The Farmer & The Box

The Produce Box delivery is every Wednesday.  Wednesday is quickly climbing to be a favorite day of the week somewhat like Saturday and Sunday although it has no chance of getting really close due to the 8-5 gig.

There are many reasons to like The Produce Box but for the sake of brevity here are 4.  1. I have fresh seasonal veggies weekly. 2. Our grocery bill has been pretty much cut in half so I do a little frugal happy dance every week. 3. I cook with vegetables (and this week fruits–thank you persimmon) I’ve never used.  4. I try new recipes instead of sticking to just my “tried & true” box.

A little change to a James Farmer recipe

Here’s one of the new recipes I tried in an attempt to use all of my squash.  I received A Time to Plant from my parents last year for Christmas and thought it was a book related only to ornamental vegetation but was pleasantly surprised to find that recipes are sprinkled throughout.  One was Mr. Farmer’s Squash Spoonbread.

It was a nice try at getting Andrew to eat squash in another form than the 1 he will eat.  I always use the test of “does he eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven” which he did in this instance, going back several time.  I added green chiles to the dish and was able to persuade him a little more with the promise of the dish have the slightest “kick” to it–that might have been a slight stretch.

With the sausages and salad it pretty much made the “comfort” meal that has been a theme lately.  Looking forward to tomorrow and what the box will bring.

Recipe:

3 c. shredded squash

1 small Vidalia onion or 1/2 a large onion, shredded

pinch of salt

pinch of black pepper

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 package corn bread mix

1/2 c. Bisquick

3/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 stick butter, melted

*I added one small can diced green chiles

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the squash and onion with dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together and then combine them with the above mixture. Slowly stir in the butter.  Pour this mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish or into 2 pie pans sprayed with cooking oil.  Bake for about 20 minutes, watching after 15 minutes until it reaches the desired consistency.

The Bibliography: A Time to Plant by James T. Farmer III

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