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Farmers Market Recipes

Lowell Farmers Market bounty: eggs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, peaches, cucumbers, bread, potatoes, MAPLE COTTON CANDY, cheese, basil, corn, Grade B syrup. I was basically hemorrhaging money dollahs while I was there!
Last week’s Lowell Farmers Market haul – I love eating at this time of year!

It’s Friday, which means it’s Lowell Farmers Market Day! I love the farmers market and try to visit every week during the season. This summer, I have been making the same two dishes each and every weekend that the required produce has been available: Panzanella and Vegetarian (or not) Red Flannel Hash.

Lowell’s fantastic online arts and entertainment magazine, Howl, is currently sponsoring an Eat Local Challenge and so, of course, I had to submit my two favorite farmers market recipes. Here’s a link to the piece which (obviously) includes recipes!

Do you have any favorite farmers market recipes? I’d love to see them! Better yet, if you’re local, you should submit them to Howl – the prize is a Fuse gift certificate – YUM!


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Valentine’s Day Treats

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know Valentine’s Day is a boomin’ holiday for restaurants but as a diner (and as someone who loves to cook), I have never been big on the whole go-out-to-eat-with-your-sweetie tradition: I don’t like to fight the crowds to eat from a limited menu that’s usually just too much (both in cost and richness) and then feel rushed to leave in time for the next seating (when I was a waitress, however, my favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day was working: lots of volume, a higher price point and diners who were trying to impress their dates through tipping = a shift that flew by and lotsa money dollahs.) Gist and I usually spend the holiday with a home-cooked meal and this year was no different.

Our big Valentine’s Weekend (because who wants to celebrate on a Monday?) consisted of attending a lecture about Mexican Chocolate Traditions in Massachusetts at the Lowell National Park and a chocolate tasting to raise money for the Brush Gallery’s scholarship program on Saturday evening, and a delicious meal together on Sunday.

On the menu? Heart-Stuffed Shells in a Ricotta Sauce…

Valentine's Day Dinner

…and Maple Syrup Pie.

Valentine's Day Dinner

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Snow Day Fun / Quinoa & Beet Pancakes

Quinoa & Beet Pancakes

Those of you that live in New England know that we were hit with a super-awesome blizzard yesterday.  It was super-awesome both because I love snow always, but also because it was forecasted well and meant a snow day for me and Gist.  In honor of the snow day, I busted out my new favorite, Good to the Grain, and whipped up these pretty pink pancakes. Continue reading


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Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

I love baked beans. I love them in the winter, when baking them in the oven warms the house, and in the summer, when using the slow cooker makes having them and a cool house a possibility. I love them served over brown bread and I love them at cookouts. They are delicious, but they definitely take planning. Continue reading


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Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Goat Cheese & Roasted Corn Quesadillas

This is, no joke, a really quick and easy recipe (in fact, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe it’s so easy.)  It’s also crazy-delicious.  It is so quick, easy, delicious, and easily made from items I have on-hand, that it was the perfect dinner solution last night (and saved us from ordering pizza.)

See, Gist and I had been camping all weekend, and arrived home smelling of campfire, in desperate need of showers, hungry, and totally relaxed (in other words, there was no way I wanted to cook anything complicated.)  Warning – camping bliss detour ahead:

Day 149 - Sunday, May 30th 2010
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Fennel Pizza with White Bean Purée

Fennel Pizza with White Bean Puree

Thanks so much for all of your nice comments about Sebb. He was a well-loved cat and he is missed. His feline diabetes, however, is not. To both cheer me up and acknowledge the fact that we no longer have to be at home at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to administer insulin, Gist and I headed out to Western Mass. for the weekend where we enjoyed my favorite food:

Day 99 - Saturday, April 10th 2010 - Paradise City

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