Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Strolling through the tiny farmers market in Anacortes, WA I happened upon Gothberg Farms goat cheese from Bow. Now I always find cheese had to resist but with a name like "Woman of La Mancha" I was drawn right in. I'm such a cheese sucker. My choice turned out to be a sharp aged manchego style cheese bathed in smoked paprika and olive oil. I bought a small wedge and greedily walked back to my car
Turned out to have a delightful sharp flavor perfect on a cheese board with maybe honey and almonds and a tall glass of sherry..
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I love a farmer's market, even when I have no place to cook. So I trekked down the 5 to Everett, Washington, feeling a little silly for driving so far for a market. But I was rewarded with a beautiful water front location and a dizzying array of local cheeses, fresh cherries, seafood and positively hypnotic, riotous, alluringly fresh flowers.
bread farm, unusual young Ladysmith cheese flavored with peppery arugula from Samish Bay Cheese -- a chewy almost springy queso fresco style cheese, and sweet, bracingly fresh Puget Sound prawns.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
My favorite time of year, county fair season. I love it all. The midway (though I never get on a ride or play a game), the greasy snacks (though I never order one), the high flying dog shows and of course; the animal competitions.
|A sweet Jersey heifer getting prettied up for her chance in the ring,|
4H hopefuls waiting for the judge.
|Another little lady and her bovine.|
|Everyone loves a pony ride.|
A first for my in all my fair going years -- a kid's pedal tractor pull. Who could resist 6 year solids pulling 170 pounds on a pedal John Deere? Riveting!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I can't bare to waste ingredients. You'd think I was a child of the depression they way I take an MK Fisher-like delight in making leftovers new and palatable (pork roast empanadas anyone?) or creating dinners from fridge odds and ends. Today I had to face the milk. Looking around for other ingredients to add to my "don't let food spoil" dinner I spied a bunch of swiss chard (from our garden, even more precious than usual), the mustard greens I didn't use in the other night's sausage pan fry, and odds and ends of several kinds of cheese. Bingo! Macaroni and cheese with greens and mushrooms (while digging around I found a box close to it's last legs). Okay, it's not exactly Sunday church supper mac n' cheese and certainly far from the dreaded blue box but this slightly upscale baked pasta is just what my fridge extras ordered.
I started a pot of water to boil and added in the pasta (no elbows but these fusilli will soak up the cheese sauce nicely). Two minutes before the pasta was cooked (I let it cook for about 2/3 of the stated cooking time so it would finish cooking in the oven in the rich sauce) I added in the chopped greens and drained the whole pot in a colander. Meanwhile in a saucepan I started a white sauce by melting butter (4TB) and then whisking in a couple TB (4 or so) of flour. I just read a NY Times article about cooks in Provence making béchamel sauce with olive oil so I gave it a splash of olive oil too. I know you are supposed to use warm milk and add it little by little. I suppose that's fine when you have one pot going and all day to wash dishes. I added in the milk -- all at once -- right out of the fridge -- about 3 1/2 - 4 cups. I didn't bother to measure. I let the sauce simmer and thicken while I sautéed the mushrooms, grated the cheese and mixed the pasta and vegetables together. I tossed the cheese into the sauce along with S&P and a dash of nutmeg and poured the whole pot over the waiting pasta mixture. Once tossed together, I ladled the pasta mixture into buttered baking dishes (one for tonight and one for the freezer) and topped our mac n' cheese with breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and a drizzle of melted butter.
After 30 minutes at 375º James' dinner was gooey, cheesy and warm with crispy delicious edges -- and we were out of milk. Mission accomplished.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tonight I stirred up a bean and greens soup topped off with turkey meatballs.
First the meatballs, I combined ground turkey with eggs, bread crumbs, grated cheese, chili peppers, thyme, S&P, and minced garlic. I formed the mixture into balls and baked them for about 20 minutes at 375º. Meanwhile I sautéed some onions and chopped garlic in hot olive oil along with thyme, dried basil and chiles. After about 6 minutes I poured in a good quantity of white wine and let that cook down until the pot was almost dry. Then I added in several cups of chopped collard greens and about 5 cups of chicken broth. I let the greens simmer in the broth for about 10 minutes and then added in cooked white beans and let the pot simmer for about 5 minutes more. Just before serving I popped the flavorful meatballs into the soup to heat through and then served our garden fresh soup supper sprinkled with grated cheese.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Walking down the driveway today I came across this little gal heading towards the front pasture.
I thought maybe she was lost (foolish helpful me) and carried her back to the edge of the pond. But, by the time I walked to the front gate and down the driveway again she was moving across the flat making good time crawling back into the grass. We're hoping this means turtle eggs and baby turtles sometime soon.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Simple. I sautéed Italian sausage with onions and peppers, deglazed the pan with a splash of beer I happened to have in the kitchen, and stirred in some cooked broccoli just because James loves it.