Yes we have been eating food here at the Wolfe house. I've even tried a few new things. I have no real excuse as to why I haven't been updating my food blog. I've been busy substitute teaching, and sometimes it's a stretch to get dinner on the table, and getting dinner on the blog is a very remote possibility. But anyhoo, here's what's been cooking:
Beef and veggie stir-fry with brown rice and a fruit salad. I got a delicious black bean and garlic stir-fry sauce from Importfood.com that makes me want to stir-fry everything! I was kind of in a stir-fry rut, so I was glad to find this product. I like to make stir-fry dishes because I can get away with a favorable vegetable:meat ratio.
Next up: last weekend, we went to the downtown Leesburg Farmer's Market and got some stuff for that night's dinner:
These are what the vendor called Cranberry Beans, I'm guessing because of the color. I had no idea what they were until I saw them shelled, then I realized they were pinto beans!
Here they are freshly shelled and ready to be cooked. As you can see, these are much more colorful then the dried variety you get at the grocery store.
On the table, with fresh grilled pineapple (brushed with honey and brown sugar). grilled chicken, and some baby carrots. This was a great meal! Very fresh tasting.
These are pumpkin bars from the latest Penzey's spices catalogue. My mom made these first and raved about them, and I had some canned pumpkin left over from the pumpkin cream cheese muffins, so I decided to give them a try. They have a browned butter icing on top.
I've never tried my hand at browned butter icing, but I must say that it was VERY rich. Almost too rich for my taste. The bar part was very good, but I think next time I'll try it with a cream cheese icing. To me, cream cheese and pumpkin go together like Gators and football!
Last night we had breakfast for dinner: waffles, hashbrown casserole, and a fruit salad of bananas, apples, and pineapple. The waffles were made with my all-purpose baking mix, but last time I made the mix I replaced half of the AP flour with whole-wheat flour. I think they still turned out well. I'm quite proud of the casserole; it's the first one I've made that turned out halfway decent. I always underestimate the cooking time!
And finally, the spoils from this morning's farmer's market:
Rome apples, very fragrant green onions, baby asparagus, whole wheat bread, and some handmade soaps.