Bird is the Word.



Bird, Bird, Bird. Bird is the Word.


That 1963 Song by the (unfortunately named) surf rock band The Trashmen may no longer be gracing the Top 40 but it is still indelibly, and maybe, annoyingly lodged in people's brains.  At least it is in ours when we think about Tad and his beautiful chickens.  Each time we get the whole birds, we are so happy to share them with you. They are delivered fresh, not frozen. We don't want to get dark here, but those chickens were alive on Tuesday. They were processed lovingly, and with respect by Tad himself that same day. You will not find fresher, more delicious meat. And yes. We have use this photo of Tad before. What of it? We love the guy and what he does. His daughter Shannon has started working with Family Dinner and we couldn't be more thrilled.

One of our rockstar members Mel has serious love for the whole chicken. She's been with Family Dinner since day 1 and sees the birds as a real benchmark of her learning as a talented home chef: " I would say the whole chickens are definitely a symbol for me of the growth I’ve made as a home cook since we started with family dinner. They used to intimidate me. I felt like I could never find a recipe that worked and then I didn’t know what to do with the leftovers and I felt guilty about how much I let go bad and had to throw out. Now, I get so excited when they come. I found an awesome recipe and I use the leftovers to make a kickass chicken salad." Kickass, just like you Mel. 

Using the whole animal is hugely important to us. And a salient point this week, because these birds are huge! Consider it a practice round for Thanksgiving. And don't forget- you can still order your Thanksgiving Birds through Family Dinner!


WHAT'S IN THE BAG?


HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein
 - Half Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Scallops from Red's Best; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein - Full order of Pasta from Law of Pasta; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Half Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Broccoli, Leeks, Apples and Spinach from Busa Farm
Grain - Gemelli from Law of Pasta
Special Treat - Nuts from Q's Nuts


WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein
 - Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Pescatarian Protein - Scallops and Blue Fish (Skin off!) from Red's Best; Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Vegetarian Protein - Tofu from 21st Century Foods; Full order of Pasta from Law of Pasta; Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Paleo Proteins - Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Fruits and Veggies - Broccoli, Leeks, Apples and Spinach from Busa Farm; Kale and Spaghetti Squash from Brookford Farm
Grain - Gemelli from Law of Pasta
Special Treat - Nuts from Q's Nuts

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein 
- Scallops from Red's Best; Whole Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Dudley's Dance Cheese and Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Vegetarian Protein - Plant Deli Meats; Tofu from 21st Century Foods; Full order of Pasta from Law of Pasta; Dudley's Dance Cheese and Eggs from Brookford Farm; Baker's Butter from Kriemhild Dairy
Fruits and Veggies - Broccoli, Leeks, Apples and Spinach from Busa Farm; Beets, Purple Onions, Kale and Spaghetti Squash from Brookford Farm
Grain -Gemelli from Law of Pasta
Special Treat - Nuts from Q's Nuts; Cookies from Girlfriend Baking (Gluten Free! Dairy Free!)


RECIPES

Using a Whole Chicken: How to carve, roast, shred, boil and use that whole bird. You can stretch it farther than taffy on a warm day.

Chicken Broccoli Pasta: Quick, easy and delicious. These goobers call for using just the chicken breast and we scoff at that foolishness. Get any part of the meat in there. The dark, the deliciouser. Or whatever.

Charred Broccoli:  Garlic, Broccoli and Lemon sing a beautiful harmony here and we love it.

Simple Pasta with Leeks and Scallops: They say its simple and it is, but how do they make it look so damn beautiful? We don't get around to taking photos of our pasta dishes often because Tim is hoovering them up as soon as they come off the stove. 

Baked Blue Fish: Cooked in foil, saves the mess and hassle. We go light on the butter here because the fish is inherently oilier than others.