Posts Tagged ‘Farmers Market’

Farmer’s Market Pasta

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Is it just me, or do the veggies at the farmer’s market look just a little bit brighter and just a little more enticing as the weather gets hotter? In my heat-induced delirium I choose to believe that it is nature’s way of drawing me in as the heat intensifies and my resolve to cook wanes…

Because my resolve to cook is waning… Can’t use the oven, too hot to grill, tired of salads, what’s a cook to do??? With a counter covered in produce and the air filled with the smell of basil, this quick pasta recipe is a lovely way to get dinner on the table!

Gather Up:
3 pounds garden tomatoes, mixed varieties if you wish, peeled and quartered
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ pound penne pasta, cooked al dente
2 teaspoons sugar
½ pound loose Italian turkey sausage
3 zucchini, or summer squash of your choice, sliced and halved
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
Large handful fresh basil leaves

In a large heavy sauté pan put the garlic and the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook slowly over medium low heat until the tomatoes are falling apart and their juices have mixed with the olive oil to form a nice sauce, about 30 minutes. Stir in the sugar and taste for seasoning.

In a separate sauté pan, heat a few splashes of olive oil and sauté the sausage until brown and caramelized. Remove. Add another splash of olive oil if needed and sauté the zucchini until caramelized around the edges.

Add the sausage and zucchini to the tomato sauce. Toss in the cooked pasta.

Remove from heat, and gently work in the Parmesan with tongs. Top with torn basil leaves and serve.

Adapted from Tyler Florence: Quick Farmer’s Market Pasta

The Best in Dublin: Sausage Rolls

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

My mom arrived in Dublin a few days ago, all in a frenzy I must add. I hadn’t really realized how calm and relaxed I have become since I got here, but the Irish culture is so much slower than our “gotta be going every minute of every day” way of life. So needless to say it took some adjusting! But in the spirit of everything Irish, and to satisfy my mom’s intense need for a cup of coffee, I took her out to my favorite Saturday afternoon activity: the Dublin Farmers Market.

Every Saturday local Dublin vendors come to Meeting House Square for the weekly farmers market. Fresh organic fruits and veggies from Ireland, France, Holland and Spain share space with fair trade coffee, crepes, cheeses, pork sandwiches, lamb kebobs, smoothies, oysters and fresh baked bread.

There is however one food I have become particularly attached to: sausage rolls. For the last three Saturdays I have awakened with a single thought: “sausage rolls for breakfast”! The Cake Eater Bakery is one of the many vendors at the farmers market and in my opinion, they make the best!

Unfortunately our European kitchen can in no way support the large quantities of produce my mother wanted to buy.  While I insisted that carrots, oranges, purple kohlrabi and Irish sausages would not all fit in the fridge, we did agree on a box of fresh Wicklow strawberries, which have served as a great snack after work!

More amazing food to come; we have a bus to catch for Galway! Happy fourth of July from the Emerald Isle!

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