Saturday, September 25, 2010

Organic Harvest Box for September 24, 2010

This week's harvest box is full of fresh, local goodies!

You know Fall is here when a delightful green acorn squash arrives on your doorstep! I adore squash of all types, and acorn squash is a particular favourite in our home. This green winter squash has sweet, yellow-orange flesh and is wonderfully versatile. Soup is a great place to start and you can't beat this Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup - especially if you have a kitchen full of fresh harvest apples lying around. A cold weather favourite of many is Stuffed Acorn Squash, and another autumn pleasure is Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter. A wonderful way to truly enjoy an acorn squash's sweet and rich flavour is this Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash.

If you're looking for something new and different for your squash, take a look at this recipe for Creamed Oysters in Acorn Squash - definitely sounds interesting! Also big hits are this Penne with Acorn Squash and Pancetta and Acorn Squash and Sage Mac 'n Cheese. The mac and cheese dish is always a huge hit with kids.

Ready to grab that bag of summer squash and get going? Why not slice up those fresh turnips and toss them into a Summer Turnip Slaw? Or for something with a little bit of kick, serve these Turnip Fries with a main weeknight meal. A cool fall evening begs for a batch of Turnip Soup and for added flavour, serve it with these Carrot and Turnip Buns. Braised Turnips with Mustard Sauce are absolutely delicious and this Potato and Turnip au Gratin is also mouth-watering.

Fall brings forth another harvest of luscious, crisp apples! We currently have dozens in our house, and I'm excited to get down to the business of cooking with them. First off, I suggest you take a look at these ten fantastic apple recipes - I guarantee they will not disappoint. Everyone has their own favourite apple recipes, often tried and true from old family recipe books. Why not challenge yourself to try something new this year? I've compiled a lovely list to get you started.

Grab your best cast iron pan and start working on this Apple Bake - it's not difficult at all and will have everyone coming back for seconds. Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee or tea while you nibble on these Apple Buttermilk Bread or Muffins and you won't regret it. This Vegan Apple Cake is a healthier alternative. These Maple Glazed Baked Apples are chock-full of raisins and brimming with flavour. And who can say no to a heavenly Apple Crepe? Two of my kids' favourites are good old fashioned Apple Crisp and Apple Pie. Topped with fresh whipped cream, of course! And I'm sure I've found the best Crock Pot Applesauce recipe around . . . I've been making this one for the past three years and never have enough to last more than a day or two.

Enjoy your fall harvest box this week!

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