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Old 08-17-2009, 07:32 PM   #81
 
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Oh, I'm jealous that you two are so close to each other!

I'm glad you all enjoyed the market pics. I just love being there.

Sydney, you should check out if there are other markets nearby. They might just have a different schedule.
You can get a sheet at Union Square that lists every market in all the boroughs here (hence my visiting so many of them). Maybe you can get something like that.

I looked up Virginia markets on the LocalHarvest site:
http://www.localharvest.org/search.j...&ty=1&co=1&nm=

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Checked the EatWild site as well:
http://www.eatwild.com/products/virginiaresources.html
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So Sairis, your picture of the melon has made my desktop. It is an AWESOME picture when you put it against a black background.... berry berry nice.

If you had posted before me, I wouldn't even have mentioned that I went to a farmer's market! Put me to shame!

I bought only a few things:

Dried cranberries (to mix with raw cashews)
Almonds (also for the cashews)
Jordan Almonds (because you can NEVER go wrong with jordan almonds!)
4 vine ripened tomatoes
1 little watermelon (which the woman told me would always be sweet, do to the size.... is that true??)
2 lemons (for the watermelon and some salt)
1 cucumber
1 head of romaine lettuce

oh. and macaroons.... mmmmmmm.......... coconutty.....

I realize I got nothing good, but I'm trying to ease my way into the cooking stuff. I'm starting with making things I know I like.

Tonight I made sauce for huevos rancheros. a la mom style with a twist of the minx... hehehe... It turned out good too!

I really want spinach. Creamed spinach like my grandma used to make. It was one of the few recipes we got from her before the Alzheimer's set in. I eat so much I need like a tub full of raw spinach just to make enough for me.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:50 PM   #83
 
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Minxy, no shame at all. I'm so glad you went to a market.
Have you considered a watermelon and tomato salad? You can throw some of those cucumbers in there, too. A little feta, a touch of basil or mint, and there you go!

A touch of the minx. Spicy!

I'm glad you like the photo.

As for creamed spinach, you can do it a couple of different ways. One is to reduce cream until nice and thick, then throw in your spinach. I like to blanch it first to make sure it doesn't color it all green.
The other way is to make bechamel. It's not a hard sauce to make, I promise.
A little fresh parm is a nice little addition, too.
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Oh, I'm jealous that you two are so close to each other!

I'm glad you all enjoyed the market pics. I just love being there.

Sydney, you should check out if there are other markets nearby. They might just have a different schedule.
You can get a sheet at Union Square that lists every market in all the boroughs here (hence my visiting so many of them). Maybe you can get something like that.

I looked up Virginia markets on the LocalHarvest site:
http://www.localharvest.org/search.j...&ty=1&co=1&nm=

Edit:
Checked the EatWild site as well:
http://www.eatwild.com/products/virginiaresources.html

There are a ton around. Within 10miles, I'd say there are at least 8 different markets. Unfortunately, most of the same vendors are at all of them! If I had more money I'd buy everything from there, but I just can't justify a $13 chicken or $7 loaf of regular whole grain bread. So sad, because I'd really like to support the local farmers.
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Oh, I'm jealous that you two are so close to each other!

I'm glad you all enjoyed the market pics. I just love being there.

Sydney, you should check out if there are other markets nearby. They might just have a different schedule.
You can get a sheet at Union Square that lists every market in all the boroughs here (hence my visiting so many of them). Maybe you can get something like that.

I looked up Virginia markets on the LocalHarvest site:
http://www.localharvest.org/search.j...&ty=1&co=1&nm=

Edit:
Checked the EatWild site as well:
http://www.eatwild.com/products/virginiaresources.html

There are a ton around. Within 10miles, I'd say there are at least 8 different markets. Unfortunately, most of the same vendors are at all of them! If I had more money I'd buy everything from there, but I just can't justify a $13 chicken or $7 loaf of regular whole grain bread. So sad, because I'd really like to support the local farmers.
Sydney, I have never made it up to Loudoun County to check out their farmers markets. I live in Fauquier County, in Warrenton, and our market is small, but seems to grow every year You should come check it out. My hubby and I do a Saturday morning power walk and swing through just as the vendors are setting up. I do a quick look-see, then when we come home and eat and grab a shower, I hop in the car and pick up what I like. We've even taken a backpack on our walk and come home with farm-fresh eggs and homemade breakfast sausage and enjoyed a yummy breakfast when we return home.

The links that Sairis provided are a great resource. What I don't see listed though, are the Culpeper Farmers Market, where our farm friends sell their wares, and the newer Tri-County Market just over the county line in Culpeper County. I haven't been to that one yet, but it sounds good. It's on Friday evenings, between 5 and 9 pm, and includes vendors from Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties. That one is located at the intersection of 211 and 229, in Jeffersonton.

If you ever make it out this way, you could also check out the Epicurious Cow, a great store, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, that has wonderful local meat, produce, honey, coffee, wine, and other things. They're located in Rappahannock County. They supply locally grown ingredients for many local and regional restaurants, including The Inn at Little Washington. Here's the link:

http://www.epicuriouscow.com/
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A bit of lunch made from yesterday's market visit:


Stuffed heirloom tomatoes


Creamy corn with basil
So good I could eat the whole pan myself. Just corn, a tiny touch of great cream from Ronnybrook, shallots, and basil. About 5 minutes total to make.

Okay, and a little something sweet:


Blueberry Pound Cake
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Oh, I'm jealous that you two are so close to each other!

I'm glad you all enjoyed the market pics. I just love being there.

Sydney, you should check out if there are other markets nearby. They might just have a different schedule.
You can get a sheet at Union Square that lists every market in all the boroughs here (hence my visiting so many of them). Maybe you can get something like that.

I looked up Virginia markets on the LocalHarvest site:
http://www.localharvest.org/search.j...&ty=1&co=1&nm=

Edit:
Checked the EatWild site as well:
http://www.eatwild.com/products/virginiaresources.html

There are a ton around. Within 10miles, I'd say there are at least 8 different markets. Unfortunately, most of the same vendors are at all of them! If I had more money I'd buy everything from there, but I just can't justify a $13 chicken or $7 loaf of regular whole grain bread. So sad, because I'd really like to support the local farmers.
Sydney, I have never made it up to Loudoun County to check out their farmers markets. I live in Fauquier County, in Warrenton, and our market is small, but seems to grow every year You should come check it out. My hubby and I do a Saturday morning power walk and swing through just as the vendors are setting up. I do a quick look-see, then when we come home and eat and grab a shower, I hop in the car and pick up what I like. We've even taken a backpack on our walk and come home with farm-fresh eggs and homemade breakfast sausage and enjoyed a yummy breakfast when we return home.

The links that Sairis provided are a great resource. What I don't see listed though, are the Culpeper Farmers Market, where our farm friends sell their wares, and the newer Tri-County Market just over the county line in Culpeper County. I haven't been to that one yet, but it sounds good. It's on Friday evenings, between 5 and 9 pm, and includes vendors from Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties. That one is located at the intersection of 211 and 229, in Jeffersonton.

If you ever make it out this way, you could also check out the Epicurious Cow, a great store, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, that has wonderful local meat, produce, honey, coffee, wine, and other things. They're located in Rappahannock County. They supply locally grown ingredients for many local and regional restaurants, including The Inn at Little Washington. Here's the link:

http://www.epicuriouscow.com/
Oh you're not too far away at all! I pass the Warrenton sign on 7 every day. I'll definitely try to check out some of the other ones and that epicurious cow store looks fun too! We are headed into the DC for the next few weekends here, but I am going to try to convince the SO to go with me to some of the other, further away markets before the season is out.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #88
 
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Bacon and egg pie!





I wish I had remembered to get a better photo of this one before I cut it up, because this tart is simply to die for. It's fresh raspberries tossed in a just barely sweetened raspberry puree and arranged on top of a whipped mascarpone cream lightly sweetened with honey. All on a delicious short crust of course!

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where did the cream corn go? It was so pretty and yummy looking......oh well, I'll just look at that bacon and egg pie instead..! YUM! (I thought I was the only one who still used lard in crusts, so flaky when done that way.)
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For some reason the pics don't show up at the host site. They're back up now.
Oh, I love lard for pie crusts. One of my favorite pies was an apple one with a lard crust. I was planning to do a cherry pie with a lard crust, but this called out. Biscuits are an enticing idea with the rest of the lard right now.
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Mmmm....

So today I went out back and was finally able to pick some deliciously perfect figs. I'm going to keep a few and with about 6 (I currently have picked 14, but there are many more figs on the tree) I'm going to try an appetizer that my co-worker has been wanting me to try for years: bacon wrapped figs stuffed with smoked almonds.

I had the figs and the bacon, so I figured I should jump on this.

I hope I don't mess this up. Neither the instructions she gave me nor the directions for dates wrapped in bacon call for any sort of oil or butter or anti-sticking anything.

Just fruit, bacon, and almonds. One says bake, the other one says broil.

I'm going to bake because I'm scared of broiling. I'm not experienced.

Wish me luck. I will photograph my yummy figs and the end results.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:13 PM   #92
 
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Sairis, you need a blog. You could teach us all so much about food. I swear I am always so impressed and tempted by what you post. It makes me want to be a better cook!
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Minxy, I hope they turn out great and you enjoy them. Will love some pics.

Sariroo, thanks, that's so nice of you. Mostly I feel like there are so many food blogs out there already, many of which I read myself, that I guess I can't imagine there being room for yet another.

So, thanks to The Executive Pastry Chef (groan) throwing hissy fits over my attempts to use up excess product because they aren't what she came up with, I just make stuff for family meal.
I had made two tart crusts a while ago that I never got to use, so I finally baked them up and filled one with a key lime pie filling and the other with a coconut pudding. The key lime was good, but the coconut was insanely delicious and I am so making more of that.
There are a bunch of graham crackers sitting around so I made this:



It's a s'mores tart.
I barely remembered to photograph it before that last slice was devoured.
Just the graham crackers crushed and mixed with some cinnamon and flecked with fleur de sel and of course, butter. A bittersweet ganache (with a little more fleur de sel), and some marshmallow. The leftover marshmallow batter I flavored with some Pernod and poured into a shallow sixth pan.
I really liked the way the tart turned out, as did the chef and sous chef. Of course, it was still all family meal. The Executive Pastry Chef has autonomy for reasons unbeknownst to us all.
I'm still trying to use up the coconut we have and did a ton of toasted coconut shortbread for family meal yesterday, half plain (though nothing plain about the flavor) and half flavored with lime zest and a touch of coriander.
Will try to remember to take photos of some macarons I want to fill up with lemon sorbet. That will hopefully take care of the coconut, as well as making more of that coconut pudding for some bars made with those graham crackers!
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OMG, OMG.

You guys make me weep with longing for this stuff.
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yeah! my cream corn pic is back. Its so pretty...

I'm going to try your watermelon limeade today. Our friend Kevin is coming over with his 2 kids and since its 100+ outside, I thought it would be refreshing. Can't wait to try it!
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That's great! I've actually been wanting to make some of that raspberry lemonade you mentioned. Mmmmm.
You adding a little tequila for the adults?
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Everybody loved the limeade. Its def a keeper since I am off diet soda (2 weeks and counting now..) I didn't add tequila because Kevins a recovering addict, otherwise that sounds like a great option!) I used a whole watermelon and about 2 cups lime juice, about the same in sugar. I didn't add any water, but I think it probably could have used a little. Not much though, that's for sure. It was awesome, thanks! (and there's none left....)
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Oh, I'm glad it was a hit. I just love it.

I am thinking of ninja dog once again as I enjoy another eggplant dish. It's so sweetly delicious that I can't fathom her not liking it. It's roasted eggplant and grape tomatoes cooled down, dressed with red wine vinegar and olive oil, and tossed with fresh basil and shredded fresh mozzarella for a hearty salad satisfying enough for a meal.
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I am thinking of how much ninja dog would enjoy that, too.

Sadly, ninja dog is feeling the peculiar ache and disgust that occurs after a lousy meal that should have been a good one: Mexican at a place so hapless, they put lard in the refried beans served in their veg. burritos.

I even smelled greasy after that meal.

Sigh.
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I need to stay away from this thread. I think I might actually be drooling at my desk. The pics of all the food are so great to look at.

And the farmers market pics, wonderful! I live about 300 feet from the oldest continuously running farmers market in PA. It is open year round and is a wonderful place to shop for everything from fruit and veg to chicken/bison/duck/beef/pork and milk and eggs and cheese. Plus baked goods and dry goods and herbs and on and on. It's great to know where your food comes from and how it was grown.

I'm going to go home tonight and make fried zucchini and fried green tomatoes. I just have to!
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