It's the friday before Memorial Day, almost the start of a nice long weekend. Sander is out building me the new garden beds so that we can do some planting this weekend, I've been inside working, and the adorable one has been at 'school' - the toddler program at the local Congregational Church, which she attends 2 mornings a week.
This weekend is a bit of a milestone - last year on this Friday, Sander came home from his job for the last time.
But this year is nothing like last year. Usually we spend Memorial Day weekend up at Moosehead Lake, but this year we're home, aside from a brief overnight trip to my inlaws Sunday to Monday. And we're excited, because it is a garden weekend. 3 of the new raised beds are in and just about ready to plant in, the muscat grapevines and the apricot trees have arrived...and in a few more weeks, chickens!!
But before I can get to all that, I need to figure out what the heck to make for dinner. Friday dinner is important, because Friday is date night here. We don't get out much (although next week we have a babysitter so that we can go to 'beerfest' - should be fun even though I'm a wine drinker). On Fridays we put the adorable one to bed, crack a bottle of wine, and relax together. I don't dial in to work, we don't try to accomplish anything, and we don't worry about anything more than whose turn it is to sleep in on Saturday. It's rather nice, actually.
We've tried to have a standing meal, like pizza, every Friday. The problem with that is that the adorable one is coming into her prime pizza-eating years, and so we'd rather share that meal with her. And other meals got sort of boring over and over.
So on Friday afternoons it is my job to come up with something. Some weeks I am right on top of it. Today, not so much.
This week we took in our final CSA winter share delivery, so there are a lot of green things to be used up - spinach, kale, lettuce, leeks, scallions...that sort of thing.
We haven't been so good lately at staying on top of food before it goes bad, so I'm trying very hard this month to ensure that nothing rots.
There's plenty of food in the house, but of course, that hasn't prevented me from opening cabinets and the refrigerator and freezer and staring into them blankly. I could go to the grocery store, but that would be a waste of time and money - I have plenty already. I just need to figure out what the hell to do with it.
But in a tiny flash of inspiration, I remembered one of my favorite blogs: Scordo.com. And sure enough, there it was. Sausage (lean chicken sausage) with onions and a bunch of green things sauteed in garlic, with a bit of salt and some red pepper flakes.
And something else. Maybe a touch of pasta. Maybe popovers. Maybe.....