One of the few productive things I did this weekend was brave the heat (at 8:30 am it was already in the 90′s) and go to the farmers market. It was totally worth it. Every vendor was overflowing with amazing, colorful produce. I found it hard to hold back and ended up coming home with a boatload of veggies including several varieties of peppers, okra, sweet corn, onions, scapes, tomatillos… so much goodness! So instead of heading out to brunch like we usually do, we locked ourselves in the a/c and I cooked up a bunch of those veggies (along with a little bacon) in stovetop New Orleans-inspired stew called Maque Choux (pronounced Mock Shoe). It was the perfect way to let the flavors of summer shine.