Month: October 2014

Southwestern Baked Acorn Squash

Southwestern Baked Acorn Squash

I have always had a colleague or two in my career who have been avid CSA fans and would bring some extra veggies/fruits they couldn’t use to distribute at work.  If you don’t know what a CSA is, check out- http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ .  In a nutshell it’s a farm to table system where you get super fresh seasonal veggies & fruits while supporting local farmers.  I was always intrigued but hadn’t tried it before because you do have to be willing to try vegetables you probably wouldn’t get on your own volition.  I felt like I would be better off going to a farmers market, but my issue with that was always timing.  I would never get out of work early enough to get to a market before it closed or even just have the good stuff available.  This is why a CSA or similar type of delivery system intrigued me. I did some research and while there are a lot of options in the DC area, I decided to try Washington’s Green Grocer (not quite a CSA but similar). …

Ground Turkey Larb Gai

Ground Turkey Larb Gai

Hello fall, unpredictable weather patterns and of course the inevitable cold viruses. I was a bit under the weather for the past few weeks, hence the delay. I also realized I don’t have as much time to take photos with natural light since the sun sets much earlier now. Which means by the time I cook and plate, it’s dark out. I refuse to take photos without some form of natural light because it’s just not going to look good! I discovered a great tutorial to make your own table-top lighting to mimic natural light in low-light settings and so far I’m really pleased. Will share more details when it’s out of the ‘work in progress’ stage. Today’s post involves one of my favorite cuisines- Thai. Thai food is like comfort food to me. It involves a lot of my favorite flavors- sour, spicy and nutty and my favorite vehicles- noodles and rice. I decided to try my hand at Larb Gai, which is basically a minced chicken salad. You can use ground meat of any …