I went to the farmer’s market this weekend and bought everything that looked good. It’s the last market of the season–they always hold out until the weekend before Thanksgiving so we can have one last great meal with the local stuff. (Although, in our case, local produce continues to be available throughout the winter at some of the local grocery stores, but still, the farmer’s market is way more fun.
But then I got home with this odd assortment of stuff and no plan, exactly, for what I might make with it. This used to happen all the time when I belonged to a CSA, and fortunately the CSA sends you home with some recipes that will use up the over-abundance of cabbage or the tiny bunch of basil that happened to be available that week.
Gardeners face the same issue. Hmmmm, I’ve got three potatoes, a summer squash, and some parsley. Now what?
I know, some of you are actual cooks and have an answer to that question. But for the rest of us–I’ve discovered Supercook. You enter the ingredients you have and it gives you a list of recipes. It also prompts you, asking, “Do you also have olive oil? Salt? Butter?” And if you’re only short one ingredient, it will tell you that, too. Pick up some ginger on the way home and you’ll have everything you need. You can even tell it to exclude food you don’t eat.
It’s a very cool thing. Check it out. And happy Thanksgiving, y’all.