Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pork Chops, Summer Squash and Boursin Potatoes

This past weekend, I seriously scored at the Farmer's Market, mostly at Dave and Christin's Federal Point Farms booth.

Hey Christin!

They had squash, sugar snap peas, fresh basil, and potatoes, among other things, including gorgeous flowers.

I bought so much, I decided to once again hand it over to a pro to help me make the most of my vegetable greed so it didn't all just turn into brown mush in the crisper drawer. So I asked Tony Rosenfeld what to do with the snap peas, the squash and the cukes. He had some excellent ideas, and posted them on his Cook Angel site for me.  I really suck at vegetables - I need all the help I can get. His suggestions are all simple and fairly quick.

I decided to start with the squash. I had some nice thick pork chops and potatoes from Dave and Christin to go with the squash.

And some Boursin cheese.

Which honestly probably would have served me fine for dinner, but Pootie wanted a protein and I did have that squash...

So I diced it, added a couple of cloves of smashed garlic, and simmered it in salted water for about 6 or 7 minutes.

Then I drained it, added a couple of grinds of black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, and presto-chango - done!

For the pork chops, I just rubbed them with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano and grilled them.

Perfect dinner, and nothing took up oven space, which was a bonus, since it's been in the mid 90s for three days running here. (Why, yes, I AM ready to go to Canada now. Dinky is too.)

Dinner was great, but that squash really was outstanding. Coming from someone who is truly not crazy about vegetables that don't start with "potato", I would have been happy to settle for that and nothing else for dinner.

Fortunately, I didn't have to.

Here are the printable.pdfs of the squash and the potatoes, if you want to take them for a test dip. And if you have some stuff in your fridge and are wondering how on earth to craft that into a meal, head on over to and let Tony hook you up.

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