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This Week’s Harvest, 11/9: Hello, Staples

November 11, 2011

leeks, butternut squash, kiwis, onions, carrots, eggs, mâche

The first thing I said upon receiving my panier this week was something along the lines of, “Onions!  Hooray, now I don’t have to go buy them!”  I’ve also been flying through the carrots lately, testing coleslaw recipes, so those were a welcome sight, as well.

I am always excited about winter squashes, which is why, even though I know that this butternut squash will keep longer than, say, the mâche, I’ve already cooked and eaten it.  For lunch today, I diced it up and roasted it, adding some chopped leek after about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, I was making a creamy, bechamel-based piquillo pepper sauce and boiling whole wheat pasta.  When everything was ready I mixed it all together and served it in deep bowls with a sprinkling of pine nuts.  Really, really good eating.

These kiwis are perfectly sized for snacking.  I have a short train trip coming up, and I think I’ll bring along a knife and a plastic coffee spoon and scoop the sweet green flesh from their fuzzy skins as I watch the countryside whiz by.

Because the new kitchen for work is still under construction, for a short time I get to have a Kitchen Aid at home, so whatever happens to those eggs is going to involve whipping.

Seasonal opposite: May 11, 2011

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

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3 Comments
  1. November 12, 2011 6:55 am

    Oh! I just got it! I am *such* an idiot. I’ve been trying to figuring out what metal staples have to do with these ingredient. Oh lord, I need sleep.

  2. November 12, 2011 12:46 pm

    The butternut is interesting- it’s clearly a butternut, but it looks different to the ones we have.

  3. November 15, 2011 6:34 pm

    Hannah – You don’t *look* like you’re not getting enough beauty sleep. 😉

    Louise – Different how? If it’s the color, that’s probably my poor photography skills… once the sun goes down the lighting in my apartment gets very difficult to work with.

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