Archive for June, 2009

Kay’s CSA Box

June 29, 2009

Today, I am working on a CSA box order.  I picked up Kay’s farm box from Harmony Valley farm, for her on Saturday.  (I think she’s out of town and couldn’t get it this week).  She is back in town and ready for the food I create from the contents.  I waited until today to keep the dishes as fresh as possible.

The box contents: Spinach, strawberries, scallions, sugar snap peas, greens mix for saute, amaranth, and baby bok choi.

Dishes:

Thai rice noodle salad with baby bok choi, scallions, and peas in ginger dressing

Greens (saute mix) cooked in hazelnut oil with raisins

Garlic scape pesto with a ratatouille of eggplant, zucchini, and spinach

Curried Potatoes with amaranth greens, cabbage, cabbage and baby bok choi

I am leaving some strawberries alone at Kay’s request, but may put a few in my strawberry banana muffins..

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A Toy Story + Happy Ever After

June 22, 2009

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After many forecasts for rain, hail, and tornadoes, last week, I was relieved to find partly sunny skies and no rain for Oompa Toys company picnic!  This was the first order I received for my Thai noodle salad and sandwiches, and another round for my market spinach salad with organic apples and sweet red wine vinaigrette!  It was a test-drive day for an idea I had about having sheet describing the origins of the sustainably sourced items on the menu.  At the wedding party, earlier that week, I announced source info as the courses were served.  I found that to be disruptive when people want to enjoy their conversations, and think this printed version may work better, as people can check it out at their convenience.  Loved creating the food for these parties, and I think the asparagus-grits-souffle with Farmer John’s gouda and cheddar is a keeper!  My only regret, I left my camera at home, so no shiny pictures to accompany this post.  Here is the source-menu though:

What makes today’s menu special?

Organic Prairie Bacon ~ humanely raised on family farms without antibiotics.  Feed grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.  No nitrates/nitrites except for naturally occurring nitrates found in sea salt & celery juice.

Organic mixed greens

Locally foraged watercress (on tuna & salmon)

Twin Rivers, Wisconsin smoked salmon

Smoked Chicken from Stoddard’s Market & organic WI cranberries

Organic & local cucumbers and market herbs in Greek salad

Organic spinach and fuji apples in salad w/ organic dressing & fair trade olive oil

Thai noodle salad uses organic nut butter & ginger & market veggies

Sun Chips company uses solar energy & 33% renewable resource packaging and is working toward a fully compostable package

Jenny & Christian’s Wedding

June 17, 2009
Buffet

Buffet

brownie tower and sprinkles for ice cream

brownie tower and sprinkles for ice cream

olivada, bruschetta, & toasted spiced almonds

olivada, bruschetta, & toasted spiced almonds

cheese board

cheese board

rosemary chicken

rosemary chicken

fruit

fruit

mini foccacia pizzas with spinach & pine nuts

mini foccacia pizzas with spinach & pine nuts

pate

pate

Spanish meatballs & fresh herb cuke sandwiches

Spanish meatballs & fresh herb cuke sandwiches

hazelnut apple salad topping

hazelnut apple salad topping

beet, chevre, & scallion salad

beet, chevre, & scallion salad

black bean quinoa salad

black bean quinoa salad

chilled salmon with fresh herbs

chilled salmon with fresh herbs

Sausage pasta w/rp's pasta & stoddard's sausage

Sausage pasta w/rp's pasta & stoddard's sausage

Ricotta kale puffs

Ricotta kale puffs

roasted new potatoes

roasted new potatoes

Julia serving champagne w/ Christian

Julia serving champagne w/ Christian

Spinach pies

Spinach pies

della cleaning up

della cleaning up

Frangiapane tarts and chocolate cakes

Frangiapane tarts and chocolate cakes

half eaten buffet :)

half eaten buffet 🙂

Last Saturday I catered Jenny and Christian’s wedding at Jenny’s mother, Rosalind’s home in Madison.  It was a beautiful wedding in her garden with Lynnette’s jazz band playing in the gazebo.  My friends, Julia and Della, helped and we had a wonderful time together with the terrific guests.  The weather was beautiful too!  Whew!

My shared kitchen space

June 5, 2009

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Just a few snaps of the kitchen space I am using on East Wilson.  It’s a great kitchen and shop at RP’s Pasta Factory!  I rent kitchen space as I need it.  The people there are terrific, and it’s right next to the space where Central Park will be one day & on the bike path!

June 4, 2009

pate with Yahara Bay Apple Brandyhummus with fresh market chives

First CSA Farm Box

June 3, 2009

farmbox1-5My first CSA farm box from Pleasant Hill Market Garden came yesterday, including the red, gold, andblue potatoes, fresh spinach, green garlic, chives with edible flowers and red leaf lettuce.  I’m putting the spinach in a spinach apple salad with sweet red wine vinaigrette and toasted pine nuts; the potatoes in a pesto potato salad with chives; and the green garlic in my black bean quinoa salad.  The red leaf lettuce, I had for lunch!  Yum!