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Mostly Not Potato Salad

May 24th, 2011 · 4 Comments

As a long-time fan of Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks blog, I was eager to get my hands on her newest cookbook, Simply Natural Every Day. This lovely book features the recipes Heidi makes often at home, and they are all straight-forward and approachable. While going through and trying to narrow down the recipes to make [...]

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Tags: at market · meatless monday · recipes · spring · vegetarian · weeknight meals

At Market: Two Minute Asparagus (and West End Market Opening Day)

May 14th, 2011 · 40 Comments

Yes, I’m still harping on asparagus. For a moment at the market this morning I hesitated, knowing we won’t be in town for the whole week and thinking I might not get to cooking it. And then I caved and bought just one little bunch of perfectly tender little stalks from Black Rock Orchard. What [...]

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Tags: at market · preserving · recipes · spring · vegetables

Opening Weekend at DC/VA/MD Farmers Markets

April 29th, 2011 · 8 Comments

I’ve been spoiled to live by year-round markets, but my heart still skips a beat at the first spotting of bright green stalks of asparagus after a long, cold winter. This past weekend I lucked out and found the season’s first Northern Neck strawberries, too — much to the Foodie Tot’s joy. (Yes, he did [...]

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Tags: at market · farmers market news

At Market: Chilled Asparagus Pea Soup

June 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

What comes after asparagus and strawberries? Fresh peas! I bought both English peas (for shelling) and sugar snap peas this past weekend at the Falls Church Farmers Market. The English peas joined some Black Rock Orchard asparagus in a cold soup for a hot and steamy evening. While the boy’s favorite vegetable is actually peas, [...]

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Tags: at market · meatless monday · recipes · soup

Strawberry Cupcakes (and 5 links for Friday)

May 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I probably don’t have to tell you it’s strawberry season — in fact, we’re getting down to the final weeks here in Virginia, and there were reports of the first cherries of the season at the FreshFarm Penn Quarter market yesterday. We had friends over last weekend and I wanted to make strawberry cupcakes for [...]

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Tags: baked goods · baking · cooking with kids · five on friday