Garden bounty makes for delicious eating

Wisconsin State Farmer

Gardeners and non-gardeners alike enjoyed the taste of the early crops throughout the summer: beans, peas, lettuce and tomatoes.

Now the long-awaited end of summer garden produce is filling tables at farmers markets across Wisconsin, and gardeners are laboring to put up produce for the long winter months ahead.

Be sure to enjoy these dishes using 'straight from the garden' vegetables.


-Sheila Jackson, an employee with Anderson Market, puts pie pumpkins out on display Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2002 in West Burlington, Iowa. Jackson and the markets owner Sandy Leduc, were restocking the pumpkins, something they do every other day. (AP Photo/The Hawk Eye, John Lovretta)-

-Caption: High time for pie-

- Sheila Jackson, an employee with Anderson Market, puts pumpkins out on display Friday in West Burlington.

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

2 1/2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1 T. pumpkin pie spice

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 c. pureed pumpkin

1/2 c. vegetable oil

2 c. peeled, chopped apple

2 T. flour

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

4 t. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 18 muffin cups or use paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/2 c. flour, 2 c. sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stirring just to moisten. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Topping: In a small bowl, mix together 2 T. flour, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/2 t. cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.. Sprinkle on top of muffins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Leeks add an interesting taste to salads and soups.

Cauliflower Leek soup

2 T.  olive oil

3 T. butter

3 leeks, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 lg.head cauliflower, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

8 c. vegetable broth

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 c. heavy cream (optional)

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat, and saute the leeks, cauliflower, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes.

Remove the soup from heat. Blend the soup with an immersion blender or hand mixer. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the heavy cream, and continue blending until smooth.

Patty Pan Squash

Oven Roasted Patty Pan Squash

½ lb. patty pan summer squash cut into 1-inch chunks

1 shallot, sliced thin

1 t. chopped fresh thyme (may substitute rosemary or marjoram)

1 T. olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Toss the squash, shallot, thyme, olive oil and salt together in a bowl. Spread the mixture out onto a sheet pan. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Serve hot.

Freshly dug potatoes are a winner for hot and cold dishes.

Bacon potato salad

4 c. cubed red potatoes

1 c. chopped onion

7 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

2 T. minced fresh parsley

1-1/3 c. mayonnaise

3 T. grated Parmesan cheese

3 T. prepared ranch salad dressing

2 T. mustard

4 t. white vinegar

1/2 t. minced garlic

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, onion, bacon and parsley. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.

Zucchini is prolific in the garden and has proven to be a delicous, versatile food ingredient in the kitchen.

Zucchini Banana Bread

3 eggs

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar

2 t. vanilla

1 c. oil

2 c. peeled and grated zucchini

1 c. crushed pineapple, well drained

1 c. raisins or dates

1 banana

3 c. flour

1 tsp. each of baking powder, baking soda and salt

Beat eggs, sugars, oils, vanilla and zucchini together. Add flour,k salt, baking powder and soda. Add pineapple, raisins or dates, banana and mix well. Pour mixture into well-greased bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Makes 2 loaves.