After eating a lot of leftovers from the weekend, I was definitely in the mood to cook tonight, and I ended up making one of the most delicious (and easiest!) dinners I've had in a while. I finally got around to cooking some of the salmon that I got while Mom was here. I spritzed it with oil and sprinkled a little bit of salt and pepper on top, then baked it, and it turned out perfectly. I'm glad I have a freezer full of salmon to enjoy :). I also made a super easy version of creamed spinach. You make a little bit of bechamel sauce, boil spinach for about 30 sec., then drain it and add it to the sauce. It was amazing. And finally, I tried my delicata squash. I had never had one of these before, but everyone at the festival was raving about how sweet they are. I baked it whole and took it out when it was really tender, but I think it could have cooked a little longer. I added a little butter and some cinnamon, and it was definitely tasty. I'm looking forward to cooking the spaghetti one this weekend.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Shopping at the farmers' market has been a learning experience... but a good one. I never know how much to get. I usually think about how much I'll need, and then walk around and buy the stuff that looks really good (unless I need something specific). Unfortunately that backfired this Saturday. I already had a lot of veggies, so I decided that I shouldn't buy too much. I failed to consider the fact that I've been eating 6 or 7 large servings of veggies a day. So by Monday I was almost out, and had to resort to the grocery store for some back-up supplies. So now I've learned that I can basically buy unlimited veggies and I'll end up eating them all. Luckily my grocery store veggies lasted me until today, when I went to the Select Michigan festival on the steps of the capitol. There was a ton of local produce, honey, maple syrup, cheese, oils, yarns, pickles, etc. I picked up some olive oil from a local family that has a farm in Lebanon (run by their daughter, an MSU grad), my first honeycrisp apples of the season, more peaches, and some winter squash (a spaghetti and a delicata). Along with my leftovers, I should be able to last until Saturday morning.