Hi There! I’ve been slacking on you guys with post updates, sorry about that. Summer has been keeping me more interested in being outside. Our garden is starting to pick up so tonight we had a very fancy dinner of popcorn with this strainer full of fresh peas, raspberries and a couple of radishes. The raspberries are really starting to kick it into high gear. We’ll have to go out and keep checking on them regularly to make sure we don’t miss any of the goodness.
Last weekend, we picked up a small bunch of radishes from Uproot Farms. I always like eating them raw on salads or with a bit of butter and salt but I’ve never tried cooking them before.
For dinner last night we tried roasting them on the grill along with some asparagus and steak, also local finds.
I trimmed and cut the radishes in half before adding some olive oil, salt and pepper.
I closed up my aluminum foil around it to make a little pocket. I put it on the grill at the same time as the steak and kind of forgot about them until the steak was done.
When I took them off, the radishes were really tender and cut easily with a fork. They had a similar consistency to potatoes but with a bit of pepperiness. Prep and clean up couldn’t have been easier either. It’s good to have another option for preparing radishes. We’ve got plenty of sprouts of our own in the garden so, fingers crossed, we’ll have plenty to eat in a few weeks!
Well, we have a winter storm watch/warning later this week with accumulating snow, awesome. In spite of the lack of spring, we’ve finally gotten our full garden planned out. We’re expanding a little on to our patio with the herbs and trying to grow some new veggies on both sides of the yard. We cut out the summer squash and switched some for Butternut squash. We’re also trying a couple different varieties of potatoes, the basic white and some cool blue potatoes, both of which will be in the large garbage cans like last year. We’re going to give salad greens and swiss chard a try too.
It’s hard to believe some of my Facebook friends have already been out in their yards with full garden beds sprouting. I’m definitely a little jealous about that. We’ll keep doing what we can in the meantime, we start our tomatoes in doors this week and are ordering the remaining seeds we need this week. We’re supposed to get up to 50 this weekend, cross your fingers for me that it sticks around this time!
Happy First Day of Spring from sunny, Minneapolis! It’s a balmy 18 degrees, with a cool breeze making it feel -7, UGH! Everyone I know is itching for it to warm up. It’s just been too long since we’ve seen anything green. I rounded up a few spring recipes to send out some warm vibes and encourage spring to hurry up and get here.
*please note, all photos below are from their respective sites*
**also note, this is kind of a random meal but I wish this was all fresh and available right now**
We’ll start things off with a refreshing drink from the ladies of Spoon Fork Bacon
Follow that up with Asparagus & Pea Soup from Tartelette, to warm ourselves back up
We’ll keep it green for another moment here and follow up the soup with a Pea Salad with Radish and Feta Cheese from Epicurious
For our main dish, we’ll dig into Mustard Crusted Pork with Farro and Carrot Salad from the folks at Bon Appetit. Did I mention sweatpants are encouraged for dinner attire?
And finally, we end with Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Squares for dessert, from The Kitchn
…and then maybe some Martha Stewart Peaches and Cream Popsicles…
…and then one more cocktail to top it all off… Cheers to Spring!
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been a little MIA, sorry about that. I’ve had a couple of work trips back to back but things should get back to normal around here soon.
In place of sharing a recipe or project, I thought I’d share a little more about what’s in season for the Minneapolis area for the month of June. This is based off of what I’ve been picking up at my local farmer’s market and some personal preference. Hate to say it but I’m just not a fan of rhubarb… It changes week to week, and we’ve also seen a few things early this year because it warmed up so quickly. Here’s the link to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s produce guide. You can reach out to your state’s Ag department for information on your area too.
Plenty of salad greens
Strawberries, with bonus adorable containers
And always check for other goodies like canned goods, meats and cheese:)
After my post last week about cabinets you’d think I’d hop right on that project and get to work. Nope. Didn’t even touch ‘em.
I was up before 8 am on Saturday morning to get a good selection at the Fulton Farmers Market. It was opening weekend and by the open at 8:30 the place was packed. We did a quick walk through to see what we were working with, then went back and made our selections.
We picked up spring salad mix, breakfast radishes and swiss chard from Uproot Farm. We dug into the salad mix right away this weekend. Still have the chard and radishes to eat yet. You can learn more about the farm here. They have a handy tab for recipes by vegetable they grow. I’ll probably be browsing that for some ideas over the summer.
We also picked up some plants from Gardens of Egan, a farm based out of Farmington, MN. From the looks of it they’ll have fresh produce later this year but also a great place to pick up organic flowers and veggies for your yard. Our herbs and tomato seedling just haven’t gotten started this year. I think we may have started to late this year, we’ll know better next time around. We picked up 9 tomato plants, basil, parsley, cilantro, and thyme.
Finally, we treated ourselves to some breakfast to go by way of Patisserie 46. They had one of the busiest stands due to their spread of irresistible pastries. We picked up a couple of croissants and called it a day. It’s still a little early to find a wide range of fruits and veggies, but I’m interested in checking out some of the pickles and jams some of the other vendors were offering as well as some of the other croissants varieties…
When we got home we really got to work. We planted all of the herbs and tomatoes and also put up a canopy of patio lights. It doesn’t sound like much written out, but we were in the back yard from about 10:30-7 or so. We got inside about 5 minutes before we got hit by a thunderstorm that started with hail:( UGH We lost about 5 lights to the hail but the plants looked pretty good.
The lights aren’t too shabby either. I think we’ll have some fun nights chilling out on the patio with a beer or wine.
I hope you’re having a good start to your week! I have a bit of catching up to do with you.
I went back to the farmer’s market and picked up more asparagus, morel mushrooms, radishes, rosemary and wisconsin cheddar cheese. It was a good haul and the number of vendors easily doubled from the last time I was there. I’m going to freeze more of the asparagus and keep some fresh for dinner tomorrow too. I’m undecided with the rest of the haul. Do I make another pasta dish with the mushrooms? Radishes in a salad? Or dipped in vodka and salt like I had at my photography class? Do I eat the block of cheese all in one sitting or shred it over tacos or burgers. Decisions, decisions….
All day Sunday the Hubs and I worked in the yard. I’m talking 6-7 hours of work. We planted almost all of the herb garden. The final piece will be some mint plants and one more rosemary to finish it out.
The container veggies are also all planted and ready to grow. 2 potatoes, 2 onions, and 2 carrots. Don’t they look exciting right now?
We also transplanted our teeny, tiny tomato seedlings into some larger pots to get them better established before we put them in the larger garden. They’re looking pretty spindly, I’m hoping their new homes will encourage them to pick up the pace a bit.
The largest chunk of our day was spent doing a combo of mowing, picking up sticks, picking up dog presents, weeding and re-seeding the lawn. We’ve got a lot of watering to do over the next few weeks between the different gardens and lawn. We’ll keep our eyes on things and hopefully we’ll get some herb sprouts soon and some strong tomato plants.
I’ll be back tomorrow to fill you in on what I did with the eggs I bought last week. Time to start the sprinkler!
Hope you had a good weekend!
Sunday afternoon was my last installment of photography class at Kitchen in the Market. I apologize if this post is taking forever to load! I’ve enjoyed going to class each month and was a little disappointed it was ending, however, Kitchen in the Market announced they’ll be doing another photography series this summer! I highly recommend it. Besides the full stomach, photographer Amber Procaccini gives lots of information on composition, lighting and camera settings. There are rumors of food truck outings and farm visits:) More details to come, but you see a list of all their classes here.
Any who… back to class. We started the day with a glass of champagne and appetizers. I know, tough day… The appetizer was a plate of veggies and hardboiled quail eggs to dip in vodka and then one of three salts.
To follow that up, we had a black tea spice rubbed pork loin with mini polenta cakes topped with a cherry and apricot chutney. So, so good!
Last of all we had some lemon, rosemary shortbread cookies. I thought I was doing really well, I cut myself off at two cookies and the platter was pretty much empty… Then they put a full plate of cookies fresh from the oven right in front of me. It was all over, if only sweatpants were office appropriate.
Besides just stuffing our faces with food between photos, we also had the chance to listen to Stephanie Meyer of Fresh Tart and Stephanie March of Mpls St. Paul Magazine. They spoke to us about the do’s and don’ts of photographing food, citing your inspiration and increasing readership. I left with new ideas of how to improve the blog and can’t wait to get started!
Have a great week! I’m gonna go vacuum the cookie crumbs out of my purse.