Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's Farmers Market Season!

It's my favorite time of year! The park is full of people, little shops, and lots of local food. I love summertime!

Yesterday, we headed to downtown Salt Lake, and shopped for some fresh veggies. We got lots of yummy goods- summer squash, green beans, tomatoes, beets, basil, and yummy local mushrooms..

The mushrooms on the top are "Hen of the Valley" and the ones on the bottom are baby Shiitake. The lady at the stand said the Hen of the Valley tastes great in a risotto, so that is what we made last night. Mushroom and Pine Nut Risotto, and steamed green beans and beets.

The flavor of the mushroom was very delicate, not overpowering at all, and it had a very meat-like texture to it. The beets were sooo sweet, it was my favorite part of the meal, and the green beans were OK.. but I wish I would have roasted them instead. I have some left over though, so I will next time.

I want to have at least one local meal a week, if not more. Now that there are fresh veggies in season, it will be a lot easier to. Yay for summer!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Black Bean Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

Wow... I am one busy mama! I enrolled in summer school.. and it feels like I am going more than full time, sometimes! I guess I am averaging one post a month.. so, I apologize to my readers! It's not that I haven't been cooking.. I have.. I just keep forgetting to take a photo and post it!

Anyway.. Tonight I made the Black Bean burgers from Veganomicon... and I loved them! Really, these are so easy, tasty, and perfect for a summer time meal. I highly recommend them :)

On the side, I made some baked sweet potato fries, which are always a treat (and so good for you!).