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Taste the Rainbow!

Posted Jul 31 2009 10:46am
The roomie and I have been meaning to discuss Anita Diamant's The Red Tent for months, no joke. We read it for a book club meeting that ended up cancelled, but we both loved it so much that we wanted to make sure it didn't fall under the radar!

After weeks of conflicting schedules, this, that and the other thing, we managed to converge under our own roof to dine on farmer's market fare and discuss the book.

And discuss we did...for maybe five minutes. We realized our recall was pretty poor because it had been so long since we read the book, but oh well, it's the thought (and the food) that counts!

I raided the farmer's market this week in order to put together this vegetarian feast. You'd better believe that I am one happy girl now that eggplant is coming into season! I used the purple and white stripey kind in our paninis, which I sliced thin on our mandolin along with a tiny yellow squash. I grilled the vegetables in nothing more than a tiny spritz of olive oil, because I had big plans to slather both slices of each sandwich's Rudi's Organic Colorado Wheat Bread with pesto and add a layer of goat jack cheese before throwing the sandwiches onto the panini press!

I don't have food porn for you on par with last night's--the light wasn't so much workin' with me this time--but the meal managed to taste even better than it looked! You'll just have to take my word for it. :)

We had a lil raw side dish, mostly so I had another excuse to use all the colorful organic produce I've been suckeredintoImeanaccumulating lately. My last few cherry tomatoes plus an avocado obviously turned into guacamole, but what's the secret ingredient in there? Roomie was stumped.

We had downed most of it wrapped in chard leaves and on carrot sticks before I put her out of her misery. It's juice pulp! The Frugal Fanny in me just can't let so much produce bulk go to waste, so I've been freezing all my pulp immediately after juicing. Thanks to the pulp, the guac had some extra greens in there, along with hints of lemon, apple, carrot and even a little ginger. I shook in some dried cilantro, lime juice and sea salt, and we were in business!

But check out the cross section of the panini--this picture doesn't do it justice, but seriously, I will dream about this sandwich until I can make it again. Where has goat jack been all my life?!

And let us not neglect the fact that roomie totally came through with a bombin' dessert. When you live in New York City and are surrounded by Italian bakeries, sometimes fruit tarts and mini cannolis must happen.

And here I shall heave a contented sigh of happy and healthy things in my belly.

Now let's get real: who's out there watching SYTYCD? Besides me, that is. And who is happy with tonight's results?? Besides me, that is. :) My little Evan puddin' face has survived to the finale and I am happy with any of those final four winning, totes McGotes.
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