To Market To Market

August 29, 2009

"To buy a fat pig"

Farmer’s market was fun, but a bit rushed.

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The highlight was this pasture-raised pork bacon from Grateful Growers, an old-school (in the good way) farm in Denver, NC. I’m going to use a few slices this week and freeze the rest. It was pricey, but totally worth it for the peaceful mind that comes with supporting this farm.

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When I got home I turned around and left for my run with Stacey and Whit. We ran 5 miles on the Greenway at a nice pace.

We ended up in the Great Harvest / Trader Joe’s shopping center where we said hello to this guy who was just getting off work

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A slice of bread makes a perfect post-run snack!

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And then we shopped our way through TJ’s. (I had an old school PB&J sample while there!)

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Once shopped, home, unpacked, and showered, I made lunch. Luckily the bread and PB&J bite tided me over well and I wasn’t too hungry. I finally sat down at 1:30 to this

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Farmer’s market arugula tossed in this homemade dressing of 1 tbsp each of maple syrup, olive oil, and lemon juice, plus a pinch of salt, a tsp of whole grain mustard, and a whole crushed garlic clove that I shook with it and then removed so it wouldn’t be overpowering.

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Topped with 1 slice of Applegate Farms turkey, ~1/4 cup navy beans, some red pepper + zucchini, WALNUTS (which I have been out of for weeks and was totally craving), and gorgonzola.

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FAB.

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Lemon ice water

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GUESS WHAT I GOT MY PAWS ON!!! Our friend Kris just bought season 2 and is letting me borrow it!!!! I am actually not that happy with how the end of season 1 is going. It’s rather dark!

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Mail time, mail time, MAIL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kristen of Simply Savor had these Amazing No Cook Chocolate Hazelnut Bites at the Summit Bake Sale and I lost the bid. Kristen offered to send me some anyways! She also has a fabulous video with the recipe on her site (which I love – colors, design and content!) Y’all know how much I love hazelnut butter these days.

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Obviously I had one – er two – straight from the container. Fab. You. Luss.

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Off to do things.

Fun times tonight are looming!

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1 Priyanka August 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Great loot at the Farmers market! I love your salads they always look so satisfying and hearty! And thanks for the dressing contents..looks so worth trying!

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2 kay (eating machine) August 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

i’ve been wanting to make some homemade dressing-your recipe looks super good!

and great farmers market haul!

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3 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

glad you got your season 2 of gossip girl…though i’m curious to see what your opinion is as i still feel season 1 was better.

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4 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) August 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm

We’ve been eating bacon from our meat CSA and it is soooo good! A million times better than Oscar Mayer or any other big brand!

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5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Ahh I’m so jealous! I missed GG Season 2 when I was in London and could only shell out moolah for the first couple episodes. I’m dying to watch it though.

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6 Megan August 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I love Kristen’s video for those cookies! How wonderful she sent you some…they look delicious! Your lunch salad looks great too…gorgonzola, navy beans, turkey! Yum :) Enjoy season 2 of GG- it’s good!!

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7 mary-jo August 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Hey Kath!! I love your blog and read regularly. Just a quick question ~ where did you get that bag in today’s photo? I’ve seen you with a few times and love it.

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8 VeggieGirl August 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Hooray for seeing Whitney!! So fun!!

Love the Blue’s Clues reference, haha :-D

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9 emmy - eatventures August 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I probably missed something and am asking a stupid question, but this could be the answer to my troubles – how did you have that bag with you at TJ’s? Did you carry it on your run, and if so, HOW? There are so many times it would be convenient to have a bag and I just can’t figure out a way to run with one.

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10 Marisa (Trim The Fat) August 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Salad does look fab! The hazelnut bites, too!

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11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I JUST got the Season 2 of Gossip Girl in the mail a few days ago and am already on disc 3! That show is SOOO addicting.

LOVE the looks of that salad! :)

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12 Jess August 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Really? I love the end of season 1! So satisfying. Season 2, however, is a very different story. No idea what happened to the writing on that show!

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13 Simone August 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Happy to see you had a nice run and food shopping experience with friends. I absolutely love grocery shopping (more than regular shopping), but I think I am weird in that I like to go grocery shopping alone. Something about it is so calming and relaxing, and when I have tried to go grocery shopping with friends in the past, it just ruins that whole calming feeling for me. I am so an introvert!!

Oh, and can you possibly come over to my house right now and make me that salad. DROOL!!

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14 Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum August 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

MMM bacon. I think I could literally eat it in every meal lol.Arugula looks delish in that salad.. now I know what I want to make for din din :)

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15 Whit August 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

It was good running today! I will let you know about the bread ;). Enjoy your Gossip Girl.

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16 Evan Thomas August 29, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I wouldn’t have thought to use maple syrup that way but it sounds great

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17 Hil August 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Mmm…bacon. I agree that its worth some extra money to support responsible farmers. It’s really nice to know that your food was raised responsibly.

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18 Lele August 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

That salad sounds like suuuuuuuuch an amazing combination of flavors! I’m particularly diggin the arugula, red pepper, white bean, and walnut combo. I’m going to need to make myself one!

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19 theskinnyplate August 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’m a GG fan too. Looking forward to the new season, not a fan of Hil Duff, but I am excited to see how it turns out.

As always, I drool over the foods you eat. Off to plan a gigantic salad for dinner.

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20 Sarah August 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Everything is better with bacon!

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21 K August 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Those cookies and that hunk of bread?! Delish!!

Woohoo for fun times looming :)

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22 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) August 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The salad + Chocolate Hazelnut Bites look DELISH! I’m going to make some of the Bites… *droooooooool*

Jenn

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23 angieinatlanta August 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Oh man, those bread hunks always look so amazing! I obviously need to marry a baker :-)

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24 Gab* August 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Oh, good idea to remove the garlic clove from the dressing – I never thought of doing that! I love farmers’ markets – we’re off to one today! I love Gossip Girl too, I’m a 29 year old teeny bopper!

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25 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Farmer’s Market finds are so pretty!

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26 Emily August 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I love Gossip Girl~ I`ve watched most of the second season when it aired on TV, but I need to catch up on the first season.

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27 Melissa August 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

That salad looks amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try it!!

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28 Hallie (Healthy Twists) August 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Those cookies look delicious! (And creative, too). The perfect ending to that salad…I am seriously obsessed with fresh arugula. We don’t get it in our CSA as much as I wish we did (which is, every week!)

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29 Sarah August 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Oh my gosh, those cookies look phenomenal!

Great job on the Farmer’s Market purchases. You are right that it is worth it to pay more to support a good farm. That is something I hope to do more of soon.

Have an awesome Saturday :)

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30 Cait (Cait's Plate) August 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Yay for Gossip Girl! I’ve been addicted to that show since season one. I can’t wait for this year to start! It’s torture living in the city where they film and not getting to see the episodes until the Fall! Haha.

Those cookies look awesome. Kristen rocks :)

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31 Ashley August 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I’m jealous that your farmer’s market has arugula–I roamed all over the farmer’s market in Raleigh yesterday looking for any sort of lettuce and there was none to be had.

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32 Lizzy August 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

have a fab night girl! :)

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33 Mom August 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Pleases me you know your Mother Goose.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!

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34 Nicole- Chasing Blue August 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

That video is great. I want, no NEED, to make those soon!

When it comes to Blue’s Clues, well I’m a Joe kind of girl. Steve never did anything for me. :P

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35 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) August 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Chocolate hazelnut bites?! Yummy! They sort of remind me of my all-time favorite chocolates – Ferrero Rocher! Mmmm

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36 brandi August 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

hope you have fun tonight! ha, we got local bacon today too :) ours was $6/lb, which is about what it is at the store for the kind we get, so it worked out pretty good!

congrats on the internship acceptance!

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37 Meghan@traveleatlove August 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I just love shopping at farmers’ markets and supporting local farmers. Your salad looks delish!

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38 Pam (Highway to Health) August 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

That homemade dressing looks amazing.

I really need to get into Gossip Girl. I’ve only heard good things!!

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39 Jenna August 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

You and Kristin are both making me jealous with your farmers market loot today! Num num num!

I need to get my hands on some hazelnut butter ASAP!

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40 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) August 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I think season 2 is lighter in certain ways but the characters aren’t as watchable as season 1. oh well..still glorious fun!

B

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41 Kath August 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

mary-jo,
It’s from Old Navy, I think!

emmy,
I drove there!!

Cait (Cait’s Plate),
Have you ever seen them filming!?

Kath

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42 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

The cheese on that salad looks delish.

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43 Delicious Bytes August 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm

LOL That is a HUGE red bell pepper!! :) Gorgeous! (It IS a bell pepper, right?) Oh, and Blue’s Clue’s! Yay!

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44 Caroline August 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

LOL, I’m with VG–loving the Blue’s Clues reference!

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45 Jenna August 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

hope you like season two of gossip girls!!

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