This past weekend we went to the Farmer's Market and I found some goodies.
I got fresh onions, a bag of apples- plus two freebies, corn on the cob which was heavenly, green beans, two different kinds of honey and a pair of pumpkins.
I went right to the kitchen and started to prep the green beans to boil and freeze. My method comes from a cook book and it says to boil for 3 minutes (kills the enzymes) then cool them off quickly and freeze. I like to have an ice water bath to set them in to cool them off quickly.
I quickly transferred them to a towel covered with white paper toweling to dry them a bit but only for a few moments then off to
this foil covered cooling rack and put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes before packing them in their containers. I have a side by side and it doesn't hold big trays so I had to improvise with something that would fit. Freezing them this way keeps them from sticking to each other when they are packaged up.
This is the wonderful local honey that I purchased. The one on the left is from star thistle and notably light in color. It has a nice delicate sweet flavor.
I made an apple pie using the new apples- the flavor was great. They were gold Ginger Gold and had enough tartness to them to bake up nicely but they did get a bit softer than I'd like. It's just a tad early around here for apples- there will be a lot more to choose from soon.
I cut up new red potatoes, put them in a plastic bag with some olive oil so they'd get evenly coated and then sprinkled them with seasoning and paprika and baked them (425 deg.). I covered them with foil for the first 45 min. then uncovered them for 30 min.
I forgot to get hamburger buns so we just ate the burgers without any bread which was fine. No fancy table setting today...I was tuckered out by the end of the day and this had to do! I added 1 lg. egg to the 1 lb. package of ground beef, sprinkled in seasoning and made the patties up. It adds a bit of moisture to them and they are delicious that way! The beef is so lean it tends to seem dry at times so that's why I decided to try this method. So much for low cholesterol!
We had this wine along with our meal and dessert. It's a Moscato called DiCello, Moscato D'Asti. It was very good- I served it cold and I'm pretty sure that's the best way to serve it. It's actually a sparkling wine which I didn't realize. I thought the bottle was pretty and that's why I decided to try it! Ha ha, I'm no wine connoisseur, that's for sure!
Afterwards we went outside and enjoyed a fire.
We topped the evening off with a new movie I had picked up-
Captain American- The Winter Soldier. It was very good- I like action and science fiction so I'm good with this kind of movie. Staring at Chris Evans on the big screen isn't a bad thing to do either!! I'm sure my husband enjoyed Scarlett Johannson's tight fitting body suit too!
The pumpkins made it to the deck.... there will be more!
So that was my trip to the Farmer's Market and my Saturday. Sunday, it rained a lot so we did things around the house and I made a pot roast which we've enjoyed for a couple of meals now!