Saturday, October 10, 2009

A bag full of produce

A friend of mine stopped by yesterday with a bag full of assorted veggies from her veggie co-op. "I can't use all of these," she said. "I thought maybe you could do something with them." I thanked her and she went on her merry way. I opened the booty to see what I had. The bags contain: an eggplant, some cilantro, some chilis, two heads of lettuce, a red cabbage, and a green cabbage.

So, what to do with all of this? Tonight, we are having a family dinner with my daughter and her husband and my son who is freshly back from Iraq. Will I be able to incorporate some of the odd assortment? You bet. Not to say that I will use it all tonight, but certainly the eggplant will become Napa Valley goat cheese and eggplant ravioli for a first course. The lettuce will become the base for the carmelized pear salad that I wrote about not long ago. We will also have cedar-planked salmon, sauteed leeks, and butternut squash risotto. For dessert we are having a pear and maple crumble. Don't you wish you were coming here for dinner?

The cabbage presents a little more of a dilemma. It's a lot of cabbage. People are not always fond of cabbage. What shall I do? Wait! I have it! Last year, my sister-in-law made a really simple, yet wonderful Russian Piroski. She made a basic rich yeast dough, and filled it with cabbage which she sauteed until nicely browned. I think she added onion and dill. It was really good and the kidlets liked it a lot. (Big surprise. Kids and cabbage? It was that good.) I think I'll call her.....

5 comments:

Hope said...

Please give your Marine Foodie a big hug from me and tell him thank you so so so much. I heart him. I really do. Oh! and let me know if you have friends or he has friends or brothers in arms over there still...I have some new folks looking to take a jarhead or two on in the troop support department. Take care!

PS. I just pimped you on my blog...now you HAVE to keep writing! muwhahahahahaha!!!

The Mendon Foodie said...

Hope, you are either really evil, or really supportive and encouraging of nascent writers. I think I'll take the latter! Marine Foodie is a reservist, so he and all his brothers in arms are back here for the time being. But, I do have a LOT of leftover package goodies, so let me know if you run across a poor jarhead with no momma to love him. I got plenty of Marine momma love and canned ravioli to go around!

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