Category Archives: vegetable

Spicy Tortilla Soup

We watched a great independent Latino comedy called, “Tortilla Soup” on Netflix Instant. I wish that there were recipes from the show, but alas, I’ve not been able to find any. There was this squash blossom soup, you see, that looked amazing. If I can get blossoms from my farmer this late in the season, I think I’ll try that next.

The day after we watched the show, I put together a version of tortilla soup inspired by the movie, attempting to recreate as best I could what I saw on screen. While I don’t know how close it…

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Instant Mexi-Rice Mix

I think I’ve mentioned before that we are quite lazy. We like Mexican Rice but often, don’t care to take the time to put it together. This is primarily because we figured out that we could cook it ahead of time and freeze it in appropriate sizes for later meals!

We use a 6-cup Wilton silicone muffin tin. Each muffin-cup holds just enough mix to make a great batch of Mexican Rice for two. (We split 1 rice cup of rice at dinner.) The recipe is quite scalable – just add one muffin-cup’s worth of Instant Mexi-Mix per…

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Fried Wax Beans

Fried Wax Beans

This is an incredibly simple dish that is tasty all out of proportion to its ingredients.

In short, this is a recipe that lives and dies by the quality of its ingredients.

We had found yellow and purple wax beans at the farmer’s market and I couldn’t resist. My husband had been wishing for yellow beans for some time, but you don’t often see green beans at the local store, much less yellow. I thought the purple ones were fantastically…

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Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

We had a head of cauliflower that we wanted to turn into a gratin. Originally, we had it all planned out, then promptly failed to write it down and forgot everything. Whoops.

So, I went looking for a gratin recipe to try. It seemed that most of the recipes I came across fell into one of two camps – either based on Ina Garten’s recipe and essentially a mac’n’cheese with cauliflower or based on Thomas Keller’s recipe as given in his book…

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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Boy, you can get some HUGE zucchinis locally. I tried to grow two plants but the bugs ate my seedlings. :( Luckily, even monsters like the one I bought only cost 50c at the market.

The huge zucchinis are nowhere near as tender as the little 6″ – 8″ guys you find at most grocery stores. So, while they’re good to fry up (they take a while), they’re really good to stuff and bake. You definitely get your veggies out of this one…

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Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Okay, I admit – this is an odd one. Everyone, or so it seems, in the food world has been talking about cooking radishes this year. Food & Wine featured an article on a famous chef, I forget his name, presenting four different types in a little garden looking dish and various bloggers emulated it.

Now I’ve only recently decided that I like radishes – I spent a long while not liking them one bit! But I was really…

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Today’s Farmer’s Market Haul

My haul from the Tooele market

It was such a great day at the Benson Grist Mill farmer’s market that I just had to share.

We picked up all of this from three sellers – one with eggs, one with melons and one with everything else.

My haul from the Tooele market

For less than $20, we got some fantastic white onions…

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