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Bitter Herbs Make Great Dinner Partners

November 7, 2011 - 11:48am
Author: 
Britta T

You can find dozens of varieties of bitter herbs from our vendors at the Little Italy Mercato- Imagine the fragrance of fresh arugula or mustard greens, mizuna, sweet peppermint, dandelion, citrusy sorrel, soothing chamomile, endive and bright coriander.  These are all what we call "super-good-for-you-in-every-way" greens. Historically, "bitters"  are used for ceremony, healing, and cooking. These herbs naturally improve digestion and relieve inflammation throughout the body. So, when you cook and create salads with bitters, it's like a two-for-one deal: Outstanding flavor and superb health benefits. 

Try putting together this, or your own version of a bitter herb salad. You can find mizuna, sorrel, and romaine at JR Organics. Pick out a few bunches of cilantro, mint, and dandelion from Vang Farm. Then head over to Suzie's for a pinch of arugula and some dill. Toss everything together with olive oil or drizzle a bit of walnut & basil pesto from Likso Imports over all the greens. Or do as they did in biblical times and dip (or sprinkle) your leaves with salt. The cyprus blend from Salt Farm is fabulous...To balance out the bitters, add red walnuts from Terra Bella Ranch and a few halved sweet Royal Flame grapes from Smit Orchards. Sprinkle with a few sprigs of dill, and then enjoy with slices of toasted sourdough bread from Belen Bakery or maybe a glass of wine from Triple B Ranch. 

 

Pack in the Protein

September 7, 2011 - 10:37am
Author: 
Britta T

PACK IN THE PROTEIN

Ever wonder if the food you eat gives you enough of that prized possession, protein? You've got options folks! The North Park Farmers' Market has all of them stacked and ready to go so you can pack your meals with a protein punch.


If you're feeling carnivorous, try something new and grab a lean cut of rabbit from Da Le Ranch- high in protein and low in fat, this is a great addition to any slow cooked stew. If veggies are calling your name, make a fresh summer salad with lima beans and corn, topped with shaved broccoli stems from Maciel and Family. How about snacking on a handful of raw almonds from Hopkins AG to carry you through your day, or try adding fresh walnuts from Nicolau Farm to a pile of Suzie's fresh arugula and roasted beets. There's always your traditional on-the-go meal by smearing some cinnamon infused peanut butter from PB Peanut Butter all over a toasted slice of sunflower flaxseed multigrain baked by Belen Bread. Give your breakfast a boost and smother a good helping of Bitchin' Sauce's pesto over poached eggs and avocado slices from Paradise Valley Ranch or dip fresh carrots and cucumbers from Suzie's Farm in Majestic Garlic's rich, vegan curry hummus. However you do it, you're sure to feel good eating straight from the market! 

 

FANCY WITH FRISEE

August 8, 2011 - 1:38pm
Author: 
Britta T

"CURLY" IN FRENCH, WITH APPLES IN AUTUMN

Often, this resplendant green is overlooked by far too many shoppers. Frisee is that sometimes wilty looking, brightly colored green with curly locks. Adorable, in the same sense that orphans are adorable. Eager and darling with that well-used look.

Frisee, otherwise known as Endive, is a peppery, nutty green that pairs perfectly with the first harvest of Autumn apples. Smit Orchards has bright, crispy, rouge Galas that only really taste their best during these first few weeks of harvest. Suzie's Farm has been offering delicate heads of frisee, along with an array of other fancy herbs like tarragon, stevia, and chamomile, that make an ideal, tender autumn salad. Mix a few tablespoons of fresh pressed olive oil from Falcone's with some apple cider vinegar and some minced shallot from JR organics. Add a spoonful of Mikolich's raw honey to make a well rounded, sweet vinaigrette. Gently tear the leaves of frisee into bite sized pieces, place 1 or 2 sliced Gala apples and perhaps a handful of dried cherries from Smit, and top it all off with raw, coursley chopped walnuts from Nicolau Farms. 

Enjoy the assertive taste of seasonal greens and the sweet juiciness of summer's last hurrah...

 

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