Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

We are on a food adventure, trying to use local produce the majority of the time. Or at least start with what we find at our farmer’s market.

Last week we were working with apples, sweet potatoes, the season’s last tomatoes, and jalapeños.

Here are the food highlights from the last two weeks:

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

We made a big family feast for our extended family, and we were excited to find a giant ham at Costco that could feed the whole bunch for super cheap. Yes! I made the most delicious macaroni and cheese, peas, and dinner rolls from The Everything Classic Recipes Book (topped with our homemade blackberry honey jam, of course) to go with the ham.

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

I was so excited to have my favorite strawberry spinach salad, complete with homemade Mission Valley Salad Dressing for lunch last week. I hadn’t had it since Spring, but the market haul was meager last week (it was the last week our neighborhood stand was up and running), so I decided to splurge a little on out of season produce.

(In case you are wondering, that recipe template can be found here if you want to make your own cookbook.)

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

This week we also made kitchen sinks–which is basically a bunch of unhealthy breakfast stuff piled on top of each other. We even left out the veggies that we usually put on here, because we were feeling too lazy to chop up more than the potatoes. Country fried potatoes, bacon, sausage gravy, and cheese topped with an over easy egg. Fast lane to a heart attack, but a mouth party nonetheless.

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

Speaking of unhealthy, we made a stop at one of our favorite local pizza places, Grinders. Yep, those are chili cheese tater tots piled on top of a pizza. And the cheese on the tots? That’s melted Cheese Wiz. True story. So good.

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

Another night with a ton of guests: we made Tequila Lime Chicken with jalapeño poppers (stuffed with cream cheese, garlic salt, and bacon pieces). It’s one of my very favorite things.

Savory Sunday Vol. 74 | The Nerd Nest

In a hurry, I turned our veggie samosas, really yummy crispy hand pies filled with indian spices, cheese, and veggies, into a samosa lasagna because I didn’t have enough time to form all of those hand held shapes. The result tasted good, but didn’t have the right texture, because the phyllo only got crispy on the top, and you get a lot more crispy when you have more surface area.

He pretends to cut each bite, even though it's already cut up for him.

And, as usual, we had some diner action. Jake took the kids to Chubby’s one weekend and we all tried out Sosa’s 39th Street Diner the next weekend.

That’s our food highlights! Have you been eating anything delicious lately?

P.S. We’re going to make Savory Sunday a bi-weekly series from now on, because it will be sharing Sundays with something equally awesome: Spread the Nerd! If you have a nerdy love to share, shoot us a line to get in on the guest series!