Saturday, May 19, 2012

Long Weekends and Food Revolutions

It's Food Revolution Day... Thanks Jamie Oliver and Team!

Around our house we are not doing much out of the ordinary to celebrate, good food and cooking is like Valentines Day..we celebrate every day.

Today's menu is long weekend, warm weather inspired. There will be hamburgers on the grill and salads galore. Salads fill our fridge for the summer. They are cool, refreshing, easily made ahead and kept on hand for quick lunches and dinners. Leaving extra time for soaking up the sun.

An easy one for today...
Simple Simple Simple

Tomato, sliced fresh mozzarella, fresh basil
sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil and some course salt

We will also be enjoying a cucumber salad, potato salad and I believe a green papaya lurks in the crisper waiting for a spicy dressing! Follow the 'salad' label for these and other great recipes. All of which are very easily put together by children! Yes, that equates to more deck time for you :)

Enjoy the long weekend, cook something great, visit a farm this weekend, let your kids loose in the kitchen...celebrate! Happy Food Revolution Day!!!

Eat well, laugh often, love much.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Let's Get Going Again!...with Some Stinky Pee

When my boss mentioned to me the other day that summer hours were in effect, my heart skipped a beat. Summer hours means a lot of Friday afternoons off. Those hours will now be ear marked for culinary adventure! The timing could not be more perfect, I have been chomping to get Smothered in Butter back into full swing AND the Jewel of spring has sprung...


I used my very first Friday to visit Barries Asparagus and Country Market. 2lbs of bright green mild early season asparagus and 1lb of rhubarb landed in my passenger seat. 1 1/2 lbs of asparagus even made it home.

If you were around last year you followed us as we farm hopped, you enjoyed some laughs and some recipes along the way. (read last years Asparagus Adventure). You can expect much more of the same as we kick off Season 2012. I am  hoping too to persuade some very lovely cooks whom I have encountered over the winter absence to offer up a few of their favorite recipes and adventures as well.

So armed with the very best from my stop at the farm today we are ready to get going...

...and yes I know asparagus makes your pee stink. If that isn't a tidbit to entice a child to eat it I don't know what is!

Eat well, Love much, Laugh Often