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Brisket with Green Beans and New Potatoes and Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries and Mandarin Oranges

0021The brisket recipe and barbecue sauce information can be found here [1].  The Green Beans and New Potatoes recipe is one of my sister Amelia’s favorites.  At the farmers market this weekend the green beans and new potatoes were everywhere, and I couldn’t hold back.  Unfortunately, Amelia was out at the lake for the weekend and I couldn’t get the exact recipe.  It turned out fine of course, but not great, so I’m going to hold of on posting the recipe until I make it back to the farmers market for round 2.

I never really thought of myself as an urban person.  Lots of kids grow up with the dream of making it in the Big City or can’t wait to hit L.A.or New York.  I’ve never aspired to that.  Dallas is pretty large and urban and with that inherantly come urban problems.  It’s been an adjustment for me, but I’ve vowed to love the life I’m living no matter where that takes me.  So in my ever growing list of reasons a big city is great, The Dallas Farmers Market [2].  Most places are lucky to have a farmers market a few hours 1, maybe if you’re really lucky 2 days per week.  Ours is open EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK from 8am til 6pm.  It’s easy to get out of practice visiting the farmers market, but summer is an easy time to visit and get hooked.  I really should post pictures since it’s pretty exceptional, but I haven’t taken any yet.

The Salad used the citrus vinaigrette [3] I made last week.  If you like a sweeter dressing, you can always add a teaspoon of honey or so.  Since we’re nearing the end of strawberry season in Texas, it seems spinach and strawberry salads are everywhere.  I wanted a plain spinach salad, but had mixed greens on hand, so I went with that.  My daughter is obsessed with mandarin oranges, so those were for her.  She’s a much more adventuresome eater that I was at her age, but I always thought mandarin oranges were sort of like candy added to a salad and it definitely encouraged me to try another bite or two.