One problem that I have is that I like to buy too much produce at the market. I don't know what it is about local produce, but it gets me insanely excited. Pictured here is my load from two weeks ago. Yes, I really did buy a large amount of red bell peppers like you see better in the second picture. One booth was having a sale where they sold them by the pound, and, if you bought more than 3 pounds, they were only $2.50 per pound. Not a bad deal at all. Even though I love peppers, I couldn't eat all of those in a week, so I froze them. Peppers freeze surprisingly well, so I stock up in the fall when they are cheap at the market so that I can enjoy them all winter. It is so easy to grab a bag from the freezer and toss a handful or two into a recipe.
With this particular catch, I was also able to get some fresh basil. That huge stalk next to the Mangold, erm chard, was $3. I was worth it because I made a batch of pesto using the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance. Sooo good. I hadn't enjoyed homemade pesto in a long while.
What did I do with my pesto? Make pizza of course. I love the crust in VwaV so much. I've been making it even healthier recently by substituting 2 of the 3 cups of flour with whole wheat flour. It gives the dough a nice little crunch and makes me feel less guilty when I eat practically half a pizza in one sitting. (This really did happen later in the week when I made the second pizza with the remaining dough. Just in case you were wondering.)
My parents visited me the day after the market, so I put my dad to work making Veganomicon's Cashew Ricotta Tofu. Putting some fresh tomatoes and bell peppers an top, and you have one very satisfying meal. So good that my omnivore parents don't care that their pizza is devoid of cheese, which I consider to be a very good thing.
Coming soon: Gingerbread apple pie because I am going to a dinner/potluck tonight (where sadly, I won't be able to eat most things that others bring), so I decided to make up for it by baking a kick-ass dessert. We'll see how that goes...