Winter Weather Means Winter Cooking!
Some folks see a snowy forecast and visualize a snow shovel. My mind’s eye sees a spatula instead. What better excuse to reacquaint yourself with your pots and pans then a long weekend bookended by snowstorms? The beauty of this forecast? The farmer’s market with all the lovely fresh ingredients it has to offer falls between the two, and before the heavier snowfall, so you can come stock up on everything you need. Now that’s culinary kismet.
I’m already thinking ahead to Sunday’s breakfast: French toast made with challah bread from Wave Hill Breads and eggs from Stone & Thistle. Or, you can pick up a selection of scones from New Castle Scone or gluten-free bagels from Bohemian Baked. Make sure to pick up some cider from Treelicious so your kids will cozy up by the fire with you. This farm comes from two hours away so icy roads may prevent them from coming on Saturday. Worry not, award-winning chocolatier Luxx Chocolat is here this Saturday with her hot cocoa, as well.
Need some inspiration for something that will simmer on your stovetop while you kick back with a movie? Bon Appetit put out this inspired collection of snow day recipes last year around this time including a classic roast chicken with potatoes in a cast-iron skillet, a pork ragu over creamy polenta and a hearty slow-cooker pot roast.
If you have a busy day tomorrow grab some brunch/lunch from Three Little Pigs bbq or from Mrs. D’s. or a Korean Bulgogi platter from Kimchi Culture. If you shovel your driveway in the morning before you come to the market, you will have earned that Brooklyn Biscuit breakfast.
Although we are just starting our winter markets, behind the scenes, we are already planning for the spring and summer vendor line-up. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey if you haven’t done so already.
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)