Yelp us out!

American author Marjorie Liu said:
"Word of mouth is the saving grace of us all. If you love something and you think your friend will love it, just talk about it."

And this is 100% true. Word of Mouth referrals are a powerful, intangible resource for small businesses. So many of you have been kind enough to share your Family Dinner experiences with your friends and co-workers and invite them onto the local food bandwagon. We are incredibly grateful.

We have another favor to ask. If you have been enjoying Family Dinner - would you jot down a quick review for us on Yelp and/or Facebook?

Yelp is a great way to connect people with small businesses like ours and Food is the second most popular topic on the site. Many of our customers also find us on Facebook or Instagram, often through your posts. We would love to be able to share Family Dinner with folks who are exploring better ways to access local food and local farms. So if you had a moment to write us a review, it would mean a lot.

You can find and review us on Yelp here.
You can find and review us on Facebook here.

Now, onto more important news:

THERE ARE DONUTS THIS WEEK!!!

Enjoy. :)


WHAT'S IN THE BAG?


HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein
 - Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Eggs from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Eggs from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein -  Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi ; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Carrots, Yellow Squash, Romaine Lettuce and Green Beans from Busa Farm
Grain - Beans from Baer's Best Beans
Special Treat - Donut Holes from Union Square Donuts


WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Italian Sausage from Feather Brook Farms; Feta Cheese and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Pollock and Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Feta Cheese and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Vegetarian Protein - Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi ; Fresh Mozzarella and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins -  Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Italian Sausage from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies - Red Russian Kale, Blueberries, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Romaine Lettuce and Green Beans from Busa Farm; Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Beans from Baer's Best Beans
Special Treat - Donut Holes from Union Square Donuts

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Pollock and Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Italian Sausage from Feather Brook Farms; Feta Cheese and Eggs from Brookford Farm
Paleo Protein -Pollock and Sushi-grade Yellow Fin Tuna from Red's Best (caught in Chatham, MA); Italian Sausage from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Brookford Farm
Fruits and Veggies -  Corn, Gooseberries, Red Russian Kale, Blueberries, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Romaine Lettuce and Green Beans from Busa Farm; Potatoes from Brookford Farm
Grain - Beans from Baer's Best Beans; Pierogi from Jaju Pierogi
Special Treat - Donut Holes from Union Square Donuts

 Many of you have asked whether the Tuna that we deliver is "sushi-grade." Here's some info on the meaning of "Sushi-grade" and how to prep raw fish at home. tl;dr: Tuna is one of the only species that does not require freezing to be considered "Sushi-grade".  Eat up!


RECIPES

Tuna Poke and Sushi - In case you're feeling inspired by the fresh Tuna in your share, here's a recipe for Tuna Poke and a whole week of posts from Serious eats on making sushi at home. You'll note that Red's Best included the label on your Tuna, which was caught with Rod and Reel in Hyannis. We think it's pretty cool that they trace the source of their catch all the way back to the fisherman.

Nicoise Salad - This salad from Nice, France is an absolute delight. It's a bright bold platter presentation for guests or something simpler for a quiet night at home. Its also wonderfully flexible.  You have the basics, the tuna, the lettuce and eggs. The olives and tomatoes aren't necessary and could be replaced by canned corn or Charley's Beans. A crumbling of feta also adds a nice briny flavor.

Grilled Tuna Steaks - The Barefoot Contessa takes us to school on how to best prepare a simple tuna steak ( hint: DO NOT OVER COOK!).  Mix up a few tables spoons of soy sauce and some Sriracha ( maybe some minced garlic and chopped onion greens from last week?) and you have a delicious sauce to dip in or drizzle over the fish.

Buttered French Carrots - Butter + Carrots = the perfect side dish to any meal. This is a classic French preparation from Saveur Magazine.  The photo on their site looks like it was taken with a Motorola flip phone in the early 2000's but the recipe in on point.

Chilled Squash Soup - The secret is in the sweetness of the cinnamon. Yum. Make in advance and serve with a fresh salad or as an appetizer to the tuna dish.

Feta and Kale Salad - This calls for cranberries but the blueberries are a great stand-in.

Empty the Fridge Bean Salad - OK, so that name isn't exactly catchy but it does speak to the nature of the dish. Beans are amazing for you and we try to sneak them into our everyday eating with these totally flexible salads. Make Baer's Beans in advance and then add them to your week day salads. They will appreciate acid like lemons and vinegar in the dressing or again the brininess of a feta or some olives. Or, if you're feeling extra stinky- some chopped anchovies. Yum!


TIPS AND TRICKS

Freezing Fish.

We get it, some times your week's are busy and the goodies we bring you overwhelm your fridge. The freezer can be your friend but lots of people get nervous about freezing fish. Will it still be good? Will it taste too "fishy"?  The Spruce has an excellent guide for you. Remember, air is your enemy.

Importantly they also share how to thaw the fish: "When you thaw your frozen fish, do it gradually. Never put them in the microwave to thaw!! Let them thaw in the fridge or in cold water. Thawing at room temperature is also a bad idea."

Lastly, here's some info from Serious Eats on the meaning of the term sushi-grade, and how to prepare raw fish at home. In short, "sushi-grade" means high quality fish that is safe to eat raw. The FDA recommends that most fish labeled "sushi-grade" should be frozen to kill parasites, with the notable exception of Tuna. Please enjoy your locally caught sushi-grade Tuna this week! ;)