November 21, 2011 - 12:21pm
THANKSGIVING CALIFORNIA STYLE
Since the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market is "where the citrus meets the surf", what could be more fitting than adding a coastal California twist to your Thanksgiving table? Capitalize on all those savory and sweet fall flavors, but mix it up to keep traditions fresh and exciting.
Stop by Miss Sushi's seafood stand to pick up oysters for your turkey stuffing, and choose a selection of sushi rolls to add to your appetizer lineup. Stuff Morocco Gold Dates with Nicolau Farms fresh goat cheese for another crowd pleaser.
Pumpkins are still plentiful as the market, and they're not just for dessert. Toss cubed pumpkins from Suzie's Farm and apples from Lone Oak Ranch with Bari Olive Oil, add a little zing with crushed chili peppers from JR Organics, saute until brown then simmer in Paradise Valley Ranch's fresh Valencia orange juice until just tender. Garnish with chopped California pecans from Smit Orchards.
Green Bean Casserole gets better when you use fresh Kawano Farms beans and sliced mushrooms, slivered almonds from Hopkins AG and toss with light, healthy garlic quark from Springhill Farms. Use a variety of greens from our farmers, add orange sections and pomegranate seeds from John Gilruth's Rainbow Ranchito, and toss with a spicy peanut dressing using PB Peanut Butter and California Olive Oil's garlic infused vinegar. Pumpkin Bread from Belen Bakery or pie from Sugar and Scribe will round it all out. Hang ten or more people at your Thanksgiving table and enoy.