Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Roasted Yellow Pumpkin and Acorn Squash Soup -or- A Bowl Full of Sunshine

Sometimes in my CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) Organic Buying Club, I get vegetables that I might not think to buy in the store. Sometimes (if it is something i know I don't like) I give them away to friends, other times I get the chance to experiment with new or forgotten things. In this case, I got two acorn squash and one yellow pumpkin, I knew I wanted to try something different with them. I have cooked with squash and pumpkin many times in the past but, would have never thought to buy them at this time of year. I am guilty of being a hungry shopper at times, I buy what I know I want to eat. I like to experiment and try new things but sometimes I am just on autopilot at the grocery store. That is one of the reasons I love this buying club- it breaks me out of my broccoli boredom.

If you are in South Florida and are interested in joining a Buying Club, take a look at Ms. V's Organics. It is so convenient, you get a box or half box of produce and there are different pick up days or, you can opt for delivery. The produce is always fresh and delicious. I honestly don't have any complaints on quality or quantity. You can even order grass-fed beef and other products from her. One stop, healthy, ethical shopping!
If you aren't in South Florida- take a look and see if you can find one in your area. It is definitely worth it!

2 Acorn Squash
1 Medium Yellow Pumpkin
3 Cups (No Sugar Added) So Delicious Coconut Milk (You can substitute this for regular milk if you prefer)
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2+ Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt &Pepper

**If you don't have or can't find a yellow pumpkin you can substitute for 2 additional Acorn Squash- for a total of 4.
**This recipe yields a good bit of soup. Somewhere around 6 bowls (depending on size).

Preheat oven to 350.

Half the squash and pumpkin and clean out seeds. Using your hands rub a thin layer of olive oil over the surface of the squash and pumpkin. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cut the pumpkin into similar sized pieces in relation to the acorn squash. You want to be sure they cook evenly. Roast for 30-40 minutes- it will be done when the texture is soft and there is no resistance from a fork or testing utensil. Cooking times will vary.

Remove from the oven- and let cool slightly. You need to make sure the temperature is comfortable to handle. Consider keeping a pot holder handy in case it's too hot.
Scoop the meat out of the squash and place in a food processor.

Turn on and slowly add the coconut milk and olive oil. Blend until smooth, creamy and thin enough to resemble soup.
You may have to do this in two steps depending on the size of your food processor.

Transfer the soup to a pot and stir over medium heat. Add more Coconut Milk if necessary.
Be careful not to let the soup boil too hard- you don't want it to separate.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
This recipe is made to be dairy free but you can top with a dollop of creme fraiche as a garnish.
It is delicious as both a hot and cold soup.

If you want to add a little something extra in terms of flavor composition, try adding crumbled bacon pieces when serving. Tasty!!

Happy Dishing!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New to South Florida! Grub Hub and a tasty giveaway!

As much as I try to cook at home, there are times when we crave a hassle free, no clean up, delicious meal delivered to our door. New to the South Florida foodie scene is Grub Hub. I was introduced to this amazing new site recently and I couldn't be more excited. When you want your favorite restaurant's noshings with out the trek, you need GrubHub. 

As a special introduction to AnnaDishes readers, GrubHub would like to offer first-time users $10 off their initial order by visiting Grub Hub here. (Through September 4, 2011)

 This site is just launching in the Miami area and will continue to add new restaurants to the line-up, so don't  be discouraged if there aren’t a smorgasbord of places that offer pick up or delivery through GrubHub in your neighborhood just yet….there will be more soon!

 Miami’s diverse cultural makeup, combined with its international allure as a leading vacation destination, makes it one of the fastest growing culinary markets in the country. is now available to help Miami area diners explore more local restaurants- right from the comfort of their homes. 

GrubHub shows diners neighborhood restaurants that deliver or offer pick-up and allows you to order online or through its free app for iPhone or Android. Diners can also use the service to compare menu prices, read diner reviews or find unique coupon offers.  So whether you’re a Miami local who would rather avoid digging through your menu drawer or a tourist fed up with overpaying for room service, GrubHub is the one-stop spot for finding and ordering delivery or pickup food.

Here’s how it works:

1.Type in your address
2. Choose your preferred restaurant, cuisine or food item
3. Include any special instructions and confirm your order  
4. Enjoy a delicious restaurant meal with out ever having to leave the comfort of home.                   

GrubHub is helping family owned restaurants grow their business during these challenging economic times by sending them an average of 20 percent more delivery and pick-up orders.

In addition to the generous offer to save $10 on you first order, GrubHub would like to offer one of AnnaDishes readers the opportunity to win a $25 Gift Certificate to try out some of the fabulous options.

To enter the contest- leave a comment stating that you have done the following:

(One entry for each of the following.)

1. Follow @AnnaDishes on twitter
2. Like AnnaDishes on Facebook
3. Follow the AnnaDishes Blog
4. Tell us what you would like to try from GrubHub.

Contest ends Thursday August 18th at 12:00pm.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2011 Bon Festival at Morikami

The 2011 Bon Festival is this weekend at Morikami in Delray Beach. If you have never had the opportunity to experience the tranquil, ethereal event- this is the time to take a look. With something for everyone and a portion of online ticket sale proceeds to benefit relief efforts in Japan- it's a weekend wind-down must! Anytime you can combine good eats with a beer garden and fireworks it's bound to be a beautiful evening.

Some information provided on the Bon Festval:

"Inspired by Japan’s three-day Obon holiday honoring the spirits, the Morikami’s largest event, Bon Festival, packs all of the celebration’s excitement into one breathtaking evening. Held from 4pm - 9pm on Saturday, August 13, the festival follows the holiday’s tradition of remembering ancestors and thanking them for our quality of life. Each year thousands of guests travel to the Morikami for the awe-inspiring Bon Festival which embraces the celebration and appreciation of those who passed.  Bon Festival features rousing taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko, children’s activities, traditional Japanese folk dancing, American & Japanese cuisine, and the Kirin Beer Garden. When night falls, patrons pay homage to those who have passed on by floating individually decorated candlelit lanterns on Morikami Pond, a traditional Japanese ceremony known as Toro Nagashi. The myriad of lights created by the floating lanterns signifies the guidance of departed souls back to where they came after their brief visit. Additionally, in light of the recent tragedy, there will be special remembrance opportunities offered by the Morikami to honor and raise funds for those whose lives were impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The night will end with a brilliant fireworks display over Morikami Lake."

Some images from Morikami's album from proir Bon Festivals.

If you purchase your tickets online -in advance, Morikami and EventBrite are partnering to donate $1 per adult ticket and $.50 per child ticket purchased for Bon Festival to Japan Relief. Buy your tickets in advance to save money, skip the lines and help a worthy cause!

Advanced Tickets

$12 for adults (ages 18+)

$5 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members
and kids 3 and under 

Tickets at the Gate
$15 for adults (ages 18+)
$6 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members and kids 3 and under

"Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening.  Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store."

 Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call 561-495-0233.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mustard Musings and a Celebratory Giveaway!

There are few condiments as worldly as mustard. From Dijon to Dusseldorf (and beyond) you will find the delectable topping married to a myriad of meats and other tasty foods. Whether you like to schmear some spicy brown on a sandwich or marinate your filet in a multitude of mustards- you can't go wrong with the versatile flavor. (One of my favorite meals is a Steak with Many Mustards that my mother always used to make. It is AMAZING. I will try to get the recipe to share.)

This past Saturday- August 6th was the 20th Anniversary of National Mustard Day.

And to celebrate we have a giveaway thanks to the generous folks at National Deli. A savory $10 Gift Certificate! (There will be 2 winners.)

Even if you don't win this giveaway- you can still enjoy the deliciousness! Check out National Deli's coupon especially for you: National Deli Coupon

I get excited every time I see a new twist on this classic condiment- whether it’s wasabi or a special stout- it’s always a home run! So AnnaDishes would like to know what you think about mustard.

To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment here with the following information-
(One entry for each of the following.)

Follow: AnnaDishesDaily here on Blogspot
Follow: @annadishes on Twitter
Follow: National Deli on Twitter
Answer: How did you celebrate National Mustard Day? Or tell us What is your favorite way to enjoy mustard?
Winner will be chosen by a random number generator.
Entries must be received by 12:00pm on Thursday August 11, 2011.

Happy Dishing and Good Luck!!