Weekend Shenanigans: A Look at What We Ate

As far as weekends go, this one was pretty laid back. Highlights included catching up on some reading (I'm still desperately behind with my New Yorkers, that's a never-ending battle); baking some bread; doing several loads of laundry (not sure if that really counts as a highlight); taking a Saturday afternoon trip to the gym at Penn (which I haven't visited in months, bad gym member!), where I ran a 10k on the treadmill in 56:14 (a good time for me); and visiting the farmers' market on Sunday morning.

Here's a look at some of the food we ate (and/or bought) over the weekend:

On Friday night, I turned this bowl of kale into kale chips. The jury's still out on these -- a lot of people love 'em, but I kind of think they taste gross. Perhaps I'm doing it wrong?

On Saturday afternoon, I baked a loaf of banana bread. (As usual, there were a few bananas sitting in the countertop fruit bowl that were becoming a bit too popular with the household fruit fly population.) I took it up a slight notch by adding in some cocoa powder. Unfortunately, our cupboards were bare of chocolate chips, or this loaf would've really rocked. As is, not so bad, but D isn't that much of a fan. (Which is good news for me, as it means the loaf will likely last all week with just me eating it!)

On Sunday morning, D, Leroy, and I walked down to the Headhouse farmers' market. On the way there, we took a quick detour to the dog park, where Leroy had a great time running off some excess energy by chasing (and being chased by) a few of the dogs also playing in the park. We had two purchases in mind when we arrived at the farmers' market -- eggs from Mountain View Poultry Farm and a loaf of 14-grain bread from Ric's Bread. However, I couldn't resist also getting a half-pound of rhubarb from Culton's Organics, fava beans from another vendor, and sweet cherries from Beechwood Orchards.

On Sunday evening, D cooked up burgers made from White Oak Pastures grass-fed beef (which I purchased from Whole Foods) for himself and a veggie burger for me. I dressed my burger with a slathering of goat cheese, some white onion slices, a big leaf of butterhead lettuce from our CSA box, and a slice of roma tomato. On the side was a giant spoonful of couscous. (After I took this photo, I also added a small romaine salad, given our surplus of greens in the fridge.)

For me, the highlight of the evening was strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, which was, dare I say it, out of this world. Look for the recipe later this week. The cobbler was served with a side of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Something tells me I will be spending a few extra minutes in the gym on Monday to make up for the large portions I ate!