At a Florida Farmstand

On my recent trip to Florida-

offerings at a farmstand you don’t see in Pittsburgh

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So many people have a peanut allergy but, I found a recipe for how to boil peanuts 

if you’re interested.

Little Italy Days in Bloomfield Neighborhood

Opening day of Little Italy Days.

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Shared Summer Harvest

Come January we’ll be longing for these tomatoes. The taste of summer.

My friend R stopped by the other evening and shared these fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.  Just picked!

Olive oil, chunky chopped onions and a couple of garlic cloves. Threw in the remaining cherry tomatoes (we’d been popping them in our mouths, unadorned)

Black beans and rice.  Mmmmmmmm.

Funnel Cake with fresh strawberries and cream or unadorned?

Funnel Cake

I try to keep the blog in real time but these images are from the archives.

My bowl of ice cream with the fresh peach and triple ginger cookies from yesterday got me thinking about how desserts satisfy.

I photographed these desserts in  Ohio.

I didn’t eat it myself but the  the satisfaction factor was there for the nice woman who bought it and ate it (after she let me shoot it!)funnel cake 730

and here is another person’s funnel cake – unadorned – well, a dusting of powdered sugar

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Zucchini and Fresh Tomatoes Hint of Summer

Nell Miller’s Poor Man Meatballs

Three zucchini, grated and drained

Add a couple of eggs and a cup of Italian bread crumbs -salt and pepper

I tilt the bowl so excess liquid pools and can be removed

Mince by hand or whir a few garlic cloves in the food processor

Heat up the cast iron skillet. Add olive oil.

Shape and brown.

Tonight I added fresh grape cherry tomato sauce on the side.  Grate some Parmesan

tastes like summer

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Rolled Ice Cream is Hot on Butler Street

I’ve been away for awhile.  My friend B said “let’s go to NatuRoll Creamery get rolled ice cream in Lawrenceville. There’s always a line” (which is a good sign).

Turns out it didn’t open until three. So we had a delicious lunch at VANDAL first, waiting for three o’clock to roll around.

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Kaden took our orders and $. Two Spring Specials -Blueberry Lemon on a Vanilla Base.

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Abby made mine.

Then she added them lemon zest

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and a slice of lemon

IMG_2442The focus is on Abby.  Takes 2-5 minutes to create each fancy finished special.

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Truffle Atop Poached Egg and Wild Asparagus Risotto

IMG_5711What an evening of taste bud surprises! WOW.

We took an evening tram to meet my son’s friends at a café.  Because it was the night before the Easter Holiday, every seat was taken. Quite a wait for a table. Everyone celebrating being off the next workday.

Bummer-  BUT  When the friends arrived they had a discussion for an alternate plan.  Wow, did I ever luck out that the café was full.  One went to procure a  bottle of red.

The first delight was I’s Sour Cherry apéritif which he’d made.  At first,  I was worried it might burn but my concerns were totally unfounded.  In fact, the drink defined summer captured in a slim crystal cylinder.  All I can say it the ruby liquid of summer’s sour cherries woke up every taste bud in my mouth.  Delicious.  Not to sweet, not too tart, zero burn. Perfection!

And then the surprise of M’s creation- Poached egg on fresh bread with the fruitiest most fragrant olive oil drizzle AND the unexpected luxurious truffle on top of the gently poached farm egg.  Or “home eggs” as my family refers to them.

I was feeling quite content with all I had eaten. Italian cheese and olives to start and then the Sour Cherry apéritif and the lovely truffle surprise.   And then the Wild Asparagus Risotto was ready to eat.  Freshly Grated Cheese on top. Oh my.  So bold.  It was wild! A flavor I’dd never before experienced,  created by a culinary expert.

I was happy to meet my son’s friends and be invited into a Zagreb home to experience  these tastes and more importantly their friendship and hospitality.

Sretan Uskrs and Hvala for a wonderful evening in Zagreb.

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The wild asparagus simmers

 

 

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Words are inadequate to describe this bold Wild Asparagus Risotto. WOW!

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