Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin

It has been awhile since my last post, and may be a little time before the next. My summer share from Two Field Farm ended in October and my winter share won’t start until January.  In the between time  I hope to post about some holiday food that I’m making, then get back into the swing of things in January.  Which brings me to this recipe.  I had a single butternut squash and a couple onions left from my summer share, so this truly represents the last of summer/fall for me.  I roasted the squash with some spices and tossed with caramelized onions and kale that I purchased at Wilson Farm in Lexington, then topped everything with blue cheese and crisped it under the broiler.  The spice in the squash hangs out subtly in the background and the cheese brings it together in a delicious, funky way.  I served this when some friends came over for dinner last week and the next day was asked for the recipe, so I am not the only one who thinks it is really good! This very pretty looking side dish can be made  ahead of time then popped in the oven shortly before service to reheat, and melt/brown the cheese.  This is a very easy and tasty Thanksgiving side to prepare for your own guests, or bring to the home of friends or family as a local offering. I am heading back to California tomorrow to spend the holiday with my family – assuming what I make isn’t a disaster I’ll post some pictures and recipes from that meal when I get back.  Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Sweet and Hot Peppers with Seared Pork, Avocado Crema and Rice Pilaf

I was in one of those dark places the other evening where I was very hungry and very tired – the idea of cooking was stressing me out, but every time I thought of ordering out I felt like I was betraying all the food in my fridge.  So I sucked it up and, as it always goes, getting in the kitchen bettered my mood immediately. This dish is what came of my culinary prozac.  I used the beautiful varieties of sweet and spicy peppers and the onions from this week’s share, along with my Costco impulse buy of six avocados for seven dollars.  I served this with a seared pork chop, because that is what I had handy – but this would work very well with chicken or fish as well. All in all the meal took about an hour, time well spent for a tasty homemade dinner.

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Roasted Cauliflower, Celeriac, and Parsnip Soup

There are few meal experiences I enjoy more than a steamy cup of comforting soup while I can hear the wind howling outside my window.  This week’s share offered a wonderful fall change up with a lot of new items.  I roasted some celeriac and parsnips along with a beautiful head of cauliflower, puréed then mixed with a quick vegetable stock made from some of the carrots, celeriac stalks, and onions in this weeks share.  All of this comes together to create a slightly sweet and earthy soup.  Topped with a little arugula and served with some lovely crusty bread makes the perfect cold weather lunch.

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Tomato and Roasted Garlic Soup

I have been in California for nearly two weeks and am just getting my head back in the game.  When I left for the West Coast it was still warm and a little muggy here, with the first hints of fall, but when I returned it was full on sweater weather.  Even some of the leaves around my house are starting to turn orange and red.  Surprisingly I still had a few tomatoes in my share –  I used them to make this cozy, silky, and deceptively simple soup. I say deceptive because the depth of flavor is so rich and layered, giving a nod to summer produce but looking ahead to fall. Hopefully this soup recipe comes at the right time to take advantage of the last of your tomatoes, while staying warm at the start of what is arguably the best time of year here in New England.

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