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©2009 The Romantic Table, Dragon Springs Farm has beautiful persimmons still available. 2009-12-19 16:49:34:239
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Dragon Springs Farm has beautiful persimmons still available.

Farmers Market Report, December 19, 2009

Arriving a little later than usual, we were still able to find most of our menu "needs" for the week --wild mushrooms, wild salmon and Fuyu persimmons.

Arriving a little after ten, we were able to find plenty of good parking spaces. We only had a limited amount of time to shop since we have several of our relatives here in town for Christmas. Lots to do! - And not enough time to do them leisurely!

Heading first to buy some golden beets for a simple pasta tonight Golden Beets with Pappardelle Pasta , we were "foiled" by Chef Greg from the Cliff's Marisol Restaurant, when he bought the last two bunches right in front of us! So we decided on "Plan B" and bought two bunches of mixed colored Swiss Chard for tonight's second choice Swiss Chard with Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon and Pappardelle Pasta.

Next on our way I noticed some beautiful Brussels Sprouts at the Y Hayashi and Sons Booth. My menu was already made up for the week, but next time while they are in season I have to purchase some.

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Oakhill Mushrooms had just the right combination of shittake and oyster mushrooms I needed for my Foresta Sauce.
Our next purchase was at the Dragon Spring Farm booth where owner-operator Mike Broadhurst gave us a little Christmas jar of Tomato Marmalade made with Black Russian tomatoes when we purchased several Fuyu Persimmons for our Winter Spinach Salad with Persimmons and Sesame Seeds. Our guests should like that!

While one of my nieces is staying with us, I plan on having one of our favorite pastas Foresta Sauce with Strozzapreti. In that recipe I use fresh shittake and oyster mushrooms, so I headed to the Oak Hill Mushrooms booth to buy some of each. Co-owner- operator Leah Bailey suggested the brown shittake mushrooms and pearl oyster mushrooms for their more robust flavor. They should go well with the rosemary in the recipe.

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Talking to John and picking up some wild salmon fillets at the Kiak Seafood Booth.
Another dinner we're planning this week is Salmon with Warm Basil Cream Vinaigrette served with Golden Orzo with Saffron, so we headed next for Kiak Seafoods where co-owner-operator John Pierszalowski sold us three uniform center-cut fillet pieces of wild salmon. These will be perfect for this recipe!

It was such a nice day with temperatures in the low fifties. Everyone seemed so jovial and happy that Christmas was so near. The pressure is on now and I'm starting to feel it! Trying to get everything done that's normally required plus be a good host at the same time is keeping me moving --and a little distraught! I should heed my own advice to take a deep breath and remember what's really important: The sharing- the caring- and the love of each other!

Merry Christmas! Hope to see you next time!

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A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one I’ve found was the original, least expensive one. It’s a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You don’t need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise you’re going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all you’re going to be doing with it is boiling water.