Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 2, 2012


This week I harvested my first tomato – only a grape tomato, but it’s a start.  And several of the squash plants I recently acquired show promise of flowering, so I am hopeful.  The annuals are bursting with color and my gardenia standard is blooming as well.  So pretty, and such a lovely fragrance.

We are in yet another heat wave, so we are well into our summertime repertoire. Cold and grilled dishes as well as things that can be cooked early in the day and served at room temperature.  Anything to avoid heating up the kitchen. Plus the heat leaves us wanting lighter food – no stews or braises this time of year.  Good for the waistline as well.

Our local farm stand is celebrating its 300th year today. A reminder of what this area once was. And they are now selling “local” corn and tomatoes. I don’t think they are theirs yet, but it is a start.  Their corn is the best – yellow, white or bi-colored.  Towards the end of the season I will parboil and refresh several dozen ears and freeze kernels. It’s easy to do and wonderful to do a corn pudding for Thanksgiving with “fresh” corn.

Tues. AM             Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Tues. PM              Thai Chicken and Shrimp Noodle Salad 
                              with English Cukes, Grape                             
                                Tomatoes and Bean Sprouts BA 5/07                            
                               Rosemount Chardonay 

Weds. AM            Cold Cuts

Weds. PM            Jasper White’s Warm Green Salad 
                             with Lobster, Navel Oranges and
                             Citrus Vinaigrette LAH 156
                             Lindiman's Bin 65 Chardonnay 2009

Thurs. PM            BBQ Chicken with White BBQ Sauce
                             SLBRG 127
                             Julia Child’s French Potato Salad JC I
                            La Postolle Carmenere 2009

Fri. AM                Salmon Loaf Salad CCI 145

Fri. PM                 Pierre Franey’s Cold Pork Loin 
                              with Tuna Sauce CR 200
                             Orzo Salad with Mandarin Oranges, 
                             Orange Zest, Cukes, Feta,
                              Black Olives and Red Pepper
                             Green Beans a la Grecque
                              Rosemount Merlot 2010

Sat. AM               Cold Cuts 
                             Delicately Thin French Crepes 
                            with Fresh Blueberry Syrup T MSB 68

Sat. PM                Jellied Consume
                             Grilled Standing Rib of Beef BB 115
                             French Potato Salad
                             Mozzarella and Tomato Platter 
                             with Mint and Basil
                             Shingleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Sun AM              Salmon loaf

Sun. PM               Crackers and Cheese
                             Cold Pork Loin with Tuna Sauce

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