Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Little of This. A Little of That.

I signed up for a four-week trial CSA here in my local city. All the food is from a farm nearby and all of it is organic. Today was box/week number three.

I really, really, love CSAs. I love the idea, I love the surprise of the different foods, I love eating with confidence, I love showing off what I got, I love trying new recipes... but I'm not so excited about the price. Sigh.

The first two weeks I got a bag full of orange bell peppers. Orange peppers! What do you do with orange peppers? I didn't want to treat them as any old bell peppers, they were to unique to throw in a stir-fry! But what to do?

The idea came as I was flipping through one of Mandy's Halloween magazines: stuff orange peppers with Spaghetti and cut them up like Jack-O-lanterns. What a cute idea! Alas, way to much work for just a family dinner, and the peppers wouldn't last until the party.

The next day my friend Bon wanted to come up for dinner. I was given about an hour's notice, so no time to plan or go shopping. I immediately thought of the pepper idea. The spaghetti thing couldn't be done but what if...

I improvised. I made up a recipe on the spot. It turned out FANTASTIC! Not only did they look awesome, but they tasted delicious!

7 orange peppers
1 cup brown rice
1 package mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, diced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice.
Hollow out and cut peppers like jack-o-lanterns.
In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add onion and cook until clear. Add soy sauce and mushrooms. cook until tender. Turn off heat. Add Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. mix with cooked rice, stuff into peppers. place on baking sheet, cook at 350 degrees for ten to fifteen minutes, until peppers are tender.

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