Saturday, July 31, 2010

Uptown Grower's Market

This morning we went to the Farmer's Market at ABQ Uptown. It may still be a little early here for a huge selection of veggies but the bird houses were quite spectacular.

The market was located in a parking lot just north of the uptown Trader Joe's.

I sampled some really hot green chile sauce and I nearly bought some watermelon juice.

After we checked out the market it was time to go to my happy place and ogle the copper cookware.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cazuelas, Sopes, & my CSA

Here are my purchases from my recent trip to the Spanish Table in Santa Fe. I bought two cazuelas (they need to be soaked in water before using but they said that after an overnight soaking you can even use them on the stovetop), a cute pitcher, and some beautiful spoons.

A while ago I bought some frozen Cacique brand sopes at Pro's Ranch Market in Albuquerque. I'd never tried them before but the package instructions said to deep fry them so I did. I'm not actually sure that was necessary; next time I want to try making them from scratch.  I served them topped with some Daiya vegan cheese, homemade pico de gallo, and pinto beans sauteed with Swiss chard from our CSA.

It is so ironic that the one time of year it is too hot for any fancy activities in the kitchen that we get the best produce from our CSA. Those are our first tomatoes of the year and those yellow round things are lemon cucumbers. They don't taste like lemons but do kind of look like them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Spanish Table in Santa Fe

This weekend I went to the Spanish Table in Santa Fe and they kindly let me take some photos of their beautiful tableware and cookware.

They have all sorts of wooden utensils and mortar and pestles.

They also stock a lot of Spanish cookbooks.

They also sell a lot of olive oils, olives, smoked paprika, peppers, etc., along with paella pans in all sizes.

I bought some cazuelas which I'll show you next time. I want to try a tapas menu soon.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lots of Cookbooks

I've been meaning to mention some of my new vegetarian cookbooks. If  possible, I buy cookbooks for my Kindle. I like being able to search easily through all my cookbooks for recipes using pineapple for instance and I also like not having a house full of overstuffed bookcases.


1. One of my favorite new cookbooks is 30-Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. So far I've made their Coconut-Lime-Banana Bread (seen above) which is seriously good. I had been looking through it and wasn't sure I wanted to buy it but I'm really glad I did. The recipes are heavy on the fruits and veggies which I like a lot.

2. Local Bounty: Vegan Seasonal Produce by Devra Gartenstein is filled with some great ideas to help me use up our CSA produce. Any cookbook with 8 recipes for collard greens is definitely going to come in handy in this house! The Kindle version does have some formatting issues with text sizes but I've also transferred the book to my laptop where it is easier to read.

3. The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest For Every Occasion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. This book is divided into party menus and I was thinking of doing one of her menus for Fourth of July but was too busy. I look forward to trying some of her wonderful pizza recipes very soon.

4. American Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit for Life Kitchen by Marilyn Diamond. I bought this when it was on sale for $2.99 and I think the recipes look good. I need to try her version of cashew whipped cream to go with all the berries we've been purchasing lately.


1. Viva Vegan: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers by Terry Hope Romero is a fascinating read. I plan to make a list of interesting ingredients from the book the next time I go to Pro's Ranch Market. I hope to start trying the recipes from the book soon. (It is still a little hot here to spend much time in the kitchen.)

2. Naturally Gourmet by Sandra Houghton is a self-published book to go with the tv show of the same name. It is a plant-based cooking show from the Seventh Day Adventist Hope Channel (Directv's channel 368). The book is large and spiral bound with color photographs of all the recipes. So far I've tried the veggie sandwiches with kalamata olive pesto.

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