Sunday, October 01, 2006

More Goodies from the Green Market

Most of the summer fare is disappearing from the Green Market, but it is being replaced with all kinds of intriguing squash and root vegetables. This is everything I brought home with me yesterday. That's celery in the upper left corner, followed by two different kinds of sweet potatoes, jalapenos, carrots, green beans, shallots, onions, and red bell peppers.

I learned something new about jalapenos. See the lines on the one on the left? That's supposed to mean it's hotter. I used it in some pinto beans and I've gotta tell you, that's-a-some-a-spicy-a-jalapeno!

Some of this is going into chicken-vegetable-barley soup, of which more later, and the rest will be determined by my time and mood when it comes down to it.

I wasn't prepared for the squash so I didn't buy any of it. But I've never used butternut and there were some gorgeous specimens so I think I'll read up a little, decide what I want to do, and get some next time.

Now I'm off to the knitting shop. I haven't done enough of that lately.


Anonymous said...

Steamed or baked butternut squash with cinnamon is pretty good. Jackson is a big fan.

misreall said...

I know that normally you are not the biggest jalepeno fan in the world, but I have to ask you, have you noticed how gigantic they are lately? Mrreall picked me up a couple last weekend and they looked like they came from the Land of the Giants.
Have you ever seen the Japanese horror classic Mantago about what happens to people who eat irradiated mushrooms? Well, if you have then you know what I am afraid will happen to me now.

dejamo said...

Misreall! Of course I've seen that movie--it was on TV one afternoon when I got home from school way back when. (No, really.) Dubbed. Badly, of course.

And you know, I kind of like jalapenos now? They're not my favorite, but I like them fresh and I actually use the pickled ones in my beans.

And yes, they have been really big lately. But at least the ones at the green market are hot. I have heard that agribusiness has been hybriding the heat out of them so they're not too hot for the average shopper. (But writing it out like this makes it kind of look like some wacko's paranoid theory, doesn't it?)

Thanks for the butternut squash tip, Jen. I have a couple of stew recipes that call for it, though, so I'll probably try one of those first.

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