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Wedding dinner recipes

Here are the recipes we used for our local food wedding dinner. We grew or raised most of the ingredients.

Appetizers

Hummus

Ingredients (for 10 cups): 

  • 4 cups dry chick peas
  • 16 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 2 cups water (saved from cooking chick peas)

Directions:

  • Cook chick peas until soft and tender, making sure they are well covered with water.
  • Drain chick peas, saving 2 cups water, rinse with fresh water and let drip.
  • Food process all ingredients until a smooth paste is formed, more water may be necessary to achieve desired consistency. 

Vegetable sticks, cheese, crackers, fruit

Caprese salad

  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Olive oil

Chips & homemade salsa

Homemade half sour kosher dill pickles

Dinner

Autumn gold squash soup

Ingredients (for 100):

  • 35 lb squash
  • 7 lb onions
  • 1.75 cups vegetable oil
  • 5.25 lb carrots
  • 21 cloves garlic
  • 28 bay leaves
  • 7 tsp thyme
  • 7 tsp cumin
  • 7 tsp cinnamon
  • 7 tsp coriander
  • 7 quarts vegetable stock
  • 3.5 quarts tomato juice
  • 3.5 quarts orange juice
  • ~7 tsp salt
  • ~7 tsp pepper

 Directions:

  • Halve, seed and bake squash, cut side down, on baking trays at 400 degrees for 1 hour or more (until soft).
  • Saute onions in oil for a few minutes.
  • Add the bay leaves, garlic and spices and continue sautéing until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the carrots and stock. Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaves.
  • In a blender, puree the squash, vegetables and juices in batches until smooth.
  • Mix back together and add salt and pepper to taste.

Swedish coleslaw

Ingredients (for 100): 

  • 12 lbs cabbage
  • 3 lbs onions
  • 18 carrots
  • 12 sweet peppers
  • 6 cups cider or red wine vinegar
  • 4.5 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 T dry mustard

Directions:

  • Use slicer attachment to cut up cabbage, onions and sweet peppers. Use the grater attachment to cut up carrots. Mix in a large bowl.
  • Mix all sauce ingredients in a saucepan an bring to a boil. Immediately pour over vegetables. Do not stir. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator several hours before mixing.

 Maple kale salad

Ingredients (for 100): 

  • 12.5 lbs kale
  • 25 large hakurei turnips
  • 3 gallons water
  • 3 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 1/8 cup Braggs
  • 1.5 cups maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 50 cloves garlic, pressed

 Directions:

  • Cut up and cook kale in water for 7 minutes.
  • Immerse kale in cold water to cool. Add sliced hakurei turnips.
  • Toast sesame seeds in the oven on a baking sheet until light brown.
  • Mix sauce ingredients.
  • Add to kale just before serving.

 Garden salad

Rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 21 chickens
  • Brine at a ratio of 1/4 cup salt:1 quart water:1 T dried rosemary ratio
  • 40 pounds potatoes (including up to 5 lb for vegan potatoes)
  • Salt, pepper, rosemary, olive oil for vegan potatoes

Directions:

  • At least 12 hours before cooking, immerse chicken in brine.
  • Wash potatoes. Cube potatoes, cutting out rotten spots but leaving the skins on.
  • Rinse chicken.
  • Arrange chicken parts and cubed potatoes on baking pans. Roast at 450 degrees until a thermometer stuck inside the breast reads 160 degrees.

Rosemary roasted vegan potatoes

Directions:

For one pan of potatoes (no more than 5 pounds), soak 10 minutes in hot tap water. Dry with a clean dishtowel. Mix in a bowl with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook them at 450 degrees without chicken. Flip the potatoes periodically until they are nicely browned on several sides.

Homemade salad dressing

Homemade bread

 Dessert

John’s ice cream from Liberty, Maine

Pies made by our moms and Andy

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Walnut pie
  • Apple fig pie
  • Shoo-fly pie
  • Blueberry pie
  • German cheese pie
  • Apple pie
  • Apple raisin pie

Squash soup

Digging yukon gold potatoes

Harvesting is so much fun, and it is so gratifying to see the results of all our work. I love having a refrigerator full of melons and pickles and a living room full of squash, pumpkins and potatoes. Now it’s time to start obsessively checking the forecast for frost warnings and hurricanes (ironically, Hurricane Julia is off the coast of Africa heading for United States). We’re still testing recipes and making last minute arrangements, but we’re feeling ready and excited for the wedding.

A trunk full of butternut squash

We’re so excited to create this meal, to spend time with people we love, and most of all to get married!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes we’ve tested recently. Since you are probably not cooking for 100, you can always shrink the amounts. Dividing by seven gives you around 15 servings and nice even amounts.

Autumn Gold Squash Soup

Ingredients (for 100):

  • 35 lb squash
  • 7 lb onions
  • 1.75 cups vegetable oil
  • 5.25 lb carrots
  • 21 cloves garlic
  • 28 bay leaves
  • 7 tsp thyme
  • 7 tsp cumin
  • 7 tsp cinnamon
  • 7 tsp coriander
  • 7 quarts vegetable stock
  • 3.5 quarts tomato juice
  • 3.5 quarts orange juice
  • ~7 tsp salt
  • ~7 tsp pepper

Directions:

Halve, seed and bake squash, cut side down, on baking trays at 400 degrees for 1 hour or more (until soft).

Saute onions in oil for a few minutes.

Add the bay leaves, garlic and spices and continue sautéing until the onions are translucent.

Add the carrots and stock. Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaves.

In a blender, puree the squash, vegetables and juices in batches until smooth.

Mix back together and add salt and pepper to taste. Warm slowly.

The cabbages are coming along nicely

My parents came to help in the garden

Testing recipes

Much of our cooking these days is focused on testing recipes for the wedding. On Saturday we made broiled chicken, coleslaw and potatoes — all three are dishes we plan to serve at the wedding.

We cooked the chicken, which my parents raised this summer, loosely based on suggestions in The New Best Recipe cookbook.

A rooster, just over seven weeks old and big enough for the slaughterhouse

On Friday we started brining the bird, which was pre-cut into legs, breasts, wings and back, in a solution of 1/2 cup salt to 2 quarts water to 1 tsp. dried rosemary. Almost 24 hours later we broiled the chicken until a thermometer stuck inside the breast read 160 degrees (around 30 minutes). The end result was a little too salty, but otherwise juicy and delicious.

We simply cubed the potatoes and cooked them in the bottom of the broiler pan under the chicken. The drippings from the cooking bird made them greasy and delicious. We haven’t decided whether we’ll cook the potatoes this way, make mashed potatoes, or both.

We’ve been trying out different cole slaw recipes trying to find one we like, preferably without mayonnaise. Last weekend we tried Asian cabbage slaw from the Moosewood Cooks for a Crowd cookbook, but we found it somewhat dull. This weekend we tried a recipe I got from my mom for a Swedish slaw. We mixed shredded cabbage with onions, green peppers and carrots then marinated the vegetables in a very simple sauce of 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 3/4 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp dry mustard and 1 T salt. We like this recipe quite a bit, and it’s very easy to make.

Lots of tomatoes!

We also made some mozzarella this weekend. We plan to have fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil as one of our appetizers. We’ll make more mozzarella and other cheeses gradually from now until the wedding. Read more in a guest post Andy plans to write about cheese making.

Andy making salsa

In other exciting news, we picked a delicious yellow watermelon this weekend. The soybeans are forming small furry pods. We picked our first green beans, and we have tons of tomatoes, which we’ve been drying and using to make canned salsa. We finally pulled out the first cucumber crop, but we have a second crop that will be ready soon. The carrots, corn and squash are all looking great.

We still have lots of pickles in the fridge. If you want to give them a try, let us know. We’re selling them for $20/gallon, plus a $2 deposit on the jar. For those in the Portland area, you can pick them up at the farmers market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but you have to order them first. Since we don’t have a certified kitchen, we can only sell our pickles under the table.