November 7, 2011 - 12:24pm
This past weekend was divine- with intermittent rain and blustery, grey days. It was time to hunker down, stay inside, and enjoy warm food and good company. Comfort food has a different tone though, when you live and work at the farmers' market. Comfort food means homemade pasta and braised greens, or upscaled, locavore friendly grilled cheese sandwiches, or fresh spiced apple butter and biscuits...
Here's a couple ideas for you for the next time you get caught in the rain, or the sunshine, and want a healthy(er) twist on cozy good cookin'.
Spaghetti with Braised Kale
Braise either curly or lacinato (Tuscan black kale), with chopped onions from Sage Mountain Farm and fresh garlic from Schaner Farms. Add the greens to a bowl of steamy, hot angelhair pasta from Likso Imports and squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice with a bit of grated Parmesan Romano cheese from Mary at Taste Cheese.
Escarole and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
You know this. You know how you like it. Be creative with what you can find at the market and make a sandwich that you'll be remembered by. Start with a decent portion of sourdough from Bread & Cie. Take home a hefty slab of Spring Hill Goat Cheddar or maybe their dry Jack cheese, and shred it carefully. Pick out a beautiful specimen of frisee or escarole from Suzie's Farm or JR Organics. Sautee slices of white onion with a bit of Truffle salt from She Sells Sea Salts until the onion begins to carmelize. Meanwhile, brush the bread with some olive oil and layer on the onions, escarole, and cheese. Then grill it until its crispy and melty in the pan, add pepper or salt if needed, and serve immediately...
Spiced Apple Butter
Spiced apple butter on warm toast is a treat from heaven. Luckily, Smit Orchards and Lone Oak Ranch have you covered for tart Fuji's and sweet Pink Ladies. Or try combining apples and asian pears for more complexity. Cook the apples down with spices from Just Spice likeginger, star anise, cinammon and cardamon. Add lemon and a bit of sugar, mash it all together once its cooked, and you have yourself an excellent addition to any brunch.