I love the farmers market. Plain and simple–I just love it. I love the friendly people, I love meeting the people in my neighborhood at the market on our park. I look forward to it in the late spring early summer when it gets started and I dread it coming to a close each fall.
But(!), before it does come to a close, I love getting inspired by all the farm fresh fall flavors. (Try saying that 5 times fast.) I wanted to share a menu I put together that was inspired by the local goodies I picked up at my local market (which is sadly now closed), and hopefully you can pick up some fresh goodies to do your own farm fresh menu from your local market. We have a few others in neighboring hoods that are still up and running
Savory Bacon & Brussel Sprout Galette. Modified from a sweet galette recipe from Bon Apetite, I used gluten free all purpose flour and walnuts for the crust and replaced the cinnamon with a savor spice blend. For the filling, I used a little spread of ricotta on the base (don’t get carried away here, it’s just to add some depth and because I love ricotta), layered on TONS of shredded sprouts and then snipped a few pieces of bacon over the top. It was so good, it was hard not to eat the whole thing.
Italian White Bean & Kale Soup. I love a good soup in the fall, and it’s especially good if you can dump everything into the crock pot in the morning and come home to dinner. For this recipe, I used white beans, pink kidney beans and great north beans (1 can of each), dumped into the pot with their juices (more flavor) a few cloves of crushed garlic, a diced onion, and corn…now the corn you can use farm fresh if you have access, or canned (drained) or frozen will work just as well. Add either chicken or veggie stock to make sure you have enough liquid in the pot to cover and then some… after all this is a soup. When you get home, add in some hand torn kale and let cook til bright green. When you serve, shred on some fresh parm for extra flavor.
Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Cream Sauce & Asparagus. For this dish, I roasted my squash (you can use whatever your fave fall squash is) in the oven with just a drizzle of oil and salt. At the same time I put one head of garlic in the oven to roast (wrapped in foil with the top cut off, and a little oil drizzled on top) with a dish of mushrooms to roast as well. While that was all cooking away I made a rue on the stove as a base to the sauce. Once the mushrooms came out of the oven I added them to the rue with all their juices to really create a sauce. When the squash comes out pour the mushroom heavy super flavorful sauce on top and dive in… it is so good… I could’ve eaten the sauce with a spoon.
Garden Variety Pepper Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes. For this loaf, I used a bunch of random peppers from the market, more flavor than spice, but get what you like. I diced everything up to the same size including an onion and then mixed with ground turkey, worcestershire sauce, one slice of gf bread (pulsed in the food processor to create crumbs), and an egg. I didn’t have a clean loaf pan, so I used a large baking dish (like 9×12 ish) and it made for a really skinny loaf…the pictures make it l But, because it was so skinny, it was so good. The flavors were amazing..seriously, I want to make all meatloaves in an over-sized pan now.
I only did four dishes, we like to have at least one night of leftovers and one date night every week so for us, four is good… for a fifth, you could always do a huge fall salad with some grilled chicken or fish on top.
Now to the contest portion of the post. See those awesome chalk board placemats pictured in the posts? Well, I won them in a contest a while back, but had been eyeing them up for quite some time before then too. I use them all the time and think it is such a fun way to add interest to your table. You can leave sweet messages for loved ones, use it as shown to let people know what they are about to feast on, or use it to write up your daily to-do list while having your breakfast.
They are fun when you are hosting as well–use them as an alternate to placecards. Or for the holidays, imagine having the kids do hand-traced turkey’s on them for Thanksgiving…how cute would that be?! Or even leaving greetings of gratitude for your guests? Well you are in luck! I pitched the idea to Chalk Lots that we do a little giveaway of their placemats and what my idea was and they so generously offered to supply the placemats, and they came out with a gorgeous new color just in time for you to select your finish when you win!!
To enter, simply follow @designbykrystle and @chalk_lots on Instagram, leave a comment below telling me how you would use your new placemats and what color you would prefer (black licorice or graham cracker) and I will announce a winner on Monday. Please make sure you follow us both on Instagram and leave your account name in your comment for confirmation, contest closes at 11:59pm ET on Sunday.