Saturday, November 24, 2007

Slim & Chilly Pickings

It was a freezing and sparsely-populated USG day today. Ice crystals clung to my spinach, lots of vendors were absent (even the stalwart Terhune Orchards), and - worst of all - there wasn't a leaf of kale to be found in the whole place. Brussels sprouts, which I had been avoiding while my stomach healed (since they can be tough to digest), are clearly on their way out, though I managed to find some good-looking ones. Otherwise, not a lot of interesting options, and the chilly air got into my brain and allowed me to forget beets - which means no beet and cheddar risotto, still!

My lightened load:
1 celeriac
1 bunch baby carrots
2 bags spinach
1 head Rocambole garlic
1 butternut squash
1.5 lbs. Brussels sprouts
1 Osage orange (cockroach repellent)
Total spent $28

The celeriac I'll use in risotto, and perhaps make another with the butternut squash; I'll either roast the Brussels sprouts or pan-fry them in butter with sage (along the lines of this recipe - anything to make them soft and caramelized. Perhaps I'll make a quick Dijon mustard sauce for them, like they serve at Westville.

Next time I can get apples, I'm going to make another apple pie. I've got a few recipe adjustments I'd like to try out...and I've quickly become a pie addict.


Ann said...

These all look wonderful! Do you have any suggestions for a recent vegetarian cookbook? I'd like to buy one for my daughter and I'm not too up on what's out there these days...

anna said...

My favorite vegetarian cookbook is 'A Year In A Vegetarian Kitchen' by Jack Bishop. His recipes are great, and a bonus is that he uses seasonal ingredients, for the most part. He's a Cook's Illustrated staff member, so he's extra-trustworthy.

In other news, guess what I just took out of the oven? Your apple-cranberry crisp. I can't wait to try it - the smell is incredible!

Ann said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll look for it. So glad you tried the crisp!