Monday, April 27, 2009

The weekend...

The weather was so much better than predicted and it was just too nice to stay inside.

Saturday. Got up, got caffeinated and hit the Farmer's Market.

This week's haul: strawberries, tangerines, avocados, sweet Maui onions, leeks, zucchini and I scored some more of those baby patty pans which I used to make this casserole. Soooo good.


Shelly's Sausage Squash 3 Onion Casserole

1 Sweet Maui Onion, sliced
1 Leek, diced (white & light green parts only)
2 Green Zucchinis, sliced
1/2 pound Yellow Squash (or Baby Patty Pans), sliced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed
1 cup storebought Alfredo Sauce (Bertolli, Contadina or something like that)
1/2 cup canned Chopped Tomatoes, drained (Italian Style)
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled
optional: 1/4 cup Crispy Onions, crushed (Durkee makes them, the kind you use on Green Bean Casserole)

Saute onions and leek till golden. Add squashes and saute till fork tender. Add sausage meat and cook till no pink is seen. Add garlic, Alfredo sauce, tomatoes, seasonings and goat cheese. Stir to combine.


Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish and top with optional crispy onions. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


After the Market it was off to the beach. I really wanted to do beach clean-up but I had an opportunity to work a few hours for my caterer pal. I couldn't pass up a few bucks. Grrr. Gotta pay the bills :(

Before heading home I hit the Carlsbad Outlets. I was good. Bought 3 much needed shirts, a cup of coffee and left. I closed my eyes and silently chanted, "No purses" when I walked past the Coach store ;)

On the hill just above the outlets, the Carlsbad Flower Fields were in full bloom. For the non-locals the Flower Fields are 50 acres of world class ranunculus (my favorite flower.) Take a look...


Sunday. It was back to the beach for the Encinitas Street Faire. What a gorgeous day! Lots of great walking, yummy roasted corn and BBQ, bright blue skies, ocean breezes


and views like this...

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

9 comments:

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

I so wish we still lived in California. I miss those farmers markets and the beach. Thanks for sharing

Fooseberry said...

I love ranunculus too. I can't imagine 50 acres. The weather here is finally picking up.
We are thinking about getting a farm membership. For $40 a year we can go and pick our own veggies and berries. What fun!

Connie said...

Wow, Shellly! It sounds like a great weekend. It makes me wish I live in California.

Connie

My 3 Month Challenge said...

The casserole looks delicious!!!!

Liza said...

Looks like it was an awesome weekend! I can't wait until it gets warm enough here to do all the summer festivals. I had to laugh about the Coach outlet comment, I have to do the same thing :)

Schmeesa said...

I made this casserole last night and we LOVED it. I used ricotta dotted on top instead of goat cheese and it was still lovely. Thanks for such a great idea!

becky said...

How do you fin out where and when street fairs and other events are down here?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Bec, Twitter or the local paper.

~M

Annie R said...

Your pictures make me wish I was living on the West Coast again...The blue skies, ocean breezes, and farmer markets. I am so thankful for your blog...love the recipes.