Potato, PoTAHto.

Potato, PoTAHto.

Guten Morgen!

I am aware that this photo shows neither a potato, nor a potahto (depending on your linguistic predilections). Before we get into a celebration of Tim Fu (pictured) and the delicious new bread on the block (hint: potatoes), a few announcements:

PASSOVER, EASTER, and APRIL 4th Excited to celebrate Passover, Easter, or simply the First Week in April with some delicious eats? We have brisket, hams, legs of lamb, spiced brioche rolls, macaroons, and much more.  Ordering will start on Tuesday March 23! Deliveries will take place on Saturday, 4/3 and Tuesday, 4/6.

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK Family Dinner has put together a survey to help us understand how we are doing in your eyes and how to improve. It also helps us understand what else you might like to see (or not see!) in your shares going forward.  If you have THREE MINUTES to fill this out, it would be extraordinarily helpful!  Your thoughts are gold for us, and really help us as a small business. Thank you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIM FU!

It's Tim Fu's Birthday, friends, and it's time to celebrate Family Dinner's co-founder, my husband, resident technical genius, and annual winner of the "Best Dressed" competition (he runs unopposed).

Family Dinner would not exist without Tim. His talent, creativity, and endless nagging are what prompted us to start the business almost 4 years ago. And it's his intellect, dedication, and bountiful encouragement that have kept us going through a very long 2020.

When Tim isn't working at his other full-time job, you can find him playing squash, building air conditioners from scratch, or making the best carnitas you've ever tasted.  He's a Renaissance man with an impressive collection of loafers and--in my unbiased opinion--is nothing short of wonderful. 

It's been a terrible, unbearable week for Asian Americans.  Heinous hate crimes passed off as "bad days" dominate the news leaving our Asian American friends, colleagues, and family members shaken to their core.  Attacks on Asians are on the rise across the country and the questioning of the obvious racist intent of these crimes is baffling.  

We're showing you Tim's beautiful mug today to wish him Happy Birthday, but more importantly to stand with our Asian American customers and colleagues at Family Dinner and in our communities.  We stand against the dehumanization and violence against all members of our community.  I want to respond to these grotesque, racist attack with expletives and fists. Love and solidarity, however, might be more fitting.

POTATO, POTAHTO

Andy and Jackie King, our talented friends from the eponymous A&J King Bakery, are bringing us potato bread this week, and we couldn't be more thrilled. To celebrate, we sat down with Andy to ask him a few burning questions about the creation. Really smart, knowledge-based questions like: "How the hell do you jam a potato into a loaf of bread?" From Andy:

"Potato bread is bread that uses potato starch in place of some of the flour. Some bakeries use dried potato flour, or straight up potato starch, and we use roasted, locally sourced potatoes from New Hampshire! Add to that local milk and cage free eggs, and it’s basically a white bread that you can be proud to put your fried baloney on."
 
(Editor's note: Andy is an artisanal bread savant. Also, his guilty pleasure is a fried baloney sandwich on white bread and he's been known to slay a whole stack of them. Hero.)
 
"Once the potatoes are roasted (large chunks to maximize the soft interior fluffiness), the mixing and baking process is really straight forward, except that it moves pretty quickly because of all the sweetness in there: potatoes, a bit of sugar, milk, butter, eggs."
Like Elwood Blues before me, I have always harbored a love of plain white toast, though that toast with BLT and mayo can’t be beat. I can now eat that toast with a clear conscience. This is my design."
 
So cook up your bacon and grab the mayo. It's BLT time.

WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

Delivery dates: Saturday, 3/20 and Tuesday, 3/23

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Share" you will just receive the meats listed, not the "dairy" items (eggs, yogurt, etc). If you order a "Fish and Seafood Share" you will receive the fish listed, and not the dairy items.

Add-on Grain of the Week - Pancake Mix from Carolyn's Farm Kitchen
Add-on Bread of the Week - Maple Oat Bread from Forge
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Croissants from A&J King

Pro-tip: you can now add extra treats to your share by adding "treat of the week" or "pastry of the week" to your subscription!

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Halibut from Red's Best; Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Proteins - Seiten from Littleburg; Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Frozen Blueberries from Burke Hill Farm; Butternut Squash** from Plainville Farms; Beets from Brookford Farm; Greens from Drumlin Farm and LEF Farms
Grain - Country Potato Bread from A&J King 
Special Treat - Honey Lavender Cookies from A&J King

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Protein - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Halibut from Red's Best; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Halibut, Calamari from Red's Best; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm
Vegetarian Proteins - Seiten from Littleburg; Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm
Paleo Proteins - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Halibut from Red's Best; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Frozen Blueberries from Burke Hill Farm; Butternut Squash** from Plainville Farms; Beets from Brookford Farm; Greens from Drumlin Farm and LEF Farms; Potatoes from Deep Roots Cooperative; Tomatoes from Long Wind Farm
Grain - Country Potato Bread from A&J King 
Special Treat - Honey Lavender Cookies and Rye Brownie from A&J King

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Halibut from Red's Best; Ground Beef from Feather Brook Farms; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Pescatarian Protein - Halibut, Calamari, Flounder from Red's Best; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Vegetarian Proteins - Seiten from Littleburg; Veggie Burgers from Kind Roots; Empanadas from Buenas; Yogurt from Brookford Farm; Cheese from Springdale Farm; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Bacon from Brookford, Clark, and Feather Brook Farms; Halibut from Red's Best; Ground Beef from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Frozen Blueberries from Burke Hill Farm; Butternut Squash** from Plainville Farms; Beets from Brookford Farm; Greens from Drumlin Farm and LEF Farms; Potatoes from Deep Roots Cooperative; Tomatoes from Long Wind Farm; Parsnips and Kohlrabi from Three Rivers Farms
Grain - Country Potato Bread from A&J King; Crackers from Local Goods Gathered
Special Treat - Honey Lavender Cookies and Rye Brownie from A&J King

RECIPES

(from Shannon)

Butternut and Beet Salad - Put on your sunglasses, 'cause this will be one brightly colored salad! It is also my favorite winter salad! 

BLT - It's classic, it's always enjoyable, BUT, hear me out, what if you did it with a bacon jam or a tomato chutney? Just to mix things up a bit?!?

Halibut and Squash Hash - I'll take two, please! 

**Pre-Cut Squash: As we said a couple weeks ago, we are in the time when we are rounding out the end of the winter storage crops and farms are starting to get spring crops planted in their greenhouses. We thought to give this pre-cut squash a try. One, its safer for you than standing on your tippy toes trying to put enough pressure to cut through a butternut (or is that just me?) and also allows the farm to use some of the less than desirable looking squashes up in a useful way! 

New resource! Want to share with us recipes that wow'ed you or show off something incredible that is just going to make me hungry while checking emails? Drop us a line over at recipes@sharefamilydinner.com. We'll be highlighting your recipes and creations in coming weeks!  

Time till the Equinox: about 17 hours (from when typing this email)! Happy Spring, Folks!!