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About countrymarketcooking

I am blogging about my experiment in sustainable community through cooking in the tiny mountain town of La Honda, California. Each week I'll be buying ingredients for a family-of-four-dinner at our fabulous local La Honda Country Market (which we are so lucky to have). Then I'll blog about it and share my recipes for that meal. Mangia!

Mid East Feast

I don’t know about you, but when the weather is cold and blustery, I like to serve something exotic to make my family forget their blues and “visit” someplace foreign…at least for dinner. The La Honda Country Market has quite … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 large eggs 1-1/2 cups buttermilk (you can make buttermilk by adding a dash of … Continue reading

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Avocado Mondo!

I was in Morro Bay, CA, over the weekend and they had an “Avocado and Margarita Festival” on Saturday. Nice idea, yes? Maybe we should have something like that in La Honda. The Zucchini and Zinfandel Festival? The Bruschetta and … Continue reading

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Polenta Tamale Pie

Tamale pie is pretty easy to make anyway, but the polenta tubes at The La Honda Country Market make it downright simple! This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. I made individual tamale pies … Continue reading

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Polenta Stacks

The La Honda Country Market has the most convenient form of polenta around…a tube of goodness that doesn’t even have to be refrigerated and can be found on the same aisle where beans and pasta and such reside in the … Continue reading

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Roasted Cumin and Chickpea Salad

How about a vegetarian entree that can easily be a main course or a fantastic side dish. It looks festive in the bowl and tastes both light and delicious! The toasted cumin makes it special. Perfect for a summer evening … Continue reading

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Several folks in my family are crazy about BLTs. Which is bacon, lettuce and tomato to the uninitiated. There’s just something addictive about the salty bacon, crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes piled high on your favorite bread. They order this … Continue reading

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