Not that this is exclusive to November or anything, but we’ve just had Chicken Cutlet* Night and it was glorious – a perfect cap to an otherwise pretty awesome day.
Today marked the start of my winter farmer’s market, which was super-busy and had an amazing energy that made me excited about life. The situation there was such that I am genuinely looking forward to sacrificing sleeping in on every Saturday morning so I can work the old family chicken n’ eggs booth.
Besides the great energy, there were oodles of tasty local foods and stuff which I will spend the next several months sampling and purchasing at a rate of $20 per week (self-imposed spending limit lest I go bananas), spread around to various vendors.
Today I got parsnips, swiss chard and brussels sprouts (that looked like JINGLE BELLS no less) from a veggie stand, and a creamy jalepeno cheese spread from Naragansett Creamery (really very delicious), along with a loaf of sourdough bread (and okay, a brownie) from Seven Stars.
PLUS I got free half-empty jars of condiments from a vendor who had opened the jars for sampling (Mustard & Dill dipping sauce = AMAZING!)
After that I got to hang out with a cute puppy while drinking a (FREE!) chai and peruse the mall (but NOT buy anything! No-buy-vember still on!) and then it was home for Chicken Cutlet Night.
We made oven roasted brussels sprouts, parsnip chips and chicken cutlets. We used Emeril’s recipe for fried chicken, which we know from experience is phenomenal, but we replaced cut-up chicken parts with thinly pounded chicken cutlets. They were significantly easier to cook and still awfully delicious. Also, everything else was delicious too.
Now I am actually going to leave my house AGAIN after 10:00 pm to go to a place that serves alcohol and has people in it. Crazy.
This November is starting out great, what with the writing, the not buying things, the promise of lots of beards to come and Chicken Cutlet Night. I have high hopes for it as a month in general. I cannot wait for the other amazing things I get to buy and/or cook after next week’s farmer’s market – I am definitely eying cranberries and sausages for next time.
Seriously, the anticipation is palpable.
Oh – and other highlights for things that happen in November since today is the last day of Things That Happen in November Week:
- a variety of birthdays, like Lauren’s and Gabby’s and Allison’s and Canadian super star Bryan Adams
- Thanksgiving, a holiday which I always appreciate and enjoy
- My first year getting to miss the Thanksgiving Feast at school, which is really something to be Thankful for
- the start of Holiday Season, which I would maintain is the most wonderful time of the year
*or as Tessa calls it now, “chicky chicky chicky chick”