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A Farmer’s Market & McCormick Inspired Dinner

Hello, everyone! Glad you’re enjoying the wedding photography practice session pictures I put up last night!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Matt and I stuck around DC and got some wedding planning done, along with some relaxing and outdoor fun. On Saturday morning, we hit up the farmer’s market! There’s nothing like the farmer’s market to inspire you to make some healthy and delicious food, huh?

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Mmm… so many options! We ended up buying some apples, baby kale, peppers, butternut squash, string beans, mixed greens, and some of this fun pumpkin yogurt. :)

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It was amazing. To make it yourself, simply mix together plain yogurt, canned pumpkin, and a little brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. :) I need to pick up some canned pumpkin ASAP!

We put a bunch of our new produce to use for dinner on Saturday night:

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While our side dishes were inspired by the farmer’s market, our dinner’s main course was inspired by McCormick.

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I was sent this McCormick Recipe Inspirations packet as part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemakers Program. Each inspirations packet includes exactly the amount of dried seasonings you need for a specific meal, plus a detailed recipe on the back (and a list of other ingredients you’ll need). Cute idea, right?

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The recipe for Apple & Sage Pork Chops was really easy to follow and nice and simple, too — simply sear the pork chops (coated in some flour and seasonings) in a pan, then remove them from heat and, using the same pan, cook some thinly sliced apple and onion for a few minutes…

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Add in some juice, a little brown sugar, and the rest of the flour/seasonings, return pork to skillet, bring to a boil, and let it simmer! The only thing we did differently regarding the recipe was we used apple cider instead of regular apple juice. Tis the season. :)

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Cooking away:

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Still cooking…

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And done! That was easy. Matt was in charge of the meat and I was in charge of the veggies. I kept it simple and sautéed our farmer’s market baby kale in some olive oil, lemon juice, and minced garlic, plus a little salt and pepper. I did the same thing with the string beans!

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This was one of those meals that we were both “mmmm”-ing through the whole time. The pork was AMAZING. Seriously one of the best meals we’ve ever made at home, hands down. The seasonings were awesome and the apple and onions get nice and caramelized during the cooking and are so delicious on top. I’m not a big raw onion fan, but they were SO good caramelized!

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We’re excited to have another favorite to add to our go-to recipes list! We have some more of the McCormick packets to use up, too, so I’m glad we liked it. :)

Have a happy Monday, friends! What’s the best meal you’ve made at home lately?

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Comments

  1. 1

    I really need to make it a point to hit some markets before the season is over. The dinner looks outstanding girl! Hope you have a great week!

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    Farmer’s Markets are the best!

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    I wish that I had a farmer’s market near me…looks like your’s had some awesome finds. The McCormick spice packet looks so convenient…I will be keeping my eye out for that at the store. This weekend I made Taco Soup on a dreary rainy day and it was perfect. Check out the recipe here http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/2012/09/30/tacosoup/
    Have a great week!

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    Those McCormick packets are so good! (my dad works the company, so I’m a tad biased) :-p

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    Adventurer says:

    Thx for another neat post. Looks like an awesome dinner — after a fun trip to the farmer’s market. Well done, as always!

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    Beautiful market pictures. But $3.50 for a bag of baby kale? I bought a bag at my market for $.99 and tomatoes for $.33 a pound. And butternut squash 4 for $2…not pounds but 4 squash. I used to live in Rosslyn, VA and the prices are really high. Try driving out to the “country” for some better deals.

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      Good to know! Although I feel like with the price of gas at this point (and DC area traffic), driving out to the country would end up costing just as much…

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    I do agree with Jan.. Unfortunately I feel like a lot of the farmers markets around the immediate DC area can be a tad overpriced. It is nice to go out into the “country” and check others, but when you do factor in time for traffic and gas, it doesn’t seem worth it. Such a bummer, but I will continue to support ;)

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      Yeah I mean… for us it’s either the farmer’s markets that are close, or going to Whole Foods or something which is less local and just as expensive. So I go for the local option, even if it’s overpriced – it’s convenient, at least!

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