Wordless Post: New Food Photos from Colin

Our fabulous chef Colin is helping us update our food photos by applying his amazing photography skills to all of the dishes we make.  In celebration of these awesome new shots we’re using around the site, we’re doing this month’s wordless post using his terrific shots.  Stay tuned for more great photos of our food from Colin!

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And this week’s menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Spanikopita with Beef -  This delicious dish is a perennial HK fan favorite: layers of flaky phyllo dough alternate with creamy cheese and lots of fresh, delicious greens. This non-traditional version includes hearty ground beef in the filling, making it an excellent meal. Single Serving  – $10

Cassoulet -  Traditional French home cooking, cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole, melding the savory flavors of meat and beans.  Ours will feature amazing Miller’s organic chicken, organic white beans, Michigan bacon, Michigan sausage, our frozen tomatoes, and plenty of herbs. Gluten free option available. Single serving  Single Serving $10

Broccoli Potato Soup – This soup is flavorful and satisfying, brightened with the fresh flavor of our straight-from-summer-via-the-freezer broccoli and strengthened with a hearty potato base. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and onions brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  With delicious fresh vegetables including radishes, sprouts, carrots, and peas, this salad is hearty enough to be a main dish.  Gluten free option available.Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Spanikopita  – This delicious dish is a perennial HK fan favorite: layers of flaky phyllo dough alternate with creamy cheese and lots of fresh, delicious greens. This is the more traditional, vegetarian version–it makes an excellent meal. Vegan option available.Single serving $10

Vegetarian Cassoulet -  This NOT-so-Traditional take on French home cooking, our vegetarian cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole, melding the savory flavors of beans, vegetables, and lots of herbs. You won’t miss the meat! Gluten free option available. Single Serving  $10

Broccoli Potato Soup – This soup is flavorful and satisfying, brightened with the fresh flavor of our straight-from-summer-via-the-freezer broccoli and strengthened with a hearty potato base. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Thai Noodle Salad  – Fresh herbs and onions brighten the coconut milk dressing of this tasty noodle salad.  With delicious fresh vegetables including radishes, sprouts, carrots, and peas, this salad is hearty enough to be a main dish.  Gluten free option available.Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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A few words about Microwaving your food!

Dear Readers,

I know that all of you are extremely virtuous healthy food lovers who would never desecrate your kitchens with anything as plebeian as a microwave, but……well, let’s be real.  Although we do have lots of awesome customers who don’t use microwaves, we also have lots of fantastic customers who DO, myself included, so I wanted to share some tips and techniques about microwaving.

If any of you, like me, are lovers of things geeky and humorous, you might be familiar with the webcomic XKCD.  As you might know, Randall Munroe, the author of XKCD, is also running a blog called “What If” where he answers questions with science (!).  Recently he did an awesome blog post all about how microwaves work, which I found fascinating. A reader sent a question about why his leftover food always reheats unevenly, and Munroe gave a really interesting breakdown of how and why microwaves work (or not) the way they do.
variablesI’m usually a person who takes a simplistic approach to microwaves–just shoving the food in for a few minutes and hoping it comes out hot….which it usually does, ish…and if not, just putting it in for more time.  Munroe’s advice, based on the science of microwaves, comes down to this: “Use a lower power level, stir your food partway through microwaving, and let it sit for a few minutes before you eat it.”

I definitely recommend reading the whole post because it’s funny and insightful and might help you get a better result from microwaving.  A few more HK-oriented tips:  our plastic containers are microwave safe (although I personally prefer to place food on a glass or ceramic dish for microwaving…unless I’m in a hurry!).  The aluminum pie pans should be microwave safe in newer (less than 15 years old) microwaves (little known fact: new microwaves can handle some metals!) However, if you’re in doubt (like me again), you can easily transfer your pies to a microwave safe container.  My husband (#harvesthusband) uses the lid of the smaller pot pies to microwave them–turns out they fit perfectly!   I usually put our standard one person/retail portions into the microwave for approx. 2 minutes, but maybe I’ll start using a lower power level and more time, having read this article.  Anything with a crust (Spanikopita, Pot Pies, etc) will maintain better crispness if heated in the oven, but are still quite delicious when microwaved.  Remember, all our dishes are fully cooked, so all you have to do is make them as hot as you want.  Just heat and enjoy!

Do you have any microwave tips to share?

Here’s this week’s menu

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Sauerkraut with Sausage – Fresh and delicious sauerkraut from our friends at The Brinery pairs perfectly with smoked kielbasa, potatoes, and more in this traditional wintertime dish. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Stuffed Pasta Shells with Spinach and Beef in Alfredo Sauce -  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring Mclaughlin beef and fresh MSU Student Organic Farm spinach and deluged in creamy spinach-alfredo sauce. Single Serving $10

Curried Pumpkin Soup – Sweet kabocha pumpkins (a long-storing Japanese variety) pair deliciously with savory curry spices in this smooth and flavorful soup.  Sure to be a new favorite! Gluten free. Pint $7

Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Apple Sauerkraut Au Gratin – This tasty dish blends the sweetness of baked apples with the tangy-ness of sauerkraut and pulls it all together with plenty of cheese. A conversion for the non-sauerkraut eaters among us?? Gluten Free and vegan options availableSingle Serving $10

Stuffed Pasta Shells with Spinach and Alfredo Sauce -  Hearty pasta shells deliciously filled with cheese-y, herb-rich stuffing featuring fresh MSU Student Organic Farm spinach and deluged in creamy spinach-alfredo sauce. Single Serving  $10

Curried Pumpkin Soup – Sweet kabocha pumpkins (a long-storing Japanese variety) pair deliciously with savory curry spices in this smooth and flavorful soup.  Sure to be a new favorite! Gluten free. Pint $7

Green Quinoa Salad – Freshly cooked quinoa (a “super food”, forever known to us as “The Big Q”!) soaks up the flavors and nutrients of a raw greens dressing. Unusual and deliciously healthy for a side or salad, serve warm or cold. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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St. Patrick’s Menu is back!

patrickHappy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  Here at Harvest Kitchen we have a mini-tradition of creating a delicious Irish-themed menu for St Patrick’s day, and this year is no exception.  We hope you’ll enjoy these favorite recipes.  We’re even planning to make a special batch of Irish Soda Bread on Tuesday..yum!

One thing we love to make for St. Patrick’s Day is Colcannon, which is an Irish/Scottish version of mashed potatoes that has cabbage and kale mixed in.  It’s a great dish for Harvest Kitchen, featuring a bunch of our favorite wintertime veggies, PLUS, there’s an awesome song about it!  Listen here:

We’re also enjoying the longer days and increased sunlight–not to mention the melting of some of the huge icebergs in our parking lot!  It’s hard to believe that the Spring Equinox is this week–soon the days will be longer than the nights, and everything will begin to grow.  We can’t wait to see more new vegetables become available…as with every winter, it’s beginning to feel like we’re running out of creative ways to serve potatoes!

With all that in mind, here’s the menu for the week:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Lamb and Guinness Pie –Unbelievable flavorful, this delicious pie features tender, lean, local lamb and veggies covered with a puff pastry lid. A British-style comfort food, soon to be your personal favorite. 7″ Pie – $15

Swedish Meatballs with Noodles –  Delicious hand-rolled meatballs smothered in our fresh gravy and served over delectable Pastabilities egg noodles.  A hearty dish to set you up for whatever life brings you.  Single Serving $10

Mushroom Barley Soup – A hearty and savory soup full of amazing organic ingredients–perfect for the first days of spring.  Pint $7

Colcannon – Another traditional Irish dish, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.  Colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes and greens such as cabbage. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Cauliflower Pie with Potato Crust and Greens – This hearty pie may be the “ultimate comfort food”: it features a delicious potato crust filled with creamy mashed cauliflower and savory sauteed greens. Yum! Gluten Free. 7″ Pie –  $15

Kale Potato Balls with Sauteed Vegetables  – Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these baked kale and potato balls are like a hearty bite of wintertime flavors.  Served with delicious roasted veggies. Gluten Free.  Single serving $10

Mushroom Barley Soup – A hearty and savory soup full of amazing organic ingredients–perfect for the first days of spring.  Pint $7

Colcannon – Another traditional Irish dish, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.  Colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes and greens such as cabbage. Gluten Free.  Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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Support SOS Community Services with Dine and Donate March 13-4

Buy this tasty lasagna and SOS Community Services gets a donation. Yay!

Buy this tasty lasagna and SOS Community Services gets a donation. Yay!

Here at Harvest Kitchen we’re thrilled to be supporting Ypsilanti’s own SOS Community Services’ “Dine and Donate” fundraiser this week.  We’re joined by a bunch of our favorite Depot Town friends in holding special offers to support SOS.  You can read all about it here.  For our part, Harvest Kitchen is going to donate $5 to SOS for every portion of our Hearty Lasagna sold on March 13 and 14 at our Ypsilanti location or at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  We’ll have both vegetarian and omnivore options in stock.  So, join us in a win-win-win situation (you win with delicious food, SOS wins with a great fundraiser, and Harvest Kitchen wins because you’re visiting us!).  Hooray!

In addition to a boatload of lasagna, we’ve got some amazing options on the menu this week:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Shepherd’s Pie –A British favorite, shepherd’s pie is a layered dish, with a savory layer of ground lamb and vegetables topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Beef Stroganoff – Michigan raised beef in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.  Single Serving $10

Hearty Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines our freezer’s treasured summer’s veggies (tomatoes, corn, peppers, and more) into a savory taste-sensation.  Crack open a bag of tortilla chip and sit back and enjoy a delicious red chili. Gluten free.Pint $7

Maple Pumpkin Whip  — Sweet kabocha pumpkins roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

“The Good Shepherd”‘s Pie – The vegetarian version of a British classic, The Good Shepherd’s pie (lentil-herd’s pie?) features a delicious savory base of hearty lentils and veggies, topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Mushroom Stroganoff – Our mushroom stroganoff features organic mushrooms and peas in a creamy Calder Dairy sour cream sauce served over delicious egg noodles. You know you’ll want seconds.  Single Serving $10

Hearty Vegetarian Chili – Chili-expert Ryan combines our freezer’s treasured summer’s veggies (tomatoes, corn, peppers, and more) into a savory taste-sensation.  Crack open a bag of tortilla chip and sit back and enjoy a delicious red chili. Gluten free.Pint $7

Maple Pumpkin Whip  — Sweet kabocha pumpkins roasted to perfection and mashed to creamy smoothness. Sweetened slightly with a gentle hint of maple syrup for an added decadence. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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When will winter end?

Go home, Frost King and Snowball Boy! We've had enough!

Go home, Frost King and Snowball Boy! We’ve had enough!

Oh my! February is over this weekend and March begins, but according to the extended forecasts we’re not going to be seeing any more “Spring-like” weather any time soon.  I, for one, am ready for some warmer temperatures, especially since I sell at the Farmer’s Market, outdoors every Saturday.  Thanks so much to all our customers who just “keep on keeping on” and get food regardless of the weather, whether that’s braving the cold at the Farmers Market or braving the parking in Depot Town.  We appreciate you!  We’re also happy to keep on delivering, so keep on ordering for home delivery, and let us brave the roads!  The Harvest Kitchen van is going strong through ice and snow and chilly weather. :)

Of course our farmers continue to face challenges through the

It's extremely cold at the Farmers Market these days

It’s extremely cold at the Farmers Market these days

harsh weather.  Right now we’re eating mostly storage crops, though Goetz is producing some fresh swiss chard in their large greenhouses right now.  This time of year always challenges the creativity of our chefs, though we’re lucky right now to still have some good options to bring you new flavors each week.  Thank goodness for all of the summer bounty we have in the freezer as well–that helps a lot.  Unfortunately, salad greens are unobtainable right now.  We look forward to seeing them back on the menu in a few weeks.  In the mean time we hope you’ll enjoy all the different sides and salads we’re putting together for you–there’s more to salad than just lettuce!

Another thing to keep in mind this season–even after the weather warms up (which it will, soon, right?) it will still be weeks and months before new produce becomes available.  The early spring is one of the most challenging times of year for locavores, but every year we have fun seeing each crop return to our menu as we work towards summer’s abundance.  Stay tuned–it’s going to be a tasty ride!

Slaw made with colorful and flavorful root veggies can substitute for salad greens

Slaw made with colorful and flavorful root veggies can substitute for salad greens

Here’s the menu for this week:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Chicken and Dumplings– A wholesome winter comfort food: delicious free-range chicken with our tasty homemade dumplings. Enjoy. Single Serving $10

Wild Rice Bake with Italian Sausage -   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, delicious Italian sausage, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a winter day!  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. Could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free option available. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, cabbage, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes with Sweet and Sour Vegetables –  Our creamy tofu balls pair perfectly

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes!

Tofu Vegetable Croquettes!

with crisp-tender vegetables served in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce for a delightfully flavorful meal.Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Vegetarian Wild Rice Bake -   A delicious casserole including butternut squash, rutabaga, brown rice, and of course, wild rice. Hearty for a winter day!  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Cauliflower Millet Soup – This hearty soup is inspired by a favorite recipe from Diet for a Small Planet. It’s a delicious (vegan) alternative to the usual cream-of type soups–full of savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Lentil Salad with Greens – This deliciously hearty salad features a creamy yogurt dressing, bulghur wheat and the first of this season’s Swiss chard. Could almost be a meal in itself. Gluten Free option available. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Radish Root Veggie Slaw  — A crisp and crunchy blend of fresh radishes, turnips, cabbage, and carrots served in a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

 

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Food Ethics

At the Local Food Summit last weekend I attended a session on the connection between spirituality and food, and it made me think a little about things that are important in the choices we make about food here at Harvest Kitchen.  With that in mind, I’m going to try to write a little about our food ethics here.  Note that everyone makes compromises sometimes, and we’re no exception, but here’s what goes into our decision making.  This is a first stab at this statement–please let us know what you think and look for revised versions of the food ethics statement in months to come!

Seeley Farmer Alex harvesting

Seeley Farmer Alex harvesting

Food is a part of the heart of our most precious moments with family and friends, including holidays and celebrations, but it is also part of our day to day lives.  Everyone eats every day, whether grabbing a bite while running between things or sitting down with family and china plates and cloth napkins.  At its best, sharing a meal can bring us together.  At its worst, food can be a shameful and divisive subject, used to divide people and make them feel less worthy.  Those emotions of shame and humiliation are not what we want to associate with food here at Harvest Kitchen.  There are qualities of food that we love, and we want to share them and make them accessible to everyone.  There are no prerequisites for eating Harvest Kitchen food!

We love food that is grown sustainably.  That’s grown by farmers who care for the earth and for their

A highland cow at Mclaughlin Farm

A highland cow at Mclaughlin Farm

plants and animals.  We love food that’s made and grown by workers who are treated fairly.  We love food that is made from animals who live healthy and natural lives.  We love it when we know this about the food because of having a personal relationship with the growers and producers and chefs.  Know your farmer is at the heart of what we do.  We also love local food because it hasn’t traveled long distances and burned up fossil fuels to get here.  We love building a food system in our area that supports our local economy and where we are connected to the impact of our decisions. When we can’t have that personal connection to how our food is produced, we trust the “organic” designation to help us know that farmers in far away places are growing food without the use of chemicals.

IMG_20140210_145800_663On top of that, we love food that is satisfying and flavorful.  We love to make food that is a joy to sit down and eat.  We love being exposed to new flavors from around the world.  We love trying new fruits and vegetables that grow well in our local area that we might not otherwise have tried.  We find that being attuned to the seasons of the year allows us to savor each flavor as it comes and goes, and to appreciate the rhythm of the farm calendar.

We spend a lot of time planning our menus with these principles in mind, IMG_20140623_133017_414because we want our customers to trust Harvest Kitchen and our sources.  Not everyone has time to spend on the details of food ethics, and we want to make this kind of delicious, sustainable, locally-sourced, seasonal eating accessible to everyone regardless of time.  We hope you enjoy our meals–made with love from start to finish!  Cheers!

 

This Week’s Menu

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Chicken Alfredo –Rich, creamy, and delicious alfredo sauce pairs deliciously with fresh local chicken and hearty fettucine pasta. Single Serving $10

Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice – We’re partnering with our friend Erum from Rite Spice to bring you an extra-authentic version of this delicious dish.  It will still feature local chicken marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Lentil Vegetable Soup – A hearty and wholesome meal-in-a-bowl, our lentil vegetable soup is overflowing with flavor. The perfect lunch for a busy day at work or school. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Indonesian Rice Salad -  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Fettucine Toscana – Delicious hearty pasta topped with a creamy sauce, greens, and cauliflower. Both attractive and satisfying! Single Serving $10

Tempeh Tikka Marsala  - We’re partnering with our friend Erum from Rite Spice to bring you an extra-authentic version of this delicious dish.  It will still feature The Brinery’s fabulous tempeh marinated in a yogurt-tomato-spice marinade, roasted, and served with a curried tomato sauce. Served over brown rice. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

Lentil Vegetable Soup – A hearty and wholesome meal-in-a-bowl, our lentil vegetable soup is overflowing with flavor. The perfect lunch for a busy day at work or school. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Indonesian Rice Salad -  Full of nuts and vegetables and topped with a zesty citrus dressing, this flavorful salad is a favorite from Gaia’s Kitchen cookbook.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Roasted Butternut Delight  – A simple, delightful autumn side dish: roasted squash paired with cranberries and feta.  Gluten free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

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Wordless Friday: More beautiful food shots

It’s that time of the month again–time for a review of some of our finest instagram moments.  This Sunday is the Local Food Summit, and I’ve got some thoughts flowing around in my head right now about Harvest Kitchen’s “food philosophy”.  In the face of food fads, what are our ethics and how do we hold to them?  I’m planning to take some time at the Summit to listen, talk to others, and hopefully formulate a few thoughts on the subject for next week’s post…stay tuned!

Chickpea salad mixing in action! #vegan #flourescentfood #yum #actionshot #harvestkitchenlife #local #organic #food

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Rolling out crust for the Russian Vegetable Pie. #yum #harvestkitchenlife #cheflife

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West African Groundnut Stew warms up a gray day. #harvestkitchenlife #yum #vegan #nofilter #organic #local #visitypsi

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Here’s the menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Pulled Pork Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-rich pork enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten Free. Single Serving $10

North African Chicken Stew with Chickpeas  -  Slow-cooked, aromatic North African stew, our localized version features delicious local vegetables, chicken, dried fruit, and plenty of savory spices.  Served over cous cous for a complete meal. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Butternut Bisque – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up a winter’s day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Southern Picnic Caviar – This unusual cold salad features delicious black eyed peas, peppers, and corn in a zesty Italian vinaigrette. An excellent pairing with any of this week’s mains. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Vegetarian Enchiladas –Fresh tortillas from The Tortilla Factory baked with our homemade, veggie-rich bean enchilada filling, homemade sauce, and of course, plenty of cheese. Gluten free. Single Serving $10

North African Vegetable Stew with Chickpeas  -  Slow-cooked, aromatic North African stew, our localized version features delicious local vegetables, dried fruit, and plenty of savory spices.  Served over cous cous for a complete meal. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Butternut Bisque – Creamy and smooth, this hearty soup is perfect for warming up a winter’s day.  Its bright orange color and rich flavor make it immensely satisfying. Gluten Free. Pint $7

Southern Picnic Caviar – This unusual cold salad features delicious black eyed peas, peppers, and corn in a zesty Italian vinaigrette. An excellent pairing with any of this week’s mains. Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

 

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Music to Cook By

If you come to visit us at Harvest Kitchen’s store and kitchen, you know that we love to rock out to awesome tunes.  Everyone who works at Harvest Kitchen brings his (or her) own taste and preferences to our playlist.  John, in the dishroom, perfers sports talk radio.  Those of us who work in the front of house and kitchen areas, however, prefer music that pumps us up.  Chef Ryan has taken the lead on creating and curating a custom playlist on youtube that we often listen to while cooking.  Other times we turn to the internet radio service Pandora, but we’ve found that Pandora can get repetitive when listened to for a long time.  Another favorite we’ve recently discovered is the YouTube Cindy Lauper channel–there’s nothing quite like 1980s power anthems for energizing us and getting us through a long work day.  We have a long-running joke about starting a band featuring the Harvest Kitchen staff.  Occasionally silly sing-alongs will happen.  It’s all part of having fun and keeping the energy positive while working the long hours demanded by food preparation.  Next time you stop at Harvest Kitchen, feel free to join in on the singing and dancing!  Just remember, this week’s menu brought to you by the power of “The Safety Dance”.

 

Rock on with this week’s menu:

Omnivore

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Beef Goulash with Noodles– A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory beef, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten free option available. Single Serving $10

Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer-fresh vegetables, and of course delicious sausage and chicken. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of winter-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect to warm you up after a sledding adventure. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Garlic Green Beans – Another fresh-flavored summer visitor from the freezer, we can’t stop snacking on these tasty beans. Get ready to enjoy! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Vegetarian Goulash with Noodles  – A hearty Hungarian stew, our savory goulash is the perfect comfort food for a chilly November day. Overflowing with savory potatoes and turnips, our frozen tomatoes, and more, you’ll probably want seconds. Gluten Free option available. Single Serving  $10

Vegetarian Jambalaya with Rice – Rich flavors, Creole spices, summer-fresh vegetables, and hearty black-eyed peas for protein. Couldn’t ask for more! Gluten free. Single Serving  $10

Hearty Vegetable Soup with Cabbage – A savory and flavorful traditional vegetable soup, featuring an abundance of winter-ready veggies like potatoes and cabbage.  Perfect to warm you up after a sledding adventure. Gluten Free.   Pint $7

Garlic Green Beans – Another fresh-flavored summer visitor from the freezer, we can’t stop snacking on these tasty beans. Get ready to enjoy! Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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How I Dress for the Farmers Market in Winter

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As the winter weather progresses, my faithful farmers market customers often express sympathy and concern for how I’m keeping warm while selling the food at the (outdoor) farmers market each week.  While some of my Farmers Market neighbors shelter in

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Wintertime Comfort Food: Front and Center

Kale and Potato Balls looking tasty

Kale and Potato Balls looking tasty

This month’s menu at Harvest Kitchen has featured lots of fan favorites–hearty and flavorful options.  This is not a coincidence!  In the summer we love to highlight all the different abundance of flavors with light, fresh-tasting meals that emphasize our tasty local ingredients.  In winter, however, the options for locally grown fresh food become much more limited and everyone is looking for comfort food to warm them on a chilly day.  Don’t get me wrong, our wintertime menus are every bit as locally sourced AND as flavorful as our summer ones, just that in winter we have fewer options and have to work a little harder to bring diversity to the menu.  But our chefs are more than up for the challenge! We love making these familiar favorites and perhaps introducing folks to NEW favorites (like West African Groundnut Stew from last week).  When we plan the menu we try to balance between rich, stick-to-your-ribs options like lasagna and savory, flavorful, and warmly-spicy items like curries and stews.  All of these are great ways to show off the vegetables we’ve got in the freezer (tomatoes), cold storage (winter squash and potatoes), or are able to get fresh (!!) from our hoop house growers.  We hope you’re enjoying everything–we’re working hard to keep Harvest Kitchen’s options tasty and attractive year-round.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls = a perennial wintertime favorite

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls = a perennial wintertime favorite

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(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pork – Another favorite comfort food, our pork stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade tomato sauce. Will one serving be enough? Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Chicken Divan  –  A truly divine crowd-pleaser, Chicken Divan is a creamy casserole of Millers Organic chicken and Locavorious broccoli, drenched in our homemade gravy. Gluten free option available. Single serving $10

White Bean Soup with Kale and Butternut – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this soup is a meal in itself: hearty white beans pair deliciously with fall veggies including kale and butternut squash and a hint of curry flavoring. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes – Our sturdy standby this winter, the potato, takes center stage in this simple (yet extraordinary) dish: roasted to crispy perfection and tossed with rosemary, salt, and pepper, these potatoes pair perfectly with any of this week’s main dishes.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  — A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

Vegetarian

(made fresh Monday and Thursday–also available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market)

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Another favorite comfort food, our tasty vegetarian interpretation of the classic stuffed cabbage is topped with our homemade tomato sauce. Will one serving be enough?  Gluten free. Single Serving $10

Kale Potato Balls with Sauteed Vegetables  – Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these baked kale and potato balls are like a hearty bite of wintertime flavors.  Served with delicious sauteed veggies including kale and broccoli. Gluten Free.  Single serving $10

White Bean Soup with Kale and Butternut – A long-time Harvest Kitchen favorite, this soup is a meal in itself: hearty white beans pair deliciously with fall veggies including kale and butternut squash and a hint of curry flavoring. Gluten Free.  Pint $7

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes – Our sturdy standby this winter, the potato, takes center stage in this simple (yet extraordinary) dish: roasted to crispy perfection and tossed with rosemary, salt, and pepper, these potatoes pair perfectly with any of this week’s main dishes.  Gluten Free. Pint $8 or Half Pint $5

Salad Mix with House Dressing  – A delicious green salad blend featuring fresh seasonal greens from a variety of local farms, paired with our delicious seasonal salad dressing.  5 oz salad with 4 oz dressing $8

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