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The Haul: 2011 Finale

Today was the last day of the Easton open-air farmer’s market and I’m happy to report that my freezer is now full. Here’s what I bought today:

  • 2 frozen whole chickens
  • 2 lbs. bacon
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • A lot of broccoli florets
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions

Alas, Chapel Country Creamery wasn’t at the market today so I had to run by the store for some cheese and yogurt. I needed the cheese to make this broccoli cheese soup. The recipe calls for Velveeta (WTH, Cooking Light?), but I wasn’t about to use that. I used a mixture of sharp cheddar and provolone instead.

I had to make several adjustments. First of all, I apparently had waaaaayyy more than one pound of broccoli florets and so I had to add some water to cover them in the pot. This also meant upping the amount of milk and cheese (hence the addition of some provolone as I’d run out of cheddar). I was afraid that watering down the broth would affect the flavor so I added cayenne pepper and Old Bay to the soup.

Unfortunately, it came out more watery than it should have (I don’t think it was because of adding the extra liquid — the soup never thickened like it was supposed to with the addition of the flour). I let it simmer for an extra five minutes after adding the cheese and processing part of it, but it’s still a little too thin. I’m hoping it will thicken up more as I reheat it for leftovers (of which I have 6 pints!).

I made my run to the Amish market last night, as I had other things I had to attend to this morning — there I bought milk, cream cheese, oatmeal, syrup and peanut butter. The cream cheese and peanut butter will be used in cookies I’ll be baking today and tomorrow.

I also made a Target run. I had to stock up on some snacks and other essentials for my sister’s visit at Christmas. I also bought some Oreos (gasp!) and chocolate chips (semi-sweet and white) for one of the cookie recipes.

Hey, there are a couple of times a year when I indulge in packaged foods — Christmas and vacation. I figure it’s okay to relax the rules every once in a while. I don’t want to drive those companies out of business completely after all — I just think we rely on them too much on the whole.

Stay tuned for a post or two about the cookies!

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About baysideresearch

I am a genealogist based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I also like food and try to eat as locally and sustainably as possible. I have blogs about both!

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