Sunday, August 2, 2009

02 August 2009

I can't believe it is August already! The summer is flying by, but I sure have enjoyed the Canton Farmers Market in the Historic Downtown Loop! Thanks to our new Main Street Manager, Ginger Girrard, the farmers market has grown steadily. It is so great that I have even been getting up at the crack of dawn every Saturday morning so I can be there when it opens at 8 AM to score the best locally grown produce. No doubt, those of you who know me well are astonished by this development. The only thing I love better than sleeping is cooking! Yesterday, I scored some beautiful Silver Queen corn, green and ripe tomatoes and beautiful sunflowers from Eddie Smith's son, Sam. On Friday, I broke down and had a hand patted bacon cheeseburger from the Keithsburg Cafe. I posted about it on Facebook, and I got a ton of comments - most of them about bacon. Oh the universal appeal of bacon! Yesterday, we lounged by the pool and I made some great BLTs with the beautiful homegrown tomatoes from the market! They were divine! I agree with Julia Child that "bacon is the food of Gods!" Speaking of Julia, I can not wait to see Julie & Julia! The movie opens on Friday, and I will be there! I read the book and loved it, and I hear that Meryl Streep becomes Julia! One of my favorite quotes by Julia is "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients." So I am taking her advice to heart for tonight's Sunday Supper and utilizing my fresh ingredients from the Farmers Market. I prepared a Silver Queen Corn Chower and served it with a garnish of homemade bacon bits and thinly sliced jalapeno peppers. I also made panko fried green tomatoes as a side dish. Supper began with a mixed green salad with the very first figs from our fig tree, walnuts and goat cheese. Next week, I should have enough figs for a delectable rustic fig tart, and I can't wait! So on that note, as Julia would end, bon appetit!

The Menu:

- Local Silver Queen Corn Chowder Adorned with
Housemade Bacon Bits and Jalapeno

- Panko Fried Green Tomatoes

- First Harvest Fig Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Peppered Goat Cheese
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