The highlight of the weekend, other than dinner with friends of course, was the visit I made to the winter farmers' market in Exeter, NH. My camera crapped out the second I got there, so no pictures unfortunately. I was thrilled to see that the market was mobbed! There weren't tons of vegetables, but I did pick up some gorgeous turnips, turnip greens, parsnips, potatoes, a duck, eggs, lamb shanks, wine and sunflower seed oil. I'm looking forward to the next one on the 23rd.
I decided to let the market drive my menu as best as I could. Also, since I really need to make room in the freezer, I've decided that I'm not buying any conventionally produced (read: supermarket-sourced) meat or seafood until I've exhausted what's already in the freezer. I am making an exception for any farmers' market purchases.
Menu for the Week
Oysters on the half-shell (oysters! from a farmers' market, who knew!)
Turnip green and leek ravioli, sauced with braised turnips
Borrachos (thank you Last Night's Dinner)
Shredded cabbage salad
Vegetable and sausage lasagna
Pureed chickpea soup with chickpea fritters and Indian spices
Baccala croquettes (made with baccala I made this summer with our CSF codfish - thanks Last Night's Dinner for the recipe)
White bean salad with pickled onions
Big green salad
Jim Lahey's no-knead pizza dough pizza: 1 tomato, 1 onion