Finally, I have some time.
This 'za is one of the best we've made in awhile. Turkey pepperoni, local onions, local shiitake mushrooms.
Vension steak with local heirloom green beans steamed with onions and vinegar and mashed local potatoes with bleu cheese and port caramelized onions. Both side dishes came from the 2009 Cook's Illustrated Fall Entertaining issue. The port caramelized onions were beyond the bomb. They were off the hook!
Finally, Roasted Beet Soup. One of the most delicious soups I've made in a long time. But messy to make. At least for me. I had the bright idea to use my immersion blender rather than my food processor. Most times this is a good idea. This time it wasn't. My French oven is huge, and there wasn't really enough beets to puree, which caused quite a bit of splatter. Enough that FD walked in the kitchen and asked, "Who did you just murder?"
I'll make it again, though, because it was that delicious! Thanks, Carrie, for recommending that recipe to me.
After another section of grading and three more cups of echinacea tea with lots of lemon and honey for this crazy sore throat I have, I forsee me spending some quality time in the kitchen and whipping up some more good eats!
(Dishes not pictured: Jamie Oliver's recipe for pesto; bacon-wrapped divers with walleye and rainbow chard and a side of pasta with pesto; Moosewood black bean casserole; Zingermann's peppered bacon cheddar scone with scrambled eggs; spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and local greens; and tofu curry with local blue potatoes. Suddenly, I'm starving...)