Farmers Market

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Farm­ers Mar­kets are so in right now.  At first I was just grossed out from see­ing Food Inc. and wanted to put my new hand­wo­ven bas­ket to use, but after cook­ing with the fresh veg­gies and see­ing how long the pro­duce lasts when you get it straight from the source, I am a true believer in Farm­ers Mar­kets.   You can find one local to you using this adorable web­site.  Be sure to note the day and hours open, since I’ve found them to be all over the place!

grapes

tomatoes

cilantro mushrooms

 

The tex­tures and col­ors at Farm­ers Mar­kets are so beau­ti­ful.  I can prac­ti­cally smell the fresh cilantro!

 

 

 

peas

Microwave Toffee

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When you want to totally impress some­one but not actu­ally put a whole lot of effort into it — make this deli­cious and unbe­liev­ably easy Microwave Tof­fee.  This is my mom’s recipe, and I’m warn­ing you — fol­low it exactly.  If you want to make mul­ti­ple batches, do it sep­a­rately — do not dou­ble the ingre­di­ents or mess with the cook times.  OMG it is so good, you guys.

ingredients

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Popovers

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Besides look­ing cool and being fun to make, Popovers are damn tasty.  They also seem like the type of thing that Jackie O would make, there­fore excel­lent to non­cha­lantly whip up for break­fast next time you’re vis­it­ing the bf’s par­ents.  They are some­what of a cross between a Dan­ish and a bis­cuit (which obvi­ously means they’re yummy!) and you can pair them with just about any­thing — go sweet with jam and honey, or savory with cheeses, vine­gar, and oil.  While they may look tricky to make, they’re actu­ally quite sim­ple.  I fol­lowed this recipe and found that a cou­ple things made them come out espe­cially delicious…

Popover ingredients & supplies

Cracking your eggs

A word of advice from our god­dess of cook­ing Paula Deen — always crack each egg indi­vid­u­ally before putting it in the mix­ing bowl. There’s noth­ing worse than ruin­ing the batch with a bad egg.

Prepare your wet and dry mixes

Pre­pare your wet and dry mixes sep­a­rately before mix­ing together.

mixed popover batter

The con­sis­tency is some­what runny so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t look like your nor­mal batter!

butter in the pan bottoms

Pour your melted but­ter into the pan first.  After you fill them 3/4 full with bat­ter, the but­ter will rise up.

batter poured in 3/4 full

check them for readiness!

Keep an eye on them, but make sure the edges are brown before you remove from the oven!

let cool for 3 minutes

serve...

I love topping with Honey & Jam

I can’t stop at just one — first with honey and then one with jam!  Popovers are to die for, espe­cially when they’re hot.   Hope you enjoy!

...and enjoy!

Peachtinis with Jalapeno

Peachtinis with Jalapeno

My best friend gave me her own recipe for Jalapeno Peachti­nis, and it was so great I have to share it with you.   It’s super easy, and is great for mak­ing ahead of time, freez­ing for a cou­ple hours, and then pulling out later to impress your friends!

Ingre­di­ents:

12 fresh limes, peach vodka, fresh jalapeno, peach puree.…

ingredients: peaches and limes

juice the limes - pulp is ok!

Peach vodka works perfectly

freeze for a couple hours

then enjoy!