this week's menu

By Tuesday, September 22, 2009 , ,

Happy first day of autumn!
The rapidly approaching fall was definitely apparent at the Dane County Farmers' market on Saturday. Apples, winter squash, cool-weather-loving greens were in abundance and, boy, does that make me happy.

Our favorite apple stand, Westons' Antique Apple Orchard, has some pretty spectacular heirloom varieties this year, including some gorgeous pears that I will be using in a salad later this week. My new favorite apple is the Pink Pearl, circa1944 from California. It's named for the pink flesh hidden just beneath its celery-green exterior. Quite a color-contrast! Crisp, tart and utterly delicious.

At the market
mustard greens
tomatoes: sungolds, Juliette and heirloom
sweet corn
Menu: week of 20 September 2009
Sunday: what else, but BLT pizza
Monday: it's my birthday, so I get the night off from cooking!
Tuesday: creamy corn soup with chiles and cilantro, served with warm, crusty bread from Madison Sourdough Co.
Wednesday: whole-wheat spaghetti with spicy Italian sausage and mustard greens with a dollop of fresh ricotta
Thursday: warm pear salad with DreamFarm chevre and a toasted-walnut vinaigrette
Friday: yellow potato gratin with salsa verde and nutty local cheese

Happy eating! -s

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