Every Saturday I spring out of bed eager for the day to begin...
As I grind the beans for my morning elixir and feed my pups, I make a mental note of the meal I want to serve in the evening. I toast my coffee to the view I have of Mt. Pisgah, and remember why I love this town so much. By the time hubby stirs, crusty eyed and bathrobe clad, I have my list done and recycled bags packed...I am on my way to my favorite tailgate market.
I love to take my scooter on most ocassions; it just feels right...shopping locally, saving gas...the problem is, I always go a little overboard and buy too much.
If you have been to the markets, you know what I am talking about; it is a visual feast. On this particular morning I see Jacob from Table restaurant. We exchange a greeting and beeline it to the first stall. I am curious to see what Jacob is buying today...I might just have to go see him at lunchtime. He is loading his milk crate with emerald green asparagus and I immediatly think of chilled soup unfettered...I grab 2 bunches.
My next stop is Farm & Sparrow bread. I NEVER, repeat NEVER pass up this yeasty goodness. Grit bread, bialies, pain au chocolat...
Today I get sesame and market herb; this will be great brushed with fresh garlic and thick slabs of heirloom tomatoes... maybe grilled asparagus?? I know I want pasta next but I pitstop to Biltmore Coffee Traders first...I need a jolt of java.
I load up on wonderful raviolis such as crab, corn and basil, caprese, shitake and short rib. I forgo the homemade sauces cause I went a little crazy the last time I was here and am well stocked, thank you very much. I am envisioning something wonderful on the grill so I check out the selection at Hickory Nut Gap. I leave with two beautiful porkchops that I will marinate in rosemary, garlic, olive oil and lemon...
My stomach is growling a little bit surrounded by all of this luscious food so I pop up to Suzy's window for some out of this world lebanese treats...Gypsy Queen food truck rocks!
At this point the bags are getting heavy and my wallet light, but I am a glutton for punishment. I stop at Spinning Spider Creamery, Sunburst Trout AND New Moon Herbs...just in case I have forgotten something...I am loaded up with napa cabbage, golden beets, fresh kale, radish sprouts and foraged mushrooms.
I have enough food for weeks and am wondering to myself if I need to throw a dinner party??? One thing I am thankful for...this time I brought the car!
Marinated pork chops on the grill
Roasted asparagus with wild mushrooms
Kale caesar salad with grit croutons
Grilled bread with goat cheese, herbs and fresh tomatoes
(Note from Asheville Grit: Where's our invite?!)