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  • Fairmount_market  Leek and Cherry Tomato Clafouti
  • Photos: Fairmount_market at the playground and her Leek and Cherry Tomato Clafoutis -- it's almost in season!

There is something fairly mysterious about our growing power user, Fairmount_market. What exactly is the "Fairmount Market"? With recipe submissions in almost every recent contest, and numerous Editors' Pick badges to go with them, we are more than curious about this creative and vegetarian-friendly cook. All the while, she's a biology professor and even helped found a farmers' market in her Eugene, Oregon neighborhood (now you see!) with a beautiful blog to accompany it.

The humble dried bean is too-oft overlooked by even the best of cooks -- but not by this bean queen. A true bulk bin MVP, tackling even the trickiest of beans, Fairmount_market knows her heirloom varieties: from the more obvious French Lentil Caviar Salad with a Poached Egg to Flageolet Bean Salad with Fennel, Orange and Tapenade Toasts ... to Best Boston Baked Beans ... to Rio Zape Beans with Toasted Chile Sauce (honestly, Rio Zape Beans?!). Rustic cooking all around the world has beans as a cornerstone -- we're relieved to have Fairmount_market in our midst keeping things down-to-earth. 

She loves a perfect paella. So do we! She's eager to eat Japanese hand-drawn noodles in Japan. So are we! It profoundly bothers her when someone dips their buttery knife into the jam jar. We too cringe. And anyone who makes tomato sauce when she's home alone is someone we'd want to come home to. (Side note: We were delighted to learn that her children like to play Amanda and Merrill at bath time.)

Be sure to check out her blog, see her profile and recipes on food52, and read our Q&A with her below.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Tomato sauce

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Crumpet Rings (for sentimental reasons)

  • Your ideal meal:
    Perfect paella

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Hand-pulled noodles

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Poor sterile technique, such as when people dip a butter covered knife into the jam.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    I love reading new cookbooks, but ones I return to often are The Greens Cookbook, Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and Patricia Well's Bistro Cooking.

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    Comments (20)


    almost 4 years ago Nedster

    Thank you for featuring Karen's blog for the Fairmount Neighborhood Farmers Market. Every Sunday the Market turns Sun Automotive Parking lot into an organic festival. Not that everything is "organic", but it is a good scene.

    Karen works hard on her blog, and the wonderful cooking suggestions and recipes, as well as her anecdotes about her children are great fun to read.

    We hope all "Food 52", "Tasting Table" supporters will come by and see us. Last weekend we didn't open, but that is an anomaly. We plan to be there, bigger than ever for the rest of the summer and into the first part of October.

    We also invite you, "Food 52" to set up a booth one Sunday if you would like, to spread the word of your very commendable efforts.

    Ned Forman
    Fairmount Neighborhood Sunday Farmers Market


    almost 4 years ago ellenl

    And your blog!!


    almost 4 years ago ellenl

    Love your recipes!!


    almost 4 years ago healthierkitchen

    Love your recipes, Fairmount Market!


    almost 4 years ago aargersi

    Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Great to see you in the spotlight - your kids are hilarious and the blog is great. I will try the clafoutis soon - we are up to our ears in cherry tomatoes!


    almost 4 years ago Midge

    I'm so impressed by your recipes and your adorable tots. Your clafoutis will be made soon!


    almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

    Congrats! Inspiring good works, raising cute kids, creating yummy are a trifecta of talent.


    almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

    Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

    Great to see you spotlighted Fairmout_Market! I love Eugene and am definitely jealous of the amazing produce that grows in the soil of those ancient flood plains! Also, the fact that your kids play A&M is about the most hilarious and adorable thing I've heard in weeks!


    almost 4 years ago Daphne

    Sweet story you tell of your sister so far away in Berlin and gozleme...


    almost 4 years ago Fairmount_market

    What a wonderful surprise to find my profile in the spotlight. Thanks everyone! I've been so inspired by the recipes on this site.


    almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

    Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

    So nice to see you in the spotlight, Fairmount_market!


    almost 4 years ago gingerroot

    Hooray, Fairmount_market! Great to see you here in the spotlight and learn a little more about you. Love the side note about your two little ones...too funny!


    almost 4 years ago sdebrango

    Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Wonderful story, congratulations on the spotlight. Your little ones are adorable.


    almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

    So nice to read more about you, here. What a charming bath time! Love your recipes.


    almost 4 years ago boulangere

    Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

    How wonderful to find you in the spotlight and to read more about you. Love the bathtime story! Warm congratulations.


    almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

    hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

    Yay! Love to see a fellow Oregonian in the spotlight. Cracks me up that your kids play A&M!


    almost 4 years ago Fairmount_market

    Thanks hardlikearmour! Oregon has such an exciting food scene. It would be fun to have a food52 potluck in Portland sometime (I'd make the drive up).


    almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

    hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

    Boulangere is working on a PNW meet up in Seattle. Maybe we could car pool? I live near the 205.


    almost 4 years ago Fairmount_market

    Yes, do keep me posted about any Seattle food52 events!


    almost 4 years ago boulangere

    Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

    It's a promise!