We're moving on to the yellow produce part of our journey. When I think of yellow fruits and vegetables, I immediately taste lemons. But beyond lemons, crookneck squash happens to be one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. Golden delicious apples are often overlooked for fancier varieties, even though they boast a unique and refreshing flavor. And yes, you guessed it, we're looking at more bell peppers! For some colorful recipes using all of these yellow ingredients, keep reading.
During my childhood, I spent most Thanksgivings in Mississippi and enjoyed the same casserole dishes that my relatives did a century ago. One of my favorite Thanksgiving casseroles is my great-grandmother Mama Dale's squash casserole. In the traditional recipe, the squash, covered in buttery Ritz crackers, cheddar cheese, and eggs, bakes into a custardy casserole that is the best "vegetable" side dish that a kid can ask for.
I still anxiously await digging into the pillowy, yellow fluff during the holidays, but this year I wondered how the casserole would fare with the addition of California ingredients. Living in San Francisco, I've become accustomed to the amazing variety of local cheeses, sourdough bread, Meyer lemons, and flourishing parsley.
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A couple of weeks ago I attended the Ambiente design fair in Frankfurt, Germany, and as a journalist, I had full access to the Press Center there for the weekend. Aside from free wireless and happy hours with other international writers, my favorite part of the experience was lunch! The entrées at the Press Center were absolutely mouthwatering and I'm still dreaming of them. On my first day, I had this filet of beef with polenta and a wintry vegetable medley of bell peppers and zucchini. The little sprig of thyme was an adorable added touch!
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Top the Winter produce pairing with pecans for added protein and a generous topping of bread crumbs to achieve a crisp crust. Want the recipe? Then read more.
While Thanksgiving may be about giving thanks, the holiday is centered around one big meal. Let me rephrase: one big gluttonous, fat-filled meal. For some that's OK. Since the holiday only comes once a year, they give themselves leeway to go overboard. If this isn't you, don't worry! We've got 10 dishes that will let you enjoy all the sweet and savory deliciousness of Thanksgiving, minus the calories and the fat.