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Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Weekly Food Challenge: A Quest for Fun New Flavors

Hello all:
I am obsessed with food and flavor.  I literally dream about recipes and take great pleasure in going to different little stores to find the best ingredients to put in front of my family.  So, I have recently joined one of those "bring the farm to your door" type of memberships.. Anyhow, I get a surprise basket weekly, and sometimes I chose to do it biweekly.  I also go to a local fresh produce market to find items I would not normally cook with.  The idea for me is to challenge myself creatively and awaken my tastebuds to things that have never danced upon their surface before.  So, as I create new little dishes I will add images and recipes to share with you.  Here's what's hanging in this Italian Mama's kitchen this week:

Turnips (yikes, I have never cooked, tasted, or even touched a turnip.... not quite sure what's going to happen with these little guys)

Baby Bok Choy ( um yeah.... ) 

Red Cabbage
Fresh Lemons and Limes
Cara Cara Oranges
Fresh Raspberries
Spanish Onions
Poblano Peppers
Cubanelle Peppers
Fresh Herbs:  Basil, Flat Leaf Parsley, Cilantro
Fingerling Yams
Bell Peppers          
Mini Belle Peppers
Rainbow Chard
Fresh Spinach
Butternut Squash

My mind is racing with ideas... however, I do not have enough time in a day or enough people to eat all of my experiments....  Now this just includes my produce.... I have received a couple of Organic Wine deliveries and purchased some other items to cook with, like Anchovy Paste and cubed pork, feta cheese, and Queso Fresco.  I begin tonight!!!

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