August 2007

Hummus

August 30, 2007

From our friend Marie, currently living with her family in Zambia. She suggests using twice the amount of cumin. 4 c. chick peas 1/3 c. tahini 1/3 c. warm water 1/3 c. olive oil 2-3 lemons worth of juice 2-3 lg. garlic cloves 1 tsp. salt 2 Tbls. cumin Blend up and voila!

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Dreading the morning chore? A friend suggested an e-bite on packing school lunches.

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Know Your Farm Market

August 27, 2007

Enter a busy farm market on their peak day, wandering about shoulder-to-shoulder

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Gazpacho

August 26, 2007

(adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten) The bounty from our local farm market yielded a favorite summer treat. 2 lg. pickling cucumbers, halved lengthwise and seeded (do not peel) 3 red bell peppers, cored and seeded 8 lg. or 16 sm. paste tomatoes (Roma or plum) 1 lg. sweet onion 5 garlic […]

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(adapted from The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook by Amelia Saltsman) Serves 6 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 1 pt. basket fresh ripe figs 3 Tbls. good olive oil, or a little more if needed Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 lb. pancetta, sliced rather thick 1/3 c. whole raw almonds 6 c. baby arugula […]

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It’s a Fig

August 21, 2007

Soft and plump — a good fresh ripe fig is hard to find. With only a short growing season, you may discover them now (high summer) at farm markets or, if you are lucky, on a neighbor’s backyard tree. Unfortunately, their color gives no reliable clues to their ripeness or taste: blackish purple (Black Mission); […]

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(reprinted with permission from The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes and Stories from the Market and Farm by Amelia Saltsman) “What gives old-fashioned tomato soup its comfort-food super-status is its perfect sweet-acid balance. Sample tomatoes at the market and if they are too acid or too sweet, add a few of […]

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The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes and Stories from the Market and Farm by Amelia Saltsman came recommended to us by a friend. Amelia, who has been shopping this particular market for over twenty years, has written a season-by-season handbook – alive with real farm market characters and more than 100 […]

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Serves 6 Roast one bunch (approximately 4 medium) beets in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until they are tender. Meanwhile, (as the beets are roasting) slice into wedges 3 large ripe tomatoes and 3 ripe peaches (cut peach wedges thinner than the tomatoes). Place in a large mixing bowl. When beets […]

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They are summer’s superstars – slurpy ripe peaches and juicy flavorful tomatoes. Try them together and you may just find your new favorite summer salad. Recipe: Peach, Tomato, and Beet Salad Serves 6 Roast one bunch (approximately 4 medium) beets in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until they are tender. Meanwhile, […]

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