Goodbye February! (CSA Menu Plan #23 + 24)

Welcome to a very special 4 week edition of my CSA menu plan! I didn’t get a post up for the mid-month pick up, so I’m sharing the past 2 weeks of meals and the next 2 weeks today.  There’s only one CSA distribution left for the season, which is a bummer.  I’m glad we’re going all the way to mid-March this year, but it’s going to feel like a long time, food-wise, before the beginning of the new season in June.

In other news that isn’t news, my planning mantras continue to be soup and leftovers.  I can only hope that weather gets warmer in March and then maybe I’ll have some interest in other meals.  For now, my menus may be repetitive, but they work.

Pick up #1:

CSA pick up 2.13.15

sweet meat squash, cabbage, butternut squash, spinach, apples, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, kabocha squash

Pick up #2:

csa pick up 2.27.15

potatoes (4 lbs), Gilfeather turnip, sweet meat squash, apples, garlic (lots!), spinach

The Plan:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Meeting + Dinner Dinner out (remember that time we spent all day painting?) Sweet Potato Lentil Curry from Food52
(previously frozen)
Roasted Kabocha squash + mixed grains Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers from Post Punk Kitchen + roasted butternut squash leftover burgers + roasted potatoes Roasted butternut squash + frozen vegetables
Fish and shredded cabbage fish tacos Sweet Meat Squash Soup + Herbed Yogurt Biscuits from The Kitchn leftover soup Turkey Taco Chili from Back to Her Roots + cornbread from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian Leftover chili frozen pierogies + homemade coleslaw frozen vegetable frittata + DIY tortilla chips
leftover frittata vegetable chickpea red curry over rice from Savvy Eat Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach and Red Peppers from The Kitchn leftover macaroni and cheese vegetable barley soup leftover soup Sloppy Joes over potatoes + spinach salad
leftover Sloppy Joes and potatoes? Sweet Meat squash soup Pizza (toppings TBD) leftover pizza

Corn Fritters with Spiced Crema from What’s Gaby Cooking

Chickpea Pot Pie leftover pot pie

New Adventures: The Best Recipes I Tried In February 2015

As promised, I’m saving the best new (to me) recipes from each month to share with you all at once.  Enjoy!

Herbed Yogurt Biscuits from The Kitchn

herbed yogurt biscuits from The Kitchn

My biscuit making is a pretty on and off affair.  I go through phases where I’m making them once a week (or more), but I haven’t made any in quite a while.  When Brian asked for biscuits to go with the squash soup last week, I checked my recipe collection in Evernote and decided to try out this one.  It was a nice change: the yogurt added a tart bite to the biscuits and the dill/parsley mixture was lovely to dip in the squash soup.  I used dried herbs, 2 tablespoons of each, in replace of the fresh.  Adding to my love of this recipe: they rose really high.  I haven’t figured out the magic formula to make that happen every time, but maybe this recipe has it.

Get the recipe: Herbed Yogurt Biscuits

Quarter Pounder Beet Burger from Post Punk Kitchen

quarter pounder beet burger from Post Punk Kitchen

The quest for excellent veggie burgers continues.  I sometimes shy away from burgers in the winter because burgers say summer to me, but also because many recipes include seasonal produce.  But beets?  Beets I have access to nearly all year long.  Making these burgers took a little prep, as you cook the brown rice, lentils and beets first.  I skipped the almond butter because we didn’t have any and added a cornstarch/oil “egg” instead to help bind the mixture.  I could not have been happier with the flavor of these burgers (I think the fennel was the key), how nicely they browned (even in a non-stick skillet) and how big the patties were.  I made 5, but I could’ve easily gotten 6 out of the mixture.  The extras reheated great.  I still haven’t decided if the fact that these burgers look like ground beef is a pro or a con, but the taste is definitely excellent.

Get the recipe:  Quarter Pounder Beet Burger from Post Punk Kitchen

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Oh She Glows

one bowl double chocolate chunk cookies from oh she glows

Sometimes, you just want to make cookies.  Sometimes, you’re out of eggs and milk.  Sometimes, you actually make use of the vegan baking recipes you’ve saved over the years.  Last weekend, I whipped up a batch of these vegan chocolate cookies from Oh She Glows.  Ultimately, the dough was pretty dry and I’m not sure if it was connected to the coarseness of my oat flour, which I ground in the food processor.  Angela’s recipe suggests adding a couple teaspoons of non-dairy milk if needed; I added at least a quarter cup.  Nevertheless, these cookies didn’t bake up too dry and they tasted excellent.  Maybe more vegan baking is in my future?

Get the recipe: One Bowl Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Winter Cocktails Cookbook Review

Last fall, I entered a giveaway on my friend Julie’s blog, Savvy Eats and won.  The giveaway was a prize pack including preserves (they were yummy, Julie!), a game and other treats, but one of the items was a copy of Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks by Maria Del Mar Sacasa.

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When I founf out I’d won, I didn’t think much about the book.  It sounded interesting, but I was way into beer at the time and I didn’t know how much use I’d actually get out of it.  Little did I know.

inside Winter Cocktails

This book is currently one of my favorite things on my cookbook shelf.   Not every recipe is illustrated, but the photos are plentiful and beautiful.  The text is clear and easy to read and the hardcover binding of the book is really nice.  Not to mention the multitude of delicious sounding recipes Winter Cocktails contains, many of which have non-alcoholic options.   I used to think that summer was the optimal season for alcohol, but my mind has been changed.

infused gin

I’ve spent the past few months trying out various recipes in the book.  There are still many I’m looking to create, including Liquid Gold (pineapple, rum and brandy), White Witch (chai and ginger) and the Nutella Melt, but we’ve found a couple favorites regardless.  The Hot Toddy has gotten a lot of play this winter, which is notable as I’d never had one before I won this book.   I even made a batch of the Chamomile-Pear infused gin found in the text.  The chamomile flavor seemed to overpower the pear,  but we plan on making it again.

earl grey lavender hot chocolate

I was also really excited by the Earl Grey Lavender Hot Chocolate.  I’m pretty sure Maria Del Mar Sacasa thought about all of my favorite things before creating it.  The recipe definitely took more work and time than basic hot chocolate, but it delivered on all fronts.  It was also one of the richest drinks I’ve ever had, so the second half of the mug was diluted some with milk.

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If you’re looking to improve your cocktail creativity or are looking for a gift cookbook for someone, I’d highly recommend this one.  And heads up, the publisher (Quirk Books) will be releasing Summer Cocktails soon!

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Twosday XXII: Kitchen (and more!) Painting Edition

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Potato Pancakes

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