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Yesterday I shopped one of our many wonderful farmers markets in Annapolis. My first visit of the season – and oh my goodness!! I always want to buy almost everything I see! From the peaches to the corn to the green beans to the bees wax candles and handmade earrings. Yes, the whole atmosphere of community makes me feel all warm and cozy inside, and those feelings weaken all my defenses.

So I have learned to take a limited amount of cash – and on my last purchase I am almost always digging into the last of my change. That plan is the easiest way for me to not buy more than I can eat.

Yesterday I found collards, corn, okra, cucumbers, and more. Not many tomatoes yet, so I’m guessing it must still be a little early for Maryland. Soon, though, with the rain we’ve had, I’m expecting some German Johnsons or Cherokee tomatoes. My favs!!! Unattractive little critters but the best tasting in my book (or kitchen).

There was one farmer that had both okra and collards, and as I was picking out the collards I wanted, the woman next to me going through the okra box asked me about collards. She didn’t know much about greens and didn’t know how to cook them. This woman, the farmer, and I had a lively conversation about greens: He liked his cooked with ham hock or fat back, I prefer mine with veggie oil. She likes bacon and wanted to try bacon in hers, and etc. etc. We laughed and just talked about collards!! Yes, good food people at the market.

She finished with the okra, but we were still talking, and an Indian couple walked up and started going through the okra box. Soon our conversation was ending, and I wished her well and told her I was going to get okra next. The couple heard me and the gentleman said, “Oh I’m sorry. Did we step in front of you?” I assured him it was fine, that I was having fun talking about collards when he walked up and did not mind waiting at all. He replied, “Well, thank you. I surely didn’t want to start trouble at the farmers market. After all, it is such a wonderful feeling of community here.” And then we shared a laugh or two.

He’s right. Here we were, two people who had grown up across the globe from each other, spending time around fresh food from our earth and with men and women who spend their time with their hands in this dirt (Yes. I believe “real” farmers still get their hands right down in there!). Such places bring us together with one of the major necessities for our survival. Nutrition. It’s a good place. A happy place. And I hope I never lose appreciation for such delicious morsels as wonderful fresh veggies from the earth and those that grow them for me.

And here are two pictures from my trip!

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Very windy day this morning and cool. Just about my favorite kind of day in the world! I’m sitting in the bed with my coffee on the nightstand, my computer on one knee, and my kitty on the other. I’m getting hungry (what a surprise!) and thinking about my meals ahead. Yes, I always plan ahead for the day so that I can better have my mixture of carbs, protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. All of that within a minimum amount of calories. Actually, the calories are not the problem so much, because I just seem to eat the same amount day after day anyway.

I finally visited a nutritionist in Topeka earlier this week. She looked at several weeks of my eating plans and told me I was doing well and to just keep on as I was going. I have lost a couple more pounds, and you have already heard me rave about my last A1c test being so grand. Anyway, it was good to have a nutritionist confirm that my eating habits are good for my diabetes and weight loss efforts.

Before I went to the farmer’s market and grocery store yesterday I got out my own homemade cookbook that houses my favorite recipes. I picked a few I wanted to make this week, figuring how some would pack up for lunch, and bought foods according to my menu. Hmmm. . . .so what do I want today?

I still have two chicken thighs in the freezer. I’ve been wanting to try a Vietnamese recipe of curried chicken and sweet potatoes. I may fix that, or substitute the chicken with tofu. Or maybe prepare shrimp gumbo! The recipe I have is actually for fish gumbo and calls for catfish or grouper (which I understand is on the ecological “do not fish” lists), but you have already heard me moan about the lack of fish choices here in the Heartland. However, I do have shrimp! This recipe calls for yummy okra and lots of heat! And it also suggest putting a scoop of rice on the top, which is a wonderful way to get a bite of bland with the hot and spicy. The gumbo is so thick that the rice just sits there until I stick my spoon in it. And I already have brown rice in the refrig that I cooked last week.

Last night I had one of my favorite meals in the world. I purchased turnip greens at the grocery store (just can’t find them at the farmer’s market) and cooked them with a little salt, pepper, olive oil, and turbinado sugar. I washed an egg and set it on top of the greens for 10 minutes while they cooked. When the greens were done, I placed them in a bowl and topped them with raw onion, the chopped egg, and a little vinegar. I meant to get a piece of my homemade cornbread (Val – thanks for the recipe!) out of the freezer, but I was so excited about the greens that I forgot! But that bowl was just delicious. And, well, I ended the meal with a cupcake someone had baked for me, and that took care of the carb mishap!

Speaking of carbs, I may make one of my favorite pies today – a Southern chess pie. Mostly sugar, butter, and eggs. I haven’t baked anything sweet in a very long time because I have no one here to share baked goodies. Maybe I’ll invite a friend over this afternoon for pie and coffee. Hmmmm. . . . .now that sounds like a plan!

‘Cept I have some work to do. Laundry day. A little cleaning. And I worked right many hours at the library yesterday on a project, and with another two or three hours here today I could probably finish it. And that would be a positive move on my part. Yes, maybe a little cooking, some writing, cleaning, and another episode of Northern Exposure from the DVD I rented yesterday. Yep! That is my plan for the day!

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