Top 12 favorite recipes

Supporting and promoting farmers' markets over the last three years has been a gift. I have met and talked to the people who grow some of the food my family eats. There have been opportunities to meet others from around the country who support small and medium size farms in a myriad of creative ways. Soon I hope to see the expansion of workplace markets to other organizations, starting here in the Bay Area. I believe eating sustainably farmed fruits and vegetables grown by family farmers is good for all of us now and particularly important for our children and their children. Researching, cooking and sharing the recipes of the week have also been a gift. I never would have tried as many tasty and healthy dishes had there not been the Tuesday noon deadline to submit the recipe. I have "cooked ahead" and have some great new recipes to share but for our market's third birthday tomorrow, I offer my top 12 favorites, all of which can be found at http://www.permanente.net/kaiser/pages/f23597.html. I admit it's difficult re-reading the recipes that use fresh tomatoes when edible local tomatoes are still weeks away. It will be worth the wait. In no particular order of preference: Marinated Salmon with Watermelon-Sesame Salsa.........Vol 1, pg 5, Sep 5, 2003 Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Vegetables.................Vol 1, pg 11, Oct 24, 2003 Gingerbread with a Meyer Lemon Glaze..............................Vol 1, pg 18, Dec 19, 2003 Spinach and Persimmon Salad................................................Vol 1, pg 17, Dec 12, 2003 Green Salad with Oil and Vinegar..........................................Vol 2, pg14, Apr 2, 2004 Prawns, Leeks, and Feta Cheese Pizza..................................Vol 2, pg 10, Mar 5, 2004 Roasted Asparagus with Feta.................................................Vol 2, pg 19, Apr 30, 2004 Farmers' Market Greek Salad...............................................Vol 3, pg 11, Aug 27, 2004 Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Mustard-Chive Sauce............Vol 3, pg 15, Sep 24, 2004 Basil and Mint Pesto.................................................................Vol 3, pg 13, Sep 10, 2004 Toasted Pita and Tomato Salad.............................................Vol 5, pg 10, Aug 19, 2005 Farro with Tuna, Arugula, and Cherry Tomatoes...............Vol 5, pg 11, Aug 26, 2005 And to fill out the baker's dozen: Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers......................................Vol 6, pg 28, Apr 27, 2006

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Preston Maring, MD