Happy Monday, everyone!
First of all, thank you so much for your sweet comments on Friday’s post about marriage! I loved reading all of your comments about your own relationships! Sounds like Brandon isn’t the only guy who likes his food “vanilla!”
On Saturday morning, Brandon and I decided to check out a local farmers’ market at the Suwanee Town Center.
They had so many fun booths!
Not only could you find fresh fruits and vegetables, but they also had pies, fresh bread, cupcakes, jams/jellies, and much more!
The guy selling farm-raised meats and eggs was particularly popular! We’ll have to try his products when we actually have a real kitchen.
After perusing all of the booths, we decided on a few fun treats.
We both love fresh salsa, so this booth immediately peaked our interest.
We eventually walked away with a container of “Salsa Roja.” And that huge container was only $5.50! Pretty reasonable, for such a fresh, delicious product!
We also purchased some organic strawberries. You could smell these beautiful strawberries as you walked up to the booth … a sure sign of a fresh product! And they seriously tasted 10x better than the kind I usually buy at the store. Yum!
Our final purchase at the farmers’ market was this granola. This is some of the tastiest granola that I’ve ever eaten … especially with the addition of the blueberries! Deee-lish!
There was also an art festival taking place at the Town Center today. I’m not a huge art-person, but I do love photography. And we are needing to decorate our new house. So of course, I couldn’t resist these:
We met the photographer, and he had taken both of these photos while in a small town outside of Paris, France. Aren’t they gorgeous? I think the one on the left will look great in our new kitchen!
And that was our day at the farmers’ market! I can’t wait to go back again soon!
Now let’s switch gears.
I’m pretty much a sucker for any sandwich containing melted cheese. And if you’re anything like me, you will love this Panini.
Makes 2 sandwiches
(Modified from this recipe)
- 4 slices hearty whole-wheat bread (use the good stuff)
- Butter (maybe 1 tbsp)
- 1 Roma tomato, sliced thinly
- 8-10 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
- handful of baby spinach, torn into pieces
- several thin slices of jarred, roasted red peppers
- several slices of pepperjack cheese
- a few pieces of pre-cooked sliced chicken (optional)
(Note: sorry for the vague measurements … but it’s really just about how much YOU want to use of each ingredient!)
- Butter one side of each piece of bread. The buttered side will be the side facing out as you build your sandwiches.
- Build your sandwiches: Add cheese, tomato, basil, spinach, and roasted red peppers. Also add chicken, if desired.
- Set a burner to medium heat. Put your sandwich in the skillet (if you have room, you can put both sandwiches in the skillet at the same time. I, sadly, did not have the room!).
- Put something heavy on the sandwich to help press it down. (You can see what I used below. It may look silly, but it worked!).
- After a couple of minutes, carefully flip the sandwich over so the other side can brown.
- Once the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, it’s ready to be enjoyed!
You guys. You really need to try this Panini.
The red peppers add a slight sweetness, and the pepperjack cheese gives a big kick of flavor!
I had the meatless version, but I added chicken to Brandon’s Panini and he LOVED it.
His exact quote: “Yeah, this needs to be added to the rotation.”
He also inserted several “mmmm’s” as he ate it.
Success, in my book.
Question for ya …
What’s your favorite thing to buy from a farmers’ market?
Do you notice a difference between store-bought produce and farm-fresh produce?
Favorite thing to add into a Panini?
What did you do this weekend?