(At last the Urban Farm Junkie has returned from her globetrotting and overcome jetlag to the point that she can sit at her computer again and then stumble off to the Saturday Bellevue Farmers Market--because heaven forbid she run out of cherries before the Thursday market.)
Because we didn't swing south on this Italian journey, I missed the lavish displays of roasted vegetable antipasti, but there was still plenty of delicious food throughout the trip. Cafe LaDuree in Paris featured hot chocolate so thick and rich you could almost stand your spoon in it, as well as croissants so flaky that nearly exploded on contact. I had a croissant "fouree" the first day, the filling being a mixture of hazelnuts and almonds, and then one with chocolate and a pistachio mixture the next. Uh huh. Yum. Plenty of good cheese and bread, even in the restaurant at the Orsay Museum!
I was sad to come home from the mid-80s temperatures in Rome to the low-60s here, but at least summer marches on in theory! Here come all the berries and cherries and the first early-variety peaches. My youngest and I made quick work of the Tieton cherries from Johnson Orchards and look forward to Bings in a couple weeks. A friend reports that the grass-fed lamb chops she bought Thursday were to die for--she basted them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then grilled them up in no time. And the snap peas are everywhere. This week I might pick up a little spinach and saute it as my husband enjoyed it in Rome: olive oil, raisins, and pine nuts.
Happy Market Day and buon appetito!