Saturday, September 29, 2012

Photo Album September 27

So - - - what happened at market this week?
Well this little cutie rang the bell to open the market - 
her prize - a popsicle to match the one on her shirt!
She came prepared!
Marie from My House cookies baked up some new special treats:
Bread Pudding,
Whoopie Pies (Rumor - pumpkin whoopies are up next),
and chocolate chip rice krispy treats!
 Mompops started bringing their
Take It / Bake It Pizza's - 
easy dinner!
 Sweet potatoes are in season - 
Oh, the possibilities!
 Swiss Chard too!
 Blueberry Hill had yet another new variety of corn.
 Broccoli also started showing up at the market!
Beautiful enough to use as a bouquet!
Here's Vicki with a lovely bunch of broccoli! 
Concord grapes from Livengood- 
if you never tasted a fresh concord grape -
you don't know what you're missing!
 Frecon Apples - my favorite honey crisp!
 Frecon Pears - so sweet!
 Oley Valley Mushrooms - little shiitakes!
 Burkholder Organics had cruciferous veggies - 
cabbage and cauliflower!
 Blueberry Hill brought their first pumpkins - 
next week - - - the pumpkin patch arrives!
Beautiful pumpkins - great prices!
 Crazy big stems!!!
 We just love her - - - 
Lissie our harpist!
Sooooo talented!
 Frecon Caramel Apples!
 Cider - apple cider - - - and, finally, pear cider!!!
 Jenny and Franks new fall flavors:
maple apple cider sorbet - swoon!
 Gourds for all of your autumn decorating.
 A market shopper showing off her new shirt - 
from the Common Ground Fair in Maine -
We love to hear about other markets, near and far!
And we love the garlic scapes on the shirt!
 Always smiling - - - 
The Golden Valley Girls!
So much fun to have at the market!
See you next week at the EGFM!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Market Meal - Autumn

Shopping list:
French Green Lentils - from the grocery

From the EGFM:
Carrots - 5, rough chopped
Onion - 1, chopped
Garlic - 2, minced
Kale - 2 bunches, rough chopped
Pureblend's Smoked Salt
Eggs - 4
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 pint
St. Pete's Baguette - 1
Shellbark Hollow Catkins  

Easy! Vegetarian! Wholesome! Nutritious!

Cook 1 1/2 cup of dried lentils according to package directions.

Saute the carrots, onion and 1 minced clove of garlic in oil for about 5 minutes
 - you want the carrots to have a nice bite to them. 
 Wash your kale well before chopping!
Isn't this beautiful!
 Then toss it in with the sauteed carrots.
Keep tossing the kale as it cooks with the carrots.
Cook it for only 3 minutes - just wilt it.
Season with smoked salt and pepper.
Add the cooked lentils and dress with a nice olive oil.

In a small saute pan, heat about 1 Tbsp of olive oil,
add the tomatoes and one clove of minced garlic.
Saute over medium low heat, stirring often until the tomatoes begin to melt.
The skins will pop and the juices will run.
Allow to cook a few minutes to thicken the juices.
Season with salt and pepper.
 Fry up 4 over easy eggs,
Place a mound of the lentils on a plat and top with an over easy egg.

Slice the baguette into 3/4 inch slices,
Top with the sauteed tomatoes,
Top with a slice of Catkins cheese.
 Break open the yolk and let it ooze over the lentils!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Operation: Summer Sweet Corn - Donna's Recipe

Operation Corn Continues
Today, Donna's recipe!
Donna picked a recipe from the Food Network

The recipe calls for both the poblanos and the corn to get a good roasting:
the poblanos should be nicely charred - it really brings out their flavor!
The flavor of the corn is also enhanced by a good browning in a hot oven.
Donna made the recipe according to the instructions 
except she substituted Shellbark Hollow chèvre
for the cotija cheese.

She served up the Stuffed Poblanos with
Jalapeño Lime Chicken Skewers.

Jalapeño Lime Chicken Skewers  
2 boneless chicken breast
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Lime juice
2 jalapenos (sliced thinly)

For the Chicken Marinade: 
Mix all marinade ingredients. 
Place chicken in a re-seal able plastic bag and cover with the marinade.
Seal bag and place in fridge. 
Let marinate for at least an hour and up to 24 hours.      
 Soak skewers in warm water for at least 15 minutes before placing chicken on them.      

Remove chicken from the bag and discard used marinade.
Pat chicken dry. Slice chicken into long strips.
Thread chicken onto the skewers, one piece per skewer.     
Grill chicken over medium-high heat.
Cook skewers 2-3 minutes per side.

Hmmmm - what will we pick next week for our focus food ingredient?
Don't be bashful -
You can play along to - 
Submit your recipe to the blog and we'd be happy to feature it!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Corny Cook-Off

A few weeks ago we had an eggplant cook-off.
No competition - 
Pick an ingredient,
and see what the EGFM Market Managers can cook up with it!

This week - 
Operation Summer Sweet Corn!

My recipes, yup did two,
an appetizer and an entree:

The recipe for the corn fritters calls for crushed corn - 
A box grater works great for this purpose,
crushing the corn and liberating all of the sweet juice.
Wear an apron - it gets a little messy!
This is what you end up with - 
crushed corn and corn liquor.
I find that you need to add a bit more flour than called for in the fritter recipe, 
the batter should resemble a pancake batter.
 For an appetizer I served up the fritters with the last of the pickled okra,  
 And some of my delicious tomato jam for a topping.
It was a perfect pairing.

I also included corn in my entree,
I'll admit I was skeptical of this recipe at first glance, 
but I had all of the needed ingredients from EGFM last week so I thought I'd give it a try.
Lindenhof chicken thighs, 
fresh plum tomatoes and corn from Blueberry Hill, 
lima beans from Livengood, 
green pepper and onions from Burkholders.

The recipe is insanely simple.
All cooked up in one pot, 
and perfect for autumn's brisk temperatures. 
 Simple and delicious - everyone loved it!
I rarely repeat a recipe but I will bring this back to the table.
I served it up with some hearty olive bread from St. Pete's Bakery.
It made lots - the leftovers paired up great with couscous.
Tomorrow - let's see what Donna did with her summer sweet corn project!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Squirrel-ing It Away

Its that time of year!
Squirrels are busy hiding nuts,
and I'm busy canning - - - 
same purpose - 
stash the best of the season for the cold days of winter!

And, yes, I've been busy!
Here's the line-up!

I do this just because I like to see the fruits of my labor -
my parade of preserves!
Most from my new favorite blog - Food in Jars - check it out!
 I've lost count of just how much I've canned so far.
Lots of spicy green beans - 
some jars are green, yellow and purple beans!
 Oodles of spicy, dilled pickles!
 More tomato jam than I care to admit to.
And, I've already given lots away to family and friends.
 Plum star anise jam on the left, pickled tomatoes on the right.
 Dilled garlic spears,
 Pear cardamom preserves,
and, well, there was pickled okra, but, well, we lost control and ate all of it - 
before the first frost - that's wrong!

And, our freezer is full of quarts and quarts of sour cherries, 
pureed tomatoes and sweet corn. 

And, no, my family doesn't eat all of this - 
it becomes hostess gifts, thank you acknowledgements and more.

Have you pickled or preserved anything this summer?
Share it with the EGFM blog!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Market Mugs and More!

It was just a beautiful day at the EGFM yesterday - 
we collected lots of food and funds for the St. Agnes Day Room in West Chester - 
the folks at the Day Room were so thankful this morning when I dropped off our donations! Thanks to all who participated.

And now - just some fun photos from yesterday - enjoy!

The talented Buoni kids were back! 

And this week the littlest Buoni got to show off!
She played Mary had a Little Lamb and Hot Cross Buns!
Very Impressive  

A star was born!

Kari, from Pureblend, has a new display, impressive!

And some great new packaging!

Axel from Lindenhof Farm
Love the shirt!
Feed the World with Local Food!

Oley Valley Mushrooms are back at the market!
Gorgeous oyster mushrooms!
I got to visit their farm this past winter - so impressive!

This huge honey bee was watching over Carmen's honey!

This photo cannot capture the excitement 
these 3 kids had when they spied each other at the market - 
they were all giggles!

Baby pumpkins - - - 
that can only mean the big guys are soon to make a showing at the market.

This little guy got his little pumpkin and was so proud of it!

And all this little fella cared about was his popsicle - 
hey, whatever keeps 'em happy, and healthy!

The greens of the cooler autumn weather are sneaking into the market
Arugula - love it!

Still baskets of plum tomatoes to be had - 
make your own sauce - 
its so good!

Livengood has been using their own tomatoes to make delicious ketchup and sauce!
Give them a try!