Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Colors; Red, White, and Greens.

Greens overflowing from the box.
Vegetables beneath the greens.

A new box has arrived filled with more winter greens, some of them the same as before, and some new ones added to the mix.  There is something about beets that make me think of Christmas. Perhaps it's the deep crimson color, or that they have a sweetness to them. Or maybe because they are a winter vegetable, but feeling festive I decided to make Beet Risotto with Mustard Greens and Goat Cheese. Instead of using all the red mustards I used the beet greens as well. The recipe also says to just throw everything in a pot and let it reduce which is not how risotto is made normally. I opted to make it the real way, adding a little bit of broth
at a time. The end result has a nice sweet earthy flavor and the goat cheese gave it a good tang   This would go good with a nice roast chicken.
The finished product

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thankful For Greens and Vegetables

This is a picture of what I was calling the Thanksgiving Pillow.
Over the past few years, at Thanksgiving, we add a new dish into the mix along with the traditional sides  that go along with turkey. This year I made the new dish, which was Curried Greens with Golden Onions and Cashews using the plethora of  greens that I had. It was a good spicy mix sandwiched between the other salty, crunchy, mashed, flavors that come together to make up a plate of Thanksgiving food. I don't know if it will become part of the regular rotation of sides, but I would make it again. The greens would work well with any type of roast meat.
Curried Greens with Golden Onions and Cashews

I also had a small bunch of turnips. With them we made Winter Vegetables With Horseradish Dill Butter. Which is a great dish that pairs well with roasted meat or a Thanksgiving meal. The recipe calls for steaming the vegetables but we always roast them. All in all it was a Thanksgiving filled with wonderful food.

My little turnips, magically turned into this wonderful vegetable dish. It was a Thanksgiving miracle.