Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
My employer offers a Friday farmer's market in the main lobby of their building. They bring produce in from Froberg's Farm in Alvin, Texas. I was able to pick up some red potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and some frozen cream peas and black-eyed peas.
With this I was able to pull together a Shepherd's Pie using the chicken from last night's dinner. Following the letter of the law, I was not able to use any carrots, garlic, onions... My husband loved the dish, but I am not sure we will make it a month without garlic and onions.
Saturday we headed downtown to the farmer's markets:
Bayou City Farmer's Market had some great items to offer including a wide array of summer squash (globe, pattypan...), Hatterman's Free Range Eggs, Bok Choy, Jams to name a few. Airline Farmer's Market off of 610. This market mainly has supermarket fare at reduced prices, but I was able to pick up some local items: 5lb bag of Pecans (they are in season and delicious!) and stone ground flour and cornmeal from Brazos Bottom Mills in Angleton, TX. I am on a quest to determine whether the wheat is actually from Texas or just milled here...all I can find on-line is the Texas Wheat Farm Association. Anyone know the answer?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Adapted from Bon Appetit, March 1996
Ingredients (for 2 servings)
1 ounce chopped chocolate (I like dark, but use whatever you prefer)
Take it off the heat and whisk in the chopped chocolate and vanilla extract. Divide among two cups and cover with plastic wrap before placing in the fridge to chill (if you don’t like skin on your pudding, place the plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding.)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Would have been a great way to kick-off the eat local month....
As I mentioned in my previous post, with Ike hitting the Houston coast pretty hard, our CSA has been knocked out of business for the near-term. No longer do I have the luxury of beautiful seasonal fresh fruits and veggies landing on my doorstep every Tuesday morning. Alas...we decided to continue on with the challenge and venture out to the markets to stock the fridge with the starts of our local cuisine for the next month. We headed to the Houston Farmer's Market behind Rice University. Living in Clear Lake, the 36mile drive for local fare has its obvious drawbacks, but we figure we go downtown at least twice a week anyway...so that is how we justify it.
Nothing against the Houston Farmer's Market, but I have always preferred the Bayou City Farmer's Market for selection. The Houston Farmer's Market seems to cater more towards prepared foods and has a smaller fruit and veggie selection. That being said, we did find some great items including:
- Katz's Coffee (locally roasted)
- Blue Heron Farm (Goat Cheese) -located north of Houston
- Houston Dairy Maid's - Redneck Cheddar (made with St. Arnold's Device reserve!) and Bosque Blue (They always offer a WONDERFUL selection of Texas cheeses)
- Figs!!! Grown by a Houston woman in her back yard(best find every year...great to be a Houstonian)
- Plum Easy Lavender Pizzettes
Next stop: Central Market. They label the source of all of their products, so it makes it super easy to find local items:
Locally Produced and found at CM:
- Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil!!
- Lucky Layla Farms Natural Plain Yogurt (Garland, Texas) I plan to use it as a starter for making my own yogurt with local milk
- Kimchee from Houston (Banyan Foods) (they also supply soy milk, egg roles, wrappers etc...to the local community with a mission to stay local)....I have been eating their Kimchee for awhile...best I have tasted
- Texmati Rice (primarily grown in Texas!)
- Texas Texas Salsa (my favorite, all natural and SO tasty!)
- Austin Slow Burn - Southwest Pasta Sauce. (yes, we should be making our own from all the great tomatoes, but we thought we'd try it)
- Fresh Wheat Pasta - made in Dallas (though I'd like to try and make it myself)
Local Veggies at CM:
- Delicata Squash (had to check to see if it was edible...it is! We'll see how it tastes)
- Yellow, Orange, and Red Tomatoes (Hydroponically grown, but very tasty)
- OKRA (I think it grows like a weed in Texas)
- Texas Baby Portobello Mushrooms (they also carry shitake, cremini...good range) from Gonzales, Texas...within 100miles. Apparently the company also sells Mushroom Compost as well...
My only concern so far....lettuce...leafy greens...I am not sure I can live without them...I'll keep up the search....