When I think of a quintessential summer food, I often think of sun-ripened tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, mixed with torn basil and a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I eat that combination so frequently during the warm months, you’d think I was more of a tried-and-true type than a variety-lover in the kitchen. Fresh mozzarella has many other delightful uses, of course – a couple of my favorites are homemade pizza and vegetable sandwiches. However, the market has rosy, juicy peaches now. And what the market has is what I eat.
If you’ve been following my Instagram feed lately, my Farmer’s Market obsession is apparent. Our Opening Day was this past Wednesday, and I had been looking forward to it like a kid counting down for a holiday. I love the community that gathers at our beautiful market space, our ability to support local farmers, and the dirt I find in between radish leaves, reminding me these vegetables were just picked. There is something about seasonal eating that feels so right and natural – of course we should be eating food that hasn’t traveled far, supports our neighbor and was harvested just now because it was time to harvest, not because we were forcing it.
I have four sisters, but none of them live in the same state as I do. Heather is the one you’d want to decorate your house, or make you a perfect cup of coffee. Sarada is the one you’d turn to for legal advice, and makes things simple when we’re all trying to be too complicated. Heidi can tell you anything you want to know about horses, and she gives the best shoulder rub. Hayley has the perfect accessory for any of your fashion woes, and she always cleans up my kitchen messes, so she might be my favorite to cook for! That’s my role. The maker of food. I count it a high compliment when I walk into one of my sister’s houses and they have ripe avocados, lime and garlic waiting for me on the counter. “Make us guacamole?!”
Starting a food blog named The Kitchen Beet demands the very first post have something to do with beets, no? There’s more than one reason I decided to title this blog as such, back when I started dreaming about it last year. When I think of beets, words like earthy, sweet, messy, vibrant, healthy and colorful come to mind. Those words are a pretty accurate description of the happenings in my kitchen and, if nothing else, the messy part always rings true.