Saturday, August 05, 2006

Farmers market bruschetta

This is a great time of year for shopping at farmers markets. Several vendors had beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the Kirkwood market for $2/pound (compared to $7.99/pound at Whole Foods!!) so I brought home several, along with some freshly picked ears of corn. I found four different types of tomatoes, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, a beautiful reddish-yellow one that I think was an Old German, and another green one whose name I can't remember.

I make these bruschetta for dinner tonight and was pleased with how they turned out. I think they're not technically bruschetta (the bread isn't toasted and I didn't use any olive oil), but I couldn't come up with a better name. The tomato mix will need to sit for awhile before you use it.

Farmers Market Bruschetta
4 tomatoes (different-colored heirloom tomatoes recommended)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 fresh ears of corn (washed and de-silked, but not cooked)
balsamic vinegar
handful of raw pine nuts
goat cheese, room temperature (I used a garlic & chives variety)
1 loaf French bread, sliced into 1/2 pieces

Dice the tomatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Cut the kernels from the corn cobs and add them to the tomatoes. Cut the onion into about 4 chunks, and slice each clove of garlic in half and add both to the bowl. Ensure the onions and garlic are well-covered by the juice from the tomatoes, and refrigerate for at least one hour to let the onion & garlic flavor the tomatoes.

Remove the onion and garlic pieces from the tomato mix. Add the pine nuts, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and salt to taste. Spread goat cheese on the bread slices and top each with a spoonful of the tomato mixture; use a slotted spoon so you don't pick up a lot of juice.

Public Service Announcement

If you prepare a box of instant chocolate pudding, but replace 3/4 cup of the milk with Kahlua, it won't set up all the way (probably need to chill the Kahlua to make it set).

The resulting syrup would be really good on pound cake.

Just thought you needed to know. Mmmmmmm..... pound cake.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Worm update

One week after my worm bin was assembled, I guess the worms are happy. In addition to lots of mites (which I understand are normal in a vermicompost bin), I've been finding lots of eggs when I dig in it.

Backyard visitor

We spotted this girl (or young guy?) out by our back porch before dinner tonight.

Here's Sienna checking out the intruder.

Storm Photo

I was looking through the pictures on my camera for a new post, and saw the one Doug took of the house across the street after the July 19 storms came through. I was out of town during the storms (thankfully, had decided to fly to Texas Wednesday morning instead of Wednesday evening) so I missed the excitement. We were without power for 4 days, a lot more fortunate than many in our area.

Once the tree was removed from the house, the only visible damage is a dent in the gutter. These houses are built from cinderblocks instead of wood framing, and boy are they stout.