November 11, 2008
The Green Mountain State
It was a lovely weekend in Vermont. I certainly don't want to downplay the wonderfulness of taking the dogs on adventures in the woods, seeing (and loving) Rachel Getting Married at the local one-screen cinema / video store, or spending time with best friend Marina, but I would like to focus on one particular highlight of the trip: the food. All of it was either purchased from the co-op or grown in someone's farm or garden. Even more importantly, all of it was lovingly prepared. If I always ate this well, I would have to write some sort of food memoir, à la Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and this would be an excerpt from this weekend:
Fresh baguette, brie & baby spinach served with tomato basil soup. Pumpkin cake for dessert.
Eggs Benedict from Kismet (with tempeh and chevre).
Squash, kale & cabbage, tempura burdock & carrots.
Eggs served over broccoli & kale with toasted squash seeds. Garlic parsley mash on the side.
Winter squash and sauteed burdock (just dug up from the garden in the back!)
Miso soup and homemade kimchi (thanks to Marina's foray into Wild Fermentation). Pear strudel for dessert.
Toasted garlic bagel and herbal tea sweetened with maple syrup.
I'm already plotting my next Vermont meal, I mean, visit.