Veg-Out & Booze It Up
As per my ritual, Saturday morning found me at the Farmers’ Market. I went a little nuts this week (everything looked so beautiful!) and spent about $45 (I think. Maybe it would be best if I just “forgot”). I spent $27 at one of my favorite vendors… Hinson Farms. (My other favorite farm is Carlea Farms). All of the vendors at the market are fantastic, but these two definitely get top billing in my book!
I normally only go to the market with about $30 in cash (plus my checkbook for must haves and meat!). However, flush with cash… I spent, spent, spent. I was paying with quarters by the time I dragged myself away. And here is what I came home with…
Two dozen farm-fresh eggs, cucumbers, edamame, romaine (3 heads), Cherokee purple tomatoes, peaches, Russian fingerling potatoes, purple and green bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, Japanese eggplant, and a small honeydew melon.
After the vet and car ordeal, I popped into the ABC store to restock some of our favorites and scope out some new finds…
Lunch was simple sandwich of guacamole, tomato and pepper jack cheese on Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat (the heels), with a few sweet potato chips. And then… then we napped. Food coma!
Lilly napped as well… she was worn out from her exciting vet visit!
When we arose, I got to work in the kitchen (again – and always!)
First, I macerated some fresh strawberries in Limóncello. This is a summertime favorite of ours!
Then, it was cocktail time! I purchased Skinnygirl Margarita for the first time. I am a huge fan of Bethenny, and thought this was definitely worth a try! It was good… none too sweet – but of course, that’s how I like my margaritas! As I make a damn good one myself, this definitely will not be a staple in my house – but I think it is a good product, and I would love it if restaurants started carrying it!
Dinner was a simple pesto pasta with sautéed veggies, drizzled in balsamic, on the side.
In the mix:
9 oz. whole wheat rotini
prepared pesto, to taste
15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Prepare your pasta, drain and stir in as much pesto as your little heart desires. Throw in your drained cannellini beans, and stir to heat through.
garden fresh cherry tomatoes
fresh parmesan cheese curls
For dessert? Limóncello strawberries, of course!