Menu for Tuesday, August 15, 2017

|| Menu for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 ||

Lime Zest Brown Rice with Chives

Pinto Bean Posole with Celery, Carrot, & Iroquois Corn

Roasted Dragon Tongue & Yellow Beans with Mushrooms and Red Onion

Lacinato Kale with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Summer Squash Ribbons with Basil Pesto

Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Mint

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

Zucchini Almond Cake (GF)

Summer Fruit Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Blueberry & Lemon Coconut Parfaits (GF)

Pistachio Dark Chocolate Mousse (GF)

Sour Cherry Brownies

Lemon Bars (GF)

Almond Drops (GF)

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Maple Raisin Walnut Cookies

Orange Zest Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Toast to Summer's Bounty // Menu for Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Toast to Summer's Bounty // Menu for Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unbeatable fresh sweet corn! A mountain of it wouldn't be enough! The here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of its perfect flavor has us dashing to the farmstand on a daily basis, heaving bags and baskets fresh-picked sweet corn to the kitchen for our lunches and yours. Here's to corn!

Oh glorious string beans! Steamed just to the tender crunch of perfection, abundant in the field and in the kitchen, packed neatly in Mason jars with garlic and dill flowers, brined and preserved for the months to come. Here's to beans!

And basil - fragrant, enticing basil! Its spicy scent lingers on fingertips long after picking. Flavor and aroma of high summer, pungent and delicate all at once. Here's to basil!

And here's to the garden workhorses, the plants that tend to be overlooked and forgotten for more exciting harvests, the ones we tire of harvesting and contemplate pulling up: here's to the chamomile, and the nasturtiums, and the signet marigolds with their citrus scent. 

We celebrate each of these plants in our meal this week. Peppery nasturtium flowers and leaves grace our pressed cabbage salad, sweet corn adorns our red kidney beans, and basil weaves in and out of the menu. Chamomile infuses a coconut milk panna cotta the likes of which have never been seen before. Marigolds sprinkle our salad greens.

Join us in raising your glass -- here's to summer's bounty!

With gratitude, and as always, rice and beanly yours,

The Macro Mamas

|| Menu for Saturday, August 12, 2017 ||

All items on our lunch menu today are free from gluten-containing ingredients

 

Basil Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

Red Kidney Beans with Sweet Corn & Pickled Garlic Scapes

Beets with Fennel & Walnut Chutney

Sautéed Summer Chard with Garlic

Green Beans with Basil Pesto

Nasturtium & Cabbage Salad

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Curd & Coconut Icing

Raw Cashew Tartlets with Blueberries (GF)

Grilled Peach Shortcakes

Summer Fruit Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Coconut Parfaits, Two Ways (GF)

Chocolate Mousse with Almond & Orange (GF)

Chamomile Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce (GF)

Cherry Chocolate Cake

Chai Spiced Cupcakes

Blueberry-Walnut Scones (GF)

Almond Drops (GF)

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Orange Zest Chocolate Chip

Maple Walnut Raisin Cookies

Menu for Tuesday, August 8, 2017

|| Menu for Tuesday, August 8, 2017 ||

Our Menu today is free from gluten and nut products

Lemon Verbena Rice

Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Sauce

Carrot, Squash, and Sweet Corn Escabeche with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

Green Beans & Shiitakes with Roasted Shallots

Cucumber Salad with Red Onion, Dulse, Dill, & Umeboshi Vinegar

Grilled Napa Cabbage Salad with Cumin & Lime

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

Raw Walnut Tartlets with Cashew Ricotta and Fresh Nectarines (GF)

Summer Fruit Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Blueberry & Mango Coconut Parfaits (GF)

Pistachio Dark Chocolate Mousse (GF)

Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Curd

Almond Drops (GF)

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

August Already! // Menu for Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Already! // Menu for Saturday, August 5, 2017

With the first days of August already behind us, we find ourselves wondering where the summer is ducking off to. This time of year is usually plentiful with ripeness, vibrance, and strength. The hot sun imparts a hard, masculine energy to these days -- that is, if we aren't experiencing a monsoon, as happens so frequently now. With heat and bright sun, we turn to lighter fare still. Less oil, less heat. Simple blanching replaces sautéeing and stewing, and we treat the season's first tender green beans with the lightest touch when it comes to cooking. This week we serve them with the cool, refreshing flavor of tarragon, and the bright, playful jewels of oven-roasted cherry tomatoes.

Here's another thought, for what it's worth, on the balance and harmony in the turn of the seasons. High summer is, for farmers and market folk like ourselves, a time when we are busy and tired, and we often neglect the relationships that keep us in community together in favor of other pursuits (like sleep, right?).  But some time between mid-July and early August, hundreds of thousands of bulbs of garlic across the region simultaneously reach maturity and must be pulled. Suddenly every farmer and grower is in communication -- How is the yield? Have you pulled yours yet? Was there any rot of this or that variety? Do you know this neat trick to determine if they're ready? -- and for a moment, this work that often divides us instead brings us all together with the common interest of getting our garlic in, dry, and preserved for the season. Garlic itself reflects this binding property: each clove, individually wrapped, sits alongside other individual cloves, wrapped together by a papery tissue that unites them all, attached to the same root base.

The harvest, at my little plot at least, was excellent.

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Thanks as always for allowing us to nourish you!

Rice and Beanly Yours,

The Macro Mamas

|| Menu for Saturday, August 5, 2017 ||

Brown Rice with Sweet Corn & Shiitake

Pinto Beans with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Vegetable Medley

Blanched Green Beans with Tarragon & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Pan-Fried Cauliflower with Lime

Jicama, Kohlrabi, & Cabbage Salad with Ume & Dill

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

Blueberry-Vanilla Cake with Coconut Lime Icing

Lemon Meringue Pie!

Pistachio-Semolina Tart with Rosewater Cream

Raw Walnut Tartlets with Cashew Ricotta and Fresh Nectarines (GF)

Summer Fruit Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Cherry-Berry Coconut Parfaits (GF)

Walnut Date Bars (GF)

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes (GF)

Almond Drops (GF)

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Black Sesame Tahini Cookies

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Menu for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Menu for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

|| Menu for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 ||

Quinoa Olivida with Parsley

Black Lentils with Orange Blossom Water

Green Beans with Red Onion, Ume-su, & Tarragon

Beets with Lemon & Mint

Summer Veggie Gratin

Shaved Fennel Salad

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Menu for Saturday, July 29, 2017

|| Menu for Saturday, July 29, 2017 ||

Herbed Brown Rice

Moroccan-Style Chickpea & Carrot Salad

Collard Ribbons with Lime-Pickled Red Onions & Garlicky Tahini Dressing

Cauliflower Salsa Verde

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Coriander, & Cumin

Cabbage & Radish Salad with Orange Blossom Dressing

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

Carrot Cake – A Macro Mamas Classic!

Salted Chocolate Hazelnut Tart (GF)

Raw Cashew Cheesecakes with Blueberry Glaze (GF)

Apricot Upside-Down Cake

Cherry, Mulberry, and Peach Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Coconut Parfaits, Two Ways (GF)

Pistachio Dark Chocolate Mousse (GF)

Lemon Bars

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons (GF)

Maple Almond Thumbprints

Orange Zested Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

|| Beverages ||

Elderflower Lemonade

Iced Masala Chai

NO MAMAS at the Farmers Market This Weekend!

We like to work hard, but we like to have fun, too! This weekend Macro Mamas will be on vacation. We will not be at the Farmers Market this Saturday at Steamboat Landing!

We will be back in action next Tuesday at Dewitt Park as usual. 

See you then!

Fruition // Menu for Saturday, July 08, 2017

Fruition // Menu for Saturday, July 08, 2017

Peas plumping up their pods, blossoms swelling into fruit, the slight withering of garlic stalks that lets you know their harvest time is coming--in midsummer, we get to reap what we've sown. In the kitchen this means we're harvesting edible flowers from our modest kitchen garden and tart cherries from our tree, and rejoicing in the first tender summer squash and snap peas from our farmers.

Each bite of bounty is work and energy embodied in edible form, and a reflection of the care that was taken in its production. A friend of mine told me that she planted thousands of flowers this spring, envisioning her harvest of fragrance and color in armfuls and bouquets, come July. But she neglected the seedlings in the spring, and didn't give them fertile soil or attention. Now, she laughed hopelessly, she's left with scraggly plants and no flowers to speak of. Not to make an example of her, but...well, we reap what we sow. It's not enough to just plant seeds of ideas, or hopes, or kohlrabi; you have to nurture them, and defend them from pests, and tend to their well-being. We reap what we sow--and water, and weed, and trellis, and prune, and...

Big thanks as always to our farmers and producers, who do the essential work of tending their fields and forests, so that we can in turn tend to our stew pots and trays in the oven, and so that you can, in turn, tend to your lunch.

Rice and Beanly Yours,

The Macro Mamas

 

|| Menu for Saturday, July 08, 2017 ||

Saffron Rice

Beluga Black Lentils with Cumin, Cinnamon, & Fennel

Sugar Snap Peas, Kohlrabi, & Celeriac with Cashew Sumac Sauce

Cauliflower Romesco

Grilled Baby Squash with Pickled Ramps & Garlic Scapes

Blanched Kale with Minted Red Cabbage

Pressed Cabbage and Radish with Fennel Gomasio

Field Greens with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

|| Desserts ||

German Chocolate Cake

Raw Cashew Cheesecakes with Cherry Glaze (GF)

Strawberry, Apple, & Rhubarb Crisp (GF)

Heavenly Tapioca (GF)

Coconut Parfaits, Two Ways (GF)

Espresso Dark Chocolate Mousse (GF)

Strawberry Torte

Orange Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon Bars (GF)

|| Small Treats ||

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons (GF)

Maple Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Orange Zest Chocolate Chip Cookies