Tuesday, February 3, 2009

0 Go Local!

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One of the things I really enjoy is strolling through an open air market. There's simply nothing like it. The sights & smells of bountiful, fresh local produce are visceral & stimulate the senses, providing ample inspiration & ideas for meals.

Many of my original recipe ideas have come to me while strolling through local farmer's markets, or visiting open-air markets in other areas (i.e., the "Italian Market" in Philly, etc.).

Using locally grown, fresh, seasonal produce is not only a great way to support your community, but is also makes your dishes taste better! Since it's been picked fresh (versus arriving from halfway around the world), local produce is fresher, typically retains more of its nutrients, & usually costs less.

Time to open up the floor: What's your favorite local market & why? Do you also get creative cooking ideas when visiting open air markets? What inspires you most & make you want to cook? From which sources of inspiration do you derive your best cooking ideas?

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