Farmers Market Bounty

If it’s Sunday, it’s Farmers Market.

Fig and goat cheese bruschetta (on grill-panned french baguette from Rockenwagner Bakery)

Caprese (heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil, naturally)

Arugula, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Shaved Parmesan

And for a little protein, Bobby Flay’s Barbecued Spiced Shrimp

Vino? Eberle 2006 Paso Robles Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Duh. What else would pair with all this goodness?

THAT was good. Given his reaction, the attractive nuisance must have thought the fig and goat cheese bruschetta was chocolate. Ridiculously good. Can’t wait til next Sunday!

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Chicken parm ^3

Now that we’re all set up with cable, and given that we plan to watch Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations in Rome, we realized that it was important to have something Italian-ish for dinner. We could not risk throwing our entire world off its axis when watching Bourdain eat his way through the Eternal City. And wanting to be sorta healthy, I baked some chicken, made the Mario Batali basic tomato sauce that we’ve grown to love, and tossed in two special ingredients (per the attractive nuisance’s brilliant brainstorm): olives and artichokes. And of course, fresh mozz and parm. Baked the whole concoction for about 20 minutes at 350 until it was bubbling hot and the cheese nice and gooey. Chicken parm to the third: a new favorite. And pretty easy, too!

FT

We’re so back in LA. Fish taco night! Found a great recipe that didn’t require a grill (which is a good thing, since we don’t have one…). No mahi mahi, but tilapia was a delicious substitute.

Fish Tacos

Also jazzed them up with the guacamole I made after my farmers market visit, plus the Southwestern Slaw and Mexican Crema from another good looking FT recipe (Baja Fish Tacos). Oh, and a side of black beans, inspired by Rafi’s recipe.

The only hazard of this job is the dreaded jalapeno fingers. Otherwise, pretty easy, very tasty and totally worth it. This will be made again!

Home!

We are finally home. Well, in our new home, in our old hometown. It’s been quite a journey, but now we’re back in LA! Woop woop!

We’ve unpacked enough to cook our first dinner tonight (well, I unpacked and I cooked while the attractive nuisance toiled away at the law). The timing coincided perfectly with the Sunday Farmers Market in my old hood, Brentwood. I’ve been dreaming of that market for a year now, and it did not disappoint. The summer squash looked great, so I decided to make the recipe in the most recent post: Mario Batali’s Pennette with Summer Squash and Ricotta. This time I added chicken per the attractive nuisance’s request. Very nice! Went great with the salad and fig with goat cheese bruschetta. (Easy: Toast sliced baguette, spread goat cheese, top with sliced figs from the fruit lady at the Brentwood Farmers Market). Oh, and we celebrated the occasion with our Sokol Blosser Rosé. Sorry Oregon, it’s been real, but we’re back!

Photo taken with my new iPhone/mobile blogging unit.