Paradise Farmer's Market

Since there are only 12 people who live in Paradise, how on earth do we have a farmer's market do you ask?  Well actually Paradise is a thriving metropolis compared to the "306 friendly people" in Avon.  This spring the town decided to start a farmer's market, and has offered all sorts of gardening classes free for the community.  There is even a community garden if you live on the SW side of town. (That means the 4th Ward.)  Today was the 2nd farmer's market for the season and they asked if I would do a little demo on cooking from your garden.  I love my garden and so I said yes, but as those of you know it's Cache Valley.  My garden is still just starting.  So I pretended I had potatoes, and beans, and bought the most beautiful packages of those veggies from Sam's.  In a few weeks though I will be harvesting beans and I will make the Warm Veggie salad all the time. The second item on the menu was Zuppa Tuscana.  My favorite soup in the world.  Full of Italian Sausage, Russet Potatoes, and Kale.  I grew Kale this year just for this soup, and it was a lovely addition to the bubbling pot of soup.   Even though I may not have grown every veggie in my menu tonight, I am growing them, and I was proud of my Kale growing skills at least.

Warm Veggie Salad
(adapted from Giada DeLaurentis' Everyday Italian)

Boiled New Potatoes

Blanched green beans

2 roasted red peppers chopped

1 clove garlic chopped

1 bunch green onions



¼ c. vinegar

zest of 1 lemon and its juice

½ c. oil

1 t. dried oregano or 1 T fresh

salt and pepper to taste


Toss all the warm veggies together with the dressing and serve.  The dressing would be great in a salad or over roasted veggies too.

 Zuppa Tuscana



1 lb. Italian sausage browned and drained

1 onion (cook with sausage)

2 clove garlic (cook with sausage)

6 c. water

6 bouillon cubes

2 Russet Potatoes sliced

2 c. shredded kale

pinch of red pepper flakes

1 c. cream


Bring all ingredients to a boil except for the cream.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.  Add cream and top with Parmesan Cheese.  It’s even better the second day.


  1. Okay...... before I leave my comment I just have to say Nic was freaked out to see on Jed's facebook that he is IN A RELATIONSHIP. Jedadiah Clawson!!!! That is weird. You are much to young to settle on just one girl. I thought it was weird that nicholas had a COW at EFY!! (COW...crush of the week). You stop that now Jed!!! Okay with that off my bossom I must now say that I feel so sorry for your boys wives Lisa.... you are and amazing picture perfect chef!! I can't believe all of the different things that you make and they are all beautiful as well as tasty! Everything in your life has a taste to it. Mine is the same but the taste is ALWAYS chocolate or something fried! The older I get the more I am realizing that is just not working for me :( Anyway. Just wanted you to know in case i haven't told you lately .... you still amaze me!!

  2. The food was yummy too. Everyone should come to the Paradise Market--it's every Wed. evening from 6 to 8:30. It's great fun.

  3. I made this soup for dinner tonight. It was delish! Thanks for sharing such great recipes! Love ya!



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