A Brand New Harvest

As of this week, Small Wonder Farm now produces some of it’s own mushrooms.  My Back to the Roots oyster mushroom kit has started producing.  It took a lot longer than I expected. but it is amazing to see how fast they grow.  one of our nephews is a very accomplished mushroom farmer and he inspired me to give it a whirl.  I want to grow mushrooms with my 1st graders at school as our winter harvest project and now I know it works.  Lily, although wowed by the growth, continues to be a staunch anti-mushroom eater.  More for me and Paco.

Purple and Orange, A Match Made In Heaven

By just looking at the blog you must know I have a thing for color.  So much so, that purple potatoes make me very happy.  They are a small wonder.  What beauty.

Another thing I love are dishes. It dawned on me that I ogle dishes the way my husband ogles cars.  I can breeze past the racks of shoes, clothes, jewelry, lotions and potions, but the dishes always stop me dead in my tracks.  I stay away from TJ Maxx because they always have amazing, gorgeous dishes. Intricate patterned casserole dishes, individual bean pots, and enameled cast iron.  On the rare occasions we go to one of the outlet malls, my whole body pulls me toward the Le Creuset outlet store.  I have 2 large “flame” roasters from them that I use often and will have forever.

I am drawn to bright and/or patterned dishes.  Mexican talavera is my favorite. They make me happy.  I don’t splurge on them that often, but I recently acquired little individual orange gratin dishes with lids topped with beautiful hens.   Oh, happy day.  Purple potatoes topped with chile-garlic compound butter and a splash of sherry.  A nice finish to a not so great Thursday.

Here is the recipe I riffed off of:

Sherry Potatoes at Simply Recipes

The only change I made was to use my own compound butter I had stashed in the freezer.  I also made one dish with EVOO instead of butter for my dairy allergic daughter.  The sherry lent a nice nutty flavor.  Since I did small individual dishes, they baked up in about 20 minutes.

I also roughly chopped some beautiful organic oyster mushrooms and sauteed them up in the same butter. Yum.

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