Superbowl vs. Valentine's Day
Dear Friends, Family & Neighbors:
It's a good week to lean into some classic Americana tailgate-style food, in case you're doing that thing on Sunday. Or even if you're not. One of my best friends, and one of the best chefs I know, loves the Superbowl beyond all other holidays. We had fun collaborating on a menu of classic stuff using the best ingredients and techniques we know. Enjoy.
Ideas for Superbowl Sunday:
- Oven-roast some chicken wings- try our suggested method of low n slow (at 275) for about 30 minutes to render some of the fat and make the chicken super juicy- then blast at 450 for 5-10 minutes to give them some crispiness and color. Of course, if you have an air fryer, just do that.
- We have three different ways to enjoy the wings:
- an addictive smoky dry rub- good at staying crisp and not getting your fingers sticky
- a classic buffalo sauce, with the addition of Tina's farm-grown and house-fermented habanero and apricot chili sauce (so good)
- sticky soy-chili glaze.
- We also made a buttermilk-blue cheese dressing and have celery in the catalog
- Have a bowl of beef and red bean chili. I like mine over elbow mac with cheddar, scallions, and sour cream. Ours is made from a combination of ground Certified Angus Beef and ground brisket.
- One of our favorite chip dips, Texas caviar, is full of black beans, pinto beans, corn, tomato, cilantro, and more. If you want to make an awesome chopped salad, chop up some little gem lettuce and put some of this on top, along with sliced avocado and shredded cheddar. Or just go straight to tortilla chips for dunking- La Milpa de Rosa white nixtamalized corn tortilla chips, of course.
- Tina's Buffalo chicken dip is insanely good, stupidly naughty, and I still haven't forgiven her for introducing me to its wonders and calories. Worth it. Also suggest tortilla chips here.
- Spicy Italian sausage, Sabrett's hot dogs (it's a NY/NJ thing), and beef slider patties featured this week
- Mini pecan pies - same delicious pecan pie we had on Thanksgiving, in mini "for two" format
Ideas for Valentine's Day:
- First thought- why not do it at home, away from the crowds? We have what you need to make a meal that will be just as special- perhaps even more so since you can cook it together
- Oysters are always a good idea- this week we're featuring Glidden Point from Damariscotta, Maine (a personal favorite) as well as Chatham, MA oysters. We've got knives if you need one! Caviar available too- it's really good on top of oysters
- LIMITED: Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche with Seville sour oranges, aji amarillo, and flaky sea salt. What a treat- super short season, hard to get, wonderfully sweet and delicious Nantucket bay scallops
- Big-ticket proteins: we have all kinds of special options this week- halibut, tenderloin steaks (aka filet mignon), bone-in Tomahawk prime ribeye for two, truffle-butter rubbed Giannone chicken, and rosemary-balsamic marinated Colorado lamb loin chops....the ingredients the best restaurants use but for about half the cost - maybe spend the rest on a nice bottle of wine or a babysitter
- Dessert- chocolate pot de cremes with candied kumquats, mini lemon meringue pie for two
- Don't forget to check out. local hand-made chocolates from Mrs. Mekler's Mercantile...if you know, you know- eating these will make you realize you've been missing out on the joys of freshly made small-batch chocolates, and the packaging is nice for a gift
A Peggotty Grazing Box is fitting for company or a date- nice cheeses, nuts, crackers, pickles, jam, olives, and charcuterie. And don't forget to eat vegetables- if you can't even decide what kind of veggies you want, let us pick for you- our Winter Produce Box has a great selection of in-season fruits and vegetables, and always includes greens for salad and at least two types of fruit.
Whew, what don't we have this week? Find it all here. Gotta go, we need to start cooking!
See you soon,
Alison & The Team at Peggotty Provisions