Archive for May, 2010

Saturday Market Grocery List

May 28, 2010

Here’s a list of what I plan on getting at the market tomorrow:

  • Fresh lettuce or spicy greens
  • Stella’s Hot and Spicy Cheese bread
  • Sandwich bread
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Wisconsin Cheese
  • Some sort of oil to make salad dressing
  • Cucumbers
  • Asparagus
  • Morel mushrooms

Anything else in season in Wisconsin that I’m forgetting? Also, if anyone has any great recipe suggestions for these ingredients, please let me know!

Until tomorrow. Cheers!


Everything But the Kitchen Sink

May 27, 2010

I’ve spent this week concentrating on two things when it comes to cooking and eat:

1. Eating out at all my favorite places in Madison. I know. I know. This isn’t about indulging and then “suffering” because it won’t be suffering at all! It’s about a lifestyle change. But Madison has more restaurants per capita than any other city (or so that’s always been the rumor) and there are so many great places to enjoy here. I had sushi this week, ate at my favorite Mexican place, enjoyed locally produced ice cream, a BLT and fries (pictured above) and had Wisconsin (see, see) deep fried cheese curds from a great restaurant that serves a lot of local food, The Old Fashioned. Yum.

2. Cleaning up my pantry and fridge. I tried oh-so-hard to not go grocery shopping and finish using up any leftover ingredients that I had around. One can imagine, that by the end of the week there wasn’t much to work with in my kitchen. I think all that is left in the pantry, as I write this, is a bag of brown rice, wheat bran and Thai rice paper. The fridge: cranberry juice and spicy spring greens (from the farmers’ market last week).

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Wednesday Market 101

May 27, 2010

The Dane County Farmers’ Market runs twice a week – Saturdays and Wednesdays – aren’t we lucky here in Madison? I often get the opportunity to venture to the Wednesday market during my lunch break, and let me tell you, it is a pure delight to be able to attend a farmers’ market during the middle of the week. If only I had the option to attend it daily!

Even though there aren’t as many farmers to choose from, there is still an array of options at the Wednesday market, and in May!

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My Summer Reading List

May 26, 2010

As I plan on making a lot of lifestyle changes this summer, I’d like to read more. While I learn about the Dane County Farmers’ Market and all the food Wisconsin has to offer, I’m interested in gaining a broader knowledge about food and the culture that surrounds it.

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My Miss List

May 25, 2010

As Memorial Day approaches I can’t help but find myself already secretly longing the things I won’t be able to enjoy this summer (for reference refer to previous blog post): avocados on my tacos, sushi and sashimi, seafood. Why is it that we always want what we can’t have.

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The Madison Market Challenge

May 23, 2010

Two weeks ago it was forty degrees outside. Today’s high is ninety. Welcome to Wisconsin.

The university’s semester has ended, Memorial Day is a mere week away and The Terrace was already overflowing this weekend. Summer is in full swing here in the state’s capital.

I spent a lot of time outside yesterday. I started my day at the Dane County Farmers’ Market – talking to the vendors, trying fresh produce and watching the community enjoy the gorgeous day – the day ended at the Memorial Union Terrace – sipping on local beer, indulging in ice cream and laughing with good friends. You couldn’t ask for a better Saturday in May.

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Kielbasa & Ice Cream

May 19, 2010

I love food. I’ve loved food for as long as I can remember. All kinds of food. I love food because of the smell, the vibrant colors, the memories it awakens, the smiles it summons. Food, a simple four letter word, can be extremely complex and controversial, it can be extremely simple and cooperative. I have a fascination with food. Some may call it an obsession. I call it a love affair.

I love the science of food. I love the art of food. I love the nature of food. Food, to me, is the best commonality between all of mankind. It is a necessity for survival, and a cherished ritual by many. Food itself has a past and a present and is connected to every one of us.

Growing up in the suburbs of Wisconsin, there were some important rules about food in our family that, as the oldest of three – and undoubtedly the spunkiest, to put it lightly – I learned at a young age.

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