My Yummy Local Life











Fall *Spring?* Market…

 

Got some more lovely fall produce at the market today.  And some sugar snap peas… who knew these would grow in the fall?! Also I answered a trivia question right on the cheese guy (Brady)’s email newsletter and got a $5 piece of cheese for free!

 

Here’s what I got:

Broccoli, Sugar snap Peas, and colorful bell peppers: $10

Garlic, baby ginger and baby turmeric: $2

Queso fresco, Gouda with caraway, Ricotta with garlic and chives: $7! ($5 off!)

Shiitake Mushrooms: $5.20

Turmeric and ginger

 

FREE Queso Fresco!

Grand Total: $24.20

 

Also, the Lovely Sue Murdoch is canning my pumpkins for me with her pressure canner.  Here is the first batch of pumpkin:

Indian River Pumpkin!



{October 13, 2012}   Farmers market 10/13

Here’s what I got at the market today:
$12 jalapeño queso fresco, ricotta and mozzarella
$8 direct trade Honduran coffee
$5 baby bok choy and sweet peppers
$5 shishitos (2 pints. Saved $1)
$6 sweet potatoes

Grand total: $36.00

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{October 7, 2012}   Another Yummy Menu this Week

Crock Pot Party was wildly successful- I have many tasty meals to try out. More on that Tuesday.

Here is my menu plan for the week:

Pad Thai- with the tatsoi I got at the market

Fritatta- to use up some duck eggs 🙂

Crock Pot meal- Chickadilla Soup (Using a rotisserie chicken so I don’t have to cook it)

Chicken Egg Salad (Use up the chicken and some more duck eggs- going to see how they do with hard boiling…)

Fried Rice (Because it was fast and amazing last week, and I still have more rice, and I can once again use a duck egg!)

Fried Rice

Crock Pot Meal- Mac and Cheese (Sauteing some veggies to mix in with it once its all cream-ified in the crock pot)

Catfish with KALE chips!

Also- I still have some bagels, so there will be bagels with spicy pimento goat cheese, avocado, and maybe the occasional fried egg…

 

Everything looks so yummy I’m not even sure what order this will happen in!

 



LOTS of green going on this week.  I am still having headaches when I eat stuff with a lot of onion in it, but have found that peppers can at least give some flavor and crunch to a recipe that is supposed to have more onions.  The Ladies of LOVE Chapel Hill are having a “crock pot prep day” today and I am excited about trying out some new recipes.  I am making this vegetarian recipe: Squash, Chickpea and Red Lentil Stew– got all the ingredients for 16 servings worth for $20- at Whole Foods.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here’s what I got at the market today:

Fall finds 10/9

Costa Rican Coffee: $9

Hot pimento goat cheese and Luntias (brie like cheese)- $9 (SO missed my cheese fix when I didn’t go to the market last week- next week I’m getting pumpkin spice goat cheese and jalapeno queso fresco- love my cheese guy!)

Huge bunch of beautiful KALE and a bag of Tatsoi- $6 (KALE CHIPS!!)

Shishito peppers- $2.50 (Price is dropping- they must be on their way out- hubby will be sad)

Mix bag of bell peppers- $6

Grand total: $32.50

Also over the course of the last week and a half I have gotten 2 dozen duck eggs.  The layers are doing so good so far- averaging 2 eggs per day.  Eggs in everything! Keep up the good work little ducks!

That’s about $10 worth of eggs!

Have a yummy week- and if you need inspiration, check out In Her Chucks’ link party for more yummy ideas.



{September 16, 2012}   Menu this week

So here is what my menu board looks like right now: Simple and tasty this week. “F-bomb” is courtesy of my pastor Matt. No I’m not eating Carolyn, but I will be eating with Carolyn on Thursday (and getting Starbucks for dessert).  Hope you have a yummy week.

This weeks menu

 

 



{September 15, 2012}   Cane Creek Farm Store 9/15

Had a kind of light week as far as using things up completely last week, so this week, I decided to skip the farmer’s market and head to the Cane Creek Farm store.  Multiple reasons: One is that Einstein could come with me and get out of the house for a little bit. Two is I know Bobby trades stuff for citrus sometimes, and I needed a couple of lemons for Ginger Ale 3.0.  Three is that there is always a wheel of Hoop cheese and you can get a chunk cut off of whatever size you like.

Einstein so happy to be riding.

I paid a total of $27.80.  Here’s what I got:

From Cane Creek Farm store

 

2 acorn squashes, one other winter squash that I dont now its name, 2 red onions, 1 bulb of garlic, 2 oranges, 2 lemons, 2 red bell peppers, 2 gala apples (best type ever), 1 POUND of hoop cheese, and a bottle of 5 pepper hot sauce.

It’s going to be another yummy week- I am sure of it!

 

 



{September 9, 2012}   Menu-ish…kinda winging it…

Gotta be honest, I just don’t really feel like planning out my meals this week.  I never got to the tostados last week, and I saw a recipe over at Two Peas and their pod for tofu tostados, so I might make those.  I got a couple of leeks, so I might make the leek pasta thing from jamie oliver– might really cheat and do it with Ramen noodle- seriously- that is the laziness I am feeling at the moment.  I have leftover stir fry and leftover wonton wrappers, so I might chop up the stir fry in the food processor and make up some “stir fry” wontons. I have calzones left from last week (2), and I might make another 3-4 more this week because they just freeze so veyr nicely and can be reheated in either the microwave at work or in the toaster oven at home (true story, I don’t own a microwave).

I made pumpkin pretzels, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spice latte mix yesterday.  I was not kidding about Fall equalling pumpkin everything in my house.  I intended to make pumpkin spice ice cream, but I ran out of pumpkin at the moment- I do have some frozen though, so I might thaw it out to do that while it is still hot-ish outside.  It is raining as I type this, so it’s supposed to cool down.

Beautiful Rosette Pumpkin Muffins

 

Pile of Pumpkin Pretzels

 

Fried Pork wontons with cucumber to balance out the fried 🙂

Too bad my lovely veggies wont just make themselves into lovely meals.  Here’s to hoping that the hubby has some ideas when he gets back from work later today. What would you make with the veggies I got this week? Something with sweet potatoes… or butternut squash… or tomatoes (I am drowning in tomatoes)- Ah well… I’m sure inspiration will come to me soon 🙂



Farmer’s Market (plus cucumbers and green zebra that we grew)

To anyone who dislikes fall, you cannot argue that this is a beautiful array of colors and flavors to be had this week.  Find of the week is definitely the fresh ginger- which will be contributing to a new *not exploding* batch of ginger ale!

Here’s the breakdown:

Mozzarella, Farmer’s Cheese and figs: $14 (supposed to be $14.25 but the guy likes me)

3 leeks, 1 bunch of basil: $5

Fresh Ginger: $3.70

Bell peppers, sweet peppers and tomatoes: $7.95

Shishito peppers, fairytale eggplants: $6

Sweet potatoes: $3.25

Cucumbers: FREE to a good home (will be bringing them to church tomorrow to share)

Grand Total: $39.90



{August 19, 2012}   Yummy menu for this week

This week I will be on my own for a few days again while the hubby works.  But since we knew ahead of time, planning the menu is better.  Last night I worked, so he had dinner with our lovely friend Amanda and her roommate (they just moved into our neighborhood).  They had lamb burgers with goat cheese and shishito peppers.  I’m a little jealous of that…

A yummy snack: toast with cheese (blue or cherve would be my suggestion), halved figs, walnuts (press one onto each fig); toast; drizzle with honey to finish. Enjoy the yumminess!

Tonight we’re going to make up the rest of the shishito peppers and a salad of some sort. (If you’ve never watched an episode of The Sam Livecast check out the link for the peppers…)

Other things on the menu are:

Ratatoullie– a hodge-podge of roasted veggies (italian type seasonings)

Stir Fry- mixed veggies and rice (asian sauce/seasoning)

Pizza- homemade dough with eggplant and cherry tomatoes

Yogurt Curry Okra (love this simple recipe from Indian in 6)

 

I’m also having dinner with my friend Stephanie on Wednesday night so YAY! one night I don’t have to cook!

 

Also I made some bagels (so that I have something to use the delicious honey fig cherve on).  The recipe asked for them to be “retarded” in the refrigerator overnight.  So I did half that way and half I boiled yesterday right after they rose.  They look a litte different (the retarded ones are smoother) but they both taste delicious.

Bagels boiled right away.

 

Bagels boiled after being retarded in the refrigerator over night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s going to be another yummy week!

PS: Found out that my ducks are 4 male and 4 female.  That means 4 layers, 3 meat ducks and 1 very luck male duck!

 



{August 18, 2012}   Tasty Week at the Market 8/18

Chapel Hill Market Finds

It’s another yummy week.  Awesome find of the week was shishito peppers! I learned about these this week on The Sam Livecast, but had never seen them, then lo and behold, there they were in droves at the Chapel Hill Market for only $3/pint!  I went to the Chapel Hill market today for two reasons:

1- I wanted to get a brie like cheese form the Hillsborough Cheese Company guy…which he had!

2- I twisted my ankle two days ago and it’s still a bit sore/hard to walk and the Chapel Hill Market is smaller than the Carrboro Market.

So here’s all that I got:

Camembert (Brie-like cows milk cheese), Feta, honey fig cherve and figs- $18 (figs and cheese are truly a match made in heaven!)

Peru fair trade organic locally roasted coffee beans from Carrboro Coffee Roasters- $8

Shitaki mushrooms and bell peppers- $5

Fairy Tale Eggplants, Shishito peppers, mixed cherry tomatoes- $9 (can you say pizza night?!)

Okra- $1

Grand total- $41.00 including coffee and cheese!

I am looking forward to the yumminess that this week is going to bring!



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