October 12, 2011 - 10:36am
Seems that with the change of season comes lots of sneezin'. But although your grandmother might have just wanted to cook and dote on you when you came down with the flu, there's some truth to how fresh vegetables and warm soups do wonders for sick bodies. Stock up this week at the Little Italy Mercato on all your staple, seasonal ingredients for some homemade, good for the soul soups and stews.
Here's a delicious, nourishing stew from Carolyn Kates blog, "Cooking with Suzie's Farm CSA". Chopped zucchini, shelled Dragon Tongue Beans and sauteed eggplant give you nourishing nutrients and spices to calm the runny noses and sore throats, with plenty of flavor to perk you up. You can gather onions, garlic, and scallions from Schaner Farms, giant shiny eggplant and sizeable, sweet tomatoes from Rodney Farms, zucchini, parsley, and of course those gorgeous dragon tongue beans from Suzie's.
If you want to try a twist on the classic chicken soup, try this spicy Tomatillo Chicken Stew. Tomatillos resemble small green tomatoes with delicate, thin paper surrounding their flesh. Roast them with one or two jalapenos, depending on your spice threshold, and you've got the beginnings of an incredibly delicious stew that the whole family will enjoy. Sage Mountain Farm or Suzie's Farm both have yummy tomatillos, JR Organics offers spicy chili wreaths and you can pick up fresh cilantro and other leafy greens to add from Vang Farms.
For chicken, try taking home the whole bird from Spur Valley Ranch and use any additional meat throughout the week for other homecooked meals.