Friday, April 23, 2010

Farmers Market Challenge: Results!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Last week, I challenged you to send in a picture of the dishes you made from items bought at the farmers market.

The goal is to encourage folks to get to the markets and then to share ideas about what to make, like ...

... This beautiful salad made entirely with items from the Memphis Farmers Market. It was submitted by Chip Chockley.

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His description:

Early lettuce from Gracious Garden, croutons made from a Cucina Bread baguette, radishes from an unknown farm (sorry!), chicken and bacon from West Wind Farm, and Bonnie Blue Farm goat cheese. Dressing was a simple vinaigrette, made with olive oil, shallot, and tarragon vinegar. It was delicious.

Naomi Bourne missed last Saturday's MFM opening day, so she went to the Earth Day mini-market outside city hall.

She picked up some hydroponic tomatoes from Micmak Farms. Those tomatoes are the star of her Stoplight Pasta Sauce.

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Bourne was kind enough to share her recipe.

Stoplight Pasta Sauce
Dice tomatoes lovingly by hand.
Chop enough flat leaf parsley to yield about a half cup.
Warm a quality cold-pressed olive oil in a large, heavy pan. Use enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
Add the parsley.
Add spices to taste — garlic, fresh ground salt, fresh ground pepper, crushed red pepper.
Allow the spices to dissolve and warm for about five minutes. Stir gently.
Add the tomatoes, toss gently, and cook on medium low until warm.
Serve over your favorite pasta. Add crushed red pepper and preservative-free Parmesan cheese

I'm going to go with Chip's entry as the winner. He'll receive $40 gift certificate to Bari.

But I'm also impressed that Naomi went to the city hall market so she'll get $20 to the Flying Saucer.

Congrats to both.

Stay tuned for the next challenge.

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