I hadn't been to the farmers' market in Auburn, about 30 minutes east of Sacramento, since last fall, so I thought I'd head that way this morning. I find the Auburn market tends to have a few more interesting things than the Sacramento farmers' markets I usually visit (although our large one downtown is also good for finding unusual things--maybe next weekend!).
Because I picked out early variety tomatoes to grow in our garden this year, they're near the end of their season and not producing like they did in July. Still, I want to stock the freezer with a few more batches of roasted tomatoes before the summer harvest is done, so I purchased some tomatoes and roasted them later in the afternoon today--yum!
I also visited the mushroom stand and picked out two nice, big portobello mushrooms. Hubby's not normally content to eat a dinner without meat--unless it's a big dish of mac 'n cheese--but I thought I'd see if I could cook something that would make both of us happy, and I found the perfect recipe: Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos. They tasted like lasagna or pizza--something deliciously excellent like that.
This is a photo I grabbed from the website and not my own, although ours looked pretty much the same. If you might be interested in the recipe, click HERE. I used the roasted tomatoes I made--that I roasted with onions, garlic, basil, and a few other spices--in place of the marinara sauce in the recipe. These stuffed mushrooms were filling AND only 200 calories a serving. We also had an avocado and tomato Caesar salad.
What else did I bring home from the market? Well a bag of tomatillos and a few jalapeno peppers made a nice Mexican green sauce; I think I'm going to use it in chicken enchiladas tomorrow. And peaches became a low fat version of peach cobbler. I also scored a bag of padron peppers--I'm going to share those with a friend. I had my first batch last year and, frankly, they were the main reason I headed back to the Auburn farmers' market! All quite yummy!
So, for the most part, I spent my Saturday engaged in food-related activities. But I finally got into the Sweat Shop Saturday evening, where I cut another 300 scrappy squares for the Pie in the Sky quilt.
This gives me 900 squares and I think I need somewhere between 1000 and 1200, so I'll keep cutting next week. And maybe I'll do a little bit of counting again too, because I don't suppose it would be a good idea to end up with a couple hundred extra scrap squares.