We squeezed in a quick visit to the Hollywood Farmers Market, when we were in Los Angeles last weekend. Just off Hollywood Boulevard, its sidewalks festooned with stars from music, film and television, lies a deceptively large and diverse Farmers Market.
For what seemed like blocks, we strolled Ivar Avenue taking in stall after stall of produce, farm-raised meat and poultry, fresh seafood, freshly-baked breads, flowers and more. In between stalls, musicians playing country swing and acoustic R&B, serenaded us as we bought apples, cherry tomatoes and juicy sweet oranges. We didn’t have time to stop by the stalls filled with aromatic prepared foods, but sampling Russian dumplings and other locally-prepared ethnic treats are at the top of our list when we return to LA.
Here is a quick snapshot of our all-too-brief visit to the Hollywood Farmers Market:
I’ll be back soon with a new recipe. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few spring — and holiday — treats that have caught my eye during the last few weeks.
Jamie Schler of Life’s a Feast shows off a lovely, towering Lemon Almond Sponge Cake with Warm Lemon Sauce for Passover and shares heart-warming, evocative stories of her youth. And, if you’re craving chocolate, check out Jamie’s Cocoa Espresso Almond Passover Sponge Cake.
When I want to whet my appetite, I scroll through my friend Susie Kauck’s site, Return to Sunday Supper. Her Lemon Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze is a beauty.
I’m a cannoli fiend and a Biscoff cookie fan, so Cathy Barrow’s (AKA Mrs Wheelbarrow) luscious, original Biscoff Cannoli Tart turned my head.
And, we can’t live on sugar alone. Laura Kumin of Mother Would Know has Asparagus Mini-Quiches for you. Hers have an impossible-to-resist crispy potato crust.
Jennifer Farley — she of Savory Simple — paired some of my favorite ingredients in this Grilled Flatbread with Port Onion Jam, Burrata and Apples. This is on my short list.
Enjoy the rest of your week!