Accidental Locavore Farmbasket Lucky Week 13: It Must be Fall

First signs of fall…a display of pumpkins in front of the barn, the annual corn maze at the farm down the road, and in the basket, a large stalk of Brussels sprouts, and winter squash. Besides the butternut squash there’s a beautiful one that kind of looks like a large dreidel with orange and green markings. Anyone know what it is? Along with that still some summer staples, corn, tomatoes, large and small, greens, a lovely cauliflower, green beans, a couple more eggplants, larger corolla potatoes, and yes, more zucchini.
Almost forgot the invitation to pick as many jalapenos as I wanted. When I posed the question as to how many jalapenos a person could actually use in a week or two, Paul told me to cut the stems off and freeze them, so we now have a nice collection of them in the freezer. As I’m writing this, I’m wondering about pickling them since that’s something else we have for certain Mexican dishes. Hmmm…
OK, so the eggplant was all dredged in flour and fried in preparation for eggplant Parmesan, just have to pick up some more local mozzarella.
I never liked kielbasa until our local butchers started making their own. Wow, it’s a totally different thing! Last night I partially cooked the kielbasa on the grill, boiled the tiny potatoes from last week, and mixed them with some sauerkraut we brought back from Maine, a little white wine, and some tomato paste and baked it all in a slow oven (300 degrees) for about an hour until all the flavors were mixed. Serve with some strong mustard, and we’re into fall cooking.


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