What tastes better than food you’ve grown yourself (or picked up from your CSA)? If you’re local to the Boston/Worcester area and haven’t heard of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, maybe you’d like to check out their new Garden to Table program. While you’re at it, stop by the Tomatomania event on May 22nd. I’m definitely on the learning end of the gardening spectrum, but the resources available at Mass Hort have been helpful to me so far so I thought I’d share the links.
What to do with your tomatoes? Maybe make some healthy nachos!
Purchased: at a local grocery store to use on an appetizer plate with an assortment of cheeses, bread/crackers, mustard. Another great thing for a cheese plate? Quince!
Additional uses: with half a jar left over, I began spreading a spoonful on everything . . . tortilla with hummus or Laughing Cow cheese? Spread some onion jam on it first. Grilled chicken or (veggie) burger? Top it with some onion jam. The garlic flavor is pretty strong so I definitely recommend it as a savory/sweet topping. I was pleasantly surprised at the many uses of something I last-minute bought on a whim. Enjoy!
Beets get a bad rap. So many years of only being available in the canned, pickled version really ruined them for a lot of people. I’d like to think the whole farmer’s market/local food thing we’ve got going on now has changed that for beets. My CSA had plentiful beets and I never tired of roasted beets in my salads.
Once I made a sweet potato smoothie. Recently left with a few roasted beets in the fridge, I wondered what a BEET SMOOTHIE would taste like. I think this smoothie contained 1/2-1 very ripe banana, plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup coconut milk and some frozen dark sweet cherries. And water.
It was actually delicious! No weird beet taste at all and it was the most beautiful brilliant red color. The photos with my very basic point and shoot just don’t do it justice. Because this is a quasi-medical blog I’m going to throw in a little TMI medical tidbit for you if you do plan on eating some beets – that beautful dark red color going IN also has to come OUT! Expect to see some evidence of this on the outflow side. (I know, I know, I’m sorry, but I’m a Doctor. I can talk about this stuff while I eat)! Enjoy . . .
P.S. Although I realize that this is going up on April Fool’s Day and some might consider the idea of a beet smoothie a joke, I assure you (with apologies to Seinfeld), this was REAL and it was FABULOUS!
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OK, maybe it’s not the world’s biggest donut, but it was GOOD! I thought it would be funny to put it next to something “for scale!” One of my coworkers purchased this baby from N&J Donuts in Oxford, MA.
Want to read more about how I like to make my own donuts?
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Is Upton Metro West or Worcester? I guess it could be considered either. At any rate, there’s a new restaurant in Upton, Red Rock Grill and Bar, and I happened to dine there recently on only the 2nd weekend it was open. We had 4 diners with 4 different dinners with rave reviews all around. Cozy atmosphere, fun cocktails, hearty comfort food. I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to the area.
I think this was a special that night. Amazing maple sweet potatoes!
This was my entree. You can't see the crispy polenta under the eggplant but they were delicious!
**Disclaimer: We paid for our meals in full. I was not asked to write about the restaurant nor did I disclose that I like to sometimes pretend I’m a food blogger! I’m just letting some of my Worcester area friends and colleagues know about a new dining option!
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Have you noticed there’s not too much fun and exciting coming out of The Doctors’ Rheum’s kitchen these days? Let’s just say that mountains of snow coupled with a cold and flu season that just doesn’t want to quit have kept my tastebuds away from adventure.
I was sick, so I made myself some chicken soup. Cut up a rotisserie chicken, pour in some canned broth, dice up carrots and celery and add some noodles (I used whole wheat wide egg noodles) and for good measure toss in some chopped fresh parsley and dill. I wouldn’t have thought to add the dill, but it was in the fridge for some reason and was actually really good! Looking back at the photo I guess there were onions in it too. It didn’t help the cold.
I also made this apple cake. Twice. The first time because I had apples and yogurt and oatmeal, the soup didn’t help and I thought cake sounded good. It’s a very moist coffee cake that tastes healthy but also is quite sweet. You probably don’t need as much brown sugar as is called for in the topping. Once I used coarsely chopped pecans and the second time I made the cake (a week later, for a luncheon), I used more finely chopped almonds.
Finally, the other day I played that game where you see what you have at home and try to make something with it because you just don’t want to go to the store. I don’t know if it’s chili or stew or what, but I threw together a mixture of a caramelized onion, 2 roasted sweet potatoes cut in cubes, a can of dark kidney beans, 3 roasted carrots and a large freezer bag of chopped up frozen tomatoes leftover from the summer’s CSA. The leftovers were even better, once topped with an over-easy egg and once with some Laughing Cow chipotle (in my opinion their best flavor, and apparently somewhat new) mixed in. You don’t want to see a photo – it just looks like red and orange mush, but it was GOOD!
If you want to see something creative coming out of a kitchen, you’ll have to follow one of my favorite sites, like shutterbean, The Pioneer Woman or Good Cook Doris. Here’s looking to spring and the day the snow piles melt from around my grill . . .
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