The Minneapolis Farmer’s Market is a fun place. It’s not as fabulous as say, San Francisco’s – what is? – but I still get a rush walking around, especially on Saturdays when it’s crowded, buying beautiful veggies and thinking about all the ways I can use them. Today I picked up heirloom cherry tomatoes, for the garlicky tomato & bread gratin I made for dinner tonight (we had our neighbors the Hatzungs over for a chilly swim and warm din). I also bought (more) green beans, as well as raspberries and fingerling potatoes. We ate the green beans tonight, and the raspberries (atop a lemon picnic cake), but the potatoes I’ll save for tomorrow or Monday.
Although, hmmmm, I’m not going to be making din tomorrow night since Kim, Suz, and I are heading to True Thai for our every-few-weeks dinner out. Well, luckily potatoes taste good even several days after being picked… Especially these little gems, I bought them once before from the same vendor and was pretty blown away by how delicious they were. I’m thinking a little lemon-butter and salt will do them nicely. Can’t wait.
Hey, look at that, I’ve been on Facebook for one full year! Thank you, Maud, for introducing another (very fun!) timesuck into my life! I think I’ve most enjoyed seeing everyone’s pics, especially of their kids, especially of friends from high school and college that I don’t get to physically see often enough. It’s like an everyday reunion/Christmas card – nice! If (realistically, when) you join up, I suggest you become a fan of moderate epicurean (and painters staceyemeyer and maudbryt) to boot.
Moderate it: baking half of a cake is a nice way to not have a bunch of sweet leftovers hanging around – Whole Foods cake mixes make just one 9-inch layer. Works nicely with the lemon picnic cake recipe.
Oh, sure! Ha, the elephant is one of my sister Stacey's paintings, it's the one on her Facebook painting page, if you click on the "staceyemeyer" in the post you'll see what I mean. In terms of a story, I don't have a specific one, although I think I'm safe in saying that the inspiration for many of Stacey's African animal/self-portrait paintings grew out of our family's 2002 trip to Kenya.
Okay, would you please explain the picture of the elephant? Thanks!! I am sure it must have some sort of fun story.