Eggplants

So does this woman ever do anything besides grill vegetables? Yes, very occasionally, but rarely in summer. Why should I, when the vegetables at the market are so dazzling and the grill brings out their sweetness so perfectly? Since we were gone last week, Saturday’s was the first market of the season when I have…

Pate de Fruits @ Cranberry Sweets

They are just gumdrops for adults, after all, but oh, what gumdrops they are! Done right, pate de fruits are juicy sugar-encrusted gels that burst in your mouth with all the intensity of just picked fruit. There should be nothing gummy about them; good pate de fruits almost melt in your mouth with ripe concentrated…

Eating with the Grandkids

I am visiting family and friends in Oregon this week with fabulous food but limited internet access. I’ll post if and when I can. Yesterday we spent time with two of our grandkids in Portland.  Four year old Amelia took me on a tour of her vegetable garden and explained why it is important to…

Sunny Sunday Lunch

I missed my market fix this week, having been at a conference in Orlando from Friday to Saturday, a blazingly hot, seriously food impoverished city (at least in my very limited, Disney resort-centered experience.) So this a.m., before it got too hot here in Bloomington as well,  my husband and I took a leisurely drive…

Saturday Shopping List

  I find this a bit daunting, given that my fridge is still overflowing from last Saturday, but here’s what’s available at the Bloomington Farmers Market this weekend: Produce: Apples, beets, bing cherries, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chard, collards, corn, cucumbers, endive, eggplant, English peas, gooseberries, green beans, green onions, garlic, ground…

To Market, To Market

Yesterday was another perfect day at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market. The stalls were overflowing with good things and the weather was sunny and cool (at least at 8:30 a.m.) I had to make the trip alone this week and the basket got so heavy that by the time I unloaded everything into the car, my…

Finding My Thrill

There are few things so valuable as friends who have blueberry bushes. This week, as we have been coordinating travel plans to Slow Food’s Terra Madre in Torino this October (more on that in the coming weeks and months), Linda Chapman and Deryl Dale of Harvest Moon Flower Farm have stopped by a couple of…

Sauteed Trenne with Summer Squash and Mint

  After eating out all weekend (there was a 19th wedding anniversary to be celebrated in our house, among other things) I finally got started on cooking all the good stuff I bought at market Saturday. Tomorrow we have company coming to help us eat the leg of lamb, which I will braise with many,…

A Feed Me/Drink Me Weekend

Nothing like a jalapeno sandwich for breakfast to wake up your taste buds. My mouth is warm and tingling and ready to start the day. Wish the rest of me were as happy to be out of my cozy bed. The sandwich in question is a vegetarian torta (beans, avocado, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos)…

Market Haul

  Yeah, there are only two people in this household. Your point is what, exactly? We scored a gorgeous leg of lamb, baby kohlrabi and turnips, beautiful beets, a basket of those great Roma green beans, some sunburst squash, an arrowhead cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, and that fabulous Traders Point Creamery Cheese, Fleur de la Terre. …