Sunday, April 22, 2012
As time goes on I get more and more excited about shopping at local markets, preparing foods from my own garden, and going more and more organic. I know it's expensive but the more we eat organically the better we seem to feel. There are some things about it that makes life a bit trickier, like eating out. The healthier we eat at home the fewer and fewer restaurants my stomach can handle without getting sick. Yesterday I met my sweet Kimberly at a great market down in the University District of Seattle. We are very similar when it comes to a bright blue sky and fresh produce and farm stands. We become giddy and mention to each other all morning, "isn't the fabulous?" I am truly, truly blessed with the caliber of friendship that I've found through blogging. I've gotten to meet some wonderful friends with similar interests and thankfully, one of them is local! :) Anyway, back to the market! Yesterday I met a wonderful man who owns a gluten free stand which will be at the University Market all summer long. I purchased some delicious bread, some raspberry shortbread bars, and some fabulous spinach pasta which I will be serving this evening to friends. They instructed me to cook it with some leeks, shallots, and lemon juice in a bit of olive oil, easy as that! And how excited am I to serve a meal to my friends this evening made from a local market. It will be served along side a roasted chicken which I will stuff with rosemary, lemon, and garlic. That will make my house smell delicious and welcoming! I LOVE it when guests come in and smell something that makes their mouths water in anticipation of a home cooked meal! For dessert there will be fresh strawberries as they are in season and a little bit of ice cream. Another treat I found was ginger beer. It's like root beer but made with fresh ginger and in my opinion is quite refreshing.
We are entering into the perfect season for outdoor entertaining with fresh foods from our local markets and backyards! I hope you get a chance to enjoy these things all spring, summer, and fall long as I believe it adds a richness to living and joy to cooking, shopping, and entertaining. And by all means grab someone you love, pick up a cup of coffee or tea enjoy it together!