Summer Roulade with Tomatoes, Cream Cheese, and Herbs

Many years ago, when vegetarian restaurants were first becoming mainstream, I ate at Greens in San Francisco. Those of us present who were not vegetarians were very impressed and more than well-satisfied with the experience. As a tribute to its excellence, it continues to prosper and nourishes the body as well as the soul at its beautiful location at Fort Mason.

I was prompted to buy The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison when it first came out and still look to it when I want to prepare something that I am certain will delight and please all palates. I recently tried this Summer Roulade and found it to do exactly that.

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Butternut Squash Polenta

This comes from Gourmet, December 2005. It was delicious. I made a few minor changes. First, they called for a 12 oz. package of frozen butternut squash puree. I did not even know such a thing existed, so I peeled and seeded a butternut squash, cut it in pieces and steamed it for about 20 minutes. Worked fine. The recipe also specified instant polenta, another thing I had never encountered. I used regular polenta and it, too, worked fine. Finally I flung in a little rosemary I had harvested and not yet used. Yum.

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