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. We have three weeks of food to share, but we didn’t record most of the stuff we cooked at home (just the really good stuff). Mostly it’s going out to eat when my friend Jessica was in town: it was a good eats fest. Here’s what we were working with last couple of weeks:

1) Lettuce, watermelon, peaches and cream corn, LOTS of blackberries, fingerling potatoes, bell peppers, peaches, and coffee.

2) Chicken, brats, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeños, tequila pepper, blackberries, peaches, and eggs.

3) Corn, green beans, blackberries, tomatoes, peaches, jalapeños, red potatoes, peach and jalapeño jelly, sea salt, and black pepper.


For my pre-birthday dinner, my family cooked tequila lime chicken for me. It’s a summer favorite.


We went to d’Bronx for my actual birthday dinner with Jake’s bother Nick and his lady Krista.


Eggplant parm with homemade tomato-zucchini sauce.


Jonas, the teeny chef, made banana bread. We added in blackberries too.


Barbecue chicken with Italian potatoes and peppers.


Jake made pancakes, eggs, and bacon, We’re fans of breakfast for dinner.


When my friend Jessica got in town, her visit sort of ended up being centered around food. We started off with lunch at Jerusalem Bakery with our friend Paul. Amazing Mediterranean buffet.



This happened at Happy Gillis. Best sandwiches ever: Fresh mozzarella panino, Roast beef with pickled onions, arugula, and horseradish Dijon, and Grilled Ham (not deli ham — thick ham) and cheddar with apple rosemary jelly & mustard.




We made a big dinner for a ton of friends, starting with hummus and pita from Jerusalem Bakery and jalapeños stuffed with bacon and cream cheese, topped with jalapeño peach jelly. The stuffed jalapeños were the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. I made chicken tikka masala and our friend Steve made chicken vindaloo. We love Indian food. Then peach upside down cake for dessert. One was half blackberries too.




Jessica and I went out with our friend Leslie for what was maybe the best brunch of my life at farm-to-table restaurant Westside Local. Jess and I split steak and eggs with hollandaise and almond pear french toast. I can’t wait to take Jake there.


Lattes for Jessica and I, hot chocolate for Jonas at The Filling Station.


We grilled with friends: hamburgers with all of the fixin’s, grilled zucchini, corn on the cob, watermelon, and baked fries.

My grandpa bought a whole grass fed cow from a friend of the family, so there will be a lot more beef in our future. He just randomly brought by about 10 pounds of ground beef and some top sirloin. I’m going to have to learn to properly cook steak.


Finally, you can’t let a friend visit Kansas City without some proper barbecue, so a big group of friends went out to Gates.

This was a really delicious few weeks, but I (and my stomach) are happy to be back to normal.

That’s a few weeks in the vacation food life at the Nerd Nest!

If you want to see what we picked up at the market this weekend and what we’re eating as it happens, follow me on Instagram.

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

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