We are on a food adventure, trying to use local meat and produce the majority of the time. Or at least start with what we find at our farmer’s market. Here’s what we were working with last week:
Peaches, eggplant, peaches and cream corn, potatoes, tomatoes (and heirloom tomatoes), green Serrano peppers, challah and a baguette from Bloom Bakery, cantaloupe, lamb kabobs, ground sausage, onions, peas, zucchini, peppers, and a few houseplants (one from my dad–thanks dad!).
Part of it was from the City Market; some was from a stand in our neighborhood.
I went to the market with my dad, step-mom, step-brother, and his family, which was really fun. We had hamburgers from the Carollo’s grill for lunch. I love that there are so many meal options at the market, so you can really make a day of it there.
I went to see a movie with a friend Sunday night, and we tried Sama Zama. They’re known for their appetizers, so we shared fried calamari, panko mushrooms, seaweed and cucumber salad, and potstickers. It was delicious!
Jake and the kids made bruschetta at home.
I made a yummy pasta sauce from the heirloom tomatoes and a zucchini. Advice about heirloom tomatoes: don’t judge ’em based on how they look. I quartered the tomatoes and zucchini, tossed them in olive oil and seasoned them, and roasted them for about 45 minutes at 300 degrees.
Then I tossed the roasted tomatoes and zucchini into the food processor, added parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and Italian seasoning. I forgot garlic (oops!), but it was still good.
We added some hamburger to the sauce and served it over penne.
We tried Holy Yum Chicken for the first time and served it with cantaloupe, rice pilaf, and squash. The chicken was really really good, Jake was all about it.
I also made lamb burritos for the first time. We marinated it in Caribbean jerk rub and grilled it. The burritos had the lamb, romaine lettuce, corn, cheddar, bacon, and peach salsa.
I made the peach salsa to go with it with roasted tomatoes and peppers, chili powder, salt, and pepper. I added juice from an orange in there because I didn’t have a lime, and that was weird. But edible.
The week we also had dinner at the Google Fiber Space, as they hosted a community event with a showing of the movie Brave. It was so fun! They catered Blanc Burgers. We also had dinner at a big Anderson party for Jake’s Aunt’s 60th. And one night I felt awful and dizzy and Jake got home late, so he picked up Chipotle.
Jake and I made brunch this weekend. We love making biscuits and gravy (the gravy is just breakfast sausage + a roux), but for some reason we’d never ventured into homemade buttermilk biscuits. I don’t know why! (Yes I do: I thought they had to rise and there’s no way I’m waking up that early.) It was super easy. We used a recipe from The Everything Classic Recipes Book and it was the bomb. We also tested to see if shapes work, and made some Christmas tree biscuits! They keep their shape! There will be some fun in the future. Also, the jam from Slow Jamz, found at our neighborhood market, is delicious.
That’s a week in the food life at the Nerd Nest!
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What have you been eating lately? Do you have any yummy recipes to share?
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