Posts Tagged ‘produce’

what weekend? and peach bars!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

One particular thing that I forgot about working in a office.

“How was your weekend?”

It’s not that I mind people asking. Even semi-faux interest is a nice gesture when you’re spending serious quality cubicle time with people. It’s more that I immediately lose track of what happened over the weekend the second I walk back into the building. Weekend me disappears and week me, who is a lot like weekend me except without the fun part, gets all up in my frontal lobe.

I did have a good weekend, though!

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The girls and I had some weird moments where they enthusiastically sniffed at a fence (that’s in front of another fence) so hard that Maida started snapping at Cloey because she was hogging the sniffing.

Why weird? Because I stuck my nose near the fence too. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I didn’t smell anything, but there’s a pretty good chance that I sucked something gross into my nose all the same.

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Crockett and I looked at our freezer and realized that some of our favorite tamales from Costco that we don’t eat anymore because one day we accidentally looked at the nutritional information (TERRIBLE IDEA, PEOPLE) were still hiding in there, so steamed ‘em up. There’s taking care of your health, and there’s wasting food. I prefer to do the first and avoid the second, but sometimes the two collide, and you have to have tamales for dinner.

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Mine fell apart on it’s way out of the steamer, but it was still so delicious that I swooned. Swooned, I tell you. There’s nothing like a hearty mixture of lard and masa to really bring a Saturday night home.

Also, I made peach-thyme cornmeal crumb bars.

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Because my peaches were being stupid and my thyme plant was being awesome. The recipe is at the bottom but I have a LOT of words today ok? Ok.

Sunday was basically more of the same, except with some cooking for the upcoming week and some laundry doing and oh right also less recovering from multiple texas slushes.

Did I mention that Friday night was a big night?

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Sunday morning I snacked on some fruit and then ran to the store to get half and half, which I’d forgotten on my big Saturday shopping trip. My local Albertson’s, which is a workhorse of a grocery store that can totally fill in for half and half when needed but isn’t really my go-to for … well, anything fresh, had a small basket of hierloom tomatoes. I don’t know where they came from, and I don’t care. They looked wonderful. (I can no longer accept the regular ones now that I know their color is ruining their flavor! They look pretty and then blerg. I’m over it.) I bought two and three avocados and when I got home I pulled Crockett away from his tree trimming for brunch BLATs.

That was a really long story just to have it end with BLAT, when you could clearly see there was a BLAT right there.

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The tomato was so good that I ate it with the leftover aioli (ha – light mayo with additional lemon juice and powdered garlic).

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Then, to continue our produce-centric meals, I made a pizza with tomatoes (Pomi), tomatoes (yellow cherry), mozzarella (left over from book club), goat cheese, and two kinds of basil.

It was super tasty.

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Cloey really really wanted a bite, but I was too focused on Hell On Wheels to give her more than many minute of doting attention.

Look at her face.

Seriously.

She didn’t get any, though, because her tummy is still upset and also pizza isn’t for dogs!

Peach Thyme Crumb Bars
Based on Smitten Kitchen Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 cup white sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal (not stone ground)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into slices
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream (light is fine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons minced thyme
4 cups sliced peaches (I did not bother peeling them)
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Heat your oven to 375. Grease a 9 x 13 or 10 x 10 inch pan. (Crockett got me this square nonstick Williams Sonoma cake pan that I worship and I literally bake everything I can in it. I didn’t even grease it.)

Stir together the first four ingredients and the thyme. Scatter the butter over the top and cut it in using either a pastry cutter or the tips of your fingers. When the butter is mostly flat and small, add the egg and the sour cream. Smoosh it together until it’s holding together in small clumps, and pat slightly more than half into the bottom of your pan. You don’t need to ┬ápress very hard, just make a flat surface.

Toss the sliced peaches with the cornstarch, and lay them out in a roughly even layer. Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the top, as close to even as you can get.

Bake for 45 minutes. You want the top to be lightly brown and the fruit to be bubbling where it’s visible.

Munch munch munch.

last local box

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

We get most of our produce from a company called Door To Door Organics. They do exactly what they sound like – they deliver organic produce weekly or fortnightly.

The way it works is this: they put together the menu for each box size. (We get the ‘bitty’ box.) They send you a list of what you can expect to get, and you have until the day before your delivery to go online and sub things for other things. You can also ask them not to include certain things ever – like I don’t get bell peppers or eggplant, because of my allergies.

We have only had this over the summer, because in the summer they offer a ‘local’ box. Everything in it comes from Colorado farms. Since I didn’t sign us up for a CSA (partially since we were gone for half the summer and partially since I forgot and the CSAs around here have waiting lists), this was the next best thing.

Of course, where it really shines is by forcing you to use things that you wouldn’t normally… and after our third week of kale chips, I started subbing out the kale for things grown elsewhere. Like avocados.

Whoops.

Anyway, the local box is still running, but I put our delivery on hold, because we’re getting into squash and potato time and those aren’t things we eat a lot of. As you can see, our last box included apples, pears, peaches, and a watermelon (actually local – I have no idea where in CO watermelons grow, but that’s what they say). Also, anaheim peppers (destined for chicken chile rellenos), potatoes, cauliflower and ‘table grapes’. I don’t know what table grapes are. They’re smaller than regular purple grapes – that’s all I got, variation wise.

It did not include the Chemex coffee maker or the Thai Kitchens Fish Sauce. Or the delicious freshly roasted coffee from Pauls. Just so we’re clear.

Two other things:

  1. My cholesterol is still high but my good number is way up and so I’m not taking medication! I just have to go back next year for another test. Whoop whoop.
  2. I’m off sugar for a week. I keep thinking that I’ll shake off the bad eating habits I picked up this summer, and it keeps not happening. (By bad eating habits I mean snacking and drinking – my meals are all good but I’m beer and chipped out, and yet we keep going places that have beer and chips and I keep putting them in mah damn mouth without end.) Hopefully a week of legumes and lean meats and vegetables and stuff will remind me what a day without tortilla chips is like.
Happy Sunday, y’all.