Sunday, July 15, 2012

Personally: Hot Times in the Kitchen

Small town Farmer's Market
I've been quite the domestic little monkey this weekend. Yesterday, Greyson woke up around 6:30am, so we fiddled around the house for a bit, got dressed and set out for the Farmer's Market. There are only two official Saturdays left for my Farmer's Market, so I wanted to get a peek before everyone disperses. We picked up two of the biggest zucchini I've ever seen, two yellow squash (also huge), and two small pies: razzleberry (raspberry/blueberry) for me and chocolate turtle for my mom. 

Passionate about an egg and cheese biscuit.
Half of a Razzleberry pie!
We proceeded to have a quick breakfast and then struck out to McKinney to meet up with Chuck. After that exchange, I did a quick sweep through Ross for some home items I needed (cutting boards, chef's knife), braved the ever-dreaded Wal-Mart (hell) to stock up on groceries, and then I came home. 

And cleaned, and cooked and cooked and cooked.

To be more specific, Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken for the week, Southern Living's Artichoke and Pecan Chicken Salad, and Cheese and Veggie Quinoa Bites. I've made the first two before and looooove them. The Quinoa Bites are an acquired taste. Definitely improved by dipping in a bit of Ranch dressing. Just sayin'. Now I'm making zucchini bread in another attempt to sneak veggies past my toddler.

I've found that since I rarely get home before Greyson eats dinner during the work week, which means my mom has to hunt for something to feed him. It's to my advantage to cook up a bunch of stuff for the week when I have a chance on Saturday and Sunday. I also insist on taking lunch almost every day, so of course I benefit, too. There's nothing worse than realizing, at 6:30 on a Thursday morning, that I have no decent lunch food. I always end up taking a bag of microwave popcorn, scowling at it, and going across the street to eat at an overpriced deli. No thanks!

Did you do any kitchen magic this weekend? Have any adventures?

24 comments:

  1. From that picture I'd say Greyson has a future as a preacher or a politician. lol

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    1. LOL, I think you might be right!

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  2. Only two more Saturdays for Farmer's Market? Wow, what about ALL OF THE FALL goodness? Apples! Apples! Apples! :-) Or perhaps you don't have apples in the fall in Texas?

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    1. No apples 'round here! I assume it's closing early for one of two reason: 1) this is the first year it's been this organized 2) August is the hottest month in TX summer, and I'm sure most everything will be dead shortly. There will be some fall items, but they dwindle as the summer progresses because it's so oppressively hot. Blarrg!

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  3. Farmer's Market envy over here...ours doesn't even start until the end of the month..HMPH.

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    1. Jen, it's so interesting to read about all the differences in local FM's and growing season! TX is almost done. The heat will kill everything, as you know.

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  4. I couldn't image farmer's market for such a limited time! We are big on apples here, though.

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    1. No apples in TX. They die when they even think about the heat!

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  5. Razzleberry pie?? Artichoke and pecan chicken salad?? Yes, please.

    I tried making black bean cakes tonight (Pinterest recipe) but had to modify the recipe some since the cakes wouldn't stick together. They were tasty, but not perfect. Perfecting them is now my goal :)

    I can't believe your farmer's market is only open for two more weeks! That's horrible! Is there somewhere else you can go to get local produce?

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    1. LOL, Emily -- they were pretty darn good!

      Pass along that black bean cake recipe when you've perfected!

      There's still local available, it just won't be as organized. :)

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  6. You only have two Saturdays left for Farmer's Market?! Too bad you aren't here in my small city since our f.m. since it's year-round. My daughter found a cool little book at the library called The Lunch Box by Kate McMillan. You might want to try it out for lunch ideas. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

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    1. Cool! There will probably still be people there, but it'll be less organized. Will definitely look for the book for lunches! Thanks for the rec!

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  7. Your farmers market ends in July? We're lucky, I guess; ours run into September. I got some zucchini a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make into zucchini bread and just never got around to it. Going to have to pick up some more this weekend and be a bit more ambitious.

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    1. Lisa, it's a heat thing in TX, I think. Even the grass will start dying off in August. lol

      I have zucchini left over so I'll probably bake up some more and freeze it.

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  8. Love that photo of Greyson! :)

    Rod and I need to get over to our Farmer's Market next weekend. We haven't been once this year! There are actually two in town--one on Saturday in the Haymarket and one on Sunday in a shady strip mall. We prefer the Sunday location since all it features is food and no crafts. It's less crowded than the one downtown and we can zip in and out in 15 minutes.

    I'm going to try that chicken salad recipe. I usually mix up a batch once a week and I'm always on the lookout for variations. Like you, we pack our lunches every day. Sometimes we're lucky and have dinner leftovers, but more often than not it's chicken or tuna salad. Or caprese salads with crackers.

    Have a great week, Andi!

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  9. Oooh, farmers' markets -- yum! Homemade desserts and pies purchased at those sorts of places are the best. We bought a pecan pie there last year and it was the stuff of dreams, I tell you. DREAMS.

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  10. I love that pic of Greyson! OMG I could eat him up.

    That pie looks sinfully delicious.

    I'm so lucky; my farmer's market stays open all year long. I've never had quinoa, but the chicken dishes sound great!

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  11. I baked a lot over the weekend, and made my kids breakfast muffins with chocolate, and my husband brownies with walnuts. I also made a homemade lasagna that we have been eating for days. They love it, but I am making something new tonight! I felt very domestic this weekend, when I had the time, and spent a lot of time in the kitchen. My family always loves it when I cook for them, but I haven't really been cooking for awhile. It's a healing activity for me, and I am starting to enjoy it again. Loved the picture of the pie...can I have a bite?

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  12. I love farmers markets - we used to have a box of local produce delivered to us fresh every week but it's much more fun picking it out ourselves! I cooked a good old-fashioned English Sunday roast yesterday, perfect for the rainy weather!

    It's so great to have you on board for the Suitable Boy read-along. I'm really excited to start, I've been meaning to tackle that book for ages! :P

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  13. I so need to get better about making food on the weekends for the week - and I don't even have a toddler as an excuse! But I hate rushing around for groceries after work, and I hate spending upwards of $10 on lunches. I might have to try out those Quinoa bites... ranch dressing, you say?

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  14. That is the cutest picture! I can get pretty passionate about my food, too! And I'd like a slice of the razzleberry, please :)

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  15. I've cooked dinner two nights in a row. I've decided I deserve the rest of the week off. :-D

    Like you, I try to cook on the weekend so we have leftovers to get us through the week. HB is pretty good about cooking once or twice during the week, although his repertoire is limited.

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  16. Greyson is so absolutely adorable! i haven't been to the farmers market in quite some time, but i think your post just inspired me to go.

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  17. Your cooking sounds wonderful. I've been so bad lately about cooking which has led to eating out more than I should. I really need to kick it into high gear here so I can be back to cooking healthy meals and bringing my lunch to work.

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