December's farm-to-table collaboration is with my friend Nancy. She is a Caterer and owner of Lemon Drop Catering, author of Nancys Cravings Blog, ambassador for Blue Goose Chicken, antibiotic free meats, raised with care by Canadian Farmers, and a wonderful cook who creates beautiful dishes. I was really excited when Nancy agreed to visit us on the farm for a foodie collaboration and I couldn't wait to cook with her in the farm kitchen. We decided to prepare a holiday meal using our organic farm produce and premium organic & free range Blue Goose chicken to celebrate local with our farm family & volunteers.
With all the beautiful winter veggies on the farm, This Roasted Vegetable recipe was definitely on the menu. We gathered up all of winters finest such a Acorn Squash, Candy & Yellow Beets, Heirloom Carrots, Red and White Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms and whole farm garlic all tossed in Canadian Maple Syrup and seasoned with fresh herbs. This was a simple recipe that brought sweet beauty to our holiday meal.
Move over potatoes as Nancy shared her family her family recipe for Cornbread Pudding! This is a dish Nancy says that her kids cannot live without. Don't let the simplicity of this dish foul you, it is absolutely addictive and was a farm family favourite. Head on over to Nancy's blog and add this CornBread Pudding to your holiday menu.
You can't have a holiday meal without a stuffing! My family loves couscous, especially Israeli couscous. What's the difference, it looks like little pearls of grain toasted which gives it a slight savoury taste. My favourite brand is Wild Roots Pearl Harvest Blend, which is a mixture of couscous, chickpeas, Italian Orzo & Red Quinoa. This can be purchased at Costco or other Organic Markets. Tossed with Shiitake Mushrooms, fresh herbs, friend cranberries and seeds, it makes a perfect holiday stuffing or side. I have been making my version of this holiday Israeli Couscous Stuffing for years and my family loves it and now I have shared it with you!
Now for the main attraction! With Nancy being an ambassador or Blue Goose Chicken, it was such a perfect collaboration for a farm-to-table holiday meal. Paired with our organic farm produce, Blue Goose Chicken is premium organic and free ranged chicken raised with care by Canadian Farmers which supports our local belief. These chickens are absolutely delicious and meaty and only require simple ingredients to bring out their juicy flavour. This Roasted Blue Goose Chicken Recipe will make a beautiful Rustic Farm-To-Table addition for your holiday gatherings.
It was such a wonderful collaboration and I can't thank my friend Nancy and Blue Goose enough for spending time on the farm with me, not only to get to know my farm family but for helping me create a beautiful holiday meal that gathered all of us together around the farm family table. Head on over to Nancys Cravings to get to know Nancy and enjoy all her beautiful recipes! Wishing all of you a Wonderful Holiday Season and may the New Year bring you much Love, Happiness, Health and many delicious gatherings. xoxo