Celebrate!

August 31, 2007 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

My neighborhood ice cream joint where I plan to spend my holiday weekend 

Having a picnic in the park or a little backyard get-together this holiday weekend?  I know one person for sure who’s doing some celebrating… it’s Farmer Dave’s birthday.  Feliz Cumpleaños, Granjero Dave!!!

As for the rest of you who are just happy for an excuse to take a long weekend, here’s a smattering of picnic-worthy recipes from the archives:

Grilled Baby Bok Choy:  My goodness, my very first post! Baby bok choy might be a little tough to come by in August but I did see some at the Headhouse Market last weekend so it’s out there somewhere. 

Golden Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Stuff Banana Peppers:  An easy recipe that adapts to whatever peppers you might have on hand. 

Homemade Herb Croutons: Sure, anyone can make a salad…but why not make yours extra special?  Or slice the bread thin instead of in cubes and set them out in a bowl instead of the prerequisite potato chips.

Farm Salsa:  Speaking of snacks, set out a bright bowl of this salsa with some homemade tortilla chips and watch the kids actually beg to eat more vegetables!

Sorrel and Almond Pesto:  Whir together a batch of this pesto and use it on lots of finger foods, such as tomatoes and toast, mini pizzas, or chicken tenders grilled on skewers.

Empanadas: Bring a little South American flare with you to the gathering. Since kohlrabi is out of season now, consider a mix of squash, zucchini and corn.  Throw in a few tomatillos for some zing.  No matter what the filling, these little doughy pockets make the perfect travel-happy entrée

Chocolate Beet OR Zucchini Cupcakes:  Dessert is always the first thing on my plate at a picnic.  Shameful, I know. These cupcake recipes let you sneak in some extra vitamins with your daily dose of chocolate. 

Cantaloupe Gelato or Watermelon Sorbet:  If you’re hosting the party and have an ice cream maker on hand, definitely impress your guests with some refreshing and unusual frozen delights.

Now that you’re armed to the teeth with menu ideas, get out to a local farmers market near you tomorrow and stock up on the ingredients for a fabulous and fresh fiesta.  And be sure to toast Farmer Dave’s birthday! 

Say farewell to summer by eating gobs of watermelon!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. skrubtudsen  |  September 1, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Hi.
    looks very delicious.
    I like this blog, and have tagged you for:
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    Reply
  • 2. Jennie  |  September 4, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Thanks, Skrubtudsen! Glad you like the blog. As for the meme, I’ll put it on my “to-do” list.

    Reply

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