friday--three sisters stew
Friday, November 02, 2012
hi everybody! last night we took dewayne and cindy to dinner--we have been intending to do this for awhile after they sided our house. we went to the wheatberry tavern--a little place in michigan. they rely on locally produced ingredients as much as they can and everything is made "by hand" by someone who cares about what they are doing. their menu is interesting and has a lot of stuff you don't see on restaurant menus very often--at least not around here. last night cindy and i were of the same mind--we both ordered the "three sisters". it is a meatless meal that consists of grilled butternut squash, corn and beans. to top it off it came with polenta and a white sour cream based drizzled garnish. they also do a lot of smoked foods--so rob ordered pulled pork and dewayne had ribs. we also tried a little quesadilla as an appetizer--three small wedges filled with cheese and grilled veggies, a little bit of rice and a beautiful YUMMY homemade guacamole. the thing i like about this place is they don't "over adulterate" their food. if there is cheese on something, its very good cheese, and just a little bit to enhance the flavor. nothing is over salted or over seasoned. the natural flavor of the very good ingredients is allowed to shine through. their guac. was just heavenly--fresh and simple. then the food came and OH. MY. GOSH. a very large bowl brimming with the most beautiful grilled onions, peppers, beans, squash and corn, topped with two large triangles of polenta and skimmed with the shimmering sour cream sauce. it was so delicious. a tad bit spicey, probably from a blackening seasoning, but mostly just carmelized and simple. i had never had polenta before, but it was beautifully prepared. if i had my druthers, it wouldn't have had rosemary in it--but it was very good anyway. cindy is a big eater--which belies her small, very fit frame--and she managed to put away all of her stew. i stopped about halfway through mine and brought the rest home. of course we all had to have dessert. rob ordered their apple pie--don't know where the apples came from since the crop here was almost wiped out from late frosts--but it was so good. packed with apples and nutmeg which is my fave seasoning. cindy had key lime pie--puckery and smooth with a coconut crust. dewayne had another menu item you don't see around here at all--texas sheet cake with ice cream. i swear they brought him half of the entire cake--and it was moist and rich--just like it should be. dewayne is an ex marine and very fit--he could eat an entire sheet cake and you would never see it show up on him anywhere. i gave him my icecream to go with his cake since my dessert was so incredibly rich it didn't need it. i brought half of it home, but my chocolate bourbon pecan pie was really to die for. it was served warm; with a perfect crust, and a chocolate flavor that was so deep i swear i felt chocolate go right down into my toenails with the first bite.
i am not a binge eater--i don't like to eat until i can't move--i feel like the misery of that makes all the enjoyment of whatever i ate go away. so half of everything i ordered came home with me--not sure what if anything i will do about the pie--but the three sisters stew will become part of a vegetable soup for next week. we sat and visited for quite awhile after the meal, and then came on home, tired and full. dewayne and cindy both really enjoyed the restaurant, and i am glad we decided to go there. it was a fun night!