Thursday, August 6, 2009

Burgers and Rainbows

Dinner tonight was so colorful I was kinda blown away. I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and on the train ride home was actually reading one of the essays by her daughter that are featured throughout the book, in which she talked about the importance of eating a lot of different colors of foods to ensure you're getting a wide range of nutrients. Mostly by coincidence, our dinner came out as a veritable rainbow tonight.

To accompany a Skagit River Ranch beef burger with Samish Bay Creamery cheese, homemade bacon from our friend Gerald, and store bought guacamole & jalapenos, I roasted up a bevy of veggies from our garden.

I dug up the first of the potatoes from our plants - grown from potatoes we bought at the farmers market from Olsen Farms. I wasn't sure they'd produce, but we already have tons of taters in the soil in reds, purples, and whites. The blues seem to be getting a late start, having been shadowed by the other plants - but hopefully they'll be perking up soon.

I also dug up a fennel bulb and a handful of young carrots from our garden, and cut some oregano, parsley, and rosemary from our herb garden.

Everything got chopped up, drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with salt & pepper, and tossed on a baking pan in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes - until perfectly roasted.

The roasted veggies went on the plate on top of some kale I cut from the garden and then braised in a little water and the bacon and burger drippings.

The result was a rainbow of colors and flavors, largely from our own backyard, which was really rewarding.

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