Sunday, May 8, 2011

Meal Plan: May 8 - 14

Eight days post-move and we are a fully functioning household. We will be unpacking "non-essential" belongings throughout the summer, but for now we can cook, dress, wash clothes, park our car in the garage and play with our full range of Legos and other toys. This Saturday, as I may have mentioned, was the first outdoor market of the Norwich Farmers Market season. The kids and I spent the morning there getting reacquainted with friends made last year and dancing to the live music and snacking on our weekly treat of "choco-doodles" made by Susie at Timeless Herbs Farm in Woodstock, VT.

One of my favorite farms is Hurricane Flats in Royalton, VT. Their produce is beautiful, delicious and plentiful. This week we found ramps (wild leeks), fiddleheads, arugula, radishes, spinach and chard. It is a pity I will be traveling this week, so I couldn't buy everything that I wanted. This week's meal plan consists mostly of meals I have already prepared ahead to make the week go more smoothly with one less set of hands in the house. You may notice that this is a meat-heavy menu for us, but we are trying to use up some very generous meals that were made for us over our moving weekend and a steak I bought for next week ended up in the refrigerator and not the freezer, so there you have it.

Mother's Day Steak Salad
made with pan-fried New York Strip steak from On the Edge Farm, Yukon gold sauteed potatoes, mesclun and arugula greens, browned ramps (the bulbs and greens) beets, radishes, deviled eggs and a chili, scallion yogurt dressing.

Split-pea soup with swiss cheese toasts
Left over from last week and made with the end of our Easter ham!

Beef and broccoli stir fry with Swiss Chard and leeks.
Made with the end of a delicious roast beef aged by my Dad and served over our moving weekend.

Pasta with creamy pesto sauce

Reuben Casserole
Made with a beef corned by my Dad also for the moving weekend and "horsey-kraut" and homemade Russian dressing.

Zucchini and Scallion frittata

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