fruits and little labor

2 Jul

The Foodie Fights results are not up yet, but I will update when they come in.

Jim and I are working on a bunch of stuff for the cooking show. We’ve got some exciting plans up our sleeves, so expect a new episode in a few days and some surprises this summer.

Well, summer is truly here. It’s supposed to hit 95 today and I’ve got produce coming out of my ears! Between the farmer’s market, stores and friends, I can barely keep up with the bounties of summer. If you’ve managed to avoid eating well and getting in shape before summer rolled out, there is no time like the present. Plus, it couldn’t be easier when the weather is great and fresh food is abundant.

My lovely friend, Sandy, gave us some goodies from her garden, including these beautiful flowers.


With some fresh lettuce from her garden and berries from the farmer’s market, we made an awesome salad including walnuts, chickpeas, mandarin oranges and a raspberry vinagrette.


Sandy also gave us some basil and arugula, which I turned into a yummy pesto.


I cooked up some tricolored shell pasta and sauteed some veggies- asparagus, zucchini (leftover from the challenge), bell pepper, Walla Walla onion, garlic and chickpeas. Yummy…

pesto skillet

Tossed together with the pasta and pesto, this made a wonderful dinner after a long workout. Plus, leftovers never hurt. I also had some leftover raw crackers from Blossoming Lotus, which topped off our dishes perfectly.


Paired with our new nightly ritual- a Vita-Mix smoothie. This one was kind of sickly colorwise, but tasted great. It included a whole apple (including the core), strawberries, kale, spinach, Very Green powder, raspberries and almond milk. Yum! I’m really loving having Edgar around. We’ve gotten into the habit of having smaller dinners and giant smoothies- perfect for warm summer nights. Or post-workout I throw in a big scoop of hemp protien powder and call it good. All hail the Vita-Mix!


I’m on a new nut kick with pistachios. So underutilized are these delicious nuts! They cannot simply be confined to holiday nut bowls. They are so fragrant and beautiful. I am working on a bundt recipe some ground up pistacios in it. I tossed in some fresh raspberries for good measure.


It was pretty darn good, but still needs some tweaking.


Have a Happy 4th and I’ll be back with episode three of the cooking show early next week!


6 Responses to “fruits and little labor”

  1. Jojo July 2, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    There isn’t a single thing in this post that I don’t want to eat right now!

  2. Courtney July 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    All hail the Vita-Mix indeed! It is a life-saver in the summer heat 🙂 And that salad with the beautiful raspberries looks soooooo delicious!


  3. Andrea July 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    It would be hard for me to choose a favorite from this stack of tempting choices, but the first salad and the cake are calling my name.

  4. Sandy July 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I am so very happy you enjoyed the produce. More to come, I promise!

  5. liz July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    ooh, those pesto shells look really good. I’ve just gotten back into pasta and they look perfect with that cracker hat!

  6. Josiane July 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Smaller dinners and giant smoothies do, indeed, sound like the perfect thing for summer!
    Your bundt cake with pistachio looks great! I hope you’ll share the recipe when you’re happy with it. I have a thing for pistachios (going to Iran will do that to you), and would love to try them in such a delicious-looking cake.

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