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This Week’s Harvest, 9/29

September 30, 2010

radishes, rhubarb, grapes, zucchini, eggs, green beans, Swiss chard

A few seasonal surprises in this week’s bag: radishes and rhubarb.  The radishes are already gone, eaten as a pre-dinner snack with friends last night.  The rhubarb I’m kind of excited about.  I have a recipe for an Indian-spiced lentil and rhubarb stew that I bookmarked ages ago and still have yet to try.  Maybe this is the week.  These bar cookies sound really good, too, as does this crumble, while the plums are still around.

The grapes are good, and deliciously purple.  The trouble with seed-in grapes, though, is that you can’t really do much cooking with them, unless you want to crush them and use the juice for something.  (Fermentation?)

We’ve eaten green beans already, simply sautéed alongside a roast chicken and too many bottles of wine, hence the lack of posting yesterday.  But as this was a double panier, I have another bag.  I think I’d like to give them the honey-mustard treatment.

The Swiss chard will be playing an important supporting role in a multi-course dinner party I’m throwing on Saturday.  They’ll be braised, that I know for sure.  The rest is still a bit up in the air.

I hate to say it, but I’m almost over the zucchini.  I’m looking forward to the winter squash, and the zucchini only serves as a reminder that it was warm recently, but from here on out it’s going to be cold and rainy.  I like eating zucchini when it’s warm out.  A soup might be just the sort of transitional dish I need to make with these guys.

We’ve replenished our supply of duck fat, so the eggs will be fried in it, and served over potatoes fried in the same.  Nothing like a big breakfast to slow you down for the rest of the day.

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

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