Thursday, October 15, 2009

It Just Comes Naturally

I have been remiss in my blogging as of late. What can I say? As John Lennon once said - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". Now with that being said, I could be posting more if I wasn't so used to living local. Huh? What does that mean? Well, it's like this. Pretty much every week my wife and I go to the farmers' market to buy produce and such for the upcoming week. Then, we have meals that, for the most part, include just the ingredients that we purchased from the market. Local, organic or near organic ingredients. I used to post about this all the time but now it's like part of our lives to the point where it's the norm. It would be more atypical not to eat that way. It's like, we're not even trying. Let me explain. I'm sitting here and saying to myself - I really should be writing something. I haven't really had an original post in a while and I'm racking my brain to come up with something. And then I'm like - "wait a minute, last night's dinner!"

Last night we had meatloaf. But it wasn't just any meatloaf. The meat was pastured and local from Natural Meadow's Farm. So were the two eggs I used in it. The parsley I minced and added was from Weaver's Way Co-op. I made mashed potatoes too. Those potatoes were purchased at the Headhouse Farmers' Market. I also steamed broccoli for a side dish. That broccoli came from Weaver's Way as well. I was feeling adventurous and I had a butternut squash purchased from the Headhouse Farmers' Market. I found an awesome recipe for it on All Recipes.Com submitted by Anita Bukowski, which I will share here. Even some of the ingredients in that dish were purchased from Weaver's Way.

As I said before, eating like this isn't unusual for my family anymore. We aren't rich (not by a looooooooooooong shot), but we are eating better, healthier, more environmentally sustainably, and with MORE TASTE. And it's the norm. Right now I have a chicken soup cooking downstairs with at least 75% of the ingredients being local. I used to think about it, but now it just comes pun intended!

Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and
cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, combine the parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add squash and toss to coat.

Transfer to an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until squash is just tender.


  1. No wonder you are never available. You are too busy cooking and eating good food. ...and watching the Phillies I'm sure.

  2. Gosh darn it this makes me sooo hungry!

  3. What a wonderful post, and that butternut squash recipe sure sounds delicious.I came across your blog from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  4. Sure thing Alisa. That would be wonderful. Thanks!

  5. Hello! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash recipe. Reminds me of mom's recipe and it was superb, I bet yours is excellent too! By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget at the end of your blog. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!


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