Food should be more than sustenance. It should give us pleasure, create bonds with family and friends and provide a connection with the earth. For example, Italian life centers around food, family and friends. When we eat a well prepared meal with fresh, farm to table ingredients it can be deeply satisfying. You don't have to overeat but just enjoy basic delicious ingredients.
That being said, I love going to small markets whether it be a local butcher, a farm, farmer's market or small family owned ventures.
|Pickings from last summer's backyard garden|
And there is nothing more satisfying than growing your own foods, coming home from work, heading out to the garden and picking that night's dinner.
|Tuscan Market, Salem, NH|
The Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, NH is an Italian market that has been on the list of places to check out. As luck would have it on Tuesday, I had to go to Concord, NH on Tuesday. On the way home, I took the opportunity to stop check it out. I found the address on my old Blackberry and plugged it into my very old GPS and before I knew it, there was the Tuscan Market.
There is something very satisfying about shopping in a beautiful looking market with beautifully crafted food. I slowly walked through observing the various stations of bread, meats, bakery items, prepared foods, gelato, and coffee station. There is also a sit-down café.
|Home made pasta (Photo from Tuscan Market website.)|
Forgetting that I had just made meatballs and sauce at home, I checked out their home made sauces. They had puttanesca, brown butter, Bolognese, and San Marzano. I decided on a small container of San Marzano to compliment the tortellone.
The bread station had out samples of garlic loaf which was the best I have ever tasted. No doubt that garlic was added to this bread but it was not overdone. Ultimately though I bought a loaf of olive bread.
And of course there was wine...
I took a chance and purchased this Ruffino...
which turned out to be a hit and a very good value for $12.00.
I grabbed a coffee for the ride home (exceptionally delicious) and thought about putting together the night's dinner. I rode home thinking about all the delicious and quality items at the Tuscan Market.
Eating two short rib tortelloni, a small piece of olive bread and a couple glass of amazing wine made for a very satisfying meal. This isn't how I would eat every Tuesday night or every night for that matter but there are times when you need to make an exception.