I've been working on using up some of the overabundance that is my pantry/freezer/canning shelves. Not only did I process the nuggets - 'tho not all for me, thank goodness - but I got a surprise infusion of pork. Such problems to have....
I gleaned two good-sized cabbages from a neighbor and vowed to make sauerkraut this year. But, not just plain ole sauerkraut. Apple Pie Blueberry Sauerkraut! I mean, why start with the basics? I have no idea how this is going to taste, but I had: Cabbages + Apples + 15 lbs of frozen Blueberries. I took it as a sign from the Universe that I should whip this up.
I have a batch of hard cider burbling away, and the rhubarb wine was bottled and is resting six (sob) months. The good thing about the wait is that I will have rhubarb ready to harvest for more - should this be drinkable.
On the menu for the weekly Big Lunch Cookoff was a Chicken Stew with Kale and White Beans. I loved it, although it was not a one-pot meal - it actually dirtied quite a few trays, dishes and utensils, so it is on my Try It Again After a Long Period of Time so I Will Forget Its Complexity list. I have managed to have it every day for lunch - today being the last day. And I still like it. Which is a good thing, as I have a lot of kale tucked away under the hoops. Next week's BLC is looking like it will feature a slow braised beef with tomatoes and wine, served over polenta. Oooh, baby.
I'm working on some different side dishes for Thanksgiving. I mean, there are millions of side dish recipes out there - why not try some? One that's caught my eye is Carrot Mash. It's mashed carrots with orange zest, mint, butter and cream. There's not one bad thing in it. Other than fat and cholesterol. But who's counting? I am sure I can remake it to be healthier, but I'm giving it its full-fat shot on the first try. Another recipe that caught my attention is for gluten free pumpkin pie bars. I'm bringing a mincemeat pie and I might just throw these in for the heck of it.
What's on everyone's menu for T'Day? Anyone venturing out into unchartered territory?