Monday, September 17, 2012

Harvest Festival 2012: Pt 1

THE MENU! All dishes included garden produce; some exclusively so.

Apple pie - right out of the oven.

Peach Raspberry pie after it's baked

Everyone lining up - plates in hand

My first plate-load

A close-up of some of the spread. Food gets served in its cooking container in my house - nothing fancy!

Pies - before they go in the oven. Cute little pastry art by Jenni Finch.

Pumpkin Peanut Soup with Chives and Sour Cream

Happy Birthday to Tricie!!


  • Local Cheese Platter with Provolone, Smoky Jack, Garlic & Herb Chevre, and Spicy Honduran Harvest cheeses. I made the whole wheat herb crackers that accompanied.
  • Hummus and pita wedges (pita made by a local bakery)
  • Roasted squash seeds
  • A selection of pickles we canned this season, including Dilly Beans, Mustard Green Peppers, and Cantaloupe Pickles (which were bizarre.)
  • Honey cake (provided by Alex's mother as a Rosh Hashanah treat)
The Dinner:

  • Tomato, Basil, & Balsalmic Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Blue Potato and Rutabagas au Gratin with sage
  • Quinoa-stuffed Guatamalan Blue Banana Squash
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts smothered in caramelized onions and mushrooms
  • Spicy Szechuan Wax Beans
  • White Sweet Corn (brought by by sister Tricia)
  • Homemade Italian Bread (brought by Mom & Dad)
  • Spicy Pumpkin Peanut Soup (brought by Shannon, and I vote this as MVP.)
The Beverages:

  • Homemade autumn ale
  • Three different ciders from Arsenal Cider House in Lawrenceville
  • Homemade apple cider (non-alcoholic)
The Dessert:

  • Peach Raspberry Pie (the fruit was brought my my sister Lizzy)
  • Apple Pie
  • Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake (not in keeping with the local theme, but it was my sister's birthday cake so it gets a free pass)
Breakfast the Next Morning:
  • Leftover Pie
  • Honey Cake
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Tricia)
  • Leftover Italian Bread, toasted with raspberry jam (mine) and blueberry jam (my mother's)
  •  Gluten Free Apricot tea cakes (much better than they sound)
  • Leftover hot apple cider

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