Last week's recipes generally went over very well here. After the immediate success of the ramp pesto and root veggie hash, the sorrel soup tasted good to Dan and I (a lot like split pea) but the boys wouldn't touch it. Dan and I really liked the Chicken Pilau, although we both prefer baking or roasting over boiling chicken. The rice was great -- I'd consider baking the chicken next time, but making the rice similarly. The ramp quiche was alright. I'd make it again, but not until next year. Peter initially wouldn't eat it, but got hungry later and ate his whole piece. Dan's been eating the leftovers for lunch instead of hoping it would disappear in the fridge. The honey-baked chicken got everyone's approval, although the sweet taste wasn't as strong after removing the skin. Next time I might baste under the skin or pour the extra over everything at the end. We didn't get to the Lentil-Barley Stew, so that went on the list for this coming week.
The CSA delivered: sunchokes, spinach (already ate most of it with the honey-baked chicken tonight), sorrel, asparagus, chives (the only thing we forgot to eat last week), ramps, nettles (ouch!), burdock, and packs of herbs to plant.
This week's meals:
Risotto with Ramps, sunchoke/carrot hash
Spring Primavera (with whatever green stuff doesn't work anywhere else)
Beef with Sorrel Sauce (the recipe calls for pork but we have a lot of beef and no pork)
Pakistani Kima (from More-with-Less that I need to return tomorrow and have been frantically copying onto recipe cards) It's a ground beef curry
Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms in Cream Sauce -- a favorite America's Test Kitchen recipe that isn't specific enough for me to find a link. I got local, free-range chicken breasts on sale in April that I need to use sometime. This'll be our first boneless chicken in a month.
Lentil-Barley Stew (More-with-Less) and Cheddar/Chives Biscuits
I fried up the burdock in slices with salt and chili powder before dinner. I should have let them get crispier, but I'd definitely cook them like that again.
My grocery list for the week, including lunch/breakfast/snack foods is: garlic, radiccio, shallots, button mushrooms, bananas, peaches, tortilla chips, arborio rice, wheat germ, dried apricots, raisins, milk, cream, and butter.
I also picked up our monthly meat CSA delivery today (3 miles each way by bike, yay me!) and got our usual 2 chickens, 4 lbs of ground beef, and 2 dozen eggs, along with a pound of beef short ribs, 2 lbs of chuck tenders, and a 3 lb chuck roast. We have more meat now than we did a month ago, so maybe we'll be able to stretch the 3 month CSA membership into 4 months. I'm still hoping to find a good deal on 1/4 cow when the CSA runs out. I could still get eggs and chickens from the CSA farmer, which has a really convenient delivery location and pretty good prices. I also got a connection to a bulk foods buying group while chatting with people at the meat pick-up. This week, I've bought shampoo, sunscreen, dishwasher soap, and t-shirts through a couple co-ops. It's starting to feel like buying things at stores is for chumps who can't find a way to get them at wholesale prices. What all can I get, ideally without paying for shipping?