We brought in the hay this weekend.
With the help of a neighbor and his equipment,
we cut and baled and stored about 400 bales of hay.
We had harvested 800 bales earlier this summer.
Luckily, 3 of our 4 kids were home to help with the job.
Traditionally, we have a big supper after hay harvest...
to celebrate a job well done.
This time I decided to go all out and try a whole bunch of recipes
from a book that I just received as a gift.
(Thank you Eileen....I LOVE it!!)
This book if full of beautiful pictures and wonderful
recipes from restaurants in the Brandywine River Valley, PA.
As I digested each page, I made a list of recipes
that I wanted to try.
Today I tried them all....
in one delicious feast of a dinner.
I have to say, though, I cooked all day long.
(It was worth it!)
Wild mushroom and jumbo lump crab soup
(fabulous...I will include recipe below)
Leek and herb tart
Pan Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad
(from the New York Times)Click for recipe
Individual loaves of herbed wheat bread
(herbs out of the garden)
London Broil, marinaded in our secret family recipe.
"Scallops From the Garden"
on a bed of homegrown, sauteed succotash,
with a pesto drizzle....
beautiful as well as delicious.
I garnished with fresh parsley and Nasturtium blossoms.
This book is a treasure....
a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Our dinner was wonderful...
the perfect ending to a hard day's work.
Much thanks to our kids for offering their time and strength!
Wild Mushroom and Jumbo Lump Crab Soup
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup sherry
1 pound portabella, shiitake, and white mushrooms, sliced
(Pa is the Mushroom Capital...so these are local for us!)
1 quart chicken stock
1 pint heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
In large pan, heat olive oil and sherry.
Add mushrooms and saute until tender.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer.
Add heavy cream, simmer.
Add crab meat, and salt and pepper.