I am in the middle of a four-day-in-a-row eating-out binge, which is very unusual for me. Yesterday my Zei Gezundt group met at the Sommer House in Mount Horeb. They come out once a year…. in the summer! Because driving out in the winter is just too much! ( I do it every day, but hey.) I had the tofu-salad sandwich and it was OK; just grateful they have it at all. Best thing lately is that all the soups are vegetarian, and two yesterday were vegan!
This evening we went to the annual membership meeting of the Willy Street Co-op and ate a Tofurkey brat with Andrea while waiting to see whether we won any door prizes. (We didn’t.)
Tomorrow we’re going out to the Bistro where someone’s in line for a big tip if the service is good 🙂 In that way, at least one kid can be with us on our anniversary. And then on Saturday, we’re going to a friend’s home for dinner. Come to think of it, we didn’t eat at home on Monday, unless you count a big bucket of popcorn while watching Cheri dinner!
Last week, though, we had local meals…. and here are some of the leftovers on Leftover Night the other night….
The mayo-free cole slaw I talked about last week, and there are some roasted potatoes there, and some salad with lettuce from my neighbor’s garden. The green rice there has a sort of embarrassing story, and is delicious. Embarrassing because I messed with the recipe so much. I saw the recipe for Spinach Rice on Petitchef, which emails me a daily menu selected from peoples’ blogs. Most of the dishes are things I wouldn’t make, but once in a while stuff looks good, and this was one of them. My neighbor had given me a bag of her last garden spinach, with the warning to use it right away because it was probably not going to last long. I had a busy night but wanted to make the above recipe…. however, realizing I didn’t have the time, I washed and steamed the spinach, pureed it in the food processor, and returned it to the pot, adding already cooked rice and some extra water. Meanwhile, I sauteed onions, garlic, and as many of the spices on the recipe list as I had in my spice drawer (no chilies, but I did use hot pepper flakes). I mixed that into the pot and simmered for a few minutes…. and it was fabulous. I can only imagine the original is even better (and hotter).
On the weekend, Claudia scored us the last of Sutters Ridge’s strawberries. We froze half of them for the dead of winter….
Claudia also gave us some kale, which we used in another hurry-up dinner. It’s summer! Why am I so rushed? Well, some days are still like that…. below is our default hurry-up dinner: Near East Lentil Pilaf, steamed greens, fried tofu.