It seems each week I go to the farmer's market, I end up "creating" a load of work for myself when I get home; this week was no exception, but heck, I'm not complaining! (Except maybe about all of the dishes . . . !!)
Clockwise from bottom left: local parmesan cheese, local raspberries, local salsa, non-local apricots (but what a bargain!), local teensie eggplants, local tomatoes, local oregano, and local summer squash.
First order of business -- do something about those apricots . . .
The lady who helped me at the farmer's market said to me, "making jam?" Indeed, I did! Apricot and strawberry jams are tied for first place in my book, and the homemade stuff I cranked out this afternoon is better than anything else I've tried to date -- sweet, tart, and purely apricotty. My freezer is getting more and more crowded by the minute!
The oregano went into . . .
"Artichoke-Walnut Spread," from Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics, & Appetizers. I discovered this book at work last week, and was convinced I needed to make EVERY SINGLE RECIPE in the book, so I had to buy it. :) This book is going to breathe new life into our daily packed lunches! Dan tried out some of the spread this afternoon on a Dr. Kracker flatbread, with some veggie soup and pickles making a late lunch. Dan's review? "Mmm -- very flavorful."
I'm excited to try some of the spread tomorrow on the foccacia I made today . . .
. . . and I also broiled up the eggplant, summer squash, and some zucchini from last week for delightful sandwiches. MMMMMMMMMM.
And we had to eat dinner, too:
Disappointing veggie burgers from Real Simple, (they completely fell apart -- Dan's reassuring comment was, "well, now we'll just have sloppy joes!") more pickles, sweet potato fries, and oven-roasted sweet corn.
It seems as though all of the local, fresh produce I'm getting lately has been inspiring more and more projects. Does this happen to you? What have you been busy creating in your kitchen?