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Weekend Hodgepodge

I hesitate to say it for fear of a freak late season storm, but I think spring has arrived! Although the questions that accompany the loss of a friend, Matt Steiner, at too young an age, weighed on our minds, we appreciated and enjoyed the days full of warm sunshine and took advantage of the time to have some fun!

Horns Sandwiches

Friday night, after stocking up on some household essentials (it was payday!), we picked up some takeout from Horns. I tried "The Colonel," which sandwiches maple & hot sauce coated chicken confit with dark greens in rosemary belgian waffles. Kevin tried a meatloaf sandwich with bleu cheese and mushrooms on challah bread.

Pure Sprouts Bin

Saturday morning, I returned from a morning run to find that our Pure Sprouts all-local bin had arrived! I was so excited to see radishes and pea shoots—signs of spring to come! Soon enough, we'll start our work share at Heritage Farms CSA and be earning our produce while learning a ton!

Dog Treats

I revisited making dog treats (the 300 my Brownie troop made went moldy in a week!!!)—This time armed with the advice of Bone Appetit Bakery. After baking them at a low temperature for over an hour, I think they are dry enough they won't get moldy! I'll post the recipe after a while if they stay fresh!

Michelle Turzanski at SteelStacks

Having rolled out several hundred dog treats, I picked up my friend Amanda and we headed to SteelStacks to visit the winter market and see our friend Michelle perform. Her lovely voice seemed so dramatic in front of the blast furnaces!

Seasons Oil & Vinegar Taproom

With our farmer's market purchases complete, we wandered to downtown Bethlehem to catch the St. Patrick's Day parade. First, though, we stopped into Season's Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom so I could pick up a bottle of mushroom & sage oil to dress salads with.

Bethlehem Crowd

Under the incredibly sunny sky, huge crowds came out to see Bethlehem's 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. My friend Jaime rode atop the Vegfest float as the garden queen, and one of my high school scouts carried a division banner.

O'Grady Quinlan Dancers

It's always a trip to see the O'Grady Quinlan School of Irish Step Dancing, because I danced with that school for 11 of its earliest years. In those days, we wore sashes with puffy painted Celtic knots on them, plaid skirts, and only started wearing wigs towards the end of my dancing stint. Man, how that school has grown! Hundreds of dancers paraded past, showing off their cuts and points!

Wassergass

Still enjoying the sun too much to call it a day, Kevin and I set out on an afternoon drive, picking up some raw milk at Keepsake Farm, then winding through the roads to Wassergass.

Wassergass General Store

We stopped in this quaint general store for a snack and were greeted by a cheerful owner who seemed to know everything about anyone in the town.

Corned Beef & Cabbage

When we arrived home, we sat down for this classic St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, soda bread, prepared by my father. Of course, we paired it with some whiskey!

Jumbars Breakfast

Sunday morning began like I remember San Francisco mornings—A little cool, foggy, and quiet. We picked up Jumbars breakfast, of course. I had a yogurt parfait and a side of sausage.

Creekside Picnic

Shortly after breakfast, we set out on a 10.4 mile bike ride along the Saucon Rail Trail. (There was a baseball game behind our house, and they tend to be pretty loud, with people traipsing all through our yard and balls hitting our cars, so we try to arrange to leave when they play!) As a relative newbie bike rider, this was the longest I've ever ridden! In Water Street Park, we had this picnic of a leftover Horns sandwich, corned beef & cheddar on soda bread, and couscous salad.

Wild Onions

As we were finishing up our picnic, we noticed a man walk by with a large bunch of green onions. After an observant look at our surroundings, we saw wild onions growing everywhere! We foraged a small bunch to bring home.

Wild Onion & Greens Pesto

When we got home, Kevin fired up the grill to make dinner, and I whipped up a batch of pesto using everything green we had in our fridge! I incorporated radish leaves, pea shoots, spinach and wild onions. Now we have several meals' worth in the freezer.

Early Spring Grilling

We used the local ingredients we had purchased over the weekend to grill up a great seasonal meal. We had a Keepsake Farm steak, marinaded with whiskey, honey & mushroom sage oil. On the side, we had grilled radishes and golden turnips with wild onions and mashed rutabagas.

Juliette Low Dinner Party Art

Finally, I wound down the weekend by working on my contribution to Moravian College's homage to Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party." My piece will represent Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, in honor of it's 100 year anniversary. It incorporates a mess kit, trefoil, campfire setup, and a string of pearls tied in a square knot …

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Kielbasa, Cabbage & Pierogi Casserole

After you’ve scooped out the insides for your stuffed mini cabbages, don’t throw those scraps away- save them to turn into this fabulous eastern European-inspired casserole! My father was born in Poland, so it’s in my blood to love pierogies. I love making them, cooking them, eating them … I dream of someday opening a pierogi restaurant called Babushka …

Anyway, I digress. This casserole is a cinch to throw together and is a fulfilling blend of creaminess, buttery-ness and saltiness.

Kielbasa, Cabbage & Pierogi Casserole

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Finely chop kielbasa and cook in a skillet until browned (if your kielbasa is fully cooked, just warm it in the skillet).
  3. Chop onion and add to kielbasa and drippings in skillet. Cook until just softened.

    Kielbasa & Onions

    Kielbasa & Onions

  4. Place six pierogies in bottom of casserole dish.
  5. Spoon kielbasa and onions, with drippings, evenly over pierogies.
  6. Sprinkle half the cabbage over the meat and onion mixture.
  7. Top cabbage with another 6 pierogies.
  8. Sprinkle remaining cabbage evenly over second layer of pierogies. Dot with butter and season with salt and pepper.

    Cabbage & Butter

    Cabbage & Butter

  9. Add final 6 pierogies on top of cabbage and butter.

    Last 6 pierogies

    Last 6 pierogies

  10. Top casserole with grated swiss cheese.
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cabbage is tender and cheese is bubbly.
Pierogi Casserole

Pierogi Casserole

Pierogi Casserole

A satisfying blend of flavors and textures!


Superbowl Snack-down

Ah, Superbowl Sunday. A day for gnoshing on snacks and watching a game which I have no interest in so that the designer/marketer in me might catch a glimpse of a great advertisement. This was the first year my Superbowl commercial-watching buddy, Sarah, was not in town, nor did we have a party for the game. We don’t have cable anymore, so we hooked up the laptop to the TV and prepared a local, healthy (albeit cheese-laden) spread to munch on while we watched for great commercials. Boy, were we dismayed to see that the online streaming version of the Superbowl doesn’t include the great commercials! Instead, the same three ads rotated through, and none of them were anything great. Afterwards, we found a page of all the ad videos, and were even more dismayed to see that none of the ads were even that spectacular there! Ah well, at least we had great munchies. The mushrooms are especially to-die-for. Make them and see for yourself!

Feta & Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

Feta & Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

Feta & Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Crumble feta into small bowl.
  3. Mince garlic and chop basil, then add to feta in bowl and combine with fork.
  4. Add olive oil and bread crumbs and mix well.
  5. Clean and de-stem mushrooms.
  6. Place a small spoonful of filling mixture in each mushroom cap.
  7. Place stuffed mushrooms on greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Rutabaga Fries with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
(Dipping Sauce Recipe Follows)

Baked Rutabaga Fries with Bleu Cheese Dipping Sauce

Baked Rutabaga Fries with Bleu Cheese Dipping Sauce

Rutabaga Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 rutabagas (Pure Sprouts)
  • drizzle olive oil
  • palmful herb salt, or any seasoning blend of your choice (we used our own Marsh Salt)
  • 2 T. flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Peel rutabagas and cut into french-fry size sticks, then place in bowl.
  3. Drizzle rutabaga sticks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and flour.
  4. Toss to coat evenly.
  5. Spread evenly on parchment-covered baking sheet.
  6. Bake 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Bleu Cheese Dip Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Sprinkle flour over melted butter and stir until paste-like.
  3. Pour in milk.
  4. Crumble bleu cheese into pan and whisk until smooth.
  5. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until thickened.
  6. Serve with fries or wings.

Sesame Carrot Lettuce Wraps

Sesame Carrot Lettuce Wraps

Sesame Carrot Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Julienne carrots.
  2. Toss carrots with soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds and let sit at least 15 minutes.
  3. Trim off the thick stem end of the lettuce leaf.
  4. Spoon carrots down center of leaf.
  5. Wrap lettuce around carrots like a taco.
  6. Serve.

Quesadillas with Homemade Salsa

Quesadillas with Homemade Salsa

Quesadillas with Homemade Salsa

See my post on homemade tortillas and quesadillas! Tonight, we made them with pepper jack from (Keepsake Farm) and a bit of leftover ground beef.

Homemade Salsa Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place garlic in food processor and pulse till finely chopped.
  2. Add onion and jalepeño and pulse until chopped.
  3. Add tomato and pulse until chopped.
  4. Serve with hot quesadillas.

Weekend Hodgepodge

Well, I’m a couple of days later than I planned to be posting this, but better late than never! This past weekend revolved primarily around two things: Girl Scout cookies and a new furry friend!

As some of my readers know, I help lead four Girl Scout troops, ranging from the youngest level, Daisies, to the oldest level, Ambassadors. All four of the troops have established goals for what they’d like to earn enough money to accomplish. The younger girls’ goals include camping trips, a community garden, an animal shelter visit, and putting on a concert. The high school girls would like to camp, film a PSA about women in the media, host a gallery show of photos they have taken, and save for a trip next year to Disney to take part in the educational behind the scenes program. Pretty decent goals for kids to have, if you ask me!

The biggest fundraiser the girls run each year is the cookie sale. This year, our troops were lucky enough to get a bunch of booth sale slots on the opening weekend of the sale. Unfortunately, it was COLD and on Saturday, snow deterred many prospective customers. Regardless, we spent Thursday & Friday nights, Saturday 9am-9pm, and Sunday afternoon selling cookies throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Girl Scout Cookie Booth

Look for tables like these to help support Girl Scouts in your area!

Just before the cookie sale began, there was a bunch of press about Girl Scouts, focusing on a video created by a scout who was urging a boycott on cookies. You can read about and watch the video here. While I always support girls speaking their minds about what they believe in, I also try to instill the values of acceptance and understanding. So needless to say, I was pretty upset to see this video. However, I was thrilled to see the responses that began popping up in support of Girl Scouts for their commitment to acceptance of all girls. In fact, many people have been committing to buy extra cookies this year to demonstrate their support!

So, in case you need more of a reason to buy cookies than helping local girls achieve some worthy goals, think about showing your support for a greater principle of acceptance. If neither of those things strike your fancy, think about the fact that Girl Scouts now offer several vegan cookie varieties. If none of those reasons have you rushing to buy cookies, think about how delicious they taste (They are the only processed cookie I’ve purchased in years!). And finally, if you still don’t want any cookies for yourself, think about donating some money to send cookies to soldiers overseas through the Cookies From Home program.

There’s my shameless plug for Girl Scout cookies.

Aside from cookies, some other delicious food came into my life this weekend: a Pure Sprouts all-local bin!

Pure Sprouts Bin

whole wheat bread, purple & orange carrots, rutabagas, cabbages, microgreens, cremini mushrooms, sunchokes, ricotta cheese, ground beef, eggs

Since cookie sales occupied much of my weekend, I was so grateful to be able to order this bin and have some fresh ingredients for the week!

Saturday night ended with a trip to Your Welcome Inn, a local dive, with a friend of mine I hadn’t spent time with in a little while. I love a good dive bar, but I’ve got to say I don’t love them quite as much since I’ve quit smoking. It was good to hang in the dark South Side bar again, though, catching up with friends!

Sunday also began with good food … our traditional Jumbars breakfast!

Jumbars Omelette

I had the omelette of the week with cheddar, grits, smoked bacon and caramelized onions.

Jumbars SOS

Kevin had Jumbars SOS with mushrooms and spinach.

Finally, the most exciting thing of the whole weekend happened while we were eating breakfast! I got a text message from a foster parent from the East Coast Maine Coon Rescue informing me that a set of adopters had backed out and one of the cats we were interested in was now available! I called my co-leaders to see if they’d be willing to cover the start of our booth sale without me and we hopped in the car to head to New Jersey for a feline meet & greet.

This is who we came home with …

Tober

Introducing, Tober!

Tober was found on the streets in South Carolina. He was taken to an animal shelter with an 86% euthanasia rate. ECMCR seeks out Maine Coon cats in situations like these, then brings them to foster homes until they can be adopted.

Tober is a 2 year old male. Right now, he weighs 10 lbs., and he will likely double in size within the next 1-3 years! We’ve only had a few days with him so far, and he has a bit of a cold, so he’s not as energetic as he will be, but he’s got some great traits:

  1. He sleeps in the bathroom sink.
  2. He follows us everywhere.
  3. He has a tiny, refined mew for his size!
  4. He dreams about running and moves his legs accordingly.
  5. He can already stand for his treats.

So, Tober was the big event this weekend. We’re so excited to get to know him and have him as part of our lives! I’m sure you’ll see pictures in the future. 🙂


Weekend Hodgepodge

This weekend was spent in an odd space of moping about my cat being sick (she’s still not up to par, and we can’t figure out what is wrong) and trying to keep busy to distract myself from moping about the cat since we can’t do anything about it more than we are. This somewhat moody state of mind put me in the kitchen for much of the weekend and triggered a chocolate craving like you wouldn’t believe (all week!).

Veggie Noodle Stirfry

Friday night I whipped up this veggie noodle stir fry for my husband and I before I headed off with the girls for a fun night of bowling. I topped the stirfry with some crushed wasabi almonds from the recent Girl Scout sale! Look for the recipe coming soon!

Bowling
Jumbars Brochure

I spent Saturday morning designing this brochure for my friend's café in hopes of finishing it in time to order a tasty Sunday breakfast. I succeeded. 🙂

Pure Sprouts Local Bin

While I was designing the brochure, I heard a thump outside and opened the door to find my first Pure Sprouts all local bin on my porch! Pure Sprouts is a local organic delivery business that has tempted me for a long time. I won the bin from a Buy Fresh Buy Local photo contest. This bin included Asian mix, kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, crunchy sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, leeks and dinner rolls. All that for what would have cost $35! Pretty decent price! We also ordered some local shiitake mushrooms. I'll definitely be placing another order soon.

Applesauce

All day, I was also slow-cooking another batch of applesauce. Something about that smell is comforting on a mopey day.

Leek and Shiitake Pizza

For dinner Saturday, I wanted to try out some of my Pure Sprouts goodies, so I made a roasted garlic, leek and shiitake pizza. Recipe will be posted soon!

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Still craving chocolate after a co-worker took my dark chocolate square from my hand earlier this week (yes, it did happen and yes, I am bitter over a piece of chocolate), I found a recipe for 1 minute chocolate cake in a mug. It wasn't quite chocolatey enough to sooth my craving, but I was surprised at how decent it turned out! A few tablespoons of ingredients and you've got something like those Warm Delights cakes (that Kevin calls PMS bowls) in the grocery store.

Here is the cake-in-a-mug recipe!

Survival Bracelet

Saturday night, I vegged out in front of the TV and worked on making these surival bracelets I plan on giving some guys as Christmas gifts. Each bracelet contains 10 ft of rope and has an emergency whistle built in to the buckle!

First thing on Sunday, I ordered some breakfast from Jumbars, which I scarfed down before I could take a picture.

Curried Chicken & Apples

I got the crock pot going with a mix of chicken, apples and curry, then spent the day sorting closets, doing laundry and running errands.

Jumbars Brownie

Finally, I got my chocolate fix from this AMAZING Jumbars brownie. Their brownies could be the key to world peace. I'm not even kidding. Go eat one of their brownies and tell me you don't want to hug someone or pet a kitten.

Cozy on the Couch

So, this is how my weekend ended—Cozy on the couch in my fuzzy slippers and robe with a Jumbars brownie, a handful of spicy peanuts, and a mug of Mexican hot cocoa (with Bailey's, of course).


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