Where did we leave off?
Ah, yes. I left you hanging and wondering what we made for lunch with all of our farmers’ market loot.
Before I get to that, though, I need to express how much I ADORE Lauren’s kitchen…
I also need to tell you that Cynthia and I almost ran away with Lauren’s dogs…
OK- back to business…
Lauren came up with the brilliant idea to make Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Veggies with our market findings [You can check out her blog for the recipe and to watch her video of our adventure at the farmers’ market]. I was all for it because it sounded really delicious and I wanted to learn how to make gnocchi. I thought it would be really hard. It wasn’t at all.
I confess, I am in love with mini bell peppers:
They are SO cute!
Blogger Quote Of The Day:
When you use good food, you have pretty garbage…
We picked up a loaf of Olive Focaccia at the market, and I ate the whole thing…
Lauren was given the opportunity by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter to host the farmers’ market tour to pick up ingredients for lunch at her house. I had never tried ICBINB before, but I seriously could not believe how much it looked and tasted like real butter. I don’t eat butter that often, and when I do, I like it to be the real thing, but this wasn’t too bad.
[I went back for seconds.Don’t worry] We spread roasted garlic on the focaccia, and I topped my slice with these incredibly sweet tomatoes we found at the market. The combination of flavors was so delicious. I can’t wait to replicate this recipe at home.
Lauren also made a peach and raspberry crisp (using ICBINB):
Yum times a million.
After the best lunch ever, I left Lauren’s house to do school work at…guess where?
Reason # 7,825 that I love Uncommon Grounds: You can order a WHOLE POT OF TEA. I probably had seven of them…or two.. who’s counting?
And, SURPRISE, I didn’t get a bagel!!! Shocker.
I opted for a spinach salad with roasted reds, walnuts, onions, and feta with honey ginger dressing. You read that right: honey ginger dressing. I’m in love.
I really need to tell you guys how I’ve developed a mild addiction to the Maple Saratoga Peanut Butter I picked up at the market, but this post is already a book, and I need to go to class. Trust me, I have something like seven pictures that express how much I love this PB, and it definitely deserves a post of its own. Just you wait- you’re going to want to order some of your own!
I have a bunch of exciting posts coming up on the blog this week:
- Tomorrow, I am hosting a giveaway for a piece of handmade jewelry from my good friend, Dara. She’s really talented, so you’ll want to win this one.
- Wednesday, there will be a guest post by the lovely Morgan of Life After Bagels on time management.
- And on Thursday, Jeff and I will celebrate our five year anniversary, so you know I’ll have a sappy love post to share with you guys!
I’m off to class!
What would you make if you had to make a meal entirely from farmers’ market findings?
Have a great Monday <3
P.S. I spontaneously decided to go to a spin class this morning. I was walking through the gym to the treadmills, and thought why not? I hadn’t been to one since before I injured my ankle and it felt awesome. It was my first real intense workout since the doctor told me I could get back into my routine. Go me!