Another Weekend in the Books

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a good weekend, or, if you’re in a later time zone, that you’re still enjoying it 🙂

We have a lot of birthdays in August in my house, and this weekend was another low-key celebratory weekend with lots of good food.

My town has a farmers’ market every Saturday morning throughout the summer (officially until Thanksgiving but there are some vendors that camp out all year), and we stocked up on local goodies.  I should remember to take pictures at the market to blog about, but in the meantime, the food I got at the market will have to do.

Friday night I made a Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella tomatoes from Whole Foods, which was really yummy, but doesn’t even compare to the Caprese salad I made tonight with the farmers’ market tomatoes.  I’ll label the pictures of both; let me know if you can see the difference too!

Along with Jersey tomatoes, we got some corn and some purple beans.  I took a lot of pictures of the purple beans, but they just photographed so well!  I tried to blanche them and shock them in ice water, but some of the gorgeous purple color still faded.  They taste just like green beans, and I can’t emphasize enough how fresh they were.

The beans went with a delicious chicken from Whole Foods, along with a yellow farmers’ market squash and the corn.

We also found purple potatoes at the farmers’ market yesterday.  The purple wasn’t supposed to be a theme, but like many times at farmers’ markets, you see what looks yummy and fresh and cook from there.  The potatoes went into rosemary roasted potatoes that my mom made to go with the brats we had for dinner.  The rosemary was from the garden, the brats were brought back in a cooler from Wisconsin last week.

Tonight we also roasted a pattypan squash that we got at the market just to see what it was like, and it was delicious!  Along with a sauteed onion, I think covers all the local and delicious food from this weekend.  Bear with all of my purple produce pictures, and enjoy the picture of tonight’s supermoon, if you can make it out between the trees and the blurriness.

What did you eat this weekend?  What were your favorites?



Caprese salad with mozzarella and tomatoes from Whole Foods


sweet farmers’ market corn


washed purple beans


washed purple bean close-up


purple beans without stems


Extra-vibrant purple bean close-up. No photoshopping, the beans just get more vibrant and colorful wet.


purple beans in the pot


purple beans in the pot close-up


sooner-than-expected ice bath to save the color


All done! A little purple, a little green, a lot delicious!



Perfectly roasted.


My plate. Squash, roasted garlic, chicken, beans, and corn.


washed purple potatoes


washed and quartered


garlic and garden rosemary close-up


purple potatoes with olive oil, garlic, and rosemary


Jersey beefsteaks and the pattypan squash


cutting in


I think it looks like a lemon cut like this.


ready to roast


beefsteak close-up


tomatoes zoomed out. love the thick slices!


farmers’ market Caprese close-up. Mozzarella still from Whole Foods. Basil from my garden.


Brats ready to go.


My plate: roasted purple potatoes and pattypan squash, sauteed onions, and my brat.


the Supermoon


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