New England Acorn Cooperative

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Acorn Banana Bread (made with cottage cheese)

The experimentation continues!

I had some bananas that were in serious jeopardy of liquefying…..mmm….those make the best banana bread!

Acorn Banana Bread

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup acorn flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º, grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Add both flours, baking soda and salt, combine on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Add the cottage cheese, bananas and vanilla; stir well.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Oh my, the house was filled with the most delicious banana-nutty aroma!

This yields a very moist bread, it’s best to wait until it cools completely to slice it.

Enjoy!

Deb

 

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Thanksgiving for Acorn Dinner

A wealth of ideas and acorn dishes were shared at the New England Acorn Cooperative dinner this weekend.

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Thank you to everyone who participated, including Josh Trought of D Acres Farm for bringing new (to us) folks Bree, Ali and Dunstan (plus delicious D Acres Cider and neighboring wine); Peter T and Amy for sharing their gourmet micro-batch rhubarb and macoun apple schnapps; arborists Tim and Matt  and our outstanding support team of tasters and wood fire stokers Peter L, Dave, Ella and Opal.

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The menu included 100% acorn crackers,  acorn seeded”life-changing-loaf-of-bread”, spaghetti squash stuffed with acorn meatballs, Shinnlinger pasture raised chicken with acorn gravy,  acorn birthday cakes, (Happy Birthday Tim!) and snowball acorn cookies.

Our guest chef Dunstan went home with  a few pounds of flour and by the next morning had created acorn ravioli and spaetzle. We’ll post more soon about his innovative and delicious dishes.

We are so grateful for our growing network of acorn enthusiasts and look forward to more mutually beneficial collaborations in the future!

Our very best to all of you,

Deb and Daniela

acorn snowballs

Thank you 2015!

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2015 was a tremendous year for learning and gathering… we are humbled and inspired (and a little behind schedule here)… Thank you to our mentors, friends, and family for acorn secrets, sources, support (and sense of humor) in our search for acorn wisdom.

Sincerely,

Daniela & Deb

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January NEACoop Event

Join us in January for a New England Acorn Cooperative Meet, Greet & Eat Event!

Are you interested in Acorns? Do you want to learn more about Acorns as food?

Join us for an Acorn Dinner Saturday January 23rd at the Rusty Acorn Farm in Canaan NH.

The menu includes acorn based appetizers, soup, entree, baked goods and dessert.  Potluck dishes are welcome but not required.

Drinks, appetizers and socializing at 5pm.

Dinner served at 6:30pm.

Please RSVP via Registration by January 18.

Ticket price is $10. All proceeds will be used to create delicious acorn dishes.

Deb and Daniela

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Join us for a festive dinner and lively conversation!

 

December NEACoop Event

Hello New England  acorn lovers!

Our December event is an acorn gathering workshop. Join us to learn how to collect quality nuts responsibly.

Mark your calendar for December 5th. We will will be gathering from 1-4pm. This workshop is free.

THANKS everyone, this workshop is FULL!


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We are organizing to share and provide tools, resources and fun educational events around acorn gathering, processing, and consuming. Let us know if you’d like to join in!