Food Parade of Weekend

We had a very tasty weekend…. I’m still digesting it.  Here, for your viewing pleasure is our update of weekend eating.

Friday Food Distribution for Red Fire Farm:  Tropical storm Earl only brought a little rain, and was overall rather disappointing for the expectant hordes that traversed Wholefoods this Friday dashing about for food staples.  I didn’t take a picture of our share this week, but you know it was big and gorgeous.  We got huge napa cabbage, lettuce, kale, garlic, cucumbers, radicchio, celery, peppers, tomatoes (4 pounds worth!), corn, edamame, and apples for fruit share (gingergold and akane).

We got our crazy bulk order of tomatoes (1 bushel of heirloom, an 1/2 bushel of slicers, which were supposed to be pasting tomatoes- but they were running low on those so maybe next week), a flat of husk cherries (yes more!) and 25 pounds of peaches! Also, a bulk order for 3 pounds of basil was misplaced at my distribution, so I bought it- go figure- we now have a ton of basil that we are still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it- we already have a lot of basil ice cubes…..

Perhaps it was our excitement for our bulk orders that I did not take a picture of our share this week…. however, this is untrue.  This week the heirloom tomatoes that were part of the distribution were pretty ripe, and many were bruised and smooshed from the ride to the dristribution.  So, I set up a “sauce tomato” box for people to put burst tomatoes into.  I also let people take some as extra if they wanted to make sauce that night.  Well, by the end of the distribution, there was still a nice pile of burst tomatoes, which we hurriedly took home to make a big pot of sauce to serve on pasta.

Lots of very ripe tomatoes bursting with juiciness!

That.  That was what distracted me from taking a picture of our share for the week. We served a lovely tomato sauce over blanched kale and home-made pasta

Whole wheat pasta with blanched kale. We finally ran out of semolina flour, so these noodles were all whole wheat. The only difference is that I needed to add more flour. The noodles were great, very tasty, maybe even tastier than with semolina, though different in texture.

Tomato sauce occluding pasta and kale, with fresh basil on top. We served it with the last of our garlic homestead cheese from Chase Hill Farm- oh the tasty goodness!

Saturday Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with the last of our Chard, with homemade whole wheat bread and Salsa (Hedgie's Hot Stuff)

One of the eggs for breakfast was a double yolker! We have run into a few of these recently-so cool! And no, having a double yolk egg doesn't mean that the chicken is eating radioactive stuff. Some chickens just happen to make a habit of it.

We ate more pasta and kale with more tomato sauce for lunch…. yum!

Saturday Snack: Tomatoes, Ricotta, Basil, Whole Wheat Bread

Saturday dinner: Bruschetta Smorgasbord

Saturday evening we had our friends Caitlin and Andy over for dinner.  We decided to make bruschetta with many fun toppings.  So, here is our lineup of dishes.  They were all really simple, but very tasty.

Ground Cherries as face pleasers

Our meat and cheese plate: Maplebrook's Mozzarella, Westfield's Goat Cheese, Olives (that we had leftover from a while ago) and Summer Sausage from Vermont Smoke and Cure

Baguette from Iggy's (normally I'd make my own bread, but we didn't do very much preplanning)

Green Salad with Lettuce, arugula (Pete's Greens), and Radicchio with Cranberry Balsamic

Tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and summer goodness

Roasted Pepper spread: roasted peppers, garlic, a little mayo and yogurt, oregano, salt and pepper

Roasted eggplant spread: eggplant, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper

Roasted Corn, Tomato and Onion Salsa, just plain pretty

Fennel Relish: Fennel, Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar and salt and pepper

We also served black currant lemonade with black berries.  For dessert, Andy and Caitlin brought cupcakes from Sweet- could we say no?  Not easily- cupcakes from Sweet are downright good!  We thought that since our meal was amazingly local (everything was local, sans the olive oil, olives, pepper, and wheat in Iggy’s baguette) we thought we could let a cupcake or two slide.

Andy and Caitlin getting ready to dig in!

We had a lovely evening with good friends, and good food.

Sunday Breakfast: Whole Wheat Pancakes with Ricotta, Peaches and Maple Syrup- too delicious to describe!

Sunday Lunch: Leftovers from Saturday dinner, whole wheat bread and roasted tomatoes (a picnic on our living room floor- as our kitchen table was being used for tomato canning)

We broiled some tomatoes in our little toaster oven, and man oh man, were they good.

Gorgeous tomato victims for our broiling deeds

You know your tomatoes are done when they look like this, and your kitchen smells like heaven.

The broiled tomatoes were so juicy that we served them in bowls...... oh my. I'm just dying to eat more as I write.

Sunday Dinner: Roasted Chicken Breast with Bacon Wrapped Roasted Radicchio, Roasted Tomatoes and a Tomato Basil Salad

Our radicchio head cut in half- just beautiful!

Roasted Chicken Breast next to the finished bacon wrapped and roasted Radicchio.

The bacon wrapped radiocchio recipe came from a CSA member this week.  Theresa does not like radicchio too much.  I love it.  We’ve been trying to find a recipe that makes the radicchio more palatable for Theresa.  I think this is it!  You cut in half or quarter the radicchio (depending on size) drizzle with olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.  Then wrap it in bacon.  Bake at 375 F for about 30 minutes.  Delish!  Theresa even approved!

Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic over arugula

Roasted tomatoes..... oh my. SO, SO... good! We used the recipe from Diary of a Locavore, and we were certainly not disappointed.

Sunday Dessert: Apple, Ground Cherry Tart (before baking)

We served quarters of the tart with vanilla ice cream from Batch. YUM!

Phew!  What a weekend of eating.  We also did a lot of preserving, which I will post about later.  I would say that this was perhaps the weekend of the tomato, it was featured in about every meal, and we finished preserving just about all the rest of the tomatoes we will need for the rest of the year!  Nom, nom nom.  That’s all I have to say.  On to more eating….  though we do not have any major Labor Day plans (eating or otherwise), we’re just looking forward to enjoying a nice day off, which will most likely entail some more cooking and yummy food.

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4 Responses to Food Parade of Weekend

  1. Sarah says:

    I would like to be a mouse in your apartment!

  2. lorraine says:

    Thanks for the radicchio recipe, as you know Glenn does not like it and I have been trying to find a recipe that would make it palatable for him. I tried roasted with gorgonzola cheese, (no luck) but he loves Stillman’s bacon, so bacon wrapped it will be.

    • Oh Lorraine! Bacon wrapped with gorgonzola cheese would be decadent! But, really, bacon makes anything taste good. Just be sure to scoop out some of the bacon grease so that the bacon gets nice and crispy. Best thing in the world, in my humble opinion.

  3. Pingback: Don’t be Radicchio! | The Lovely Locavore Ladies of Boston

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