Conroe Saturday AM market

  (Conroe, Texas)
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Using Salsa made from SamM Market ingredients on Independence Day

July 4th was unique in SW Texas this year. Fire Bans were in full effect. I did not see fireworks in our neighborhood . Only on TV from dwntwn. Houston and Boston Harbor. After having eaten hotdogs all day on Sunday . I decided Italian sausage was the food of choice for our Family Celebration. I baked the Italian Sausage at 405 F for 15 minutes. Resurrected Sunday's Salsa {Tomato ,Onion, Balsamic Vinegar & Peaches} by adding yellow Sweet Hungarian Peppers. It was the perfect way to enhance Sundays Salsa for Italian sausage. And most importantly a compliment from my Mother.

What I found at Market this weekend 7/2/11

This weekend in Conroe though it was 100+ degrees it was worth the visit. A new surprise awaited us in the form of Fredricksburg Peaches. Signs were out to help direct us to Market and straight to the Peach stand. And yes a $5 dollar bucket was enough to satisfy my cravings. I also bought a bucket of  Onions and a variety of Tomatoes from Peas Farm Produce stand for $3 dollars.Fill the bucket was the way to go this weekend.

I found 1)Yellow Pear 2)Tiny Cherry  Tomatoes, 3) Baby Plum.

Diced a half pound of mix Tomatoes.

Added 1/4 diced White Onion

1 diced Fredricksburg Peach

2 Tblsp. store bought inexpensive Balsamic vinegar

Took this Salsa with me to a 4th of July celebration with my church family. And we enjoyed it on hot dogs.

1 bun


bury the dog in the salsa

And enjoy.

The salsa will find many uses over the next few days.

Baked Potatoes & Green Beans from Peas Farm await there fate.


Exciting ways to use produce

Now that my wife and I are empty-nesters I have returned to a passion of mine. 'Preparing affordable delicious meals for the two of us.' I shop Conroe Saturday am Market{SamM} looking for the freshest ingredients to please our tastes that have evolved during our child rearing years.

Let me share a few basics that I use regularly when creating our daily menu items.

1) I have learned to use meat first bases instead of salt to flavor our dishes.   {with the newest craze for Sea Salt I do experiment with this product}

2) I scour the grocery stores for the best price on Balsamic vinegar and buy fresh tomatoes, onions and different varieties of peppers from SamM for another flavor enhancer that I create.

 Recipe is as follows:2cups diced fresh tomatoes

                                  1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar

                                   1/4 cup diced onion

                                    {Spanish, red, green, or white onions--you decide}

It is good to experiment and with this mixture I get creative. I may add diced apples,peppers, or Mango. Once I even added burnt bacon.

3) I fry rice , add liquid from containers in the fridge, cook until the liquid is absorbed and save it for a dish later in the week.Normally the rice is purposely undercooked. When the rice is reheated in a dish a few days later it is fully cooked and has full flavor from marinating.

My wife at this time is my only critic.So when she says,"Fabulous meal" I am happy and feel I have accomplished what i set out to do. Make her happy so she can say one day, " I have enjoyed our time together"




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