Friday, April 30, 2010

First Cooper Young Farmers Market: Bring the Kids

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM


Saturday is the kick off for the Cooper Young Farmers Market, and local farmers and vendors will be on hand - rain or shine - from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of First Congregational Church.

Be sure to include the kids in the market, because they will be able to learn how to plant bean or basil seeds thanks to Sue Easley, who will be demonstrating in the market's activity tent beginning at 9 a.m. Demonstrations also are set for 11 a.m. and noon.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

First CSA of the Season. Now What?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM


I picked up my first CSA of the season at yesterday's Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market. It's a half share from Whitton Farms.

Because I got there late, I missed the greens and was given a double helping of strawberries.

In the share: a small bag of shiitake mushrooms, eight sweet potatoes, about 4 pints of strawberries, fresh oregano, and plenty of radishes.

So what should I make?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cooking With Sorrel: Something New

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:33 PM


Until I purchased a bundle at a recent farmers market, I though sorrel was the color of a horse. Turns out gray does play a role in the leafy green, but not immediately.

When it’s picked in April and May, sorrel is a beautiful spring green, and the leaves taste like lemon. But cook it into risotto like I did, the first time, and the color of the dish turns — to put it nicely — an unappetizing shade of brownish gray.

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Coffee at Waffle House

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 7:10 AM


I hate to admit this, but here goes: On a recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, my first meal of the morning was at Waffle House.

It was early, I’m a coffee junkie, and the restaurant was right behind the condo, so in I went. But guess what?

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Memphis Is Glamorous, According to Hamburger

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM


Well, "glamorous" isn't the word I would use to describe Memphis, be it the city or the hamburger from the new Glamburger line from the Cheesecake Factory, but to each his own.

The Memphis burger (pictured top left) is a beef patty topped with shredded pork, melted cheddar, cole slaw, pickles, and mayonnaise.

Other place-inspired Glamburgers: Sonoma Burger (herbed goat cheese, mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula, red onion, and mayonnaise) and Monterey Cheeseburger (avocado, melted jack cheese, arugula, red onion, and honey-mustard mayonnaise).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sheep-Pig and Other Odds and Ends

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM


Surely you know of the sheep-pig? I learned of this fabulous creature earlier this week via The Awl.

When my coworker first saw sheep-pig, he thought exactly the same thing I did: "Looks delicious." (Yep, I'm a vegetarian, but I'd definitely considering eating a sheep-pig.)

As for the other food items, I've got rattling around ...

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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 ...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

On the Scene at the City Hall Farmers Market

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM

In celebration of Earth Day today, Mayor A C Wharton's office and the Memphis
Farmers Market are holding a special mini-market outside City Hall from 10
a.m.-2 p.m.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Farmers Market Downtown on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM


In honor of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd, the Office of Mayor A C Wharton and the Center City Commission (CCC) are hosting a farmers market in front of City Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

English Demurs, So Now Reckless Speculation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 4:13 PM

  • Justin Fox Burks
A few days ago, fresh from competing at Cochon 555, Restaurant Iris' Kelly English tweeted:

Dear Memphis: we are sorry we didn't win, but we have something HUGE in the works. It's time to show the world how great a food town we are.
9:08 PM Apr 18th via Echofon

I spoke with English today and asked what that something was. He said because he's still working out the details he wasn't ready to reveal the specifics, but he did offer a hint ...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Product Test: Papa Murphy's

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM


As the guy behind the counter handed me my order, he asked "Have you baked with us before?"

The answer? No. That was my first time at the take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy's in Germantown.

And now that I have baked with them, the question is: Will I bake with them again?

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Farmers Market Challenge

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 8:13 PM


Are you absolutely dizzy with anticipation for the opening of the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday?

Of course, once you get your hands on that seasonal produce you have to do something with it.

Send Hungry Memphis your photos of what you've made with your market produce and I'll post it on the blog. If it's really impressive, there may be something in it for you.

For details, e-mail me.

Tasty and Not-So-Tasty Links

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM


A couple of links of interest from local bloggers:

Justin Fox Burks of The Chubby Vegetarian has details of a particularly intriguing five-course vegetarian dinner at Bari.

Ben Carter of Benito's Wine Reviews tries the infamous durian fruit. It does not go well.


Joe's Extreme Makeover

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 6:15 AM


Joe’s Wine & Liquor in Midtown unveiled its new look about a month ago, and yesterday, I finally stopped by to check it out.

In a word: Wow!

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