Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Farmer's Market

Every since moving to PA, we've been taking full advantage of the Farmer's Markets nearby. Indiana was nothing by farmland, but no real Farmer's Markets in our immediate area. Go figure.

Today's bounty included peaches, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, cantaloupe and blueberries. Tonight's meal made use of the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe and a cucumber leftover from last week's visit.

We're not huge fans of zucchini and yellow squash, but we do like it if it's prepared just the right way. Our favorite dish is the Zucchini-Pecan Sauté, but there are a few others we enjoy as well. When someone on the Cooking Light boards, who claimed they were not crazy about squash, raved about a squash dish, I knew I had to try it.

It came out pretty well, but it wasn't outstanding. However, I'm willing to try it again for two reasons. In the first place I flubbed up and put all the rice from my rice cooker into the dish without measuring it - I probably ended up with a full cup more rice than the recipe called for which undoubtedly diluted the flavors a bit. Secondly, I used Alouette cheese and not Boursin. Boursin is so much more flavorful and the flavor of this recipe is very dependent on the cheese. It was just so hard for me to buy Boursin and put it into a dish and not just eat it!

I served this dish with the cantaloupe along with tomatoes and cucumber tossed with a bit of EVOO, red wine vinegar, fresh chives, salt and freshly ground pepper. Light, colorful, healthful and delicious. It will be sad to say goodbye to all these fresh foods as summer begins to wind down, but then again, there are always soups and comfort food for the cool weather!

We topped off the meal with some homemade sorbet. Stay tuned later this week for the recipe....

With all these fruits and veggies in one dinner, I'll be sending this link to Sweetnick's for next week's ARF round-up. Between summertime and a good farmer's market, eating lots of fruits and veggies has never been so easy or so tasty.

1 comment:

  1. Wow - the produce is so beautiful and fresh looking! The recipe sounds great, and hopefully the next time you makle it it'll be just as tasty as you like :)