New Carrots and Leeks

Posted in Farmer's Market, Fruit, Local Eats, Salad, Savory, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian on Jul 15, 2010

123 A few weeks back, we ventured back to the Farmer’s Market here in Santa Rosa.  We came away with baguettes and flowers, honey and cherries and figs and a couple of bundles of new carrots and leeks.  Oh, and some butter.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

We always have a blast wandering around sampling and deciding on what to bring home.  The Boy is more adventurous when faced with tables loaded with fresh-from-the-farm produce, and I’ll admit, I’m even more excited than he is to see him go – ooh, what’s that?  Mom, let’s buy those and try them.

Of course, once we get them home, that’s a whole different story.  Carrots and leeks are both familiar and one of those things I’m negating the try-it-three-times rule on.  The Boy was not that excited about it, but hello?  Look at how cute these carrots are:

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I love the one with legs.  I wanted to put pants on it.  But that’s been done. So I just sliced them into little multi-colored coins and did the same thing to the leeks.  Actually, are these leeks, or just really big green onions.  I DON’T KNOW.  Doesn’t matter.  We’re callin’ em leeks.

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So, sliced and ready to go, I whipped out my favorite purchase of the day (if you don’t count the cherries, which I ate by the fistful and gave myself a tummy ache.)  Duh duh duuuuuuun.  Organic European Style Butter.  It’s fancy.  You should hold your pinky up while you butter your bread.

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I got about two tablespoons scooped out and started melting in my big dutch oven.  Look at the color.  It’s like sunshine.  Fatty, creamy sunshine.  I might have eaten another spoonful of butter before putting the container in the fridge.  Except I wouldn’t admit that outloud because that would be gross.

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So, I’m melting!  Melting!  Aaaaaaaah!  And then I added the carrots and leeks and tossed ‘em around until they were just tender and smelled like heaven.  I thought about sprinkling them with some all-spice or cinnamon or something but then I decided they were perfect as they were.

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This was another one of those meals where I started the veggies and then smacked my forehead and went oh, great WHAT ELSE ARE WE EATING?  And then I ripped up some lettuce and grilled some pre-marinated salmon and remembered I bought some gorgeous raspberries.  Which gave me an excuse to whip out one of the twee-est members of my kitchen arsenal.

Say hello to my little friend.

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You totally need a miniature colander, don’t you?  I got mine here.

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Here’s the final plate, which the kids made stinky faces over, but ate. Under protest. It’s so tough to have to eat yummy food that you picked out yourself, I know. It is SO, so rough. I’ll call this a partial success because this was a fairly drama-free meal, although the complements to the cook were sadly lacking and we’ll be rehearsing what The Mama wants to hear after she puts a meal on the table.

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  1. ingrid says:

    Those carrots are cute. Are they sweet than regular one?

    Btw, that carrot with pants link was funny. :)
    ~ingrid
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  2. Wow, you make vegetables look like they’d taste good…even carrots.
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