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Grilled Cornbread Pudding A.K.A Corn in May: A Cautionary Tale

It was our Memorial Day BBQ. We thought we should grill some corn. It looked so tempting at the grocery store. Besides, it’s almost corn season and next month the early varieties will ripen locally. And really now, how bad could it be? Well, it was really that bad. Starchy and tough and we should have waited until July when we could purchase from our local farms. So instead of just chucking it all to the chickens, we thought we’d repurpose it in a corn bread with a pudding-like texture. And while it was quite tasty,  yes, it would taste better with in-season corn.

  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz. plain yogurt, homemade or store bought
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter or olive oil plus 1 Tbsp butter for skillet
  • 2 cups corn kernels cut from grilled corn
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven or grill to 350F. Set a cast iron skillet on the grill or one the stovetop on low and melt 1 Tbsp butter. Whisk together the eggs, yogurt, honey, and melted butter or oil. Fold in the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and corn kernels until combined. Pour into the skillet. Grill for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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CSA & Farmers’ Market: Pre-CSA #2

Surprise CSA Box: n/a

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  Asparagus, Salad Greens, Tatsoi, Strawberries, Fresh Goat Cheese, Bread, Steamers, Cheesecake

Mini Farm Harvest:  Rhubarb, Herbs

Within Budget:  No (Our Memorial Day party and holiday weekend guests pushed us over the weekly budget. D-oh!)

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Brunch:  Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:   Party!  Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb, Ribs, Steamers, Grilled Vegetables, Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Rhubarb, Cheesecake, Strawberry Cake

Sunday
Breakfast:  Mixed Berry Bundt
Sunday Dinner:  Going to a Beach BBQ!

Monday
Breakfast: Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Corned Beef, Potatoes, Cabbage

Tuesday
Breakfast:  Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Greens and Beans and Pasta

Wednesday
Breakfast:  Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch:  Sherried Sardine Toast
Dinner:  Corned Beef Hash and Eggs, Cabbage, Toast

Thursday
Breakfast:  Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch:  Sherried Sardine Toast
Dinner:  Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Codfish Cakes), Esparregado (Portuguese Sautéed Greens)

Friday
Breakfast:  Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  We’re Taking In or Going Out!

Breakfast Smoothie with Seasonal, Local Fruit

When eating for two, sometimes breakfast just doesn’t want to cooperate. Somehow, I’m almost always able to manage smoothies. This recipe was inspired by Alton Brown’s Buff Smoothie Recipe.

  • 8 oz. homemade yogurt or soymilk
  • 12 oz. of mixed local fruit in season or frozen during the season
  • handful of ice cubes (optional, but recommended if your fruit is warm)
  • fruit juice (optional to thin smoothie if the consistency is too thick)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxmeal or wheatgerm

Add all of your ingredients into a blender.  If you have large pieces of fruit, cutting them makes it easier for the blender blades o’ power to do their work.

Take everything for a power whirl on max power. If it’s too thick, add some juice.  Pour into a pint glass. Drink. Ahh.

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CSA & Farmers’ Market: Pre-CSA #1

Surprise CSA Box: n/a

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  Lettuce, tatsoi, bok choy, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, duck, farmhouse cheddar, baguette, cereal bread, chocolate croissant, and chocolate muffin

Mini Farm Harvest: Rhubarb, herbs

Within Budget: Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast: Pancakes with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch: Grilled sardines, bread, salad
Dinner: Beer can duck, potatoes, grilled bok choy

Sunday
Breakfast: Yogurt, muesli, strawberries
Lunch:  Duck egg omelet with baby spinach, toast
Dinner:  Roast lamb, polenta, grilled asparagus

Monday
Breakfast: Farmhouse cheddar, toast, strawberries
Lunch:  Egg salad sandwich with greens
Dinner: Roast Pork, rice, sautéed tatsoi

Tuesday
Breakfast: Yogurt, muesli,  with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch:  Canned sardines, salad
Dinner:  Duck and mushroom (second day meal), polenta, salad

Wednesday
Breakfast: Farmhouse Cheddar, toast with rhubarb compote
Lunch:  Egg salad sandwich
Dinner:  Lamb curry with spinach (second day meal), rice

Thursday
Breakfast:  Waffles with Rhubarb Compote
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Grilled Pork Chops (second day meal), ravioli, salad

Friday
Breakfast:  Farmhouse Cheddar, toast with rhubarb compote
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Night off to take in or go out 🙂

Photos From This Week’s Kitchen Pantry

The week’s produce…

The week’s protein… (We had to supplement from the grocery store because not all vendors are coming to the market yet.)

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On of the vegetable farmers had some duck eggs and gave us two to try.  This will be a first.  I was amazed at the wax-like coating, which makes sense considering duck habitat.  It was so smooth and had this beautiful marbling that my camera refused to capture.  It was translucent in the sun like fine china.  Lovely.

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Our favorite cheese…

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And finally dessert…

Ps. The chocolate croissant didn’t make it home.

Rhubarb Compote with Honey, Maple Syrup, and Tarragon

Wandering the garden shortly after dawn with the chickens is perhaps an unusual way to start the weekend in suburbia and one that might receive some grumblings at that, but for me it’s heaven. It’s also a way to peruse the breakfast buffet. Hmm, I think I’ll choose some rhubarb. The chickens choose the leaf hoppers escaping off the rhubarb. We’re all happy.

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On the way inside, I eye the tarragon that overwintered in a pot by the door. Wouldn’t that be a nice combination? The tart from the rhubarb and delicate anise-like flavor of the tarragon in a naturally sweetened compote. Rhubarb is our only local “fruit” this time of year and will be perfect over our homemade breakfasts of yogurt, pancakes, or waffles.

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Rhubarb Compote with Honey, Maple Syrup, and Tarragon
  • Rhubarb stems, cut into 1/2-1″ slices, enough to fill a medium saucepan approximately 3/4 full
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey (or more to taste)
  • tarragon sprig (Optional)

Add the rhubarb and maple syrup to a medium saucepan.

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Bring rhubarb and maple syrup to a gentle simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey and tarragon.

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Allow to the compote to stand until just warm and serve over pancakes, waffles, or ice-cream or cool completely and serve over yogurt or spread on toast like jam. Store unused compote in the refrigerator. It will thicken when cooled. Remove tarragon sprig before serving.

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Iscas de Presunto (Savory Pancakes with Spring Ramps and Presunto)

Prior to reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I had never heard of ramps. How exciting was it then to see Appalachian ramps at Whole Foods Market? They are also called wild leeks, spring onions, and wild garlic. This recipe is a modification of a Portuguese recipe my mother-in-law showed me called “iscas.” They are puffy, light, crispy, and melt in your mouth.

  • 2 eggs (Thanks, ladies!)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • dash of salt and pepper or to taste
  • 2 oz. Presunto (Portuguese Dry-Cured Ham) or any leftover cooked protein (ham, chicken, pork, steak, flaked codfish, etc.) cut into small cubes, less than 1/2″
  • small handful (6-10) Ramps, chopped (You can substitute garlic, scallions, leeks or omit completely.  If you do use a more fibrous aromatic, I would recommend sautéing to soften prior to adding to the batter.)
  • Olive oil for pan

Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix in flour. Stir in presunto and ramps. The batter should have the consistency of a traditional pancake. Heat a skillet on the stovetop to medium low. Add olive oil in a thin to medium layer at the bottom, depending on your preference. Drop heaping tablespoons full of the batter and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping once.

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Yields approximately 12 pancakes.

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A perfect lunch alongside a salad of local spring greens, local sun-dried tomatoes, and not-at-all local olives.  What portuguese meal is complete without the latter?!

Rhubarb Crisp with Honey and Maple Syrup

Our rhubarb is ready for harvest! What an easy going plant. It asks for nothing and gives so much. The tart of the rhubarb balances beautifully with the local sweeteners.

Honey-Maple Syrup Rhubarb Crisp

  • 4 cups Rhubarb, cut into 1/2″ slices (Rhubarb is part of the nightshade family of plants and as thus the leaves are toxic and should be discarded.  Only use the stems!)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup (or honey)
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Outs
  • 1/4 cup butter (you can use olive oil instead)
  • 1/2 cup honey (you can use brown sugar if you prefer the crystalline structure the cane sugar provides)

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the rhubarb, maple syrup, and corn starch in a 8×8 square pan. In a separate dish, cut the butter into the flour and oats. Gently mix in the honey. Place mixture on top of the rhubarb. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm and even à la mode!

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