Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Counter Culture

Have you ever eaten a paw-paw? I've heard of them in historical books but had never seen or tasted one until I saw these interesting fruits (technically berries) in our local farmer's market. Of course I had to try them!

Paw-paws, also known as "Hoosier Bananas" are native to North America, and easy to grow organically because they have few pests. They are not widely cultivated because when the fruit is ripe it has to be eaten right away and can't handle travel.

The texture of the flesh resembles an avocado, the color -- banana, and the taste, well, something of a mix between the two with some floral notes thrown in. I would eat them again!

My kids have noted that we've been eating a lot of soup around here. We enjoyed this amazing corn chowder on our night to eat food from New Hampshire. To accompany it, we made a salad with apples and cranberries (also popular foods from NH), and ate pumpkin pie for dessert.

I finally purchased an immersion blender last week as I didn't want to go through another soup season without one. We tried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and the blender worked great. Turkey soup hit the table after roasting a turkey from the freezer and then later in the week we had chicken noodle soup.

It's also apple pie season and this was one of the last things I made for our gluten-free diet (which is now over!!). Gluten-free pie crust filled with apples and then topped with a pecan/butter/rice flour topping. Very delicious!

We had a birthday around here this week and angel food cake was the requested cake. Some frozen strawberries and a pile of whipped cream made a nice accompaniment.

I'm gearing up to start making my own baby food. Peas, sweet potatoes, and carrots are on the menu. I steam a large batch, puree and then freeze them in ice-cube trays for easy thawing.

I hope you all are enjoying these first cool days of fall!

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