Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Soup with Gruyère

A number of our guests from An Evening at the Coop have asked
 if we would share our recipe for the pumpkin soup we made that night.

Here it is! 

Pumpkin Soup with Gruyère

1 6lb pumpkin
1/2 cup butter
1 large yellow onion
6 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cup creams
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1 lb Gruyère
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chives

Cut pumpkin in half and scoop out all the strings and seeds.  Coarsely cut the flesh.
In a large saucepan, melt butter and chopped onions and saute till golden brown.  Add stock,
pumpkin and bay leaf, bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let simmer.  Take out bay leaf.

In small batches, puree the soup in a food processor, return the puree to the pan and stir
in cream, orange zest, lemon and orange juice, nutmeg and grated ginger.  Reserve a 1/4 cup of cheese
and put the rest in the soup, stir over low heat till cheese melts.

Season with salt and pepper, pour in bowls and garnish with cheese and chives.

Serves 10 to 12


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What A Night!

The Evening at the Coop was just perfect!

the food

What sums it up is this note from one of our guests that night...

"Thank you for the most amazing night/dinner/people/your family/your home.  You guys rocked it Saturday night,
what a beautiful, lovely dinner. 
So many like minded folks!"

A magical night was had by all!

There were tons of like minded folks and they all sat next to who they were suppose to sit next too.  there was no assigned seating.  We loved how community was being built around the tables and how many connections that were made through food and sharing of each others lives.

the community

The chef and sous chef...David and Sloan

heirloom lettuce salad fresh picked that day.

As you can see from the dishes, everyone went home full and happy!

We will be doing another dinner in the spring,
 if you are interested in joining the delicious revolution.

The principles of the delicious revolution: 

Eat locally and sustainably, eat seasonally, shop at farmers' markets, plant a garden, conserve, compost and recycle, cook simply, cook together, eat together and remember food is precious. 

Thank you Alice Waters for blazing the trail for future generations
of this delicious revolution.  

With enormous gratitude!

The Family

Friday, October 21, 2011

Busy Weekend Ahead!

Is having their monthly sale Oct. 20- 23, more info here.
We went yesterday to see what treats we might find
and we found a few!

I picked up this cute little French lamp with a green silk shade,
now I have to converted to 110 volt power but isn't it lovely?

Met sweet Brooke Gianetti and had her sign my
own copy of Patina Style. What a treat!

Found this funky electrified lantern and thought it would be perfect for our
Evening at the Coop tomorrow night!

Speaking of Evening at the is tomorrow night and sold out!
We have been making ice cream, chevre, creme fraiche, pumpkin soup...
busy, busy, busy.

Sunday is The Fall Festival at Jam in Old Town Scottsdale and we are vendors there!

We've been making owls out of old sweaters just for the flea market

pillows and banners

 adult applesauce from local apples.

Plus we will have our farm jams, hand harvested
organic seeds, plants, eggs, chevre and other treats from the garden!

Hope you can come to all the fun!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Evening At The Coop


A Tribute to Alice Waters and 40 years of Chez Panisse
We will be serving up a five course meal that is local, seasonal,
sustainable and from our own organic urban farm.
This Saturday, October 22
$41 person, B.Y.O.B
seating is extremely limited
Join us for the delicious revolution!   In the spirit of Alice Waters~
the true secret to good cooking is starting with the best tasting ingredients.
Register here.
Toasted brioche, arugula, egg and chipotle bearnaise

Baked goat cheese, heirloom greens with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds

Heirloom pumpkin soup with creme fraiche

Local grass fed beef medallions with a goat cheese and red wine reduction,
shoestring potatoes and a roasted vegetable tian

Pear crisp with homemade vanilla bean ice cream
and lemongrass tea

It is going to be a great evening! 

Come join us at our table for dinner, great conversation and exploring the farm.
Only a few spots left...

Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kitchen Update

The range hood was installed this week and I just love the design. (click here to see the inspiration post) 
 Found a metal artist through my good friend Nancy, he just returned from the
Rhode Island School of Design, which is like Mecca for us artists.  
I am so pleased with it..the pleats..the blend of contemporary and traditional...Ryan did a great job! 
Don't you love when you see it in your head and it is even better when you see the idea in real life?

We still need to put up the stainless steel back splash, crown, deal with the lighting and
Ryan is coming back to trim out the bottom of the range hood but I am
finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  Which is a really good thing!

The Aga Pro is in and we are now cooking with gas.  We had some issues with install
because when the range finally arrived here in the states, we realized it was on 220 power
(European power-this is why you fry out your hairdryer if you try to plug it in to an outlet there) 
and we are wired for 110.
So we had to have 220 power run to the kitchen.

We still need to finish the floors, counter tops, put in a new window, tile and
get the John Boos butcher block island.
My husband is going to make me some cute shelves for this wall
but until then we are using this little pine one to store our glassware.

Once the kitchen is done and I have a better idea on how things flow,
I will reorganize this pine hutch but for now it works.

I got this cute little cross hook from this great booth called Whimsy at the Kane County
Flea Market in Illinois when we were on our girls trip a few weeks back.
I also met Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale and we shopped at her cute booth too. 
It was so fun talking to is funny about how with blogs you feel as though
you know someone, even though you have never met them in person. 
This is how I am with her- instant friends. 

I have a thing for Match pewter..not the plate or glasses, just all the spoons and accessories.

Here is our little coffee station in the kitchen.  We drink a lot of coffee in our house and it is good coffee.  We aren't gadget people but to us a good investment is a fabulous coffee maker!

We are finally making progress.

My favorite fall decoration "Queen of the Harvest"!

The window is going to be installed in a couple of weeks, so once that happens I will
give you a progress report on the kitchen.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Redeeming the Garden

Thank you for commiserating with me during our little farm disaster of 2011. 
Your sweet comments and emails were so encouraging to me.  There were some
questions that were asked and I will just answer them here...maybe you have the same question too.

Do we have a watering system?
Yes, we do have a watering system but it is not automated. All six beds are on the same
system so you just have to turn on one valve. 
I will do another post about my love/ hate relationship with watering systems... 

Do you go out of town much? is hard to go out of town when you have a farm...just too much to take care of.
I have dreamed of having a "gentleman's farmer" but I need hired
hands to have a gentleman's farm and at this point we are still the hired hands.

We started "Operation Redeeming the Garden" this weekend and we made good

Cleaned out the pumpkin bed, turned and amended the soil.

Pruned out dead wood and replaced edging
(the edging keeps our free ranging chickens out of the beds)

Prepped and ready to go for round two!

And the Alaska Sugar Snow Peas are taking off!

Here's to greener, growing days!

PS.  I am working on a "kitchen update" and will post it this week!  We are moving along on that front too!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Real Life Garden Horror!

While my daughter and I were out of town in Chicago, my husband was in charge of the farm
and well, how do I say this...he forgot to water.  That might not be an issue with most places
this time of the year but here in the desert where we have been having a heat wave
with temperatures over 100 degrees, it is a disaster.  All my lettuce starts are fried,
my fresh seedlings that were starting up gone and my pumpkin patch that I have been babying
since May. Ooh, I can't even think about it... I want to cry! 

I know people are more important than plants but to an urban farmer,
the lines get blurred sometimes.

  Here's some pictures of my pumpkin patch through the last six months.





And this is what I came home to...
 I harvested the pumpkins that were salvageable,
brought them inside, along with some pomegranates
and used them throughout the house to decorate for fall.

I learned an important lesson from matter if I make a detailed list of what to do day by day time I go out of town I am going to hire someone to take care of the farm. 
My husband is the banker, not the tender, he loves the farm but I am the caretaker of it.  
I can not expect him to take care of a four year old boy, a cat, a dog, 8 chickens and all the gardens.   
Just FYI.....All animals and humans survived our 4 day Chicago trip..
I can't promise you they bathed
but they are alive.

Tomorrow is a new day...the old is gone and the new has come!

I am going to go have a good cry now.
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