A Recipe to Keep

Beautiful Red Chard

Beautiful Red Chard

This week, our basket of farm produce from Farm Fresh to You contained two star ingredients:  fresh red chard and plump, multicolored delicata squash.  We decided to combine these two delicious ingredients (and some chicken sausage) to make a wonderful stuffed squash entree.  Now THAT is perfect for fall!

Yummy Seasoning!

Yummy Seasoning!

Right now, I am chopping up the beautiful red chard.  Pretty soon, we will be spooning our ingredients into the skillet over the stove.   First, we cleaned out each half of the delicata squash, and we seasoned the halves with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Into the oven they go!

Sauteed Deliciousness

Sauteed Deliciousness

Out of the corner of my eye, I see the popping sensation of red onions, bell peppers, chicken sausage, and garlic.   But really, all my mind senses is the savory smell of this concoction!  Next, the cooked wild rice is added to the pungent mixture to make the colorful stuffing that you could use for anything. 

Stuffing the Squash

Stuffing the Squash

The now-soft squash, which has been roasting with oil in the oven for the past several minutes, are finally browned.  As I spoon the rice/veggie/meat mixture into the striped colorful squash, my mouth almost drools with excitement.  I can’t wait to try our creation!

Our entree was delicious!  That is why we use fresh produce!

Stuffed

Stuffed

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Friday Night!

Guess what?  We just found out that my Disney Channel “TTI” is going to be on TV at 7:25 p.m. (Eastern Time and Pacific Time) on Friday, October 14!  Please watch, and I would love to hear your comments!

I’m Gonna Be On TV!

Me and Mama in My Trailer!

Me and Mama in My Trailer!

A few months ago, I got to film something for TV!  It was my aunt who made it all possible.  She works for Disney, and at work, she showed one of her co-workers Southbayfood.com.   The co-worker really enjoyed it (or so I heard) and presented a particular blog post (Farmer Eric’s Garden of Fruit – http://www.southbayfood.com/?p=888) to her production company.  The company films something on Disney Channel called “TTI” commercials.  “TTI” is short for “The Time I…”  Kids get to describe an experience that they’ve had.  They decided to film a “TTI” on my trip to Farmer Eric’s and I was so excited!

On the day of the shoot, we drove to Eric’s house, where they filmed the entire thing (with  his permission, of course).  They did some “movie magic” as well, but I can’t tell you all of the secrets!  When we arrived at Eric’s, the company had a huge trailer waiting for me!  Wow!  We met the on-set teacher, Phil, and I played “RushHour” until they called me to the set.   They blocked and filmed the 90-second feature in 8 whole hours!  Of course, we did things over and over again.

First, we set off into the fruit trees, looking around at all of their wonders.  Dad stayed back a little bit to pick figs, while Mom and I ran over to the grapefruit tree.  (Poor Tabs didn’t get to come help.)  With the help of a little bit of “movie magic,” we picked two grapefruit.  They looked delicious!

In awe, we walked over to an apricot “tree” and picked three apricots.  After, we joined Dad washing fruit.  On camera, we each took a big, juicy bite from our apricots and decided that we definitely wanted to make a treat out of them.  “What about a tart?”  my dad exclaimed.  It sounded like a great idea to all three of us, so that is what we decided to make.

We walked over to Eric’s kitchen and made a tart.  Originally, I was going to just open the oven and say:  “Look what I made!”  The tarts were going to be pre-made, and we wouldn’t actually be cooking, but due to some minor mistakes, Dad and I ended up making the actual tarts!  They were real, and super delicious!

Guess what?!  My “TTI” might be airing on Friday, October 14!   I’m not sure what time, but I will post and tweet as soon as I hear.  (I hope to hear Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.)   I am so excited about this experience, so please be watching out for it on Disney Channel.  If you happen to catch a glimpse of the “TTI,” please tell me what you think!  Don’t be afraid to be honest.  (I haven’t seen it myself yet.)

Thanks to Disney Channel and my extremely helpful and supportive Aunt Suzy!  I couldn’t have done it without them.