A Syrian Feast

Sometimes I wish there were a magic portal from my home to The Juniper Spoon kitchen.  This was one of those times.  On Saturday,  while I was at home making myself a peanut butter sandwich at my kitchen counter, Lali  was preparing an extraordinary Syrian dinner for the Wabash Center.  She sent me these photos:  Syrian moussaka made from Juniper-grown eggplant and zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes.  Silver Valley Farm leg of lamb with Dan Rogers' red wine vinegar ("Daniger") & Christopher Farm garlic.  Butternut squash from Farm Valentino.  I could only imagine the aroma of sweet Middle Eastern spices floating through The Juniper Spoon.  Cardamom?  Nutmeg?  Allspice?  Where IS that portal??  Later that night, I was surprised by a knock at my door.  Lali  had materialized on my threshold  with a tray of what little was left over from the event  and handed it to me to try.  And yes, it tasted as good as it looks.  Better even.  Magic!  Libby Pinkerton, Office Manager

We're having a Ball in Crawfordsville!

It's not too late to get tickets for The Bicentennial Harvest Moon Ball on October 8 at the Masonic Temple. It's also a great opportunity to try out some Juniper Spoon appetizers!

Here's what we're serving:

Stuffed Party Eggs
Vonnegut's Scotch Eggs
Florence Henderson's Slaw Eggs
General Lew Wallace Classic Deviled Eggs

Indiana Skewers
The East Chicago - mini sausage, sauerkraut, cheddar cheese
The Crawfordsville - pork tenderloin, lettuce, spicy mayo, hoagie bun, sweet pickle
The Indianapolis - mozzarella, cherry tomato, cucumber, smoked salmon

Duel of Crostinis
The Hoosier - roast beef, roasted red pepper, horseradish cream
The Boilermaker - three-pepper bacon, golden roasted pepper, goat cheese

Corn Fritters served with sour cream and sweet chili

Blackberry Swirl Mini Parfaits

Mini Apple Pie with Five-Spice Crema

The Big Swing Band will be playing dance tunes and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $40. Proceeds go to the Montgomery County Historical Society educational program. Call 765-362-3416 to get your tickets!

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Harvest Moon Ball

Native Hoosiers and Transplants Alike!

Dress up in your best threads (from any era!), put on your dancing shoes, and come celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial at the Harvest Moon Ball at the Masonic Temple in Crawfordsville on October 8.

The Juniper Spoon will be serving up General Lew Wallace's favorite Hoosier hors d'oeuvres, and we'll all be snapping our fingers to the City Swing Band.

What: Bicentennial Harvest Moon, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society
Where: Masonic Temple, 221 Washington St., Crawfordsville, IN
When: October 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 per person (proceeds benefit the MCHS educational program) 
Contact: 765-362-3416

from the Window. August.

The grass is so lush and green right now. As August enters in, the garden continues to share her goodness. Nurturing our bellies and souls. Blossoms add in their own say with pops of color and entertaining the butterflies and our bees.  Soon the big yellow bus will be turning the bend to pick up the kids of the lane.  Our summer begins preparing for the fall. 

we Gather. Stone Creek Lodge


Just a few days ago, we gathered at Stone Creek Lodge for a grand opening celebration. Located just down the road this beauty is tucked away in the Southern part of our county. Nestled in the woods, the lodge is filled with a modern, rustic charm.  Large windows bring the open view to the inside. The wrap around balcony is a happy way to enjoy the country breeze. Weddings, business events, family celebrations, Stone Creek Lodge is a happy spot to gather! Take a drive and visit this new spot! 

Congrats!!

from the window. Yard life.

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 “Swamps where cedars grow and turtles wait on logs but not for anything in particular; fields bordered by crooked fences broken by years of standing still; orchards so old they have forgotten where the farmhouse is. In the north I have eaten my lunch in pastures rank with ferns and junipers, all under fair skies with a wind blowing.” ― E.B White, Stuart Little

Here we peer out of the big kitchen window and see summers progression. The deep greens have taken over. The recent rains have soften the lush yard and the chicks dig in for daily snacks. Our garden continues to grow, and we use the ripe produce in many of our dishes. 

The fireflies are here! Lighting up the evening sky, Just in time for this weekend's festivities. Around here, you can't help but notice these shifts in the seasons. Looking out that window is just part of our daily jam. 

"Supper Club"

Pop-up Supper Club
6-8pm, linger till 10pm
The Tannenbaum Center
107 Spring St W., Crawfordsville

(behind the Old Jail Museum)

Let's all gather for an evening of community and hearty foods to start off this new year! As our earth begins to prepare for the spring blossom we tend to stay inside, but at The Juniper Spoon we like to gather our community to catch up with friends. We will be featuring the last of our 2015 harvest, delighting in local meat, eggs and veggies! 

Price: $30/person or $100/4 people.
(click on the graphic above to get all the details on our FB event page.)

We look forward to gathering with you Friday night!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/9810041186...

Environmental Stewardship: Invasive Garlic Mustard

 
Annie Mae doing her part to protect the planet.

Annie Mae doing her part to protect the planet.

 

Annie Mae and Lucy Bea are protecting our forest by pulling invasive garlic mustard plants! Garlic mustard threatens the biodiversity of our forests by monopolizing nutrients of sun, soil and water, diminishing the supply needed to sustain a healthy and thriving forest.

Why is this important??

Our native plant and animal species are adapted to an environment rich in diverse resources. Invasive, non-native species like garlic mustard have the potential to destroy these habitats.

Here you can read more about how to identify garlic mustard and why its presence has become one of the number one threats to our forests.