Monday, May 28, 2012

He's Gone Mad....

Radio Lab podcast about guts, wherein lactic acid in the gut as a result from eating fermented foods (or probiotic pills) is sorta proven to have a direct effect on mood in a positive way, inspired Mike to capture soon-to-be-out-of-season veggies in a delicious fermented brine.    Although Mike himself  was too grossed out by guts to actually make it to that part of the podcast, I filled him in.  Which led us to realize we could do with just a bit more kimchee....

Now radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, snap peas, napa cabbage and beets will live for many months in our jars and guts, helping us to live happier and healthier lives.

And we haven't even got Sandor's new book yet.....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cinco de Mayo on the Ridge
May 5th 2012

To Start

Handmade Tortillitas
With Sequatchie Cove Farm sour cream and scallions 
and William’s Island and Crabtree Farm  radishes

Baked Empanadas
 With Fall Creek Farm broccoli

 Spiced Peanuts and Almonds
With Signal Mtn Farm dried cayenne and herbs from my own yard

Garbanzo Bisque
With Sequatchie Cove scallions and kale

The Feast

Creekridge Farm Chicken Mole
With last summer’s Pocket farm tomatoes, 
and chocolate from the farmer’s market in Dominica

Broccoli and Kohlrabi Enchiladas
Topped with Sequatchie Cove Creamery’s Dancing Fern

Pinto and Red Beans
With Riverview Farm corn flour dumplings

Fall Creek Farm Cabbage Slaw
    With Crabtree radishes

To Finish

Corn Cake
 With coconut milk, Sequatchie Cove Farm eggs and last summer’s corn; 
drizzled with a Velo coffee and Dominica nutmeg syrup

Featuring (and Many Thanks to)…. 

All beautiful and colorful wine and water glasses are made by Prentice Hicks and donated for use during this dinner.  They can be taken home to drink from and brighten your every day.  They are 2nds and specially priced.  Please ask for prices

Several small plates and a few larger ones, , and some serving bowls are made by Anderson Bailey, and are also donated for use during this dinner. They are the elegant, mostly white pieces.  They too can be taken home.  Please ask for prices.

Flowers are from my own yard, lovingly and beautifully arranged by Jennie Bartoletti

Of course this dinner would have been nothing but empty plates and stomachs without our dedicated and hardworking farmers and food artisans- William’s Island Farm, Sequatchie Cove Farm and Creamery, Signal Mountain Farm, Crabtree Farm, Circle S Farm, Pocket Farm, Riverview Farm, Creekridge Farm, and Fall Creek Farm were all extremely important in the making of this dinner.  They are all at Main Street Farmer’s Market- along with many other farms producing equally delicious produce and meat.

 And last, but decidedly not least- Many thanks to all of you- the  supporters of local farmers and craftspeople.  You choose to make this community better and more alive every day.  I look forward to seeing you all at the Main Street Farmers Market throughout the season!