My main course, wild rice stuffed butternut squash, was a flop. But, the wine-glazed brussel sprouts are super delicious and EASY! Plus, you get to drink the rest of the wine ;D
Wine-Glazed Brussel Sprouts
Purportedly serves 8 - the two of us mostly polished them off!
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup dry red wine
3 T honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup
1 1/2 T soy sauce
1/2 c water
1 1/2 t cornstarch
Prepare brussel sprouts: trim the stems, remove outer leaves, and cut a 1/4 inch deep X into the base.
Prepare sauce: in a small bowl, combine the wine, honey, and soy sauce.
Cook: combine brussels, sauce, and water in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook, covered, at a gentle simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes.
Finish: dissolve the cornstarch in a small amount of water. Stir into the saucepan quickly and cook for another 5 minutes.
Some of the beads: agate, unpolished agate, fire agate, wonder agate, onyx, freshwater pearl coins and sticks, brass spacers and chain, turquoise, crystal, geodes, etc.
So, I made a couple new pieces of jewelry last night too!
I can't get enough of turquoise with this soft coral color!
It's like a two-tone bar! I modeled it with Robin's awesomezor vase thing that I used upside down cause I'm a terrible, I mean creative person ;D
I made a few new spice labels to match my set from 2 years ago.
I also polished my black shoes - man, I forgot how much work polishing is!
My parents were up to deliver me stuff, meaning I had to reorganize all my art stuff, kitchen stuff, books, etc! I acquired a bookshelf, which makes our living room look exponentially nicer (not exactly a feat considering the cardboard box table).
Also, we were leaving my aunt and uncle's house and spotted a garage sale - they had a great new dresser we picked up. The mirror is from a different garage sale over the summer - it was $5 so I couldn't resist, although I had nowhere to put it. It's non-functional atop the dresser, but at least it looks pretty ;D
After MUCH hemming and hawing, I decided on Boistfort Valley Farm, which has a delivery site in Kirkland only a fifteen minute round trip away. Why I picked them:
- they're 'Salmon Safe',
- they offered a two-person share,
- it cost ~22 bucks a week for the whole summer all the way through October, and
- the variety of food they offered sounded delectable and delicious.
Our final delivery was last week, and now I'm trying to decide whether to buy a winter share.
Overall I loved having the CSA! I pretty much stopped grocery shopping, only going for pasta, dairy, and baking supplies, yet we were always inundated with food! We always got way more than we could eat, and I felt bad letting stuff go bad in the fridge when I didn't get around to cooking it. Each week was different so I didn’t wind up making the same things all the time. It was fun to try stuff I hadn’t tried before - garlic scapes (thumbs WAY up!), celery root (thumbs down), random asian greens (shrug), etc. An added bonus was the farm included recipes each week, which all sounded delicious - and all the ones that I made were! I couldn't get enough of the peas or the scapes, and the carrots were the best I've ever had. It was amazing to make whole meals - stews, pasta sauce, salad, etc - all from the freshest ingredients.
There were some drawbacks too though:
- no choice in what we got, so we got some stuff I know I don't like (chard, celery, fennel bulbs) - although I did re-try some things (Note: even peanut sauce does not make chard edible)
- no choice in what we got, so I couldn't get more of the stuff I loved
- no choice, so we doubled up with our own garden. This turned out to only be an issue with tomatoes due to our slacking garden skillzorz, nothing a little pico de gallo won't fix ;D
- we didn't know what we'd get each week, making planning a challenge
- made it so I didn't need to go to farmer's markets ever :'(
- got too many of some stuff (zukes, cucumbers (uh, how much tzatziki can I eat?), radishes, green beans by the end)
- flowers were included - CJ would have rather'd more food, though we already had too much! (The lily's exacerbated his allergies)
- I wanted more fruit, cuz the fruit we did get was SO GOOD! I've never really liked nectarines, but I made a stupendous cobbler and wanted more!
All in all, though, awesome. I think I'll do it again next summer. I'm not sure I need that many root veggies though to warrant the winter share...
Vaguely steampunk brass and pearl earrings - I love the brass rounds-they're like an accordian tucked in on itself, with a touch of texture.
I LOVE this light teal/aqua color. Dyed jade, brass filigree, and faux pearls for this one.