Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stuffed Summer Squash Boats

 I watched Jamie Deen make this on his show

Stuffed Summer Squash Boat

The Filling - Italian Sausage, Red Onion & Cherry Tomatoes
I used the "chocolate" cherry tomatoes from my farmers market find this weekend

Stuffed Squash
Stuffed Squash with Breadcrumbs

The only change I made is that I used spicy italian sausage
not turkey italian sausage

I thought the Thai Rice Noodles recipe
 I made several weeks ago was one of the best dishes I had made in a while, but no
This one wins - hands down!  Even my son agreed

Stuffed Summer Squash Boats
4 large yellow squash (straight-neck variety)
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the breadcrumbs
8 ounces italian sausage (you can use turkey)
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Put the squash in a 12-inch high sided skillet, cover halfway with water & bring to a simmer. Turn to low, cover with a lid, and cook until tender crisp, about 8 minutes.  Set the squash aside to cool.
3. Drain the water from the skiller, wipe dry and place over medium-heat. Add oil if using turkey sausage.  If you are using italian sausage, you do not need the oil.  Cook, stirring until almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook until softened, about 4 minutes more.  Toss in the tomatoes, season with a big pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook until the tomatoes start to break down a bit, 1 more minute.  Set aside to cool.
4. While the mixture is cooling, trim the ends of the squash, slice in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon, making a boat shape.  Chop up the centers and combine with the sausage filling.
5.  Spoon the mixture into the boats, mounding them high.  Place on a baking sheet.  Mix together panko, parmesan, chopped parsley and olive oil in a small bowl.  Sprinkle on top of the stuffed squash.  Bake until golden on top, about 25 minutes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

White Rock Local Market

We have an awesome local farmers market in my neighborhood

1st and 3rd Saturdays
Lakeside Baptist Church
9150 Garland Rd
Dallas 75218

2nd and 4th Saturdays
Green Spot
702 N. Buckner Blvd
Dallas 75218

They are only open
8am - 1pm

I got there about 10ish and several farmers were already sold out

I recommend getting there EARLY

I was focused on fresh produce for the grill

Zucchini and Squash
I used the squash last night (see below)
I plan on grilling the zucchini tonight

Check out the lovely yellowy goldish ones

"Chocolate" Cherry Tomatoes

No, silly, these do not task like chocolate
They taste just like cherry tomatoes

Baby Portabellas & Button Mushrooms
I love love love mushrooms
I am going to stuff these and grill them 

Montasio Rosemary and Fresh Mozzarella Cheeses

 We have a fabulous local cheese company (actually several)
but this one is amazing

It's called the Mozzarella Company

Most of the local stores sell their cheeses
They have classes on how to make cheese, how to pair it with wine,
how to pair it with beer

I have not tried the Montasio Rosemary cheese
It is a hard cheese so I cannot wait to try it out on my next pasta dish

I plan on using the mozzarella cheese
on my next grilled pizza

Jamie Deen's Stuffed Squash Boats
This was last night's supper
Check out tomorrow's post for the recipe

This is probably the best recipe I've tried in a long time
(& I've tried alot) 

These have spicy italian sausage, red onions,
the "chocolate" cherry tomatoes from above, 
are topped off with panko/parmesan bread crumbs

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Bastille Day

I am not French, but I do covet all things French !

I started the day off with croissants from Trader Joe's

Have you tried these? 
They are

Just put them on a baking sheet the night before you planned to cook them
They rise overnight

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes

Croissants with Apricots & Cumin Preserves

Check the Apricot & Cumin preserves from Belberry

I bought this at Central Market a few weeks ago
I know you are probably thinking, cumin? Really?
It is delish!

A great treat to start the day 

I plan on finishing it out later with this awesome Rose

Grand Cadeau Rose Sparkling
Grand Cadeau Rose Sparkling Wine

Do not be fooled
This is not a sweet wine
It is a blend of French Colombard, Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Grigio & Viognier

Cheers to the French! 

(This is my first post from my ipad using the blogger mobile app. So, I apologize for the lack of proper formatting) 

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