The other day our downstairs neighbor brought over 2 pounds of center-cut pork loin. Apparently our next-door-neighbor had ordered several pork chops and had gotten loin instead, so she handed it off to anyone who happened to be around. My downstairs neighbor gave it to me to cook! Don't you love it when free food happens?
I browned it and then plunked it into the crock pot with a carrot, garlic, plums, and lots of herbs for the day. Later while it rested and I shredded I reduced the stock and strained the whole mess to serve with the pork and carrots. The next day it made a great sandwich, and later this weekend I think we'll have tacos.
Also this week I made this beet salad. I never know what to do with beets--they're so aggressive in flavor and I'm sick of that goat cheese and beet salad. I grated some raw beets with carrots and then minced some garlic scrapes and tossed with vinaigrette. Sweet and crunchy! Is my salad hurting your eyes?
This weekend we're picking up a picnic tote from Marlow & Daughters at the New Amsterdam Market and then celebrating City of Water Day. Or maybe since it will be almost 100 degrees and humid as hell I may pick up the picnic tote alone and we'll eat it while cowering indoors. Also, we may venture out to Bark Hot Dogs where they're celebrating National Hot Dog Day with their weekend special: come in and say "happy holiday" to the staff and buy 2 hot dogs, get a classic hot dog for free. Or as we call it, dinner for three.
This week I posted about Purple Kale Kitchenworks on the Park Slope Parents blog--I'm dying to take one of these workshops! And this week on The Stir I posted about probiotic straws, Walmart's food justice-washing, the Child Nutrition bill (so close!), and vegan ice creams that aren't gross. (Oh yes I did.)
I leave you with my royal burgandy beans, which have resisted climbing but are producing again anyway. Yay! Happy weekend.