RECIPE. Jan 4, 2011

Apple Squash Stew

I should be cleaning, sleeping, reading or finding a recipe for dinner tonight. Yet all I want to do is celebrate one year writing this blog. It’s officially been one year as of Jan 1, 2011 that I began writing recipes and taking pictures to make you all drool. When I look back on all the photos over the last year I’m ashamed to admit there are more food photos than there are of my son. He is only three months old so I guess I have some time to catch him up. The particular recipe I am about to share is from Simple in Season. The ingredients were so curious I had to take a leap and experiment. I wasn’t sure if I was going to end up with dinner or dessert and was willing to give this a big fail card as the likelihood that it would be a success seemed slim.

I was so pleasantly surprised by the results that it reminded me of the feelings I had about beginning this blog. Hesitant, unsure, excited, adventurous, naive and full of passion. I stand here one year later so thrilled that I’ve maintained the blog and furthered my love and education about food. I can honestly say I have stayed true to my commitment to eat and buy local ever since making that declaration on my blog.

This part of the season is particularly hard, however, because the cooperative garden is resting and the farmers market has closed up until April. I wistfully look back at the pictures of produce and cannot wait for the next growing season. In the meantime, I am scouring my recipe books for dairy free, seasonal recipes with ingredients I can get at the co-op. This particular recipe hit the spot and doesn’t even need the pork to pull off it’s magic. It’s simple, inexpensive and incredibly good. I matched it with sweet potato walnut rolls and just about died and went to heaven.

Melt butter in a large saucepan. I have begun adding coconut oil due to it’s incredible health benefits (coconut is a superpower ingredient) and deciding to cut most butter out of my diet. If you want to know more about the power of coconut go here. Add pork, onion and garlic. Saute until meat is no longer pink.

Add broth, salt, rosemary, sage and bay leaf. Cover and simmer, 20 minutes. Add squash and apples and simmer uncovered until they are tender, about 20 min. Discard bay leaf.

If there is something you would like to see on this blog in 2011, just leave a comment below and I’ll get to your request. Thanks for following me this last year, I hope we can celebrate again in 2012.