Another Day, Another Dinner

Another Day, Another Dinner

[Apologies for the camera-phone quality and lack of staging in these photos. Matty cooked while I was labeling bottles and we were both really hungry.]

It was a CSA pick-up week and because it is July in Texas and the produce options are dwindling, we also received a “storage” box to replace one of the weeks. It contained canned and pickled items (carrots, beets), honey, lard, herbs, etc. I’m looking forward to trying some of those after a while. We had quite a few butternut squash and potatoes in this week’s bag, so that was the basis for our dinner.

Potatoes and Butternut Squash roasted with garlic cloves and sage.

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[Not pictured: broccoli and accidental kale “chips”]

Unfortunately, there was no pork this week as the meat CSA was delayed until next week, so the pork pictured is your HEB grocery variety. But…Matt did use some of our Jester King Black Metal Stout reduction on the pork before grilling. I made that stuff for chocolate pots de crème for our wedding in April, and wasn’t even sure it was still good, but apparently it passed Matty’s rigorous BBQ standards and I’m glad it didn’t go to waste.

And due to the fact that we can’t cook without drinking AND eating, we cut open a melon (also from the CSA) and cracked open a bomber of Big Bertha. I wish we were more patient in our homebrew consumption because this beer keeps getting better. I think we’re down to 4 of the 12oz bottles now.

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I also had the Maui Brewing & Lost Abbey collaboration Lemongrass Saison. There is something about the smell of this beer that is a little off-putting for me, personally. And it’s not just because it’s a saison and it’s funky. There is something about this one that conjures some bad-smelling memory for me…like an elementary school cafeteria or something. I don’t know, weird. Matty said he didn’t get that, he just doesn’t like the beer. I actually do like the taste of it, once I get past that initial (possibly imagined) whiff of negative associations.

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Note: Green Gate Farms is now taking reservations for their Fall CSA, so if you’re in the Austin area and looking for a CSA option, check them out.