It was supposed to rain today, but it ended up being a beautiful day ,bright ,warm and sunny. After the farmers market I went to pick Raspberries at Pustizzi Fruit Farm in Boscawen NH and I will go back tomorrow if the weather holds to pick blueberries. I love picking berries at Joe’s , it is relaxing and most of the time I am the only one who is picking. So I pump up the tunes on my MP3 player and pick till I reach 7lbs for blueberries and at least 2lbs for raspberries.
I stopped at Richardson’s on my way home to get tomatoes and a quart of their home made Vanilla Ice cream, which I am planning to eat soon with some of the Nectarine Raspberry compote.
It was 67 degrees when we went out and started to pick at 7:30am. The blueberries weren’t quite ripe , so Brandon only picked 4.5 lbs, I didn’t do much better with the raspberries and picked 3.25lbs. Later I went out to get some grocery items and stopped at Apple Hill in Concord, NH and they had a box of nectarines that were seconds, so when I got home I took some of the raspberries and the nectarines and made Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote). I think the next batch I should thicken the syrup some more before adding the Nectarines.
I also made Cucumber pickles with lemon and tomorrow I plan to make Barbecue Relish, which is Zucchini based.
The farmer who I got my beets from last season ,told me today “the beets are ready”. I plan to make 50 jars of pickled beets this season, I only did 31 last season. So I need to figure out what poundage I need to get to the 50 jar mark. The pickled beets will be ready to eat by the beginning of September.
This afternoon I am making lemony Blueberry Lavender Marmalade! Brandon has been picking blueberries for me while I am working off the farm. I am hoping to pick blueberries tomorrow morning before I go back to work…we shall see!
On a sad note…we had to put our boy dog Cooper down (he was 12) as he had lymphoma…rest in peace Coop,you were an awesome dog and we will miss you.
I have to thank my husband for picking and preparing 60lbs of strawberries for freezing!!!!!!! There should be Strawberry Balsamic jelly and Strawberry jam very soon! But cucumbers are starting to come in and making pickles may move to the top of the canning list!
Now I love egg salad, but I would prefer to have customers buy the eggs. We get enough eggs, due to an egg not being perfect or cracked. So don’t forget to buy eggs at the next market and come early so you get all the eggs you want!
Don’t get me wrong I love eggs and I cook with them all the time. But once you are use to fresh eggs, having a box of uncooked eggs in the fridge for more than a week just feels wrong. So make the red hens happy and don’t forget your box of incredible, edible eggs!
This time of year all of us are looking for a different method of marinating meat for grilling. These suggestions come from my own experience so I am not always going to give you a complete recipe. This is a teaser to help you move out of your cooking comfort zone.
1. This Marinade will make your lamb taste fabulous! Marinate covered in the fridge for 2-3hrs before grilling.
-Use a Jelly with mint or rosemary(1/2 cup) , mix with a red wine vinegar & red wine(1/4c each),add some Dijon mustard and fresh chopped rosemary(2 Tbsp each) .
2. Use this Sesame Plum Sauce for glazing chicken or pork. Serve it warm and use as a dipping sauce for meatballs,
3. Meatloafcan be boring, but if you add 1/2 c of Sweet tomato chutneyto the mix, you can make your meatloaf moist and fabulous. I have always used the Fanny Farmer Cookbook (twelfth edition) recipe for meatloaf but I use rolled oats instead of bread crumbs and I don’t use Worcestershire sauce. I usually double the recipe and put one cook meatloaf in the freezer for later!
4. Make sweet potato fries and serve with Sweet tomato chutney.
5. For a tasty dessert, especially before the local fruit comes into season. You can make a plain cheesecake(ricotta or cream cheese based) and before you put it in the oven ,swirl warmed jam , jelly or fruit syrup through the cheese cake in the pan. You can warm jam or marmalade and spread it on the top of the cooked cheesecake.
6. Take a plain cake and add warmed jam or preserves to a butter cream or whipped cream filling. Spread the mixture between the layers or spread the warmed jam between the layers. Take a “Cake Pan”cake (mix cake right in the pan) baked,but still warm and use a toothpick and to put holes all over the cake. Take the warmed jelly ,jam or fruit syrup and pour it over the cake.
Our last Goat Ring Ding passed away this week, she was 11+ years old, she was the prettiest goat we had . Ring was an aloof kind of goat, but near the end she was very accepting of any love and affections she got. . But no more goats for us…just sheep. So rest in peace goaty girl.