Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whats For Dinner at the Douglas Social?

This week at the Douglas Social The Summertime Market will be bringing you the best the area has to offer for dinner and desert. Look for our tent to be serving Evil Jungle Thai salad and tomato basil sandwiches for dinner. For desert we will offer Palazzolo's Gelato and Crane's Pies.

Whether you come hungry for conversation or for a full plate of salad we hope to see you at the Douglas Social, this Thursday night from 5:00-9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cheese Tasting with Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery

In general it can be difficult to refuse a sampling of cheese but when it is an Evergreen Lane chevre it is impossible. This past Saturday the cheese maker, Ms. Halinski debuted her new pleasantly sweet fig and honey chevre cheese with the Summertime community. Simply presented in a paper cup the creamy cheese left your taste buds in a quandary believing they had just had a spoon full of ice cream. The Fig and Honey Chevre is now available at the Market. View more images from the event on our Facebook.

In addition to debuting her new cheese, Ms Halinski used some of the products at the Market to pile up a chevre bruschetta with wild chard, pickled beats and fennel. Bellow you will find the recipe for how to cook and prepare the seasonally perfect snack and in the Market you can find all the ingredients needed to try it yourself at home. Enjoy!

Chevre Bruschetta with Wilted Chard, Pickled Beets, and Fennel
1 baguette
Wilted Chard (see recipe below)
Pickled Beets (see recipe below)
3 quarts Swiss Chard (about a dozen leaves)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Dash of sea salt, to taste
Remove stems and slice into thin ribbons “chiffonade” style—roll a few leaves at a time together lengthwise and slice. Place ribbons into a tall heavy-bottom pot and toss with 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and a dash of sea salt. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes, just until steaming, stirring gently. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Remove from pot to cool. Use at room temperature to assemble bruschetta, or cook ahead of time and store in fridge for later.
1 LB beets
1 medium onion, Vidalia or red
1 cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
Trim stems to ½ inch and wash whole beets to remove soil. Boil whole beets for 15 minutes, let sit for 5. Rinse in cold water and slip skins. Slice boiled beets and set aside in a large bowl. Slice onion in thin rings. Toss onion rings with beets slices. Mix vinegar and water in a saucepan, stir in sugar, and bring to a boil. Immediately pour over beets and onions to cover, cover the bowl with a plate and let sit overnight—refrigerate after everything has cooled to room temperature.
Slice baguette to ½ inch pieces, toast in oven or use fresh. Top with a large spoonful of greens, spread on a tablespoon of fresh chevre then top with beet and onion slices. Garnish with fennel sprigs.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fresh Cherry Reduction Sauce

Cherries are usually reserved for eating by the pit spitting contest and eating by the hand full, however, they can be used dress up a nice piece of meat. Featured here is a grilled grass fed pork chop lightly covered in a fresh cherry reduction sauce. With cherries just coming into season this is an exciting option for dressing up a weekly dinner.

1lb fresh pitted cherries
1 cup ruby red port
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Place cherries in saucepan and add port, sugar vinegar and honey. Cook over high heat, stirring slowly, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the cherries are soft but still retain their shape.

Don’t forget to tell us how you liked it, enjoy!
Alan Greene’s article “Brown vs. White Rice: a fork in the road” reminds us of the importance of developmental lessons in young children with regards to nutrition. What will allow children to make positive food choices in the future will stem from their understanding of the parallels of their own uniqueness and the food they put in their body. Early awareness and appreciation for foods full sensory experience will instinctively create a gravitation to foods that can be picked up, felt, smelled and seen, rather than something that comes in a cold ambiguous package.