Nibbles: A pig roast, cranberries and a delicious noodle recipe



Going whole hog

Halcyon Grange will serve up its annual Pig Roast Harvest Supper and Live Auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1157 Pleasant St. in Blue Hill.

This year’s lavish menu will feature Quill’s End Farm’s roast pork, warm red cabbage salad, potato salad, squash, baked beans, local greens, applesauce, homemade pickles and homemade pies. The locally produced ingredients will come from, among others, Zodi Farm, Backstage Farm, Five Star Nursery, Tinder Hearth Bakery and Homewood Farm.

The supper will begin at 5:30, with the live auction at 6. Auction items and services have been donated by local farms and businesses. The Grange’s Farm Market Basket filled with meats, veggies and baked goods also will be raffled off. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or $20 for five.

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Delicious cold

As the Blue Hill Co-op grows, so has its customer outreach including more recipes to enliven its customers’ home cooking. Among them is Peanut Sesame Noodles created by Real Pickles, a worker cooperative in Greenfield, Mass.

To make Peanut Sesame Noodles for four people, cook half a pound of soba noodles until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.

To make the peanut sauce, combine ½ cup of smooth peanut butter, 1/3 cup hot water, 2-3 Tbsps. tamari sauce, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 Tbsp. peeled and chopped fresh ginger, 2 Tbsps. rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp. honey, 1-2 Tbsps. toasted sesame oil and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir until smooth.

Combine peanut sauce with noodles and 1 cup of cubed tofu or thin strips of cooked chicken, 1 small red bell pepper cut into thin strips, 1 cup broccoli cut into small florets and steamed. Toss ingredients and garnish with roughly chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.

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Seeing red

For a weekend outing, take a drive to southern Washington County to see the crimson sea of low-bush blueberry bushes covering the barrens. On the Milbridge side of Route 1A, head to Lynch Hill Farms (1468 Route 1A) to stock up on the freshly harvested, ruby-red cranberries available in quantities of 2, 5 or 10-pounds.

The farm also has a gift shop and freshly made baked goods often are available such as cranberry white chocolate streusel muffins. For more info, call 483-1227 and visit lynchhillfarms.com.

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