Saturday, January 26, 2013

Last Meals of 2012

This dinner includes some dishes that we considered making for Thanksgiving, but that didn't make the menu for one reason or another.

We had a simple caesar salad with dressing that Jeanette had made the day before.  Also included in our dinner that had been made the day before by Jeanette was Wild Mushroom and Cauliflower Lasagna from the December 2012 Food Network Magazine.

Now for the rest of the meal that we made together--first, Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken with Mushroom Sauce from the November 2012 Bon Appetit magazine.  Here it is after being baked (we didn't have twine to tie it with, so we secured it with skewers):

And here it is sliced...

...and ready to be topped with the mushroom sauce

Prosciutto was also used in Roasted Green Beans with Pancetta and Yogurt (Nov 2012 FN) in place of the pancetta.  Instead of Greek yogurt we used yogurt from Cornerstone Dairy.  The caraway seeds added a surprisingly pleasant flavor to the dish, along with the saltiness of the prosciutto, the tangy and creamy flavor of the yogurt, and the crunch of the almonds.

We also made the Holiday Breath Wreath from the November 2012 FN Magazine, but used Jeanette's sourdough bread instead of following the recipe for the dough.  Because of the way the dough was shaped, the bread had a wonderful texture and stayed very moist!

For dessert we made Sugar Cream Pie, also from the November 2012 FN Magazine, and served it with Jeanette's homemade eggnog ice cream.  Unfortunately we don't have pictures to do justice to how good it was, because the filling wasn't completely set, so once the pie was cut it became a mess!  It probably just needed to be cooked a little longer...however it was still delicious!

Sticking with the post-Thanksgiving theme, for breakfast the next morning we made Spiced Sweet Potato and Pecan Pancakes from Tasty Kitchen, and served them with maple syrup and a raw cream sauce, and hot drinks with steamed eggnog!

They were really good, and didn't last long!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

It was another great Thanksgiving at Cornerstone, but a smaller group than in most past years.  The people there were: Luke and Natalie, Brandon, Lauren, Wallace, and John Luke, Ian, Jeanette, and Wesley, and Bethany.

Wesley came to Cornerstone with Bethany on Wednesday for the day and spent the night while Ian and Jeanette celebrated Ian's birthday in Seattle.  Then everyone gathered at Cornerstone Thursday morning and began cooking!  In the afternoon everyone went for a walk, except for Jeanette and Bethany, who stayed back to keep things going in the kitchen.  This was a good amount of food--not too many things to make that it felt overwhelming, but still lots of leftovers to enjoy!

Like last year,  we chose to just list all the dishes that were made without any pictures, so here it is!
  • Beef Roast made by Brandon, with grass-fed beef provided by Ian and Jeanette
  • Cassoulet made by Brandon with chicken from Cornerstone, beef from Ian and Jeanette, and pork from Farmstead Meatsmith
  • Gravy made by Brandon
  • Stuffing made by Lauren with her homemade sourdough bread and sausage from Farmstead Meatsmith
  • Mashed Potatoes made by Bethany with dairy products from Cornerstone Farm
  • Guy Fieri's Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes made by Bethany from the November 2012 Food Network Magazine
  • Creamed Peas and Onions made by Jeanette from the November 2012 Bon Appetit magazine
  • Slow Roasted Green Beans with Sage made by Jeanette from the November 2012 Bon Appetit magazine
  • Cranberry Serrano Relish made by Jeanette from the November 2012 FN Magazine
  • Parker House Rolls with Sea Salt made by Bethany (and Wesley) from the November 2012 Food Network Magazine
  • Bourbon Pumpkin Pie made by Bethany from A Cozy Kitchen
  • Salted Caramel Apple Pie made by Jeanette from the November 2012 FN Magazine (in the booklet with 50 pies)
  • Homemade Raw Whipped Cream made by Bethany
  • Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream made by Jeanette