Tonight Micheal Pollan was in town. I would like to have gone and see him but work prevented. On the other hand, when I got home (late), I cooked a dinner he might have thought reasonable.
The main part of the meal was roasted local vegetables from farmers markets here along with some stuff […]
… and you can’t show up at 7:45 and expect any of Linda Boyd’s asparagus. But I did get sugar snaps, romaine, English peas, new potatoes, squash, and more.
I’m making a point of cooking local as much as possible, and for a month have pulled that off. The word that the Browns were doing mozarella, just as eggplants and summer tomatoes were coming in, made my cooking this weekend.
First, I made a big batch of tomato sauce, based on Marchella Hazan’s […]
Roasting vegetables has become a default solution to me. This one is a late-Spring early-Summer dish in north Mississippi. What you want is a mixture of vegetables to roast. I use a Corning-ware dish with a lid. What you need to consider is the cooking time for the various vegetables, and keeping enough space […]
The farmers markets are going full blast, to the point I’m already thinking about how to save things for later. Tomorrow is the new city market on Oxford Loop, Wednesday (midday) and Saturday (morning) are MidTown, and my refrigerator is full.
I’ve always had a somewhat negative reaction to recipes for pasta primavera. Since […]
The way I welcome back Spring and the return of the local farm produce is a New Orleans Lenten dish, green gumbo, or gumbo z’herbes (here’s my base recipe). The markets launch in the first of May, and suddenly, I’m able to cook from local produce.
Just as Louisiana strawberries come in in late […]
My friends at Yoknabottoms Farm are regulars at the MidTown Farmers Market now, and they have wonderful chillies lately. Saturday, they had New Mexico chillies (among many others).
I was delighted about that, because of a fond memory of a visit to Sante Fe when I was 14, and had their green chillies with […]
Woodson Ridge Farms is raising vegetables aimed at Memphis and regional restaurants. They are a sister-farm to an operation in Hammond, Louisisana that is a favorite of New Orleans chefs. This Saturday, on October 8th from 8AM to noon, they’ll be doing on-farm sales at the barn on the place.
Pictured below are some […]
At the MidTown Farmer’s market today, a grower who is relatively new to me had what I took to be cabbages. I asked him about them.
He said, “Those aren’t cabbages, those are savvies.”
I said, “Savvies? What’s a savvey,” and he responded with vagueness and lack of clarity. The woman standing next […]
Also cantaloupes, blueberries, cabbage, sweet corn, squash, flowers, etc.