Today's market haul: ground beef, brisket, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, peas, and celosias.

We are on a food adventure, trying to use local meat and produce the majority of the time. Here’s the new stuff we added in the mix last week: Ground beef, brisket, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, peas, and celosias (which you can’t eat: they’re the flowers we put into the pots the kids painted gave to our moms for Mother’s Day). And also, we ate the first tomatoes from our garden!!!. And, of course, we used the stuff we have stocked up from previous weeks. We also heavily supplement at Trader Joe’s.

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Jake made brunch on Mother’s Day. He took Jonas with him to Einstein Bros to get bagels and schemer and then cooked up some bacon, buttered asparagus, and over easy eggs with shaved morel mushrooms. Oh. My. Yum.

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We cooked a big dinner for our moms for Mother’s Day, and since we were doing it super homemade, we started cooking REALLY early. For dessert, we made Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, which was delicious (but a little too tart for the kids). It was my first time cooking with rhubarb, which looks kind of like red celery but isn’t stringy. I try to grab something I haven’t tried at the market every week. Rhubarb is tart and is usually paired with other sweet things to tone it down. I’d up the sugar in the recipe if you don’t have super sweet strawberries.

Side note: I think it’s funny that you eat dessert last but usually make it first.

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We also made homemade lemonade (juice from lemons + honey + water), and that turned out overly tart. It didn’t matter much, since we were mostly using the lemonade for Arnold Palmers (1/2 lemonade, 1/2 tea).

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The main event was grilled-by-Jake hamburgers and homemade buns (tip: using bread flour instead of all purpose makes a difference!). We had baked beans (canned and heated in the oven), corn on the cob (which the kids shucked), potato salad, and berries tossed in lime juice and honey. For the record: hamburger toppings were garden tomatoes, stir fried yellow onions + morel mushrooms, bacon, and spinach. Crazy good. We also had veggies from the market (carrots, diakon radish, and regular radish) cut into sticks with store bought dip for an appetizer.

The whole thing was a lot of work, but it was good work. Everyone standing in the kitchen talking work. I love big family meals.

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Our first garden tomato.

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My mom came over after work to hang out one night and we made Chicken Marsala with morel mushrooms. Paula Dean would be proud of the amount of butter on this plate (my doctor would not be). We served it up with mashed potatoes, buttered peas, and asparagus. I’ve said this before, but I could drink the wine reduction sauce. The recipe is from this cookbook.

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One quick dinner this week was Trader Joe’s pork dumplings with gyoza sauce and peas. I put them on couscous because it was leftover and we needed to eat it, but it was too much starch. It went uneaten. Ooops.

Also, we’re eating fruit with all these meals as dessert or as snacks while we’re cooking. I forget to mention that, because it doesn’t usually get in the pictures. We’re obsessed with mandrain oranges. Can’t wait for fruit to start showing up at the farmer’s market.

Wednesday Jake made homemade pizzas (forgot the picture). We use this dough recipe (but with half wheat flour) and make sauce by mushing tomatoes and cooking them over low heat for awhile. I made the sauce. I added fresh basil from our garden, a little salt and pepper, and a little dried Italian seasoning. Jonas smooshed one of our tomatoes, so I added in a bit of tomato soup so there’d be enough. That was weird, but it mostly worked.

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Lazy night of frozen mac and cheese and fish sticks.

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Lunch of brie, crackers, oranges, and almods. This is the good life.

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My step-mom came over for dinner and we made her brisket from this cookbook (though I cook it in the crock pot for about 5 hours on low instead of baking it in the oven), carrots glazed with honey and butter, baked potatoes, and baked beans.

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My favorite breakfast is yogurt, berries, and granola.

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Saturday was a blur of parties (two graduations and a birthday), so we ate party food.

Here’s what we’re rolling with for this week: Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, yellow onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, coffee, and thornless blackberry bushes.

What have you been eating lately? Do you have any yummy recipes to share?

*I’ve been taking these photos with my iPhone, generally after dark, so sorry for the low quality. But I’ve found that it makes this project much more doable for me!

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