a new favorite recipe

I am surrounded by stacks of books, apple cider, cider donuts, hard cider, and lots of tasty new apples.  What a weekend!

Did I mention how much we love apples…..

The apple conference was a lot of fun.  We got to meet a lot of apple growers from all over the north east, taste their apples, learned about different techniques, learned about varieties of apples I have never heard of, and learned how to make hard apple cider! It was a blast.

We even got to camp out at Bear Swamp Orchard which was a real highlight.

The weekend was great. Thank you to all of the farmers who showed us around and took us into their homes. The farming community is such a great community to be a part of and it really does feel like one giant family!

Now onto some more exciting news.  I have a recipe I have been wanting to share with you all.  It is easy, delicious, and perfect for this time of year.

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash Sauce

I don’t know about you all, but I love the texture of gnocchi.  I have made it from scratch before, but sometimes you just need the store-bought little dumplings ready to go when you have a homemade sauce ready to rock.  .

This sauce is SO easy you wont believe it.  Enjoy.

Butternut squash sauce with bacon and parm: (you can top this over pasta as well!)

1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled, cubed and steamed, then pureed with a little olive oil salt and pepper

4 strips bacon, fried then torn into bite sized pieces.

1/4 cup parmesan cheese for topping

salt and pepper to taste

parsley for garnish


Pour your pureed squash into a bowl.  Mix with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over gnocchi (or pasta) mix well.  Add bacon, cheese, and parsley to the top.  Serve hot!

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4 Responses to a new favorite recipe

  1. Beth says:

    Andrea, if any of your farmer friends have blogs, it might be fun to post links to their blogs on your landing page. That way you all could cross-promote one another’s blogs, and your readers could gain even broader insights into farming.
    Just a thought – I know you work long days, and it requires some thought and time to add to your blog. But afarmerinthedell is so great, I just thought it might be a nice way to make it even better.
    Glad you all enjoyed a happy and enlightening weekend.
    And apples.

  2. Korinda says:

    This looks so delicious! And I agree with Beth about linking.

  3. Steph says:

    Would really like to learn about making hard cider – I’m trying to get the Renfro boys to do a one-off from their normal beer-brewing!

    • drealieberg says:

      We have the apple cider, we can bring it to pdx for you guys to use! it’s easy to make hard cider (at least according to the class we took!) and extra tasty if you use our fresh unpasteurized apple juice. Call you this weekend. xo

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