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fall haul

September 25th, 2010

The color palette is changing at the market these days.

market week: thank you!

August 17th, 2010


awfully big adventure

Valerie from City|Life|Eats


Well market week is over and I’d like to thank everyone who participated, commented and just watched. The week turned out to be a crazy week at work for me (of course, the one week I wanted to get home earlyish is the one week I have to work late every night), so I was a little bummed that I didn’t have more time to devote to taking better photos or making more interesting things. However, I think that allowed me to take a step back and realize that every night can’t be an extravaganza (it rarely is, believe me) and that’s ok.

In addition to the time, I feel so lucky that I have such an abundance of good, fresh food at my local market. While I didn’t use all of the food I bought at the market for meals last week, what didn’t get used is working itself into meals this week.

Thanks again!

Sunday: Burgers with caramelized onions, confetti corn and salad
Monday: Corn & zucchini cakes with fresh salsa + berry ice cream
Tuesday: Mushroom & eggplant tacos
Wednesday: Beef tacos
Thursday: Bruschetta

market week: bruschetta

August 13th, 2010

Most weeks, by the time Thursday rolls around I’m ready to not cook. If we don’t go out to eat, I like to whip up something simple and perhaps a little indulgent. That’s where this bruschetta-type plate comes in. I simply pick up a fresh baguette, come home, slice it up and place a bunch of slices on a plate. Next I take out my oh-so-delicious ricotta from Salvatore and either use it as is or mix in a little lemon zest, or in this week’s case, some fresh basil, then place it on the bread. Lastly I either slice or chop up a few tomatoes to put on top of the cheese. I’ll often sprinkle a bit of sea salt over top, just for some extra pizazz. It’s simple and incredibly delicious.

market week: tacos take two

August 12th, 2010

I was debating a few things regarding this post. First, should I make dinner? As nine o’clock rolled past and I was still at work, ordering dinner sounded pretty nice. But then, funny as it sounds, the thought of trying to decide what to order, then having it delivered just sounded like too much work. So once I got home I looked in the fridge and considered my options; or more importantly “what requires the least amount of work?”.

Tacos. More often than not, when I don’t have time or just don’t want to use my brain, I reach for tortillas, find something to put inside them (beef, chicken or some kind of veggies) and call it dinner. Plus, because I almost always have salsa on hand, I just add a few spoonfuls to the pan while the filling is cooking and I have automatic seasoning.

Which brings me back to my internal debate… I just posted tacos last night. But I realized, this is reality. Every dinner can’t be glamorous, but every dinner can be good. And they can be easy. And fresh. And that’s what made me post my totally boring dinner. It took me about ten minutes from idea to table, which is way quicker than any take out. I love tacos.

market week: mushroom + eggplant tacos

August 11th, 2010

Ok, this might be the ugliest meal of all (or at least I hope so). Looks are deceiving though. The tortillas are handmade with blue corn (purchased from the market*), hence their color. For the insides I simply sauteed some portobello mushrooms and eggplant, along with some tomatoes and peppers. I used some of the fresh salsa I mentioned yesterday to bring in a some juiciness. To add a little pizazzz, I actually used a dollop of ricotta cheese and sprinkled some cilantro over top. Not the best meal ever, but certainly not bad.

Editor’s Note: I didn’t make the tortillas, I bought them at the market. They are handmade, just not by me.

market week: summer berry ice cream

August 10th, 2010

I couldn’t get too far without whipping up some kind of dessert, my sweet tooth just won’t allow it. I can across this recipe for summer berry ice cream last week and it sounded pretty dang perfect. I love summer berries and I love to bake with them, but when summer brings as many heat waves as we’ve had this year, ice cream starts to sound like a genius idea. And so, a summer berry ice cream was made.

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market week: corn and zucchini cakes with fresh salsa

August 10th, 2010

Day two brings more deliciousness. After being wowed by yesterday’s corn confetti I saved the leftovers and decided to incorporate them into some lively zucchini cakes. As I mentioned earlier, vegetables are still a bit of a challenge for me, but I’ve found a few ways that I can get a whole bunch of ingredients and still really like it. One is salsa. I mean, who doesn’t like salsa?

The second veggie bonanza comes in the form of cakes, like corn cakes or in this case corn and zucchini cakes. I had about a cup of the corn leftover from yesterday which was sprinkled with peppers and onion. In addition to that I shredded a zucchini, then squeezed as much liquid out of that I could get. Who knew zucchini has so much water in it?! In order to bind it I used some of my half white flour and eggs from the market. Pretty soon I had an ugly batter in front of me, a batter that may not look so hot but I had faith that it would be tasty. Read the rest of this entry »

market week: burgers + confetti corn + salad

August 9th, 2010

Last night was the big kick off to market week and I can attest, our meals were practically licked clean. Let’s start with the burgers, which weren’t just any old burgers. I used a blend of ground beef and ground pork to make some super juicy and flavorful patties. Then I used one of my yellow onions to make delicious caramelized onions. But wait, that’s not all my friends. This is the kicker, if you look really hard you can see creamy mayonaise spread on the top of that bun. Oh yeah, I finally bit the bullet and made homemade mayo, which was one of my 30/30 items.

Let’s just take a time out and talk about mayo. It has always weirded me out… it’s white and jiggly and I just didn’t get it. But some people love it, one being my husband. Slowly I’ve tried it here and there, especially when it’s disguised as garlic aioli. I thought if I actually made it myself, I might feel better about it. I do. But I have to say the thing that surprised me most about it was how incredibly easy it was to make it. I mean like crazy easy! You might die if you realize how much oil is involved, but it doesn’t take much more work or time than unscrewing the lid of jar. Read the rest of this entry »