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9-14-10 Farmers Market Basket! 
 
Sep. 14, 2010 6:18 pm 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2010 5:08 am
Wow! A bunch of new things to try out this week!!

Vegetables:
Kale
Butternut Squash
Carrots
Celery
Romaine Lettuce
Broccoli
Onions
Red Potatoes
Cucumber

Fruits:
Pomegranate
Plums
Mutsu Apples (from N. GA)
Cantaloupe
Bananas

I've NEVER bought a pomegranate, kale or butternut squash! They always send out great recipe ideas for the more "unusual" items they include and I think I will try both the Kale Soup recipe and roasting the butternut squash with butter and brown sugar - that sounds like a way we might all like it! I know I will love it, I love squash. I have a feeling hubby won't touch it. He said he "hates squash" when we had summer squash in the last basket, and even though this will be a different taste and texture he probably is going to include it in his "dislike" category. Oh well, his loss, right??! I can pig out on yummy roasted butternut squash all by myself, thank you very much!

I think we'll just have the pomegranate by itself - I have a VAGUE memory of eating one back in something like 3rd grade at school... don't remember why or how we got one, but I remember being outside on the black top sucking on the seeds. I am glad Kent will get to try one out! Kenneth said they ate a bunch of pomegranates in Afghanistan at one point, they were available at one of the places they stopped.

I have never heard of Mutsu apples, but I can tell you that a couple of them are gigantic!! I am looking forward to finding out what they taste like so I can determine how best to eat them - whether to cook them, bake them, or have them as snacks! I actually looked them up to see what I could find:

Crispin (Mutsu) apple
A versatile dual-purpose apple, sharp but still pleasant to eat fresh. Known as Mutsu in its native Japan, Crispin looks like a large Golden Delicious and indeed one of its parents is indeed Golden Delicious so it has that lovely sweet honeyed flavour.

It cooks superbly too and the women picking them in the orchards used to call them 'oven busters' - take a big one home and bake it and you have a feast for two - and you don't need many for a deep apple pie.

Crispin is one of a small number of varieties which really is dual purpose - being both pleasant as a dessert apple (albeit too large for 1 person) and versatile in the kitchen.

 
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So fun to get to try all these new things and expose Kent to lots of fresh goodies in our daily eatings! :) Sometimes I am hard on myself about how we eat, and know we could do better than we do, but then other times I realize what a difference doing things like getting these baskets and making a point to incorporate so much fresh food into our meals every single day is for me. It's a hard change, not something I grew up with, something I'm having to learn to do and something I pray Kent is young enough that it will seem "normal" for him and when he's on his own making his own choices he will continue to make fresh fruits and vegetables a normal and large part of his diet and maybe, just maybe it won't be such a learning experience as it has been for me!
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Sep. 14, 2010 9:44 pm
I am so jealous! We don't have anything like that here. We have one where you place a specific order based on whats available online, and then go pick it up on fridays. However, its mostly meats, honey, jams, bread and herbs... very few real veggies and fruits on there. You are lucky! Have fun creating new recipes to accomodate what you received. I always read your blogs, but never comment. If you get time and want a read, I have recently started blogging.
 
Sep. 15, 2010 5:55 am
Thanks for the comment Rosepuddn! I would love to pop over and read your blog. And I know we are VERY lucky to have this available to us, and I am very thankful for all the fresh goodies I have access to through the Farmers Market Baskets! They are a blessing! :)
 
Marlyn 
Sep. 15, 2010 6:11 am
I also recommend butternut squash soup. There are some great recipes here. I just roast it in the oven, then I make a white sauce on the stove top and add the squash and some plain yogurt- But most people use cream cheese or sour cream. Yum!
 
Lace 
Sep. 15, 2010 6:48 am
I vote for butternut squash soup, too! I'm going to go roast it now with some oil and garlic! Nice fresh display, Sandra.
 
Sep. 15, 2010 12:48 pm
I've just been perusing Kale Soup recipes and come back and read comments for yummy butternut squash recipe. I'm still full from lunch and yet my mouth is watering...!! :)
 
Mrs. C 
Sep. 15, 2010 6:36 pm
Butternut squash is one of my favorite! If hubby likes pumkin pie, he would like the baked with brown sugar version. The soup is smooth and yummy, I've had it made like a potao soup after it is baked and mashed. I like the sourcream thought!... I think I am hungry, too!
 
Sep. 16, 2010 5:08 am
Maybe I will find a squash he will eat afterall - maybe there is hope for him still! :D We all love pumpkin pie, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that he might just like it prepared baked with brown sugar. I will have to find a good recipe so I don't mess up the preparation since I've never cooked one before! :) I've got it on the menu for Saturday's dinner and can't wait to try it!
 
 
 
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