Other Places, Other Foods

18 Jun

In addition to happily publishing recipes and kitchen information on this site, I can also be found spreading the joys of cooking and eating via two additional outlets for whom I am a regular writer, Indie Fixx and Portland Farmers Market.

Indie Fixx, the great lifestyle and design website run by Jen Wallace, is a veritable cornucopia of information and inspiration.  My regular column on Indie Fixx is called Melting Pot, and it appears twice a month, on every other Friday.  Curious about some of the recipes I’ve created for that site?  Well, allow me to share some of the bounty with you (click the links to get to the full articles and recipes on Indie Fixx).

Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Buttermilk Waffles with Bacon and Caramelized Pears 

Greens, Feta, and Phyllo Tart 

Orange Semolina Cake with Raspberry Coulis 

Pear, Ginger, and Brown Butter Scones 

Thai Mango and Chicken Salad 

For the Portland Farmers Market, I write a regular column that focuses on buying and cooking affordable, delicious food with seasonal ingredients that come directly from the farmers market.  Twice a month I head to the farmers market with $10 in my pocket, and my goal is to find enough food for that price that will allow me to make an entire meal for 2-4 people.  I know people often times think of farmers markets as being overpriced havens for out of touch food obsessives, but my column aims to change that perception. So far I’ve developed three meals, $10 and under, for the farmers market.  The most recent one, an Indian feast made from exactly $10 worth of produce, yielded enough food to last us through several heavenly days of leftovers.  It was like a farmers market magic trick.

The most enjoyable aspect of developing recipes for the farmers market is the fact that every market features different produce every week.  You really learn to eat with the seasons when you follow what’s fresh and available from local farms, so every visit ends up being a pleasant and inspiring challenge.  Below are my three most recent $10 meals for the Portland Farmers Market (again, click on the links to make your way to the complete articles and recipes).

Pea Shoot and Roasted Beet Salad with Sauteed Beet Greens and Breaded Chevre 

Roasted Fennel and Parsnips with Lemon Basil Bruschetta

An Indian Feast of Zucchini Pakoras (Indian Zucchini Fritters), Aloo Gobi (Indian Potatoes and Cauliflower), and Kachumber (Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad)

Visit the recipes.  Try them out.  Tell me what you think.  Keep checking in and discovering what is new here, at Melting Pot, and at the Portland Farmers Market.  The recipes never stop coming.

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