I complain a lot about Georgia. I do. There's a lot (especially in my little corner of the state) that I don't like about it. High up on that list is the lack of the nuevo-hippie type of amenities that I came to love living in California.
Wait, don't go. I'm not a hippie. Let me explain.
I love Trader Joe's. Have you been there? It's like a slightly granola grocery store, but way affordable. I don't know how to describe it, but it's wonderful. I'm not doing a good job of explaining myself.
In California I loved going to the farmers market. I loved that good, sometimes organic, fresh food was right at your fingertips most of the time. I loved that there was a Whole Foods where I could get any weirdo gourmet obscure ingredients I might need for the nutso recipes I like to attempt. Also there are really cool bakeries, independently owned restaurants... vineyards....it's just a dream come true, ok?
Well, I knew there would be less of that here in GA, but little did I know there would be next to none. However, I recently found out from my friend Sara (who taught me to make macarons, baguettes, and crepes) that there is a food co-op available here every Saturday.
Basically you pay 15 bucks on Monday and on Saturday they bring in kind of a grab bag of fruits and veggies grown locally...whatever's in season. It's enough produce to get the two of us through like a week or two without needing to buy produce at the store...and it presents a fun and new challenge to use what you're surprised with. Also it just feels awesome to buy local food for cheap and to eat in-season produce.
Anyway I'm done with my hippie rant now, thanks for listening. My point is that, I got these beautiful acorn squash from the co-op this week...and I had not one clue what to do with them. So I did this!