It is easy to love fresh beets. Roasting them seems to enhance their sweet earthy flavor and probably the easiest way to cook beets. I’ve had more people tell me that they don’t like beets. Well, that was until they taste roasted beets. Roasting beets give them a deep, sweet taste. Serve these beets either as a side dish or in a salad.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wash about 8 small beets well. Slice or chunk them and place in a roasting pan. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil, some kosher salt and pepper and mix well to coat.
Cook about 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out easily. Enjoy!
Ok, maybe you guessed correctly! They are lemon ball cucumbers. If you know me you know that each year I like to try something new in the garden. One of them just happens to be the lemon ball cukes. They are unusual, looking like bright yellow balls, and no, they don’t have a lemon taste. Some say they are less bitter than the “regular cukes”. Sliced and on a platter, the unusual color gives a nice visual element.
These are an heirloom variety and have been around for a long, long time. Still, they are new to me, and may be new to you also. I find that there are two types of customers at the market-one type looks for, and buys the familiar looking vegetables. The second type-they seek out the “new” and unusual, anxious to try something different.
Stop by Saturdays 9 to 1. Maybe you’ll want to try something unusual too!
This makes two loaves or four of the mini loaves and two of the small foil loaf pans.
3 large eggs (farm fresh are best!)
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups flour
3 cups grated zucchini (skin and all-but I remove large seeds)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Prepare two loaf pans with either pam cooking spray or crisco with a light dusting of flour.
Mix all ingredients. Alternate 1 cup flour and 1 cup zucchini to make batter easier to stir. Bake at 350 degrees about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 15 to 20 minutes and remove from pan. (if you make the four mini loaves reduce cooking time to 35 minutes) The small foil pans take about 40 minutes.
Delicious and easy. You can also freeze the loaves once they have cooled off in a gallon ziploc freezer bag. These are great to make while zucchini is in season and then pop them in your freezer to enjoy during the winter months. You’ll appreciate it even more then.
What Do I Do With All That Squash? Idea #1
2 pounds mixed squash (yellow crookneck, zucchini, scallop squash) washed and cut into comparable slices
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely sliced
2 tablespoons water
salt and pepper to taste
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
2. Add onions and sauté’ for 3 minutes.
3. Add squash, salt and pepper and water.
4. Cover and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce heat and cook until tender, stirring frequently.
Serving size: 6
Sorry, the string beans really don’t have anything to do with the pig. It’s just a prop because the string beans alone weren’t making a memorable photo on their own. The pig is really cute, and functional-his sides are chalkboard and that comes in handy on market days. Good eye appeal.
The string beans, they’re the Blue Lake variety which gives a good yield and great taste. Good combination. I like to drop them into boiling water until just tender, drain them, toss with a bit of olive oil and sweetened dried cranberries. Delicious served warm, or cold. Great summer side dish that’s quick, tasty and colorful on your plate. Oh, and also good for you. Stop by on Saturday for a basket of them. I think you’ll enjoy them. (and you’ll also get to see the pig in action!)
Coming soon…OPENING DAY at the market! We’re excited and very nearly ready. New hours this year 9:00 to 1:00. It is shaping up to be a good season. Waiting to try a new summer recipe? We’ll have some great looking veggies. Tasty fresh eggs-maybe try a quiche. Kale, and delicious butter head lettuce. Sugar Daddy peas, so good. Maybe you won’t feel like cooking so stop by for some freshly baked goods. In a shopping mood? There will be knit items, jewelry, photography and typography.
Opening day will be Saturday, June 30th
Keep it local, buy it fresh, and find us at the market!