Summer Succotash

IMG_5727.jpg

As summer is coming to a close, I'm scrambling to make use of all the bounty of the season. Ive found myself with a bunch of corn, lima beans, broccoli and tomatoes. The best thing to do seemed like a succotash, traditionally a Pennsylvanian favorite which became a family staple in the great depression due to the wide availability of corn and limas. You can simply sauté all the ingredients together and have an excellent side dish, but we look ours to the next level with a little gouda lemon and jalapeño. Enjoy!

Summer Succotash

1 large onion, diced

1 cup shelled lima beans

1 1/2 cup corn kernels

1/2 cup brocoli florets

3 tablespoons butter

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 jalapeño, minced

1/2 cup grated cheese (gouda, manchego, and pecorino are all excellent) 

Basil, chopped

Salt, Pepper & Red Pepper Flakes, to taste

Sauté onions in oil till soft,  add beans, corn and broccoli and cook until till tender(about 5 minutes). Stir in butter, herbs, lemon, jalapeños to finish. Top with cheese and basil. 

 

 

Spring Time: Fiddlehead Ferns

IMG_2189.jpg

Watching springtime roll into the Delaware Valley is truly a sight for tired winter eyes. Pale greens, pinks, purples, and florescent yellow litter the rolling hills of Bucks County. One of my favorite evolutions in the landscape is the budding heads of the whimsical ostrich fern, better known as fiddlehead ferns. These curled little nuggets of peppery sweet goodness are immense in my parents neck of the woods. For the past two weeks I have been religiously checking the usual locations of these magnificent spring treats, coming up with nothing but more and more anticipation.

IMG_2183.jpg

This past week brought in a spastic weather change and a soon following downpour. I knew fiddles were on their way. Today I wandered into the woods and lo and behold my beauties were awaiting me! I scrambled, filled my pockets and ran home. I diced up some shallots, garlic and butter, add a touch of white wine, and I tasted spring for the first time this year.

IMG_2185.JPG

If you live in the Philadelphia area, you can probably find some ostrich ferns in your local woods. Look for clusters of reddish brown peels with bright green spirals of green. I often find them in loose and wet soil, in shady areas. If you're a newb to foraging, please please please, don't go pulling random ferns out of the ground if your not sure what an ostrich looks like. Do some research and you should be able to spot the little guys. If you are not the foraging type, you can sometimes find fiddleheads at speciality stores. Expect to pay a premium, but it is oh so totally worth it.

photo 3.jpg

Sautéed Wild Fiddlehead Ferns

3 tablespoon butter

2 shallots, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 cups well washed fiddleheads

Splash dry white wine

Salt & Pepper to taste

In a pan melt down butter, add shallot, cook till translucent, add garlic. Add fiddleheads and wine, and cook for 3 minutes. Enjoy your taste of the season!