On Thursday, I went to the Farmers Market near my office and bought some shiitake mushrooms.
I picked up some beautiful flowers called Sweet William.
It was the first time that I used the market bag that I bought from the wonderfully talented and very cool blogger Amisha.
Since I wanted to use the mushrooms while they were very fresh, I decided to try a baked egg dish. I would have never thought of this in a million years, but I saw this recipe on one of my new favorite food blogs, Tastes Like Home.
I greased a ramekin and cracked an egg into it. I added some thyme, salt, pepper, and chopped mushrooms. I cracked another egg into the ramekin, added some more chopped mushrooms, and put some romano cheese on top.
I baked the egg in my toaster oven at 425 degrees for about twenty minutes.
When I took the egg out of the ramekin, it looked like a little muffin. Baked eggs would be nice for brunch, because they are so cute! And it tasted really good. It reminded me of both a boiled egg and a fried egg. I'll definitely make it again. It really felt like a nice treat. And you could add any herbs, spices, and vegetables that you like. It's a very versatile dish.
If you look at my right sidebar, under The Politics of Food, there is a link to the Food Stamp Challenge. I'll add it again here, so you can get to it quickly. I've been reading about how many of our Representatives have been taking this challenge. If you're not familiar with the challenge, it's choosing to only spend $3.00 a day on food, which is $21.00 for the week. This is the amount that people on food stamps are limited to. If you read the entries, you see the frustration and worry with trying to plan meals on that paltry amount. The Representatives are trying to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in America and hoping to increase the amount to something reasonable.
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I've also been reading many blogs and news articles, like the one here, about how we need to support our local farmers and that not supporting them is less than ideal. I definitely believe in sustainable agriculture and buying local, but I also have thought about how that can cause a fair amount of grief and guilt if you don't. Not everyone can afford to buy local or organic even though it's best. Cost is an issue. The mushrooms that I bought were $4.00. That is more than a days worth of food, basically four meals if you're on food stamps. Some food for thought...
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