This week we chipped away at more items from the pantry and freezer, making more progress than I anticipated. We were able in some cases to strategically use recipes for the things we wanted to eat that included some ingredients we already had. Which I guess is exactly the way you do this!
I made a delicious winter squash chowder with some butternut and acorn squash and kale from our CSA, and I toasted up the one remaining ciabatta roll for us to split as a side to dip. It actually went really well with the chowder!
When I posted last week that I was having trouble finding ways to use hot pepper jelly, Penn’s Corner tweeted me this link to a recipe for Spicy Pepper Jelly Marinated Pork Tenderloin. So I made that, with some roasted turnips and brussels sprouts and some bagged stuffing from the pantry as a side. I highly recommend the marinade if you like spicy, flavorful marinades.
Friday night, I roasted two heads of garlic and took the leeks from the CSA and the bacon from the freezer and made toppings for Mark’s sourdough pizza crust. (He’s the pizza guy in the house.) Delicious, but let’s just say that using two heads of garlic as sauce, where we each virtually ate a whole head of garlic, was a bit….much.
One night we had burgers and fries, so we used up half of the kaiser rolls and half of the bag of fries.
Sunday night we had our annual Friendsgiving dinner with our best friends. Instead of a turkey, which we will all be eating this week, we decided to make prime rib. Mark did the prime rib, and chose a recipe that required roasting some other meat with it – so we used an oxtail, a beef shank and beef soup bones.
I did the dessert, and sort of lost my mind. I decided to make pumpkin brownies, which used up half of the unsweetened chocolate bar. And that’s when I jumped off the deep end and decided to make 3 homemade ice creams from the Jeni’s cookbook: salty caramel, maple with buttered nuts, and sweet potato with toasted marshmallow. And then make them into terrines. But I forgot that a mini loaf pan might be “mini” when it comes to breads, but when it comes to ice cream, it’s a LOT. And so it looked kind of like a giant brick on the plate. But it was delicious – just ridiculous.
We were so hungry I didn’t take much time to take good photos, but it was all great.
So here’s where I stand now after three weeks. Made a lot of progress this week, for sure!
|Brown rice||2 portions beef stew||Pizza Joes pizzas (2)|
|Dark chocolate bar (56% cocoa)||Cortland apples|
|Dark chocolate bar (75% cocoa)||1 portion mushroom bolognese||Swiss chard|
|Unsweetened chocolate bar
||1 portion venison chili||Thai veggie gyoza (half bag)|
|Penn’s Corner hot pepper jelly
||2 portions stroganoff||Kaiser rolls
|Penn’s Corner strawberry jelly||5 portions bolognese sauce||Alexia french fries
|Penn’s Corner dilly beans (2)||Hog jowl bacon||Pork gyoza (half bag)|
|Evaporated milk||Coconut chicken tenders|
|Bag sundried tomatoes||Hot dogs||Venison jerky|
||Hot sausage patties||Roasted hot peppers|
|Honey buffalo sauce||Venison sausage||Roasted sweet peppers|
|Dried cherries with pits||Hamburger patties||Raspberries|
|CRO Bloody Mary Mix||Pork shoulder||Ripe bananas (1 million)|
|Cinnamon applesauce||Strawberries||Apple cider|
|Maifun rice sticks||Corn (2)|
|Rice Ramen||Peas||Grape juice|
|Orzo||Macadamia nuts||Homemade whole grain pancake mix
|Braised eel||Spinach and ricotta pierogies||Fresh tomato sauce (2)|
|Coconut milk||Harvest bread||Roasting chickens|
|Hot dog buns||Chicken wings|
|Red enchilada sauce||French bread||Lamb chops|
|Whole canned jalapenos||Ciabatta roll||Ground lamb|
|Butter crackers||Cheese tortellini||Duck legs and thighs|
|Black turtle beans||Ohio City pasta||Kale sausage|
|Dried chick peas||Pitas||Pork neckbones|
|Dried kidney beans||Puff pastry sheet||Pork liver|
|Arborio rice||Bear claw||Pork heart|
|Partial dark chocolate bar (70%) cocoa||PB donut||Ham hock bones|
|Beef marrow bones||Rhubarb thumbprint cookies||Pork breakfast sausage|
|Beef neckbones||Potato and pea samosas
||Country style pork ribs|
|Beef round steak||Pork and vegetable dumplings (half bag)||Chorizo|
|Beef hot dogs||Oxtail
||Beef mock tender|
|Beef shank||Beef cross cut roast|
|Beef stew meat||Beef liver|