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Early Autumn dinner of squash, beans and pork

early autumn harvestOur early fall harvest so far has been amazing. Rick planted green beans in September, not really expecting anything from them. Fifteen pounds of beans later (not exaggerating), we still have more coming in every day. They are huge and delicious. I found Happy Dawg pulling some off the lowest vine today; she was very pleased.

early autumn dinner

Acorn squash, beans, pork, and leeks—all local and seasonal.

So, what to do with an abundant harvest? Make a nice dinner. I had a pork loin from the Maple Avenue Market and an acorn squash from the SMART farmer’s market (which I love, by the way). I thought both would go nicely with the beans and leeks I harvested.

I really didn’t do anything fancy to prepare this early autumn dinner. This is in part because I was tired and hungry when it came time to make it! And it was in part because when I have such good and fresh ingredients, I don’t feel a need to get fancy. I prepared each item the following way:

  • Pork cut into medallions, seasoned with salt and pepper, and pan fried in grape seed oil.
  • Leeks sliced and sauted in pan after I took the pork out of it.
  • Pumpkin, sliced in half, roasted, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Green beans sauted in olive oil and tumeric.

Ta da…dinner!

I can’t wait to see what the following weeks bring to the garden. We got our greenhouse up today, so our spinach and other greens should be very happy in the coming weeks. My celery root is getting big. I’m not sure when to harvest it; it’s usually in season in the winter, so I’m going to keep it in the ground as long as I can and hope the bulbs get really big. This is our second year with the big garden plot and we are having a blast experimenting. What’s growing in your garden this fall?


Dark Days Meal 11: Duck Egg Crustless Quiche

duck egg quiches

Duck eggs quiche...the richest, silkest, most amazing quiche I've ever had.

Spoiler Alert: these were the best egg-based savory dishes I’ve ever eaten.

Phew. Got that off my chest. I wish the photo did it justice. Learning something…anything…about photography is one of my 2012 goals. But I’m not there yet. For now, I’m really still more interested in making delicious food that makes my husband’s toes curl.


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