Since we became Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA members, we think of whole grains in a whole different way. One difference is that we no longer crave rice. We used to eat brown rice like it was going out of style. Now, we are really into using other whole grains, like wheat berries, spelt berries, and rye berries for a lot of dishes that we would normally use rice. The result is something more complex, and depending on the type of grain you use, something quite toothsome, unique and delicious. Case in point: Last night’s dinner was a delicious chili made with beans and rye berries.
Theresa whipped up a delicious meal of beans and rye berries for myself and Magda, whom I picked up from the airport last night.
When we arrived home, Theresa had the whole place smelling of tomato, beans and chilis. It was rather nice. Oh, and also cornbread. She also roasted some winter squash for lunch today, which added another lovely earthy smell. Let’s just say that after being at the airport and driving in Boston rush hour traffic, it was sort of like an olfactory paradise.
We enjoyed some new company, and entertained ourselves with the pets.
Then we had dessert: Theresa took some frozen cherries out of the freezer and cooked them in a little brandy. Then served it with some Taza chocolate. Nom.
Today is an interesting day. Very dreary, warm and rainy. Although the cats have been displaced from our day bed by Magda, Fitzwilliam felt the need to reclaim his space in lieu of the miserable weather.
I think he managed to make himself very comfortable. Regardless of that pesky photographer that keeps haunting him.
Even though it is a rainy day, I’m excited because I’m helping run the Red Fire Farm Deep Winter Share CSA today. I’ll be cold and wet, but handling gorgeous produce and getting to see some new and old CSA faces.
I hope everyone manages to stay dry!
- Boston Best Beans, Mandan Bride Dent Corn: Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA
- Cranberry Beans: Baer’s Best Beans
- Tomatoes, Onions, Cilantro, Dried Chili Pepper, and Egg (for cornbread): Red Fire Farm
- Winter Squash: Atlas Farm
- Turkey: Stillman’s Farm
- Queso Blanco: Narragansett Creamery
- Cherries: Kimball’s Fruit Farm
- Chocolate: Taza Chocolate