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December 19 weekly menu | winter table

Farm Fresh

beets, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, kale, leeks, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, winter squash, turnips

What’s for Dinner?

Wow! That’s quite a list. I’m a bit wary of where to even begin. The logical place is mid-week, around the time Santa should be arriving. These are not full (over) blown food fests for me, like Thanksgiving tends to be. Instead I look forward to the days as the culmination of lots and lots of preparation and work; everyone deserves to put their feet up, listen to some Christmas music, and eat with divine simplicity. Of course, my farm fresh veggies fit right into this mantra. Potatoes in a rustic clam chowder, beets in a special occasion salad, and many others in a festive but undemanding brunch. Here we are, entering official winter in the Northwest, and my box presents me with eleven types of veggies. The highlight for me being my first freshly foraged shitake mushrooms…onto a pizza they go, a fine way to kick off this winter break and holiday week.

Friday – TV trays, christmas movie, & pizza 

sausage, leek, & shitake pizza (Bon Appetit)

Saturday – remembering Judy Rodgers

Zuni café bread salad over kale (Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen)
roast chicken

Sunday  – a louisiana classic

red beans and rice (+ collards) (Rosso & Lukins, The New Basics)

Monday – instant defrost

slow cooked (cheesy) carrot potato soup (Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures)
baguette

Tuesday – santa claus is coming, to town

clam chowder (Cook’s Illustrated, The New Best Recipe)
crusty rolls

Wednesday – cake-for-breakfast + crab fest

brunch:
winter fruit salad
christmas morning breakfast bake (Martha Stewart)
berry coffee cake (Food.com)

dinner:
salad with beets, crispy shallots, & roquefort (CI, The New Best Recipe)
cracked Dungeness crab + melted butter
baguette

Thursday – the cleanse, my style

delicata squash soup (A Chow Life)
cabbage salad with apples & pecans (Bon Appetit)

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