Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Plate it up going out of business


I'm gonna swing by in a few weeks and see what deals I can get, you should go too!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Divorce for beets

I love this little article about beets and goat cheese. I've been saying this for years!!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Feeling a little disconnected

I had started this blog to talk about all the great Phoenix food finds but nowadays it's all about finding the best products but for the best price. As a stay-at-home mom I don't have the luxury anymore to just pick up the greatest looking new food. My husband and I were looking at the budget and thinking of ways to trim it a bit. Well, the big fat hungry elephant in the room was my grocery spending. It wasn't crazy but it is sure a big part of our spending every month. So, in an effort to be creative but not shoot myself if I didn't buy everything from the farmers market, I ran through my fridge and pantry and the Rick Bayless book I had picked up at the library and see what came together.

I decided to make the Red Chile Seafood Soup since I had most of the ingredients and that a small trip to Food City wouldn't break the bank. Also, it reminded me of a soup I used to get all the time as a kid in Del Mar at El Pescador.

There were some new ingredients I was about to try. I am a little embarrased to say that I'd known about Epazote and Chayote and Guajillo Chiles since I was like 10 (that was 20 years ago) but had never used them. So, here was my chance.

Food City had what I needed and this wasn't too time consuming, as many of Rick Bayless' recipes often are. Cooking in my house now is doing it as fast as humanly possible so that my son doesn't have a meltdown waiting for his food.

After making this tangy tart sweet broth with soft 'taters, squash and fish and slightly chewy shrimp, my husband has requested that we make this a regular dish. Success!! Even my 18 month old really liked it. However, he only ate the broth and sucked on the lime wedges.

So, I encourage you all to try a new recipe, it's helped me feel a little less disconnected.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Garden of Eat-in

It's November 5th and we now know who will be our next president. After all of the political ad campaigns we have all had to endure, the bashing and slandering of the other guy and the wondering when and if it would all just end already, it has. Well, the curiousity at least. Now its time to move on and make those changes that we have all been promised. And, although it would be so much easier to just sit back and let our new commander in chief do it all for us, its up to us to begin to make those changes.

As a foodie who appreciates all things local, I have vowed to make sure that other foodies do too. That is why I want to tell you about the "Eat the View". "A campaign to plant healthy, edible landscapes in high-impact, high visibility places, whether it's the "First Lawn" or the lawn in front of your child's school."

Please visit the website at www.eattheview.org and sign the petition to plant a garden on the unused 18 acres of land at the White House to represent to America that we can be socially responsible and productive with our land, returning the knowledge of gardening to our people and benefiting those farmers who already need our help.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shameless Plug

Hey everyone!

This is my first post to this particular blog and yes, I am using it as the afore-mentioned "shameless plug". I figured since it has to do with localities (spelling?) and you are reading this blog because you want to know all about them (nudge, nudge) that I would use this opportunity to make you aware of a particularly cool event happening this Saturday.

Most of you may be aware of the Downtown Phoenix Public Market held every Saturday (and Wednesday) at the corner of Central and McKinley. This upcoming Saturday November 1st, Slow Food Phoenix (which Jen and I are very proud to be members of; check them out at slowfood.com and slowfoodphoenix.org- yes another shameless plug I apologize) in conjunction with the Phoenix Permaculture Guild is hosting the Annual Mesquite Milling Event at the market and would love for all of you to be there! If you happen to have some mesquite pods lying around, bring them and we will have them milled for you or will provide you with some tasty recipes as well as yummy samples so you can taste what this native Arizona plant has to offer.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Celebrity Sightings

It's been a while since I've posted but I guess it's been that I haven't been inspired. Geez, that's a long time. I think April was the last post. Oh well, here I am now.

I worked the Edible Phoenix booth this last weekend during the Eats3 event in Scottsdale. I had a wondeful time getting to know Natalie who is basically me but she actually went to culinary school. Anyway, we hit it off great and we talked about how we wanted to get more involved in the local food world and I'm thinking it'd be cool for us to start a blog about local food here in Phoenix. I know there are others that are mainly restaurant review sites, but hey - I'm a stay at home mom and I just don't go out to eat much anymore. So, I think it'd be cool to write more about the local food scene, from the other perspective.

If anyone is out there reading this. Let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here are Chef Ming Tsai's and Top Chef's Stephanie's autographs.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

More Farmer's Market Finds

Lordy lordy it's starting to get hot. I think the high today is supposed to be 94 degrees. Well, I think it hadn't gotten to 94 by the time I made it to the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, but it almost felt like it. There are so many new vendors since I've been last. I've typically been going to the Wednesday Town and Country market since it works better for my schedule but today my 10-month-old son and I trekked down to McKinley and 1st.

I'm so excited for the new indoor market that is planned for later this Summer. I think the indoors part with help with keeping the produce nice and fresh looking and the market goers less sweaty.

Today I found some really great items. I don't know about you but I open and taste all the new stuff I get from the market/grocery store. I just love trying new things. All of what I picked up was great.

First was my usual farmer cheese from Rainbow Valley. I guess this one isn't new but rather a required pick up. This cheese is so refreshing (if you can even describe cheese this way - maybe it's just because it's so hot out and the cheese is always so creamy and cold) but this is the best just served straight on crackers. All the flavors are incredibly tasty but I usually go for the Italian flavored one. I see now that you can choose between lowfat and full fat. Full fat all the way, right? Especially when this is such a great treat.

Next, I picked up some apple butter for my son's baby sandwiches with cream cheese. This apple butter is just scrumptious. It's not pureed completely smooth, it's not chunky either. It just has a smooth consistency but with texture. It has a wonderful warm and spicy aroma and it's a little tangy. Just love this. Please pick up some of the Cotton Country Jam's jars of anything soon. You'll be glad you did.

I also picked up some great dates. No, not a date like that. But some medjool dates from a company that heads out from Dateland, Sonoran Date Palms. Dateland is that place on the way to Yuma that advertises date shakes. I still haven't had a date shake but I am always in the mood for a date. My son loved itthem too! These dates aren't sickeningly sweet but the kind of dates you can just eat and eat. They don't fall apart in your hands or are too sticky. These are the kinds of dates I like to eat. I also want to mention that even though they are a new company, they've already gotten their organic certification. Yowza. That's costly and time consuming. I am really impressed. I think I'm going to make some date bars for me and my son. Or heck, my own date shake.

Lastly I stopped by this great cookie both. Grandma Sweetiepie's. I took a bite while driving home. I'd tried to wait to share with my husband together, but I couldn't. Sorry sweetie. This is a dang good cookie. I got the white chocolate variety. All the cookies have M&M's in them but then switch up the chips - chocolate chip, butterscotch, white chocolate and so on. So different. I really liked them.
The produce was practically gone by the time I arrived (boo on baby's morning nap:)) but I was able to snag some shelling peas and fennel and herbs. I can't wait to try the peas, I've not gotten them fresh before. What a treat.