Monday 3 October 2016

Local Produce Box: Week 15

In this week's box: escarole endive, butter crunch lettuce, purple beans, potatoes, red onion, carrots, field tomatoes, peppers, apples, grapes, and spaghetti squash.

(I wasn't expecting lettuce and tomatoes in our box at the end of September, so that was a little bit of a surprise...)

Last week my copy of The Forest Feast Gatherings arrived on my doorstep. I am so excited to finally have this book; the recipes and menus look delicious and the book itself is truly a piece of art. As I flipped through the pages of the book I was inspired to create my own "forest feast" meal using the produce from this week's box as well as some other ingredients I already had on hand. Sunday seemed like the perfect time to do this since I had a little extra time to get things prepped.  Here is what I cooked:
(from left to right)
  1. Spaghetti Squash - cut in half, sprinkled with salt and pepper, dotted with butter, and then baked in the oven
  2. Roasted Potatoes with Garlic - these have become a regular at our house
  3. Parmesan Purple Beans - this is actually a variation of a recipe from The Forest Feast Gatherings (she used snap peas, while I used beans). I made a bit too much of the Parmesan and breadcrumb topping but we sprinkled it on top of the spaghetti squash and it was quite tasty. 
  4. Tomato and Cucumber Salad - with a little bit of red onion and feta.
I lit a few candles, put the food in fancy serving bowls, and we sat down to a delicious family dinner. I just wish I had remembered to buy wine....

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