Our theme this week was “new to me,” “way out there” or “off the wall.” My plan all along has been “new to me” in anticipation to a new-to-me vegetable that I grew this winter.
Salsify! This isn’t a vegetable that I knew much about. I have heard of it, but was better introduced to it last winter in the Dark Days Challenge when AnnieRie Unplugged highlighted it in one of her posts.
Well, here I am, and I am not going to be talking much about salsify (I’ll save all that for another post)… and that has left me scrambling to come up for something to make and get ready for this post.
When people “like” my posts, I try to go and check out what they are up to and I try to leave a comment thanking them for stopping by. I don’t always get to all of them, but I do try. Last week I stopped by Stephen’s Gourmet Blog to thank him for checking out one of my posts and saw a lasange alla Genovese that inspired me to make the lasagna that would wind up being my “new to me” post for the SSFC challenge today.
I used his recipe as an inspiration and went off in my own direction based on what I have around the house right now. I have tons of basil pesto still in the freezer. I have an organic butternut squash that has been sitting on the counter far too many week. I am still unearthing bags of peppers from the freezer (that is a nice surprise when you think you have eaten them all!) I found a bag of frozen green onions. I still have tons of chard, fresh, in the garden. So this has turned into Lasagna alla Emily’s freezer, garden and cupboard.
All in all, this was a mostly local meal. How does the “new to me” fit in? Well, I do make vegetarian lasagnas, but they are usually filled with eggplant and zucchini, both of which are out of season here right now, so I turned to what was in season for the most part and I just made it work. The one thing I would change is the creaminess of this… I ran out of milk so my bechamel sauce was on the thick side. Next time I will make sure I have enough milk on hand.
Have you stepped out of the box recently and made something new-to-you?