Eaters - 10.5 Compost - 0 Carry Over - 2.5
With as much travel as we've managed through (both parents on the East coast at one point, though never overlapping), it seems like we did a pretty good job this week. We did make everything on our not-too-crazy plan, and had a few tremendous hits along the way. I suppose one of the points of this whole process is to know that - while life will certainly have it's crazier moments - being proactive and planning ahead will allow us all to eat healthy meals at the times when it matters most. While we have a little more to carry over into next week that we typically do (some summer squash, carrots and cucumbers, and all of the pickling cucumbers), I'm quite proud of what did get made!
- I wasn't here when this got prepared, but this roasted chicken with Carrots, Turnips, Summer Squash and Cilantro was a huge hit with the boys - who asked to take the leftovers to lunch the following day. The presentation was beautiful as well.
- The Green Bean bacon bundles is perhaps the best preparation of green beans that I've ever tasted. I mean we've all had beans with bacon before, but the textures were perfect and with the brown sugar and garlic... all I can say is yum!
- The skirt steak and Cilantro Green Garlic sauce were a perfect match, made all the more fantastic with the addition of some caramelized Sweet Onions and homemade guacamole.
- The summer berry crisp (with Strawberries and Blackberries) was a big hit at a gathering of friends, but it was gone before I remembered that I hadn't gotten a photo.
- The recipe for the sundried tomato Arugula pesto called for two bunches of arugula, so I figured that my relatively large bunch would suffice. What I realized after it was made that I probably had about eight times as much as they were calling for, remembering that it's common to find arugula sold in relatively small bunches in plastic herb boxes at the grocery store. The end result was overpowering and pretty much inedible, though I'm pretty sure the right balance of sundried tomatoes and arugula could be quite tasty.