It is the height(heat!) of summer, and the market is going to burst with produce this weekend!!! Check out this list:
Seasonal: Basil, Beans, Beets, BLUEBERRIES (limited!), Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Dill, Garlic, Green Beans, Greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mint, Onions, Oregano, PEACHES, PEPPERS, Potatoes, Radishes, Scallions, Spinach, Summer Squash, TOMATOES (limited!), Turnips, Zucchini!! And lots of flowers, herbs, and other items!
This week, we have lots of suggestions for your barbecue, cookout, or staycation. We’ve gathered recipes into four groups: grilling, Side dishes, Condiments, and Desserts. Mix and Match, and have a happy and safe Fourth!
Brats – There are several local farms that have brats made from their pork, including Destiny Meats and Triple S Farms. You can find brats and other sausage at the market, Green Top Grocery, Common Ground and even perhaps at some other local groceries. My tip for cooking brats: Boil them first! I like to use 1/2 water, 1/2 beer. This helps ensure that they cook evenly throughout, before you put them on the grill or in a pan. It also helps the casing to cook slowly as the brat swells, making them thin and snappy, rather than tough and chewy. Enjoy with mustard, chopped onion, or even some homemade relish!
Whatever you’re grilling, consider local farms when you select meats!!
Slow. Cooker. Baked. Beans. Right? Right. This is going in my crock pot first thing tomorrow morning.
Potato Salad, anyone? This list of 50 potato salad recipes should work!!
And coleslaw, of course. There’s no shortage of cabbage in my fridge right now, and coleslaw will do just the trick in helping me use it up.
Why not make some relish to go with those hot dogs and hamburgers?
For something a little different, why not try pickling some zucchini slices instead of cucumber? This recipe looks fantastic, and it’s always good to have things to do with zucchini this time of year.
For something a little more mustard-y, why not try a quick Piccalilli?
Slab Pie – a template for use with any fruit. Anything at all, they’re all delicious.
Grilled Peaches. Try with some vanilla ice cream. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Raspberry Buttermilk Cake – a perfect application for those fresh berries up at the Food Forest!
For no fuss at all, try a cobbler. Amazing with peaches!
Crushed Ice / Granitas – another great application for those berries!!