Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Ugly Side of Local Eating
I'll let you decide ... after you take a look at dinner.
Yeah, it's a pretty "colorful" dish. Not exactly what I'd call traditionally attractive... though this combination really packs a nutritional wallop. And this dish scored us another local eating victory -- during a week when the outlook was starting to feel a bit bleak.
Remember those two heads of red cabbage? And those sleek leeks? Well, I decided to go for broke and combine them with a bit of spinach pasta. Slow cooking the leeks and shredded cabbage with a couple of tablespoons of paprika and a bit of salt rendered the vegetables meltingly tender and sweet. Likewise, a bit of olive oil and a fair amount of time in the oven gave the roasted butternut squash a nice, caramelized flavor. Paired together with the pasta (and later topped with a dollop of sour cream) it was a treat that far surpassed expectations.
This is one of those dishes that wouldn't win a beauty pageant. The sort of thing that I probably wouldn't serve to company. But, it made a hearty autumn main dish with plenty of delicious leftovers to scare our co-workers the next day at lunch!
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