Went to the Farmer's Market this morning, the big one out by UC Irvine. Yeah, I know it's a suburban sort of thing to do. But this time of year there are just so much veg in season that it's worth braving the aisles mashed full of Baby Boomers, college students, and kids eating roasted corn on the cob and bags of kettle corn.
It sucks the money right out of your wallet, especially if you go like I did for the goat cheese and local made sausages. We have dinner guests coming so I loaded up on onions, corn, beets, strawberries, tiny champagne grapes, peaches and these tiny purple green plums the size of golf balls. They didn't look like much on the outside but were ruby red and juicy inside.
If you like vegetables or are interested in vegetarian cooking, here are three of my favorite cookbooks.
First, The Greens Cookbook... the recipes are a bit complex but worth the extra mile. It's the book that I reach for when we are cooking for company. The lentil salad with mint, roasted bell papers and feta is stellar.
The Moosewood Cookbook is a great veggie starter cookbook full of easy to make salads and soups. The French Onion soup is the one of our favorite meals. Try the popovers or the Welsh rarebit.
Our friends, John and Thea gave me this book for a birthday present and I use it all the time. If you want to know how to roast beets, make pancakes or what to do with kohlrabi, this book is one stop shopping.
How about you? What's your favorite cookbook? Do you have a favorite veggie meal? Love to cook? Hate it? What's in your kitchen?
"Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music."