Take a break from the mall

15 December 2010 § Leave a comment

The Montclair Farmers’ Market will be there for one more weekend this year, so brave the cold and go shop – squirrel away some fresh produce so you can eat your way through the cold weather.

Last Saturday my favorite vendors were there –  Stefan and Sons (Polish Kielbasy), Vacchiano Farms, Tree-Licious Orchards and Picklelicious were all there. I managed to stock up for the week. I bought a chicken that we roasted on Sunday night with some vegetables and potatoes, and washed down with a few bottles of wine.  There are few things better than the smell of a roast on a cold Sunday evening.

I also made a really simple pasta dish on Saturday evening with roasted butternut squash. No photos, I’m afraid as we ate it all too quickly but here it the recipe.

Pasta with butternut squash, caramelized onions and walnuts



1 whole butternut squash – chopped into 1″ pieces

1 onion – sliced

1 clove of crushed garlic

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons goats cheese

½ cup Parmesan grated

Chop the squash into 1″ pieces, add the onions and garlic, sprinkle with sugar and season with salt and pepper. Toss in olive oil. Cook for about 30 minutes at 350°F. Toast the walnuts for about 5 minutes in the oven – do not forget about them – they will burn! Cook pasta until al dente, drain pasta, reserve a few spoonfuls of the pasta water. Then add roasted vegetables and the nuts to the pasta, add the pasta water and goats cheese and heat through on low heat. Serve with parmesan.

And here are some pictures of the Farmers’ Market to tempt you outside next Saturday, it beats the mall:


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