Taste of Home forum member, Jolene Martinelli, shares her Sunday tradition of roaming the countryside and well-cooked meal.
Sunday is our day to roam. Sometimes we have a destination in mind, others we are just enjoying being out of the house and together. Today’s ride took us along a stretch of road in Southern New Hampshire that is made up of farmland. The fields are tilled for corn to be planted. The farm stands have opened and signs boast the local wares that are ready. Today what drew me in was “OUR OWN ASPARAGUS AND RHUBARB”.
Those found their way into my basket pretty quickly, along with some honey sticks for my son, scallions, and strawberry milk from another local farm. We keep a cooler in the back of the truck so after a quick stop for ice, we were on our way, the sunroof open, windows down, talking about what we could make with our bagful of goodies.
At home, I decided on a tried & true, family favorite for dessert- Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch . I put that together and got it into the oven, then went to work on some mashed purple potatoes. After they were fork tender, I drained them and moved them to a glass bowl, keeping the water simmering on the stove. The rest of my meal was going to be cooked outside, and putting the bowl of finished potatoes on top of the simmering water would keep them warm while I was finishing up.
I’d marinated some chicken in the morning. I used half lime juice, and since I’m the only heat lover, I split the mixture so that one bowl had jalapenos and one didn’t. I marked the “hot” ones with toothpicks so I could keep track of them.
With about 20 mins to go, I grilled a combination of the asparagus from the farm and red bell pepper, tossed with salt, pepper and olive oil on a foil liner.
The perfect finish to our day was the Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch, still warm from the oven, with a little dollop of whipped cream.
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