Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Battle of Orange Food: Season Two
Last year saw a strange response to squash and sweet potatoes from the Kiddo — rejection. These once favorite and healthy foods were dismissed with a "Nasty!" and ignored. Thus began the Battle of Orange Foods. It was a long conflict that tested my creativity and repertoire of recipe ideas to serve up anything orange and have it succeed. At the end of the season, I thought I had finally won with Vanilla-Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan-Brown Sugar Crust.
I tested the waters early this season and got mixed results. Baked sweet potato "fries" passed muster. Honey-Sage Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallots got dissed. Using my best counterintelligence tactics, I managed to get one bite of the latest creation under the radar. It survived. Let the games begin. I am optimistic. I am ready. And I have a ton of squash. Or at least 100 lbs. of it.
In fact, I have added a couple more heirloom pumpkins to the mix above. The recognizable faces in the line up are of course Butternut, Acorn, and Sugar Pumpkin. The new ones are a deep orange one called a "Cinderella," a New England Cheese (flattened light tan), a small Hubbard (gray-green at far left), Sweet Dumplings (the orange and green striped ones that look like Acorns) and Delicata (the long oval-shaped ones), and a Turban. I added a couple Musquee de Provence, French heirloom pumpkins also referred to as "Fairytale" pumpkins. I was eyeing the mother of all full-size Hubbards weighing in at around 35 pounds. But I resisted.
The Delicatas had a light sweet taste like a cross between a Yukon Gold potato and a sweet potato. The flesh was dry and firm, good for roasting. It is an heirloom variety, and was a nice surprise. I will buy this one again this season most likely.
Delicata Squash with Red Rice, Cranberries and Pecans
Looking for this recipe? It will be part of an upcoming book co-authored with Ali at Cleaner Plate.