Organic watermelon radishes from Hairston Creek Farm

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ground meat is easy to find at the farmer's market. We normally stick to chicken but last weekend we bought 2lbs of ground sirloin from 6J Ranch and a couple of days ago I took it out of the freezer so that I could cook it today. I wanted something easy and found a recipe for Sloppy Joes from Cooking Light. It was hard to get my daughter to eat it because she does not have fond memories from the Sloppy Joes that they serve at school. I assured her this recipe would be different and she agreed to try it. She ended up having 3 servings! Other delicious recipes we made this week are:

Roasted Beet Pizza (Cooking Light - we used regular and golden beets from Hairston Creek Farm)
Easy Pickled Beets (Cooking Light - regular and golden beets from Hairston Creek Farm)

Creamy Broccoli Soup (Real Simple - we used the romanesco cauliflower from Johnson's Backyard in place of the broccoli - see picture).
I could not find the link to this recipe but have included it here:

1 tbs olive oil
1 med onion chopped
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (we used chicken stock we made last week)
1 bunch broccoli, florets roughly chopped, stems peeled and sliced (we used cauliflower)
1 large russed potato (we used potatoes from Johnson's Backyard)
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 oz sharp white cheddar, grated

  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, untsil the onion is soft.
  • Add the broth, broccoli, potato, 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are very tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Puree soup until smooth.


  1. That's awesome, sloppy joes are a favorite of mine. Personally, I always recommend investing in the grinder attachment to a kitchenaid. Grinding your own meat means you can guarantee the cut of beef and that you kept it in a sanatary condition. Best yet you can control the fat content!

    Great post that's a lovely fractal pattern picture of the cauliflower.

  2. You are so right! We actually have a meat grinder for our kitchenaid but I guess it did not occur to us to buy a different cut of meat at the farmers market and grind it ourselves. It would probably have been better for us. The sloppy joes were delicious but the fat content of the meat we got was probably higher than Cooking Light called for. Thanks for the compliment! I am having lots of fun with my micro lens :-).