I know it has been forever since I have posted a blog. This whole baby thing has kept me busy. Fall is my favorite season though, and I have been busy in the kitchen lately with a bunch of apples and pumpkins. A couple weeks ago the Fam and I went to Apple Hill in Placerville, CA. We started this tradition just a couple years ago, but it is one that I love. I would like to say we drive 2 hours to California and pick apples at the orchards in order to have the freshest, most organic, and local apples at home for the rest of the season. I guess that is part of it, but really it is to gorge ourselves on apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, and to drink local beer (well not this year for me) and apple cider. This year we took Luigi’s mom and grandma who just moved to Reno this past month (yay for more babysitters!). They moved from Denver where there is not a lot of apple growing. I think they were impressed with the amount of apples (and people), but not with our foliage. Don’t get me wrong, the drive through Tahoe in October is beautiful, but the Aspens in Colorado this time of year can’t be topped.
With spring comes thoughts of planting a garden, eating outdoors, planning summer menus, and lighter and healthier eating. This past week I made a trip to the new co-op in Reno to see what kind of early spring produce is growing locally. The Great Basin Community Food Co-op just moved from a 600sqft house, to a 7000sqft building in downtown Reno. The new location is beautiful and offers a ton of local produce and products. It can be difficult at times to find locally grown produce in Reno since the growing season is short and the ground is so hard (at 4500 feet, Reno is considered high desert). The co-op though did not disappoint, and was brimming with early spring crops. Continue reading