Item of the Week
Market, February 22, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm
What's the best buy at the market? Ask five market shoppers and you'll get five different answers. Isabel Mendez's $1 bean, cheese and/or veggie tamales are a delicious steal. Nick Usner's washed and spun bagged salad mix, which includes tat soi, beet greens, chard and heirloom lettuces, keeps longer than anything you'll find priced similarly in grocery stores - even the fancy ones. And we couldn't begin to put a value on Clara Gerica's gorgeous hand-peeled, de-veined Louisiana shrimp.
Market, February 24, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm
Being a little nosey at the market can get you a lot of good recipe ideas. We picked up our latest at Bill Ryals' table last Thursday: roasted beet salad (Jim Core has some beauties, and Oakland Organic has all sorts of leafy greens for salads - lettuces, chard, arugula) with Ryals Goat Dairy lemon-dill chevre. The lemon and dill make all the difference.
Market, February 26, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm
New Orleans is dotted with great neighborhood restaurants, like Cafe Degas, which this year celebrates 25 years of classic French bistro food under oak-lined Esplanade Avenue. Join owners Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas and writer Troy Gilbert for a tasting (Crab & Mirliton Bisque anyone?) and signing of their newly released cookbook this Saturday. The book includes recipes for menu mainstays like French onion soup and steamed mussels, as well as seasonal local ingredient-focused dishes and cocktails.
of the Week
Cut Off, LA-based grower Tad Ledet brings some beautiful red, ripe tomatoes to our Saturday market. He also brings some unripe ones perfect for these Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade.