Food Parade of our Weekend

Let’s start this week out right (so that maybe we won’t get another storm on Wednesday…. I can hope, right?) with a photo parade.

We started our weekend on Friday with our Red Fire Farm Deep Winter CSA share goodies:

Shera was very interested in the proeedings.

Our Share: Cilantro, Salad Greens, Daikon Radishes, Garlic, Onions, Beets, Potatoes, Cabbage, Carrots (Not in Picture), Apples, Eggs, and Cheese. Kitty not included in share.

We also got goodies from Sherman’s market: two big tubs of Sofia’s Strained Yogurt, Baer’s Best Beans, Taza Chocolate, and Lion’s Share Food’s Seitan.  As you will see, we featured Sofia’s Yogurt (here’s a great post on Sherman’s Market’s Blog about it) quite a bit in our food this weekend… we actually went through a whole tub of it already… we’re a little afraid that the next tub won’t last us the week!

Baer's Best Bean's French Lentils Soaking for Friday's Dinner.

Since we need to get over to Union Square to pick up our Red Fire Farm Deep Winter CSA, I try to setup a crockpot meal for distribution Fridays.  This crock-pot meal concoction utilized lentils and butternut squash.

Crockpot Meals Are Awesome.... precooking lentils on low with kombu, bay and a dried chili.

Lentils, Onions, Carrots, Leek, Garlic, Potato, Ginger, Spices (chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric), and Butternut Squash. All in the crockpot, for some serious slow cooking.

Friday's Dinner: Spiced Winter Squash Lentil Stew, served with Sofia's Yogurt and Cilantro. Nom.

When we arrived home with our goodies, we were cold and hungry from tromping around the fjords of Boston.  This hearty and delicious stew was just what we needed.

Friday Dessert: Roasted Kabocha Squash topped with Sofia's Yogurt and Honey. Nom.

As you can see, we didn’t waste any time in dousing everything with Sofia’s Yogurt the moment we got home on Friday.  It didn’t stop there…..

Saturday Breakfast: Leftover Lentil-Butternut Squash Stew with a Fried Egg, Sofia's Yogurt and Cilantro.

Stew for breakfast?  Yep.  We had a long day ahead of us, and wanted a super hearty breakfast.  This hit the stop wonderfully.

We spent the day up in Salem at the Peabody-Essex Museum of Art, and so our lunch after such a big late breakfast consisted of nuts, apples and taza chocolate.  Not a bad lunch if you ask me.

Saturday Night: Homemade Whole Wheat Spaghetti

When we arrived home, we were starving.  Luckily, Theresa had put together a lovely sauce of tomatoes, garlic, spices and Stillman’s Sweet Italian Sausage in the crockpot to cook throughout the day.  Once we got home, I hurriedly made some homemade pasta.  The dough was so nice, that I decided to make it into spaghetti instead of our normal fettucine.  It turned out really well.

Saturday Dinner: Spaghetti with a Tomato-Sausage Sauce and Beet Salad.

Our Beet Salad, with Chunks of Red Fire Farm Beets, West River Creamery Blue Cheese, Salad Greens and a little bit of vinaigrette.

For dessert, we wanted something like the chocolate flourless cake we’ve been making, but we wanted to use sweetened Sofia’s Yogurt as icing.  We agreed, chocolate cake and yogurt wasn’t quite our ideal dessert for the evening.  So we decided to try to follow the recipe using roasted kabocha squash, and replacing the cocoa with flour.

Kaocha Squash Muffins.

The resulting kabocha muffins were good, but their texture was a little off.  They were more custardy, and therefore harder to eat.  Still tasted divine.  Just.. maybe not appropriate for muffin tins.

And of course we topped them with Sofia's Yogurt, which was sweetened with honey. Delish combo.

Sunday Breakfast: More leftover lentil-squash stew, served with cilantro and Sofia's Yogurt. You can tell we really liked this meal.

Gratuitous Pet Pictures that Theresa took while I was at work on Sunday:

Shera napping in her new kitty sweater (I finished it this weekend!).

Fitzwilliam passed out on our day bed.

Must have been a lazy afternoon…..

Chopped up Onion, Potato, and Cabbage for Sunday Dinner.

Sunday Dinner: Beet-Cabbage-Potato Borscht with Rye Pancakes and Hard Boiled Eggs.

Lovely Magenta Beet Borscht served with (you guessed it) Sofia's Yogurt, and green onion.

The borscht was just delicious, and the rye pancakes were immaculate.

Rye Pancakes. Complex in flavor, dense and hearty in texture.

Another Gratuitous Pet Picture: Shera in her kitty sweater hoping to be let on the table.

Sunday Dessert: The rest of the roasted kabocha squash served with Sofia's Yogurt (the last of one big quart container!), honey, and a dash of cinnamon.

So, that was our weekend in food.  Quite tasty.  Sofia’s Yogurt seemed to take center stage of tastiness. Let’s see if we can make the second quart last until Friday…. especially since we’ve started the week off eating it for breakfast.

I hope that everyone had a great weekend with good eats!

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