo-of-Boston-and-Rhode Island accent sounds truly ridiculous.

Recently, I learned how to make a really awesome biscuit. We rendered a few quarts of lard awhile ago (more on that someday) and I fully believe that lard is the secret to amazing baked goods, and to happiness in general.  I know the name lard is really gross sounding…maybe lard needs a rebranding campaign.  How about…pig butter? That actually sounds worse. Any thoughts on new names for lard?

I recently learned about the benefits of using lard from real food blog 100 Days of Real Food.  She has a ton of great info there about eating unprocessed foods.

These biscuits go wonderfully with just about anything. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner…even dessert! (strawberry shortcake, anyone?)

Annemarie’s Awesome Biscuit Recipe

1 cup of whole wheat flour (what, haven’t you heard that white flour is the devil??)

1 cup bread flour (don’t forget you can order flour from Wood Prairie Farm in Maine)

1 cup milk, buttermilk is even better

1/2 cup lard, very cold

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

The secret to good biscuits is cold, cold ingredients. Very cold lard and milk will make for biscuits with lots of crumbly texture. If it’s hot in your kitchen, don’t even bother with this recipe.

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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