Busy Buddies

I spent a wonderful weekend with my best bud, Claire.  She’s an inspiration, feeding her small family sustainable food, working for a non-profit (Heartland Film Festival), making her own cute clothes, and cooking up a storm.  We met at IU our freshman year and have stayed close friends since then.  Even though we live 200 miles away from each other, we’re still very much in each others’ lives, and cherish the small amount of time we get to hang out together.  We also cram as much as we can in whenever we get together and this weekend was no exception.  As always, I’m happily exhausted and have some yummy products to eat for a few weeks!  Here’s what we did:

After a debrief the night before of each others’ lives and what is new and exciting, we woke up early (for the weekend) and stocked up on veggies at the Binford Farmers Market and talked to some local food artisans about their products.  I love hearing their stories and learning about their products and where they’re from.  It makes eating the food so much more meaningful and enjoyable.  We were immediately drawn to cute ladies selling pasta.  The colors were amazing and I started drooling when I saw some of the ingredients in the handmade pasta.  We picked up some lemon chive angel hair for dinner from Pappardelle Pasta (find them at your local farmers market by clicking on the link), and veggies for our jarring/canning adventure later that day, trying our hand at preserving the growing season’s bounty.

Then we went back home and prepped the veggies.After stopping by a baby shower and quick a trip to the grocer for spices and tools, we spent the rest of the day/night pickling our veggies, baking bread, and making a yummy carb-filled dinner.  That’s right, we did this all within a day, while chatting about life, goals, loves, and family.  Can you say multi-task and efficient?!  When you love what you’re doing and have good company, time flies and your feet don’t hurt until you lay down for the night.

Here are links to the recipes we used this weekend.

Speedy No-Kneed Bread (EXCELLENT and SO EASY):  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/dining/081mrex.html

Easy Pickled Carrots:  http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/11/easy-pickled-carrots/

Crunchy Asian Pickled Green Beans:  http://manmadediy.com/handjobsforthehome/posts/1247-how-to-make-crunchy-asian-pickled-green-beans

Sweet Roasted Pickled Peppers:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/kathleen-daelemans/sweet-pickled-roasted-peppers-recipe/index.html

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