An Autumn Harvest of Wonder

  Discover the website Waldorfish where my guest post about covering the hoop house and the magic of nasturtiums gives a peak into  why I love teaching gardening.

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Fall Vegetable Lasagna

This hearty lasagna is perfect for that transitional time, when late-summer produce is winding down and the first fall vegetables appear at farmers’ markets. Combining yellow squash, zucchini, and mushrooms, the dish comes together quickly, with a ready-to-use pasta sauce. In this dish, I used butternut squash pasta sauce being offered by the local grocery store and the results were spectacular. Please feel free to use whatever store-bought sauce that you like for this satisfying dish.

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
One pound whole milk ricotta cheese
1 Tablespoon julienned fresh sage
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
1 medium egg
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 Parmesan cheese, grated
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 yellow summer squash, cut into rounds 1/4-inch thick
2 zucchini, cut into rounds 1/4-inch thick
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1-3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
One pound baby portabello mushrooms, sliced
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
One 24-ounce jar of butternut squash pasta sauce (click here for the resource)
12 sheets dried ruffle-edged lasagna noodles, cooked until al  dente
1/2 pound Italian fontina cheese, shredded
1/2 pound Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 pound plain goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:
Preheat an oven to 450°F Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, sage, 3 tablespoons of the parsley. oregano, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the yellow squash and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and season with thyme, salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, toss mushrooms and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and season with thyme, salt and pepper, Place in a large cast iron skillet and transfer to the oven and roast until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in an Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the yellow squash zucchini and mushrooms. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F .

Spread 1/2 cup  pasta sauce in an even layer on the bottom of the Dutch oven. Arrange a single layer of lasagna noodles on top, tearing them as needed to fit. Spread 1/2 cup ricotta mixture on the noodles and scatter 1 cup vegetable mixture on top. Spread 1/2 cup  pasta sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle 1/2 cup fontina, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 goat cheese on top. Layer the noodles, ricotta, vegetables, sauce and cheese three more times, omitting the sauce and cheeses on the last layer. Top with the remaining noodles, sauce and fontina.

Transfer to the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted and browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of  parsley on top. Let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes before serving.


Petite Pommes Anna

Adapted from Molly Stevens
From BON APPÉTIT,  November 2012
Mini Herbed Pommes Anna recipe

This side dish is a very simple deconstruction of that classic  French casserole potato dish, Pommes Anna, consisting of  of thinly sliced potatoes that are layered and cooked in a generous amount of melted butter. This version is  presented as a single-serve dish with the classic French  attitude.The more carefully you arrange the potato slices, the prettier the results and the better the individual-size cakes will hold together.

They are perfect side dish to go along with baked chicken or even a slab of braised short ribs and they will be sure to impress your guests at the dinner table.

Enjoy!

  
Serves   12
Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter
12-24 small tender fresh  thyme sprigs plus 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
1 3/4 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, each slightly larger than a golf ball
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Special equipment:
A standard 12-cup muffin pan
A mandoline
Parchment paper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Brush muffin cups all over with butter. Line bottoms with parchment-paper rounds. Arrange 1-2 small thyme sprigs in center of each round. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon butter into bottom of each cup.Add chopped thyme and garlic to remaining butter in saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.Using mandoline, slice potatoes crosswise into very thin rounds (less than 1/16″ thick), placing them in a large bowl as you work. Pour herb butter over and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat well.Divide potato slices among muffin cups, layering overlapping slices to create a circular pattern. Lightly press center of each to make compact. Drizzle any remaining butter and seasoning from bowl over.

Cover muffin pan tightly with foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake until potatoes can be pierced easily with the tip of a knife, about 35 minutes. Remove foil; invert a rimmed baking sheet over pan. Turn, lightly tapping on counter, releasing potatoes onto sheet. Rearrange any slices that may have fallen out. Using a metal spatula, carefully turn cakes, thyme sprigs facing down. Discard parchment. DO AHEAD: Potatoes can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.

Increase heat to 425°F. Uncover cakes if needed. Bake until bottoms and edges are golden and crispy, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully turn cakes, thyme sprigs facing up. Serve immediately