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Seattle Farmers Market #2: Ballard Market 
May 8, 2009 11:48 am 
Updated: May 15, 2009 9:33 am
Ballard Market won the Best Local Market Award for two years running, so I have to make it the 2nd market on my weekly food-vacation-from-my-remodel plan. I am cooking my last dinners at home for a month, packing up the pantry, and getting ready to tear out the cupboards. Even with all the planning and fully knowing this part was coming, I was reduced to tears last night, as I thought about washing dishes in the bathtub for four whole weeks. It was almost enough to have this reduce, reuse, recycle diva running for paper plates - almost. Deep breaths and cooking with fresh goodies from the market helped calm my nerves, there is nothing I like more than kitchen therapy.
Ballard Market is set in a tree-lined historic maritime street, complete with cobblestones and brick buildings. It really is a pleasure to walk this market – you feel a world away. And, the people-watching is great – babies and puppies out in force.  My pictures do not do this market justice! I will have to go back and take some better shots. At this time of the year I gorge out on asparagus, I have to. (That’s what seasonal eating is all about, right?) So, I brought home pounds of asparagus along with some potatoes and greens.
I asked my hubby what he wanted as his “last dinner” from the old kitchen. He asked for Porcupine Meatballs with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable (just like Mom used to makeJ). Lucky for him I had ingredients from the market and felt the pull for comfort food myself. (Backstory: He first asked for these 7 years ago, when we were dating and I hadn’t made them for him yet because can-of-soup recipes are not something I usually go for.) We pulled together Zesty Porcupine Meatballs, The Best Steamed Asparagus, and mashed potatoes. I don't know why I waited, the meatballs were delicious! But, the crisp, green asparagus stole the show. Allrecipes always comes through for down-home favorites. It was just the ticket for calming the stress.
What market fresh foods would go into your “last supper”?
Crisp Napa Cabbage
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Spuds! These Made awesome, fluffy and rich mashed taters.
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Tents and Tents of Produce!
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Oh the Fresh Greens!
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May 8, 2009 12:24 pm
Oh wow, I need to move to Seattle! :)Thanks for sharing!
May 8, 2009 12:41 pm
What fun! Ours really starts to fill up in July. But we never see the type of variety you have. I see that you are from Madison,WI originally. I used to hit the farmers market there every week-end. Enjoy and please keep posting the great pictures! And get as much kitchen therapy in as as you can.:)
May 8, 2009 1:05 pm
I miss the Madison market a ton! There is no place like it. I think it is the largest producer only farmers market in the country. What are the markets like up by you? (And - I saw your post on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. When I pack up my pantry I will be sure to pack a bag or two for the drive. Thanks for writing about it!)
May 8, 2009 2:18 pm
Your new kitchen will be worth the frustration. When we redid ours a few years back, I spent three months cooking in the basement with a borrowed electric skillet and a hot plate, and washing dishes in a deep sink--so deep that it hurt my back to stand at that awkward angle. One of the few things that got me through that trying time was the daily arrival of our general contractor. He was neat, efficient, and ridiculously handsome. ;-)
May 13, 2009 8:20 pm
Very cute to have a 'last supper' before the big demo. And you did it right! comfort food! I am also going through a remodel (although i do have a stove now) but what kept me going was the electric double burner - we made lots of stir fry veggies and turkey Sloppy Joes II (from allrecipes). During the winter I went without wonderful squashes and root veggies as they were too hard to cook on the skillet (for me). You are out of a stove for a month, but its a wonderful month for fresh fruits and veggies from the markets (good planning! But let me know if you want to borrow the double burner!)
May 15, 2009 9:33 am
Let's see... a last farmers market supper... I think it would have to be chard and kale with fresh pasta and lots of garlic and goat cheese... With strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. Yum!
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I started cooking at a young age and have had great experiences travelling and studying food around the world. I enjoy searching out new things and trying to find the "best of" my family and friends' favorite foods.
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My mother was very sick one Christmas when I was still in gradeschool, probably 12 years old or so. We had the whole family (about 45 relatives) coming over for dinner and I told my Mom I would take care of it. For two days, I worked and cooked - running upstairs to ask Mom what to do next, then coming down to whip potatoes, make stuffing, prepare the molded salad, and dress the crown roast of pork for the holiday dinner. It all came out right, nothing was ruined and everyone ate well. I will always remember how good it felt to make my Mom and family so happy and proud. That is what really hooked me on cooking.
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As a young cook, I often would try to make things before I read a recipe or really understood the chemistry of the cooking or baking task. I once made the most wretched pot pie - a lard crust, undercooked gravy instead of white sauce, frozen peas as the only vegetable, turkey from a holiday that was probably a few days too old to eat. I served it to my sisters - it tasted horrible and gave us all upset stomachs. Thankfully, they have forgiven me and continue to support my cooking adventures.
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