• Cooking,  Local Products

    Broccoli Economics

    A Holiday Weekend Conversation Friends: “We’re going to the farmers’ market in the morning. Want to meet us there?” Me: “Let’s do it! But we have to get broccoli. We need 70 bags.” Friends: “You’re going to buy WHAT?” Me: “Broccoli. We’re going to freeze 70 quart bags this year.” Friends (with the you’re-absolutely-insane look): “Sure you are. We’ll see you in the morning then.” The following is meant to convince the friends who joined us for the farmers’ market last Sunday that I am indeed not as crazy as I seem. And after four hours of washing, trimming, blanching and bagging this weekend, it’s meant to convince myself too.…

  • Cooking

    Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Bacon

    It’s so hot today, even blogging seems like too much work. There aren’t too many meals that seem appetizing when it’s 103° either.   Not sure why heat drags my system down, but all I want to do is sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and watch baseball. Thankfully the Twins are having a little rally this week.  In times like these, I say it’s best to go with a stand-by rather than stumble and sweat it through a new recipe.  The least amount of effort the better, right? The first broccoli of the season found itself in a bowl with raisins, bacon, and sunflower seeds…