Sunday, September 13, 2009

Farmers' Market - September 12

You'll never GUESS who accompanied me to the market yesterday!!



Yes, it was The Girl. She picked out that giant purple blob which is cauliflower -it's gorgeous actually, and there was also orange cauliflower and a romanesco one which was snapped up under my nose. She also chose brussels sprouts (!!), banana peppers (what do I do with those??), honey sticks, and the chocolate sauce in the jar in the front. She goes for all the expensive stuff. She also wanted jams, honey, flowers, and apple cider in a special kids cup.

I also picked up beans, pattypan squash, corn, red peppers, heirloom tomatoes, eggs and a little meat.

So, you know how I cannot resist a cookbook about vegetables and seasonal cooking? Yeah. So I was just picking up a few things from Whole Foods when I spotted this:





I brought Tastes from Valley to Bluff: The Featherstone Farm Cookbook home with me and just from a quick browse I can tell you it looks fabulous. What a bonus that all the foods within can be grown right here in Minnesota! And, 2/3 of the book is vegetarian. Love it.

14 comments:

bermudaonion said...

What fun! I love banana peppers in my salads.

Ti said...

I love brussel sprouts but they never come out right when I cook them. However, I was watching Julia Child on KCET yesterday and she said to blanch them in boiling water first and then sautee them with butter and garlic. I picked some up at Whole Foods today so we'll see how they come out with tonight's dinner of tri-tip and scalloped potatoes.

Staci said...

I was immediately struck by how colorful everything was!! I would love to see what you make from that new cookbook too!!!

BabelBabe said...

stuff the banana peppers. we like Italian sausage round these parts, but seasoned ricotta and spinach does nicely also, for the vegetarians among us : ) then cover 'em with some sauce and cheese, and bake them. Yum, sopped up with nice italian bread...

Bybee said...

The Girl did a great job!

JoAnn said...

This may just be the most colorful farmers market photo yet! The cookbook looks gorgeous, too.

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Romanescos are SO hard to find! We've been trying to get some but to no avail at the markets all summer. As for banana peppers, we tend to throw them (like any other peppers) into stir-fries and pasta primavera. They add such nice color as well as flavor.

Andi said...

That is a beautiful stack of goodies! I'm especially captivated by that cauliflower. I want some! :)

Tara said...

Kathy, sounds good!

Ti, I love BS, too. I do them in a few different ways; roasting seems to be one of the more popular. Julia's recipe sounds good - how did they turn out?

Staci, I know! I've been browsing through it, there are lots of yummy sounding things.

Babelbabe, YUM! Awesome idea. I'm not even veg, I just like to cook veg about half the time.

Bybee, I think so too!

JoAnn, I think so! The cauliflower is unbelievable in person.

CT, I don't know that I've ever seen one at a grocery store. I'm going to snap up the next one I come across. I threw one banana pepper, diced, into a veggie saute I was doing. It had lots of flavor and a nice amount of kick.

Andi, thanks! It's gorgeous. Hope the color holds up somewhat when I cook it.

Carrie K said...

Looks like a perfect cookbook for you.

That haul! Yum. Your daughter has an eye for color.

Thomas said...

I haven't made it to our farmer's market all summer. Your picture has me motivated to make it to our Sunday market in Dupont Circle. If I was smart I would have gone to the new one near the White House this week to rub shoulders with Michelle.

By the way I am having a book giveaway for North American readers over at MyPorch.

Tara said...

Carrie K, doesn't it??

Thomas, you should really go and let me know what you buy! And yes, you missed out, I would love to see what MO puts in her basket!

Miaelb said...

I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi. I really like your focus on books and food, but not necessarily just books on food.

I agree that the Featherstone cookbook is a good one. However I'm a bit biased since I am the author! Have you tried making anything from it?

What a terrific blog, and good luck to you.

Mi Ae

Tara said...

Hi Mi Ae! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! I have not made anything from your cookbook yet, but have enjoyed browsing through it so far. I am sure I will use it more in the Spring/Summer. Do you have any particular favorites?