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September 5th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Dj friend came by yesterday and bought 4 lbs @ $7/lb. 2 steak cuts which are each packaged paired, so either package will make a nice special meal, plus one pack of hamburger.

As we were talking, he reminded us that we told him about Lenny's ... and I have been complaining about produce prices, how nothing is under $1/lb. Okay, $.99/lb, but that's only for loss leader items. Not that I don't take advantage of them, but it would be nice to turn back the clock to, say, 2004 or so.

So we went back to Lenny's. $.99 for blueberries, .69$/lb for carrots, $.89/lb apples. Ah, back to where it takes a fair amount of weight to get to $5. I also picked up a bunch of swiss chard that looked good - $1.19/lb.

I sauteed the chard leaves in olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. However, I found a great recipe for the chard stalks:

Creamed chard over pasta

1 bunch chard stalks - about 3/4 lb, or 2 cups
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 stick butter
1 cup heavy cream
dash nutmeg (my twist from the recipe I found)
pasta - I used penne
salt, pepper

Clean chard stalks if you haven't already, chop into 1/2 inch pieces.

Melt butter at low/med low heat, add garlic, saute for 1-2 min. (watch the butter, I burned my first batch. Frown )

Add chard, saute until chard is soft. (5-8 minutes)
Add the heavy cream to the chard, stir, keep at low heat and reduce to half the volume. Add nutmeg after about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook pasta al dente if you haven't already.

Dress the pasta with the cream sauce, serve warm.

5 Responses to “food doings”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    I did not know what chard looked like so I looked it up using the swagbucks search engine and won 12 swagbucks. What does chard taste like? Any veggie comparison?

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds delicious. Of course anything with heavy cream has to be good, right?

  3. baselle Says:

    rob - yeah, you can't go wrong with butter and heavy cream!

    NJdebbie - swiss chard leaves taste and behave a bit like spinach (slightly more bitter and meatier), but don't taste quite as bitter as mustard greens or collards. Kale is pretty close. The stems taste a bit like the leaves, but they behave a bit like celery. Often they are red or yellow, which in this recipe bleed into the cream coloring it a bit.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    i think swiss chard must be what we call silverbeet? i make spanokopita with it sometimes. yum.

    blueberries for 99c a pound! here they are $6 for 250g!

  5. baselle Says:

    Yep swiss chard = silverbeet. The blueberry price was not quite as good as .99/lb - more like .99/pint, which I think was about 4 oz, or about 125g. Still very good, but not so-cheap-that-something-must-be-seriously-wrong cheap. Smile

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