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Some Cooking After the Farmer's Market

We went to the farmer's market on Saturday, and, while I didn't plan to pick up much, there was much I couldn't resist. So, dinner:

Thyme Roasted Beets, with Shushan Snow cheese and toasted walnuts on a bed of arugula: I roasted the beets a la Goin, but added a bunch of thyme sprigs. To my amazement, the beets did taste a bit like thyme. Shushan Snow is a camembert-like sheep's milk cheese. I used a sherry vinaigrette from Frank Stitt's book that includes thyme and shallots.

Shell Steak, 24 Carat New Potatoes and Pea Shoots: I've been waiting for the new potatoes to come in, and these were glorious. I used Hopkinson's method of scraping these tiny gems with a knife rather than peeling - after you boil them, you toss with butter and mint. I had some pea shoots leftover from a sandwich at lunch, so, to have something green on the plate, I quickly added them to the empty pan from the potatoes, so they got a slight gloss from the leftover butter. I had some tarragon butter leftover in the fridge and added that to the steaks.

Strawberries with Whipped Cream: The strawberries smelled divine - I kept sniffing the brown paper bag they were in - so I just washed, dried, and removed the tops. I whipped the cream with a little vanilla and just a touch of super fine sugar. I decided to put the cream on the bottom of the bowl, so that the strawberries would be the focus. Two photos of the strawberries, as the second one more accurately reflects the color.

Any recent favorites of yours from the farmer's market?

 
 
 
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  1. A close up of the potatoes:

     
    1. Oops - missed one of the strawberry photos:

       
      1. Haven't made anything yet, but I recently picked up some Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers from Ted Blew's stand at the Union Sq. greenmarket. They are about 6 inches long and maybe an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. I got some last year and loved them and was excited to see them back, finally.

        Tonight, I plan to stuff them with some hot italian sauage, breadcrumbs, egg and parmaggiano reggiano and bake till the filling is cooked and eat with some tomato sauce. Haven't decided if I will bake in the sauce or separately. I also picked up some of the habaneros and will most likely add them to scrambled eggs later this week.

        1. I've been sauteeing fresh corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes in a bit of olive oil, then stirring in cooked fresh pasta and parmesan. It's tasty, and ready in about 10 minutes!

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          1. re: bex109

            That sounds great - maybe I'll do that for dinner. I made variation of Goin's succotash on Friday, but didn't have any lima beans. You saute red onions with thyme (I was lazy and just added in some sprigs of thyme), and then I added the corn (rather than sauteeing it separately) and then added some basil at the end.

             
          2. who was selling the pea shoots? I'd love to pick some up next time.

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            1. re: Sophia.

              It's the rediculously expensive vendor at Union Square in Manhattan on Saturdays who is on the east side of the "north/south aisle" - more towards the north end of the square. They sell all sorts of greens in small white bins. It's something like $12 for 4oz and I shudder as I write that. However, the quality and variety is excellent. They had loads of zucchini flowers though, that were quite reasonable, and I need to do something with those tonight. They were just a couple of stalls south of the tiny potato vendor!

              1. re: MMRuth

                You know, eventually I learned to just go right past that stall, because every time I'd do a double-take when I realized the price was for a quarter of a pound. But they really do have a stunning variety of baby and microgreens, things you just don't see anywhere else in the city. I'd bet they get a lot of business from restaurants that shop the Greenmarket.