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:
Tomatoes, kale, okra, jalapeños, eggs, peanut butter cookies, salsa, blueberry jam, and stuff from previous weeks.
We didn’t make it to the big market this week, or our favorite neighborhood stand, so we went to our neighborhood market mid-week. (Which means we ended up with a lot of less healthy homestyle food this week.) The market is nestled in a community garden. It’s more expensive and has less stuff than the other places we go, but we like having another place to go if our weekends are too full, and we like being able to support our community. Also, rainbow chard is so pretty.
Anyway, here’s our less-than-healthy week:
We went out over the weekend for delicious Town Topic burgers. The kids love it there. Spinning stools + toddlers = entertained for full meal.
Beef Stroganoff is one of Jake’s favorites. It was a big hit again: everyone had seconds. And obviously, my current vegetable philosophy is “put some frozen peas on it,” because Jonas is in LOVE with them and we’re still a few weeks away from our garden peas being ready.
We had breakfast for dinner, which is the only time we really have breakfast food because we’re not morning people. Jonas and I made the biscuits with our favorite recipe from The Everything Cookbook (they’re really easy) and Jake and I whipped up the eggs, bacon, and gravy (the gravy is just breakfast sausage + a roux + milk). Oh, and grapes. Because we actually bought some grocery store produce (gasp!).
Our awesome friend Paul is staying with us for two weeks because he’s moving back to Kansas City (yes!!!) and his new place isn’t ready yet. He brought some delicious turkey and gravy from his family and we had mashed potatoes, peas, more homemade biscuits, and cranberry sauce with it. (I randomly had a can of cranberry sauce, so I warmed it up and added a little cinnamon and brown sugar.) And now I want Thanksgiving to be here because man, was this food amazing. Also, I have to call Paul’s mom to ask her how she got the turkey that dang tender.
I had to cook a top sirloin I thawed and forgot about, so Jonas and I had sirloin strips topped with the peach sweet and sour sauce that we we canned last week for lunch, then cut up the rest for salads. On the side, we had baby cabbage (which is really similar to Brussels Sprouts) that were sautéed in soy sauce and a pinch of brown sugar. YUM.
We all went out to eat one night, and Paul recommended we all go to Tacos on Wheels (which used to be on a food truck but is now in a building). It was delicious. This is a picture of the pork enchiladas, but the $2 tacos the kids had stole the show: super juicy flavorful pork, cilantro, and fresh fresh guacamole. It was really good street food. (Though, you know, it’s good for the Midwest. I’m sure our California readers are currently scoffing and that’s totally fine. We don’t know any better.)
Paul brought home some random stuff from his work (someone must have had an overabundance from their garden). There were a lot of tomatoes, but it took some research to figure out that these things are cucumbers. Armenian cucumbers, to be exact. Don’t they look crazy?
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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