Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is getting ready to do some serious cooking and eating this week. I’ll be making a full Southern spread, and eating at a chef’s table tasting meal. Having just been introduced to the concept of “biscuit poisoning” (a quaint shorthand for needing to push back from the table a bit more often), I think I’ll be looking to extend the workouts this week.
But never fear, it’s CSA time, so the vegetables will be flying. Enough chitchat, here’s what’s on the menu this week.
The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
And the CSA:
green buttercrunch lettuce
Which translates into:
Sunday: Bok choy and dumplings
The bok choy is from the CSA, and the dumplings are from Trader Joe’s. Couldn’t be simpler to toss together a Sunday supper.
Monday: Southern 101
The Jrs and I will be bringing our A game to this instructional meal: biscuits, sausage, bacon, greens, strawberries, grits, and potentially sweet potato hash or chips. We shall see.
Tuesday: Sammies and Soup
Great way to use up what’s about to go South, and not in the good way.
This is my make-ahead meal for the week. The Practical Cook’s Mom can toss this in the oven while I go dine on things that involve foam. I remain unconvinced by the molecular gastronomy movement, but I will be tweeting about it.
Thursday: Beans and Rice
The batch of black beans and rice I cooked last week will be put to use again. Perhaps in burritos or as juevos rancheros. Or just in a bowl with avocado on top.
Friday: Beef something
I need to complete the cow consumption to make way for more. Beefy ideas welcome. I may go with meatloaf to use up some bacon from the Monday meal. Do you like my logic there?
Saturday: Dine Out!
The Jrs have been quite adventurous and opinionated as of late. Let’s find out what happens.
WEEKLY CHALLENGE! If you have not dipped a toe into the world of Farmer’s Market, let this be the spring you give it a shot. I suggest starting simple, so you don’t end up a) getting overwhelmed and leaving with nothing or b) buying one of everything. I have done both. Make a small list, and focus on replacing a few things you’d normally buy. Lettuce is a nice place to start. Then challenge yourself to buy one new vegetable, something crazy. I met kohlrabi that way.
Which veggie do you want to learn how to cook? Post a comment below or send a Tweet my way!
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Coming up Wednesday: Can this supper be saved? Three Fast Flavor Boosts.