A Farmers Market Lunch


One of the blessings of living in Los Angeles is beautiful year-round weather, which leads to a foodie/cook’s ultimate dream: lush, abundant, reliable farmers markets. It seems like you are never further then a stone’s throw away from a market in this city, and I’m not complaining. I love these markets, and try my best to make it each week to stock up on fresh produce.

Although organics are sometimes pegged as too expensive or inaccessible, from my experience, I’ve found farmers markets’ prices to be pretty competitive, especially when it comes to greens and herbs. And the produce tastes better. And you’re able to talk to the farmers that grow it, and in turn, can discuss how to best cook it, get help in picking the ripest fruit and veggies, etc etc.





On this trip, I gathered the necessities to assemble a simple, produce-centric lunch.

My bounty:

Which became:


Wild arugula salad with a homemade balsamic dressing made from Farmers Market Italian balsamic vinegar and California olive oil with a scattering of poached chicken mixed in. On the side is an open-faced sourdough sammie smeared with artisanal goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes.

It’s summer on a plate and a flavorful light lunch!

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Signs of Summer

It’s a Memorial Day Miracle. My tomato plant is showing its first signs of ripening fruit!

After countless years of shriveled tomato-growing efforts, it seems like I’ll finally be enjoying my own backyard tomatoes this summer.



And because I wouldn’t want any garden beauty feeling neglected– here are a few shots of the Rainbow Swiss Chard growing merrily alongside the tomatoes. What started as a haphazard sprinkling of seeds has sprung into this..

I have some big plans for this Chard, so fingers crossed no pests find their way to it before I do.