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Pattypan Squash Salad Recipe Recipe

Pattypan Squash Salad Recipe

09.18.12 by Jackie

The vinaigrette for this fresh pattypan squash salad is a blend of chives, parsley, oregano, tarragon, thyme, a bit of mint, garlic, onion and lemon finished with a drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil. You could serve this salad nicely as a side dish; it goes quite well with grilled chicken, for example. Pattypansquash goes by many names. You may recognize it as sunburst squash, cibleme, scallopini squash, custard squash, scallop squash, button squash or summer squash. No matter the name, pattypan squash makes a pleasantly sweet and refreshing addition to just about any salad or grilled vegetable medley. Our friend Kris from Full Circle has again kindly offered a free box of farm-fresh vegetables to two PhamFatale readers this week! The Full Circle box consists of fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers. If you’re lucky enough to win (or if you sign up directly on FullCircle.com) and get your hands on some pattypan squash, definitely give this recipe a try!

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is enter your email address. I'll pick a winner on Monday, September 24th at 12AM. It's very easy! Also make sure you're a fan of PhamFatale Facebook fan page and FullCircle.com and tweet about this giveaway.


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Mushroom and Gorgonzola Polenta Recipe Recipe

The most common side dishes I serve at home are rice, pasta, bread and potatoes (shameless plug: don't forget to pre-order my Haute Potato cookbook on Amazon!). I think that’s probably the case in most homes. Today, I made something different for a change. I happened to reorganize my pantry early this morning and found lots of containers of corn meal, which I usually use to make corn bread, but also is the main ingredient in polenta. Polenta can serve as an excellent starch, and lends the opportunity to layer on many different flavors. In this particular version, I added morel and baby Bella mushrooms, which give an earthy flavor to the polenta, and gorgonzola for creaminess and a little zing. 

I grilled a few smoked chicken and apple sausages and Tofurky® Italian sausages to complete the meal. You could slice them and add them directly to the polenta as well. Either way, this meal was absolutely delicious!


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Vegetable Tian Recipe: Zucchini and Tomato Casserole Recipe

A tian is a Mediterranean dish, more specifically from Provence, which consists of thinly sliced vegetables slowly roasted in the oven. It could be made with any seasonally available ingredients such as artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, celery or mushrooms. I've also seen it made with meat or fish as well, but today I made a version that is very popular. It consists of garlic, tomatoes and zucchini, which happen to be fresh from our garden. 

I arranged the three ingredients in a terra cotta dish and drizzled on a little olive oil with freshly chopped herbs. The dish is very easy to prepare, and tastes as good as it looks. If you love cooking with farm fresh ingredients, don't forget to check out Full Circle. We're giving away one box this week. One lucky winner will get a free box of organic farm fresh home-delivered produce. To enter, just type your name and email address into the box below. The winner can choose any size box. The largest Full Circle offers is Harvest, which is $42 in CA, $45 in WA/ID, and $56 in AK (shipping not included outside of Anchorage). 


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Roasted Carrots Recipe

Roasted Carrots

07.30.12 by Jackie

If carrots only appear on your dinner table chopped up in salads, this recipe is for you. Roasting the carrots brings out their natural sweetness and the other ingredients in this dish enhance the flavor. The number of ingredients is minimal: good quality olive oil, kosher salt, green, pink and black peppercorn medley, lemon thyme from the garden and a drizzle of wildflower honey are all you'll need. This fancy yet simple presentation is a no-brainer for dinner parties.

A few minutes in the oven and the result is absolutely stunning. The carrots  turn slightly brown and they're candied to perfection! 


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BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets Recipe

BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets

07.06.12 by Jackie
Here's another simple summer vegetable recipe using the barbecue grill. Whole unpeeled beets are placed over the coals of the barbecue grill and cooked until the skin is burnt. I let the beets cool to room temperature and seasoned them with a few fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. The beets turned sugary sweet. Roasting them turned out to be a great way to showcase the results of Lulu’s hard labor to everyone during our Fourth of July barbecue.
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