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To Market, To Market…Seattle

May 27, 2009 10:56 am 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2009 10:59 am
Late, late nights and early mornings were the rule this week, with a hectic schedule of dusty sheet rocking, mind bending framing problems, running heating ducts, laying new wood floors, painting, etc. So, we stayed close to home and checked out what was going on at our neighborhood market in West Seattle last Sunday. For anyone new (Welcome!) – I am living in a home construction site and part of the project is gutting and rebuilding our kitchen. This makes dinner a real challenge. I am making it a priority to get out to a local farmers market once a week for a “food vacation.” In addition to giving a much needed break from the mayhem, this plan is helping us make and eat healthy, homemade dinners, as the construction schedule allowsJ
Thanks to the fantastically useful comments on my “Sinkless in Seattle” post, I went to market armed with great dinner ideas. And what did I find? The babies are here! Baby radishes, baby greens, baby carrots, and baby turnips, that is!! Check out my pics of all of the babies, below!! Aren’t they precious?
I took Avon’s brilliant idea for salads with grilled meats and picked up all of the baby veggies and greens I could carry, a couple of chicken breasts, some local cheese and a loaf of bread. It was easy to wash the veggies under the hose bib and prep on the deck. The huge salads really satisfied our hard earned hunger. What a treat after a few nights of late night fast food runs. It would have been elegant, almost continental, had it not been for the “summer china” it was served on and the can of PBR on the side;)
Next week I am going to try my hardest to make pizza on the grill. I see that there is a video here on AR of how to do it and FrancesC has a blog post about making tasty looking pizza dough. Now, I just need some market fresh ideas for toppings. Do you have any favorites?
And, what’s fresh at your local markets? I love hearing about what is seasonal around the country! It helps me dream of what I’ll make in the new kitchen once all of the hard work is done. Thanks, and see you next time.
Tent After Tent at the West Seattle Market
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Baby Radishes
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Baby Carrots
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Baby Turnips or "Neeps" as Dad Says
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Sweet and Juicy Baby Lettuce
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Baby Greens with Pretty Petals
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Baby Kale Sold from the Back of a Truck
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Hearty Loaves of Bread
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May 27, 2009 11:59 am
I bet your cold PBR would make a perfect grilled pizza side dish, too! We get fresh mozz and even a local farmer’s homemade pepperoni at the University farmers’ market. Sometimes we pile fresh arugula on the pizza *after* we pull it from the hot, hot oven. Fold a big slice over. Delicious. Thanks for the post!
May 27, 2009 12:47 pm
Such pretty pictures! I love baby vegs. Not baby corns though, yuck. And I just made grilled pizza for the first time last weekend. I wrote about it at my blogspot. My toppings were olives, cilantro, caramelised red onion, pesto, mozza, mushrooms, and tomatoes. My only tip: really keep an eye on the crust. Hubby slightly burned the first one. :)
May 27, 2009 1:04 pm
Nice! I will check out your blog and make sure to prep some extra dough for the likely casualties:)
May 27, 2009 1:21 pm
How about sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onions, feta and fresh spinach? I love cashews on my pizza too, especially when they get toasted! It would be pretty easy to roast some garlic (on on the grill) and use that and olive oil instead of a red sauce, then top with fresh mozzerella, tomatoes and basil!
May 27, 2009 1:40 pm
Wow!!! I'm totally honored to have been a mention and a thought on your blog. I'm glad the really basic grilled meats & salad was a hit. You could carry the theme to pizza as well. If you had leftover chicken or beef or even pork how about slicing thin and embellishing with a BBQ sauce or a salsa and assorted veggies? Don't forget the cheese.....what the heck is pizza without cheese? Also, since we both live in the same Sunset Western Garden climate zone, we have the same things in season at our Farmers Markets. Strawberries are coming on now....YAY!!!
May 27, 2009 2:15 pm
this is a rip off of a famous pizza (but I love it!!!): bbq sauce, bbq chicken, red onions, mozz, cilantro. that's it....yummm.
May 28, 2009 11:07 am
Great pizza ideas and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
May 28, 2009 2:26 pm
For the last three days, I've had pizza with red bell peppers and Italian turkey sausage for lunch and I'm not sick of it yet! :)
May 28, 2009 5:31 pm
Love the pictures! We make a pizza with pesto, provolone, SD tomatoes and pine nuts. Or I do one with grilled poblanos, cilantro, olive oil, tomatoes, mozzarella, and sliced grilled steak. Yummmm...
May 28, 2009 7:06 pm
Again BEAUTIFUL pictures! Baby veggies are my favorite. When mine are ready in the garden,I grab the hose and rinse, and lunch is served! :D Enjoy your marketing. I'd much rather wander through booths of veggies than a shoe store any day.
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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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I try to shop as much as I can at farmers markets. I really enjoy cooking with fresh, wholesome, local ingredients and I love exploring the products made by specialty meat, cheese, oil, vinegar, and wine producers both locally and from farther afield.
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My family has solid German and Scottish roots. The traditions coming out of my grandmother's kitchen are for hearty, frugal dishes: pot roasts, chicken and dumplings, rouladen, and Friday fish dinners are what I remember most.
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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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