Farmer’s Market Week: Green Beans w/Red Peppers

The garden is starting to overflow with ready-to-pick goodies. Here are some new flavors to try with fresh green beans. Below are stovetop and instant pot instructions.

Photo: Betty Crocker

Green Beans w/Red Peppers:

  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced in strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz sliced black olives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

Stovetop: Continue reading


20150926_094657 (1600x1060)We were making a fast pass through the farmer’s market but these were worth slowing down for a quick pic, a nice pair of standard poodles that the handler had under good control.  They were listening closely to her commands and obeying them without fuss.20150926_095904 (1600x1060)This array of mushrooms caught my eye, those closest are oyster mushrooms, I think those at the far end are Shiitakes, and a Google search leads me to believe that those in the middle are pink oysters.DSC_1018 (1600x1060)Our main aim was to bring out some nice tomatoes and cucumbers for the summer salad that we’ve become addicted to.  I just put this one together with seasoned rice vinegar for a dressing.  We really like the flavor it adds.  These will be much better tomorrow and even better the next day.DSC_1020 (1600x1060)I brought home a few zucchinis and some yellow squash, thinking they would be tasty with a quick saute and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.  Google tells me that shaved squash is a thing – who knew?  These have a dressing of 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, a couple of crushed cloves of garlic, and a little chopped mint, chives, and parsley.  Salt the shaved veggies down and let them rest for a while, then rinse the salt off, drain on paper towels, and add the dressing.  A brief nibble told me that they were tasty enough to be worth the effort.  I imagine they, too, will be better on the morrow.DSC_1030 (1600x1060)Pizza!  This one has Andouille, hot coppa, pepperoni, olives, dried tomatoes, and onion jam.DSC02852 - Copy (1600x1200)More kittehs!  Here are three litter mates, five months old and ready for adoption.  The one in the middle is a runt from another litter that is finally gaining some weight after a shaky start.PICT1297 (1600x1060)Don’t start nothing and nothing will get started.20150918_121743 (1600x1060)Not much chance of these two starting any trouble, at least until after nap time.

Farmer’s Market

20150912_102111 (1600x1060)A front came through and dropped the temps to a very comfortable level so we decided to give the local farmer’s market a visit.20150912_102131 (1600x1060)I don’t think I’ve ever seen these little orange tomatoes – sun sugar is the name on the card if you can’t read it in the photo.  Everyone had zucchini!  LOL20150912_102150 (1600x1060)I had to bite back a giggle when I read the product name on the sign behind her – “MommaBear’s Goat Milk Soap”.20150912_102223 (1600x1060)Not too many dogs this time, and I was using my cell phone in the bright sun so I passed on a few shots I might have gotten with a viewfinder camera.20150912_102307 (1600x1060)Lots of green beans, and this vendor had a good looking basket of yellow beans, I bought some of each.  I think I have some kidney beans to make a three bean salad.  Yum!20150912_102343 (1600x1060)These guys have been there every time we’ve gone and they always have great looking produce.  I bought some of those tomatoes you see on the end of the counter to the left and several cucumbers.  The tomatoes and cucumbers were going to go into a vinaigrette together with a sliced Vidalia onion but the cucumbers were so pretty I went another way with them:20150912_123121 (1600x1060)If I had known my own mind in time I would have looked for fresh dill but I made do with dried dill I had on hand.  These are a simple refrigerator pickle recipe, 2 cups water, 2 cups white vinegar, 1 tablespoon each of salt and sugar along with sliced garlic, a bit of turmeric, and the dill.  A couple of good pinches of dill, maybe a tablespoon.

Farmer’s Market

P1000213 [1600x1200] P1000215 [1600x1200] P1000219 [1600x1200] P1000220 [1600x1200] P1000222 [1600x1200] P1000232 [1600x1200]It’s the time of the year for flowers and asparagus.  There are the usual booths with craft trinkets and odds ‘n ends of processed fare like honey and jams and breads and pies.  Plenty of veggie and herb sets but too early for local veggies other than lettuce and green onions.  I can’t wait for the sweet corn!  All in all it was nice day for mingling and pet watching.  Gorgeous bouquets of flowers were a bonus.

Farmer’s Market

We took the occasion of the first day that isn’t just stupid hot to do some errand running. After we set off I remembered that Saturday is the farmer’s market day so we paid a visit. There wasn’t anything in particular I wanted aside from a few of the elephant garlic bulbs I saw there last year.I just love these things, they are verging on “vegetable” instead of “seasoning”.  I have a few tomatoes simmering down for some awesome sauce and these awesome cloves of garlic are just the thing for it.

I didn’t have my usual pocket camera with me but I did remember that my Android tablet has a camera.  It was unwieldy but sufficient for a few pictures.

It was hard to compose a decent shot with the sun glaring off the screen of the pad.  Not to mention me feeling a bit silly holding the thing up in the air.  Shutter lag was another problem but I don’t want to turn this into a gadget review so I’ll just leave it there.

Mmm… prosciutto wrapped baked eggs

With pesto and some of that cheese Mrs J bought Saturday at the farmer’s market.  And the roasted red pepper strips she spotted in a jar at the grocery store where we stopped on the way back home.  Mrs J is very handy to have around.  Here is Mattie, a standard poodle x husky greeting her at the market.

Mattie’s doggie momma is the gal in the red jacket who volunteers at the shelter with Mrs J.  She is an ex-state trooper, as is her hubby.  Mattie has the beautiful blue eyes of a husky but was too exuberant for me to get a decent picture


Dogs on parade

At the farmer’s market.  The stands are almost always the same, the same produce, in the same places as the last time.  The displays are generally nice although more utilitarian than stylish.  I look forward to the “pet parade” more than anything else.  Here are some pics I snapped during the last few trips over.

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Farmer’s Market Saturday

Since the failure of our tomatoes in the big garden has become abundantly clear, we went this time intent on buying a bunch of tomatoes so that we could make another supply of Awesome Sauce.  Most of the vendors had the same price but we found one guy 35 cents/lb cheaper.  We bought a box full for $25.  We got 4 pints of sauce.  Hell, my Awesome Sauce is worth its weight in gold!

Some pictures:

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