Sunday, March 21, 2010

Preparing for Spring

Last night at dinner Big J reminded us that the farmers' market begins in two weekends. little j immediately thought of spring onions and I immediately thought of garlic scapes. Last year we didn't go to the market as often and we should have. So this year I am hoping to go more often and plan our meals around what is in season.

We've also been going to our local organic butcher almost every week. Surprisingly, it has been less expensive and, unsurprisingly, the meat is much better. One thing I have found is that it is better to get meat there simply because we can get it in quantities we want. For example, last week I made meatballs and needed to 3/4 pound of ground beef and 1/4 pound of ground pork. Instead of buying them pre-packaged, I got the quantities I needed. So there was no waste and I paid for exactly what we used. Genius! I can also special order things and plan to put in an order for beef cheeks in the near future.

So, although I haven't posted in a while, I am hoping to find some time for new dishes and spring favorites! Stay tuned.

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