DAY IN THE KITCHEN WITH JULIE (AND KAYLYNN)

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My sister-in-law Julie and I both love to cook, so while they were out here, we visited the local Farmer’s Market with no solid idea of what we’d be making later on, but browsed and picked out things we would love to try out and the produce that looked the most amazing at that moment. Julie was the mastermind behind most of what we made, and I happily played sous chef and took pictures of the process (and mess) we made along the way. And I have to say, the results were delicious! We made stuffed baby eggplants, fingerling potatoes with long beans, fried green tomatoes with a jalepeno dressing, and fried cauliflower with a yogurt sauce that didn’t even last 10 minutes because we ate it straight out of the pan.

So Julie cooked and showed me some of her techniques and recipes, my boys browsed the cuisine (Jackson trying things, Derik not so much), and Kaylynn stirred and sampled everything. I love having little kids in the kitchen when I take the time to just enjoy things, rather than focus on how long things are taking or how much I’ll have to clean later. I need to be more willing to do things like that more often; it’s amazing to see how much they can actually do and I love seeing how much they enjoy helping.

Mental note // experimentation and being inspired by food and including children in it is good for the soul. Must do more often.

And a warning // insane amount of photos below, for which I’m not sorry.

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