Weekend Wrap-Up

by Cate on July 18, 2005

We had a great day today. If you’ve been visiting for awhile, you know I’ve mentioned a Farmer’s Market that we like … we went this morning, and this time I remembered to bring my camera. There are about a dozen different vendors, offering up everything from fresh baked bread, pickles and olives to the traditional (and majority) fare of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Everything is very reasonably priced, and I really like supporting local farmers.

I got a great rosemary plant from the below stand, and another pot filled with assorted herbs. Next week, she’s bringing me some lavender plants, a favorite of my Mom and The Husband.


Assorted Herbs and Plants

I love, love, love Farmer’s Market flowers. There’s just something about them that you can’t get at a store. Look how gorgeous they are!


Farmer’s Market Flowers – only $5 a bunch!

Today I learned something new. I never knew what garlic looked like when it was grown. Never really gave it much thought, to tell you the truth. One of the vendors had fresh garlic (80 cents each) and I bought a few from her. They trim off the green stalks as they sell them. These were planted last Winter — can you believe it takes nearly a year to get to this selling stage?

The Husband and Nicholas devour bread, plain, with butter, hot, cold, any way you serve it. Usually if I need a loaf of bread for a recipe, I buy two loaves, one for the car ride home (and it seriously is gone by the time when get home) and the second for the recipe. This vendor had great pizza breads, which I bought for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ll stuff them with some ham, mozzarella and tomato sauce and bake them for a bit – yum. I also bought a round loaf of pumpernickle for my Mom, one of her favorites.

OK, the rest of the day … I had planned to make a cake I found over on Epicurious’ site. It looks really delicious, and coming from someone without a real sweet tooth, that’s quite a compliment. A chocolate cake with white truffle layers and buttercream frosting – yum. Anyways, after reading the directions this morning (which I should have done earlier), I knew I’d never have enough time to make it, given various steps for chilling this, and cooling that. My birthday is coming up, so I think I’ll make it then. Instead, we visited a dairy that we all like and got an ice cream cake. They make great ones that are non-fat ice cream (and I swear you can’t tell!) with fudge and those little crunchies that Carvel is known for. Delicious stuff. I didn’t just want to bring something store-bought, so I made a quick batch of Mocha Truffle Cookies. A tried-and-true for us, eaten warm out of the oven, they are truly a “WOW” recipe (I’ll post it tomorrow).

Mom chose dinner at Lone Star. They have pretty good steaks and their Sweet Potatoes sides are to-die-for. Smothered with just a little bit of butter and a whole lotta brown sugar, they usually get eaten first. I ordered a steak and shrimp combo. Can’t remember what the steak was called, but it was deemed “their most tender steak on the menu” – and it was. The Husband ate my shrimp, so I can’t vouch for them. Is it me, or do you hate that little piece of requisite flimsy lettuce they put on the plate? Just seems and looks silly to me.

My brother-in-law ordered a beer, and in a slick marketing move, they deliver this:

As the waiter set it down, he said it’s called their “Texas Two Step,” and you only pay for the second bottle if you drink it. Pretty smart, because I bet most people drink it. He did.

Anyways, all for tonight. Supper Club is this week (came fast, huh?) and I have NO IDEA what I’m making. Tune in to see how the rest of the week develops. Until then…

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Joe July 18, 2005 at 2:46 am

I really enjoy shopping at different farmers markets. I grew up in the midwest and we always went there to get things we didnt grow. I really find its much better than a lot of the regular markets here and the prices are great! Its a great way to support your local community!

Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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Joe July 18, 2005 at 2:50 am

Oh yeah – here is the strata you requested at my blog

Fresh Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Prosciutto Strata

1 pound rosemary focaccia, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3 1/4 cups milk (can use skim)
1/4 cup crème fraîche (can use sour cream)
1 (8-ounce) carton egg substitute
1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Cooking spray
4 ounces prosciutto, chopped
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips (I used 6 oz, 4 didnt seem enough)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°.

Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until toasted, stirring once.

Combine milk, crème fraîche, and egg substitute in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add tomatoes and garlic, stirring with a whisk. Add bread; stir gently to combine. Let stand 5 minutes.

Pour half of bread mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange prosciutto and mozzarella evenly over bread mixture. Top with remaining bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Uncover dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan. Bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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Chan July 18, 2005 at 2:33 pm

What a fabulous farmer’s market!! I wish ours was that good… Those sunflowers were beautiful and so was the garlic still on it’s stalk!! Love it!
Chan

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Ana Cardia July 18, 2005 at 5:39 pm

Gotta love farmer’s markets and all the fresh produce!
By the way, have you received the book that I sent? (crockery cookery)
I e-mailed you via the CLBB but since I got no response I am not sure you received the e-mails…
Ana Cardia

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farmgirl July 19, 2005 at 12:05 pm

What a wonderful farmer’s market! AND you’re near a dairy that sells ice cream cakes?! YUM! Gorgeous photos of the flowers.

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crystal July 20, 2005 at 3:24 pm

Beautiful photos! I can’t believe the flowers are so inexpensive. I’m hoping to make it to our farmer’s market this Saturday now…thanks for the reminder!

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