a farmer’s market meal

My friend Kimmi and I made a visit to the local farmer’s market on Wednesday.

It was evident that summer was on the horizon!  Booths were filled with ripe red strawberries, fresh corn on the cob, sweet pitted cherries, peaches and nectarines.  I sampled velvety avocados, crisp apples, hearty breads, sugared raw almonds and fresh herbs.

There was so much to choose from and much I wanted to get.  I ended up with a pint of strawberries, a bunch of kale and some fresh basil and italian parsley.

That night, I used some of the items I’d purchased to make dinner for a few of my beloved friends.

For the main dish, I made a ham, asparagus and Gruyère Quiche.  I’d been craving Quiche, thinking about its buttery crust, fluffy egg filling and savory ingredients.  I recommend trying this one!

Ham, Asparagus and Gruyère Quiche (partial recipe from Simply Recipes)

Crust:
1 c flour
1/2  tsp salt
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c ice water

Mix flour and salt with a fork. Beat oil and water with a whisk to thicken. Pour into flour and mix with a fork.  Let dough chill for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough. Press into 9″pie dish.  Line with a piece of parchment paper. Place 2 c of rice or beans or pie weights on top of parchment.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, and then discard rice, beans or pie weights and parchment.  Poke small holes in the bottom of the crust.  Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Filling:
2 T olive oil
2 medium shalots, sliced
10 oz asparagus spears, cut into 1 in diagonal pieces
1/2 lb  ham, cubed
6 oz Gruyère cheese, shredded
Pepper
1/2 c milk
1/2 c heavy cream
3 large eggs

Heat oil on medium high heat, add shalots and cook for 1 minute.  Add asparagus and cook for 8 minutes.

Sprinkle half of the cheese into the pie crust, add ham and asparagus mixture.

Whisk eggs, milk, heavy cream and pepper.  Pour into dish. Sprinkle remaining half of the cheese over the top.  Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes.

As a side dish, I made a fresh chopped vegetable salad.  Cathy, a friend of mine, found the recipe in a Costco cookbook.  It is to die for!  It consists of cherry tomatoes, corn, avocado, red, orange or yellow bell peppers, shallots, fresh basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

I also thought kale would be a great addition to the meal.  Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to a group of vegetables that includes cabbage, collard greens and Brussels sprouts.  Kimmi introduced me to it.  She likes to bake it in the oven with a little olive oil and sea salt for a delicious, healthy treat.

Fresh strawberries also adorned the table.  They added a beautiful burst of color and a sweet tantalizing taste to the meal.  They are God’s sweet gift to the world.

It was an incredible meal, very delicious!  I hope this sharing inspires you to visit your local farmer’s market and to create something with your own fresh ingredients.

 

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10 responses to “a farmer’s market meal

  1. you make it seem so fresh & fun! i hope you get to come to SLO’s Farmers Market sometime. sooo much to choose from (o; love that you created this place to share your delectable treats! (and i wish i was at the table with you to enjoy them).

  2. cathy

    ahhh, i love it!!! love your addition of corn to the already amazing salad – i’ll have to try it 🙂 you are lovely my friend… so can i be invited to one of these sweet and savory meals sometime?! love you!!

  3. Kris10

    Sister,
    I’m going to make this quiche since I can get most of the ingredients here. Thanks for the recipe. It looks like a great meal and a great time.

    Cook for me when I’m home?? (I’ll make you some banana or zucchini bread as bribery. 🙂 )

  4. Kat

    Yumm…please make this again; it was sooo good!!

  5. Kaitlin

    Um, how is there NO BUTTER in the quiche crust?! I am so impressed, and it looks amaaazing. When are you making a meal for me cooking maven?? Miss you and love this journey for you…

  6. kyle

    This meal changed my life. And to you readers out there, if you are considering making this for family, be warned your husband might fall out of his chair. She who hath an ear, let her hear….I request this quiche the eve of my 29th Birthday.

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