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This weekend I received a huge amount of cooking inspiration at my local Farmer’s Market! Just being surrounded by all of that fresh produce and home made marinades…. it made my mouth water! It also made me realize how long its been since I’ve posted a new blog post! Grad school got crazy there for a while and I’m hoping now that it is over and I am officially graduated, it will afford me more time for my favorite past time! So let me show you the fruits of my inspiration and introduce you to my primary muse this weekend.

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It all started with this little marinade stand… where I tasted the most amazing homemade marinade! And my first thought was “I can put this on EVERYTHING!” The hardest decision I made this weekend was not buying every flavor this talented woman sold. I finally narrowed it down to these two delicious flavors, but mark my words…. I will be back for the lavender honey!

 

 

 

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Of all the delicious produce at the farmer’s market, this succulent squash spoke to me this most! I tossed it with a few spoons of the basil marinade and olive oil then seasoned it with sea salt, garlic, and multicolored peppercorn. I then baked it until the squash softened and the top layer started to become golden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While I was preparing the squash, I let these two boneless skinless chicken breast soak in the basil marinade as well. I can tell you, that my kitchen smelled heavenly during the whole endeavor! Someone should find me some basil and sage candles stat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I topped the chicken with a basil pesto sauce and fresh squeezed lemon then baked it along with the squash.

I prepared the angel hair pasta by boiling it with fresh garlic, olive oil, and oregano. After I strained the pasta, I then tossed it with the House Blend marinade and a mixture of Italian cheeses.

 

 

 

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Food wasn’t the only inspiration I received from the farmer’s market!

While my meal was filling the house with delicious savory smells, I was busy getting creative with water. Mixed coconut water with mineral water with electrolytes and then infused it with fresh chucks of watermelon. This was such a refreshing beverage after a long hot day at the market!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are probaby some products that you buy that are more luxury items than anything else. And if you are like me you proabably think to yourself…

“I really don’t need this….but it just tastes so good” or ” it just works so well”

Well some of those products you can do with out….. Because you can make them yourself!

I’m really big on flavored water. I never really could stand the taste of water by itself. I have tried everything! I recently started using Mio and that works pretty well for me…. Then I discovered Cucumber Water. This stuff is delicious! But oh so expensive….

There is a wonderful invention called the flavor inducer pitcher. This handy little device has a removable cylandar in the center that you fill up with fruit or veggies. Holes through out the cylandar allow the flavor to seep into the water.
The water gets just a little more than a hint of flavor, that is cool and refreshing. Not only does it save you money, but you can also be very certain that there are no additives or sugar substitutes.
I bought my pitcher for $20 at Bed Bath and Beyond, but they are available at several retailers and websites.

The 24 oz. bottle just to the right of the pitcher also comes in quite handy. It is BPA approved, is double walled to keep my water cold, and opens two different ways for easy refill.

If you like your water carbonated, I would also recommend buying a soda stream. Mine has been very useful in carbonating flavored water for me.

I recommend using filtered water. Also if you are interested in flavored teas, this pitcher is very helpful. I have found that it makes a wonderful peach tea.

I love to cook with flavor infused oils like these.
If you have ever seen them in the grocery store,
you know how expensive they can be. In fact
you may have not purchased them for that very
reason!

Making such flavored oils really isn’t that hard.
I suggest buying an oil bottle or dispensor that
has a small opening. Many of them do! Then
just fill the bottom of the bottle up with the
desired spices and pour oil in on top. I would
allow up to a week for flavors to set in well before
using. Here I minced several cloves of garlic and
added rosemary and rubbed sage. Paramsean and
Italian seasonings are also great for flavoring oil.
You can see what flavors your interested in by viewing
them in the store, then recreating them at home.

Dressings and marinades like this can be
expensive and fattening. Plus, you might
buy a bottle, and then never use it all before
it expires.

When you make your own, you not only control
what goes it, but also how much you make! It’s
really very simple to make your own dressings and
marinades, and you probably have just about all the
ingredients already anyway. Most of them require a
vinegar, an oil, a base like mustard or yogurt, and/or
spices. I bought this dressing maker bottle for $3 at
Target. It comes with several healthy recipes on the
bottle itself, not to mention the nurmerous ones posted
all over the internet!

These are just a few great ideas of how you can save money and be a little healthier by doing it your self!
I would love some recommendations from my readers!
What do you make yourself to keep from buying it in a store?

*Sorry this has taken so long. I have had some technical issues.*

Finally! The full post for my Independence Day Ribs!

 

Beer makes an excellent marinade! First I seasoned the ribs with sea salt and garlic then submerged them in Abita Restoration Ale. I let them soak in the ale over night, approximately 12 hours.

Some other good suggestions for marinating with beer are pretty much any Abita, Kirin, Shiner Bock, and Killians.

 

 

 

 

First thing in the morning, I removed the ribs from the bowl of Abita Ale. I placed the ribs, single layer in a Reynolds Oven Roasting Bag and coated them in a dry rub.

This should be done to taste. Use your favorite dry rub or one that will go with your chosen sauce the best.

 

 

After cooking in the oven on low heat for an hour and a half, the ribs came out fall a part tender. I had to use a spoon and tongs just to turn them over to coat in sauce. I carefully moved the ribs from the oven bag to the baking pan and coated them in my own mixture of sauce. I made a blend of a few sauces, combined with a little seasoning.

This is where you can have a little creative fun. Play around with sauces and flavors. Try something new!

Paired with baked beans, garlic mash potatoes, and cold beverage, these melt in your mouth ribs were definitely the hero of this meal!

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