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I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

The Funk Buster

2014-04-11 | 0 comments
Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Tired of the same ol’-same ol’? Me too! And, that’s not so good when I have this dinner planning gig. So I decided to bust that funk with a trip to my local farmer’s market.
 
I rolled in around 10AM to find the place bustling with folks all pumped up on local produce, proteins and baked goods. I saw, sniffed and tasted the most gorgeous early tomatoes and late harvest citrus, bok choy and herbs,  early stone fruits and croissants and bright purple spring onions. I was bowled over by the colors of the rainbow chard and cauliflower. And, can I tell you about the adorable baby kale? So damn cute.
 
I mean it was my happy place, my Disneyland! No rush, no checkout lines, cash n’ carry – so chill. I went for a little inspiration and left with tomatoes, so many greens, spring onions, corn, cauliflower (white, golden and purple), leeks, asparagus, herbs, strawberries, almonds, fresh eggs and an array of baguettes. Nice haul, huh?
 
This week’s menu is full of these fresh ingredients that are lining our farmer’s markets. Mondays’ Pecan Crusted Chicken is accompanied by those crazy colorful cauliflower – check out the pic! Tuesdays Flank Steak, Leeks and Asparagus are topped with a Romesco sauce made of the almonds, tomatoes and bread. I was a bit wary of Wednesday’s corn in April but it was really very good. And, the Caprese Subs – c’mon summer! Lastly, I used up everything I could with the Steakhouse Salad.
 
There are two gems in this week’s plan. The Romesco sauce and the Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing. Neither should be missed. They are no-cook, blender recipes that I know will enjoy heavy rotation even after you make them just once. Try them according to the recipe the first time and then you can enhance them to your crew’s taste.
 
I hope you will take the time – and the kids – to your farmers market this week. I can’t wait to hear what you find there.
 
www.localharvest.org is a nationwide site of farmer’s markets that is great to use for local destinations as well as when you are travelling – no excuses!

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