Archive for June, 2011
For those of you who do not know a CSA is a food co-op of sorts. A group of people get together and sponsor a local farmer who then brings to the group whatever veggie goodies happen to be in season that week. The CSA that Ann and I joined also includes local beef and pork products. We decided to split a share for the first year to see how we liked it. We are on our 4th week and each week gets better and better. Watermelon radishes, sugar snap peas, japenese kale that is delicate and tasty to thick sliced bacon and breakfast sausage. The excitement grows each week as the summer harvest gets more and more bountiful. Ann is on vacation this week so I get the share to myself. I wait in eager anticipation….pictures to follow.
Eating from the garden is not only satisfying but also delicious. Weekend are my time to entertain. It usually contains a big BBQ and lots of friends. This weekends lunch was grilled hamburgers with all the fixings along with a big mixed greens salad picked from the garden. My daughter and I had gone out in the morning and picked a variety of lettuces. I added grated beets and feta cheese with a sherry wine vinaigrette. Everyone including the kids loved it.
It is so easy to grow lettuces. Even if you do not have space to have a garden you can grow lettuces in a pot on your window sill.
I will continue to post pictures and recipes and I harvest vegetables all summer long.
Every year in a large commerical plaza in lower Manhattan there is a food fair showcasing 50 restaurants. It is held in the open air and tented booths are set up for the food vendors along with a backround of Jazz muscians belting out great sounds to mill around to.
This is our 7th year participating in the event. Most of the restaurants sell a tasting size of some of their signature dishes. There is everything from mini lobster rolls, to crabmeat macaroni and cheese to crepes filled with chocolate and bananas.
In keeping with what Kitchenette is all about we sell our homemade cakes,pies and cupcakes along with freshly squeezed lemonade.
Our table is an ode to the layer the cake. We have 5 varities along with colorfully iced cupcakes. Our booth is the only ones who sell these items. WE are always a little slow in getting started as people like to eat their way to dessert. Just after lunchtime it becomes like the “Day of the Loctus” at our booth, People swarm it and elbow thier way in to get their favorite chunk of cake. There is madness like you have never seen.
We often see people wait in line again after eating their piece of cake or wedge of pie in order to take a piece home.
We sold close to 900 pieces of dessert yesterday in 4 short hours. It is a blur of sugary goodness.
I have reprinted our yellow cake recipe for you all to use for a layer cake of cupcakes for your next happy occasion.
Humor me a moment while I digress from the subject of food. There is nothing quite as satisfying to a city girl as seeing her garden in full bloom. I have come to gardening late in life and embraced it full on. I enjoy every aspect from the manual labor of digging the hole to the placing of the smallest bud in that hole, to that bud growing up to become a full size flower in all its splendor. I marvel at how each bloom is completely unique and yet the garden as a whole is completely in sync. Each bloom is a personal triumph and when a plant becomes diseased or ridden with drought, it is a personal defeat. It can be likened to cooking, I suppose, each one a manual hands on job and each one produces a product to be consumed by the mind, body and soul. It is a feeling like none other to see your hard work transform into a thing of absolute beauty. And whether you eat this thing of beauty-a delicious plate of food or consume it with your eyes-a garden in full spring bloom, the feeling it renders is like no other.
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