Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Beauregards Farm-Market Newsletter July 2008
Oooooooh boys....it's hot!!!! From a song, in the seventies...you remember the 70's??? Oh, never mind...but it is hot! The lettuce is slowly wilting right in the field, requiring a plunge into some freshly drawn well water to bring it back to life- and the radishes are far too hot for most tastes. (Pithy too...) Tomatoes are swelling, their weight cracking some of the stems not made ready to support them yet. And the darn peppers...what is going on with the peppers???? Could it be that the wetness and coolness of June stunted their growth and they're still pouting? Yep, I think that may be the problem. I'll just have to spoil them a bit with extra heat loving mulch and clay field tiles around their middles so they'll warm up to me.
Even though it is mid-summer, and moist and humid and about the only thing we have to look forward too in this sweltering heat is the Illinois State Fair ('cause we all take it in stride, the "fair" weather is nothing but extreme)...we still like to grill, do we not? And it is something we do together, right??? Women are multi-taskers, by golly-- we can grill and cook and shuck the corn all at the same time....but, speaking for myself- usually something suffers in the meal and it's usually the grill cooked dish. Because, I do believe- grilling is for the single minded, the highly aware, the-stay-on-task-or-you'll-burn-it-kind of guy or gal. So- you grill conscious folks....here are a couple of recipes that you just might fall in love with...or maybe redeem yourself after that last episode of steaks burning and volunteer firefighters showing up.....
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1- 2 cloves fresh garlic(be bold, use 3-4...)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt and white pepper(black is fine...)
1 pound cooked shrimp, (41-50 per pound)
2 tablespoon French tarragon, chopped
In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and mix well. Add the shrimp and tarragon, mix well. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Place shrimp over a bed of mixed greens. Serves 4.
I start a bed of coals, wait till they're about medium in heat, put the shrimp on(using a mesh basket or small grated pan) just heat through with singe marks and oh my goodness...heaven on a bed of greens.
Thee Most Tantalizing Taste For The Grill...(You'll see)
Chicken, Pork or Lamb works well here...
1 Cup Honey (Local honey is the best and good for your immune system...)
1/2 Cup Mustard(any kind, reallly...use Plochmans or that fancy stuff someone gave you for Christmas....)***Add more to taste...
1 Stick of Butter
Garlic cloves(use about as much as you would if vampires were hovering....say- several cloves anyway)
and here is the secret ingredient....
1 Tablespoon good Curry(I know, I know- you're hubby won't eat it...try this, he will.)***Add more to taste...
Place your meat in a pan with sides so that morsels are laid side by side, mix up the above recipe, pour over meat. Let sit for 1 hour to overnight. Place on medium coals, basting meat with drippings from pan. Even teenagers like this and will say so...it's just something different and so delectable...truly.(If it rains...shove the whole thing in the oven for 1 hour at 375, or until juices run clear.)
Every so often, I will add a newsletter...'cause I only have time enough to think long and hard a little...the wheels are always turning about something. Thank you all for being so kind, so considerate, so eerily interested in truly the mundane...Ha.
Be well...and market-ply. Hmmmm....maybe I should sleep more....