I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 31, 2012

Farmer's Market August's End

Hi! Oh the delights of outdoor marketing in late August! Do you enjoy the farmer's market like I do?

I suppose a big part if the fun--and challenge---of going to the farmer's market is being open minded, getting creative with what you find when you get there....

I went on Wednesday [yikes no parking! ]...went back later...my list was corn and squash, pickle cukes, berries for new cobbler recipe.

But no.
No Corn?
Instead I found the tiniest reddest sweetest grape tomatoes....

Of course we ate them  ''as is''...but I also bought fresh ravioli with mushroom/ ricotta filling. And more ricotta...

Tonight I threw together a fast and delicious dinner:
in a large saute pan I put olive oil, 1/2 sweet onion, cut in thin strips, minced garlic. Cooked for about 6 minutes, added the little tomatoes...plus red wine, sugar, pepper, lemon pepper, tarragon, basil. I cooked all that on High til it caramelized. Boiled the rav' for 4 minutes, drained, added to big fry pan, tossed gently with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with parm, dot with fresh  ricotta. Yum! yum-yum-yum.

Watched Project Runway and enjoyed the savory fresh food.

For the weekend, I got this new cheese...a fresh cream cheese with pistachios.

"Cow's milk" sounds odd, doesn't it?

And from Bread Alone, Cranberry/oat/ whole grain rolls. I'll slice them and serve with the cheese spread.

I also succumbed to a tiny apple tart too since I didn't find berries...the guy gave me two freebie squares of apricot cloufouti too...Sometimes it's good to be a late-bird!

No pickle cukes though. Here's my pickles so far....

bread and butter/ sweet pickles

the kids love the little oldfashioned Weck jars

Oddly the dill mix [from Ball] has an additive [?] to keep the pickles crisp. My kids didn't like it, they kept saying the pickles weren't ''done yet''. No more crisper stuff for us, I guess....

tarragon dills

btw What are those squash like little green soccer balls? And what the heck does one do with pattypan squash? [cute, cute, so cute...but weird.]



gone to the beach