Menu Monday of a Different Sort and the Winner of the SouthernLiving Farmers Market Cookbook Giveaway

Heather says:

Let’s get business out of the way before settling into a conversation. There were 77 entries and picked number #55, better known as Crystal. Check your email later today. For those who didn’t win, hang tight, it sounds like a few more cookbooks will be coming up for grabs in the near future.

Rather than a traditional, just post what we’re going to have type of Menu Monday, I thought I’d talk a little about the process for this week. I’m still digging through the freezer, pulling out the items hiding in the back corners, but I did visit a farmers market on Saturday and took my plans down an unexpected road.

Aside from the kettle corn -purely market research- we found collards, honey, peas, and surprisingly some gorgeous tomatoes. A friend of mine runs a greenhouse, and they were gorgeous.

The tomatoes and collards apparently have shaped my culinary mood for the week. Sunday dinner was tomato pie and collard greens, we’ve started off Southern and I think we’ll be marinating in those flavors the rest of the week.  I had collard greens on my mind while poking around the web and I happened to discover this old Julia Child episode with a very young Emeril Lagasse.

While watching, I realized I have never written about mirepoix, something I will rectify later this week with a post on traditional and Creole versions. I will also work on a stand alone roux tutorial. I have explanations of roux with several recipes, but nothing freestanding. For myself, I plan on making the shrimp étouffée from the show. Conveniently my husband, completely unaware of my culinary jaunt requested jambalaya, one of the recipes I’ve been longing to update. I posted it shortly after the site was launched, long before I knew anything about food photography.

So now that you know what is shaping our menu this week, what’s on yours?


  1. BeekeeperTim on May 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Curious to know what kind of honey you found! There are so many great types out there that you have to more specific! I sell mine at Farmers Markets as well so you definitely went to the right place to get good local honey!

  2. ToyLady on April 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Heather, I love planning my menu that way.

    I usually go to the public market on alternate Saturdays, and the week's menu planning starts with what I find there. This week, I picked up a beautiful head (bunch?) of escarole – plenty for 2 meals – for $1 – so a variation of beans and greens is a no-brainer for this week, and we'll use up the rest next week.

  3. La_Tomate on April 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    My process this week was to let the cook book help me decide. Usually I look in the cupboards/fridge/freezer and let the predominiate ingredients decide for me – this week I went with "New and tasty sounding" 🙂 Worked out well as we only spent $60 on groceries 🙂 … and eat supper will be the next days lunches – so I'm saving money right there by NOT going to the canteen at work 🙂

    Monday – Tofu-parmagianna
    Tuesday – Greek Cheese Tortelinni Salad
    Wednesday – Asian Beef Salad
    Thursday – Cheats mini quichepies
    Friday – Takeout! 😀

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    • HeatherSolos on April 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      What's in the Greek Cheese Tortelinni Salad (aside from the tortelinni?)? It sounds excellent.

  4. Tinkerschnitzel on April 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I'm working off the menu I created last week. There's still quite a few meals on the list since I didn't cook this weekend, and I seem to have managed to buy 98% of my groceries for 2 weeks for right around $100. Yay! Not too bad when you're feeding 6 people. 🙂

    • HeatherSolos on April 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Excellent, are you couponing, cooking from scratch or a mixture of the two?

      • tinkerschnitzel on April 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

        I try to stay away from coupons. They never make it to the store with me or I forget about them. Most of the cooking is from scratch. I also make sure to stock up on meat when it's on sale. Albertson's has some killer deals on their meat, and I can usually get chicken breasts buy 1 get 2 free and roasts buy 1 get 1 free. Occassionally the lady at the meat counter will give me a great deal on hamburger meat.

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