Bite Of Minnesota
It was a busy weekend at the market with an abundance of colorful produce at every turn. Crates of melons, bushels of tomatoes and peppers, and plenty of green made up the color palate as I walked the aisles of the Minneapolis Farmers Market. After making the roasted sun gold tomato sauce last week, I had to make another batch for my upcoming book club/birthday celebration and was on the hunt for sun gold tomatoes. Luckily I found them at Rolf’s Produce and dashed home to make more sauce for one of my favorite zucchini recipes from 101 Cookbooks.
After counting chips, Twinkies, and random slices of fruit and tomatoes as meals over the long weekend, it was time to return to normal meals and refocus on the ingredients from our salad share and our small garden.
The beauty of a weekly crop share is that there is never a shortage of produce in our fridge. Even our smaller salad share keeps us eating fresh meals through the week. I look forward to receiving the box each week so I can dig in and start meal-planning.
Are you ready to spice up your grilling routine? Tired of burgers, hot dogs and brats? Let me suggest a fun and flavorful alternative from the Mexican market: marinated carne asada or carne al pastor.
Remember all those strawberries I picked a few weeks back? While most went into the freezer for future storage, I used a few cups to make a variety of simple syrups for drinks. It’s a simple way to spruce up beverages (hence the term “simple syrup”) and so easy to make.
Do you ever have a discussion with your partner or spouse that goes a little something like this?
Recently, a group of food bloggers, photographers and general food lovers got together in downtown Minneapolis to tour the food trucks. It is amazing to see how many new trucks keep popping up and we were eager to try a few of the new offerings.
It was beautiful weather to enjoy a long weekend outdoors and a perfectly timed break for a lot of us who feel like the summer has already flown by. Finally, a chance to stop and smell the roses and in my case, pick 25 pounds of strawberries.
My garden is growing fast and I’m amazed at how big my tomato and pepper plants have gotten over the last few weeks. My herbs have shot up too and taken over their containers, causing me to be more diligent about harvesting the leaves for things like basil-mint water, dried herbs, and sauces.
Getting started is sometimes the most difficult part of a cycle. Take this year’s growing season for example. It was so tough to get started, not for lack of trying, but for lack of warmth. Now that the temperatures have risen and the ground has enough (and sometimes too much) moisture, the familiar produce of our growing season has started to pop up in both fields and markets.
Last week, I had a happy hour date set up with some friends from a previous job. Plenty of time was spent discussing available dates and possible locations. Babysitters were secured, work tasks were prioritized, and three hours before go time, someone backed out, followed by another, and yet another.
Over the weekend, I visited the farmer’s market for the first time this season. What a beautiful day to be outside! Kingfield Market was busy and pickings were slim when it came to fresh produce. While hoping for asparagus, I walked away with radishes, rhubarb, and mushrooms instead.
Each year I look forward to spring, not just for the warmer temperatures and chirping birds, but also for the start of our food cycle. Typically ramps and morels kick it off but with the severe fluctuation in temperature I was afraid all hope was lost for these foraged goodies. Luckily I was wrong and with the cool Memorial Weekend, foragers were out in full force gathering up bunches of ramps and bags of morels for our enjoyment.
Hosting a party can be a lot of work and is also quite rewarding to see your hard work pay off. The key is to allow time to enjoy it yourself. To cut down on busywork during the party I try to prep as much as I can ahead of time so I can get out of the kitchen and mingle.
Last week I shared a delicious tri-colored salad on this blog that appears to be just in time for some 90-degree temperatures this week. It wasn’t anything fancy, just arugula, radicchio, and endive with an equally un-fancy dressing of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.