One of my favorite parts of Summer is going to the Farmers' Market. There is nothing better than cooking with fresh picked vegys and because I am not growing anything other than herbs this year, the Farmers' Market is the place buy. Normally I go and just buy what looks good and for me more often than not that is everything. So this year, I have armed myself with the newest issue of Farmer's Market Cookbook magazine.
This is a special publication put out by Vegetarian Times. It is pack full of all kinds of recipes made with items you purchase at the Farmers' Market. Just look at those stuffed tomatoes on the front cover, I am here to tell you they are absolutely fabulous. Here is what mine turned out like.
Here are all of the vegys I picked up. Aren't they pretty? As for the fennel, I did not even know what that was, let alone what it looked like. But I had to find it for the Cold French Lentil Salad. It is my new favorite ingredient. I love the licorice smell that it has as well as the taste.
Here is my salad. The dressing really makes the whole thing. My guess is you can't just use any olive oil, I picked up a fancy one from The Tasteful Olive. I purchase one called Hojiblanca. I have no idea how to pronounce that but it has a very robust flavor and made my dressing delicious. Next time I go to the Farmers' Market I am looking for eggplant. I have never prepared eggplant before but my magazine has a great recipe for a Walnut-Stuffed Eggplant, sounds good to me!