Saturday, August 30, 2008

Eggplant Parmigiana

1/2 c finely shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T flour
1 tsp dried oregano
2 eggwhites lightly beaten
1 eggplant (12 oz) medium sized
1/3 c fine dry plain bread crumbs
1 T grated parmesan cheese
1 c marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350'
Spray 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish with no stick cooking spray -- set aside.
Trim ends from eggplant -- if desired peel.
Cut 1/2 inch slices from eggplant -- set aside.
In pie plate -- stir together bread crumbs, parmesan cheese & oregano.
Dip eggplant slice in flour, then into egg whites and then coat with bread crumb mixture.

Arrange dipped eggplant slices in prepared pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until light brown.
Remove from oven.
Spoon marinara sauce over baked eggplant slices.
Sprinkle with mozzeralla cheese.
Return to oven and bake additional 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Receipe courtesy of Steve & Barb Kley -- Kley's Organic Produce
Another fine vendor at the St. Peter Farmers Market!!!!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

It rained!
Life couldn't get any better!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunny Days and Cool Nights

So fall is in the air --- speeds up the ripening of the fruits and veggies. Can't happen fast enough. I'm ready!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Recipe #2 --- Eggplant Pesto/Hummus

Eggplant Pesto/Hummus

1. Peel, seed and microwave 1 medium eggplant
2. Puree in food processor with 2 tablespoons olive oil and
garlic (your preference on # of cloves)
3. Stir in fresh chopped parsley
4. Seasonings of your choice....

Add to pasta and use as a pesto sauce or chill and use as a dip for crackers and such.

Lots of salsa makers at the Market today. Hopefully they will share their recipes with us too!


Friday, August 22, 2008

Chelsea -- the first one!

Tonight I picked the first melon of the season. A Chelsea, an heirloom variety. I purchased the seed from the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah IA. It's a round basketball sized melon, with pink flesh and large white seeds.

The white seeds thru me but it didn't taste too bad. Most of the melons are just sitting there a bit of rain would be helpful. A lot of rain would be helpful.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dirt Bikes

So tonight, 2 rugrats go cruising thru the yard on a dirt bike. Appeared they knew the route quite well. I chased them down and politely explained trespassing. Forgot to ask their address or parents names -- they kinda buzzed away after my lecture. Time will tell.

If you know a rain dance -- please direct your talents this way. We could really use some moisture -- it's really dry. The sand knolls and dunes are starting to dry up and the crops are burning from the bottom up.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zuchini Receipe #1

Fried Zuchini ---

Peel, seed and grate a large zuchini (pretend it's a potato and you're making hash browns)
Thinly slice a small onion --- finely dice 1 celery rib
Sweat sliced onion and diced celery in large frying/saute pan with butter
(always butter)!
Add grated zuchini and cook away
Season with salt/pepper/paprika ......

When desired doneness is achieved (your choice) remove from heat and let stand
a few minutes

Stir in sour cream to taste.

Voila --- one less huge zuchini !! This receipe came from some guy at Saturday's market --- Jackie and I thought we could switch out the paprika and sour cream with

a) fresh basil, a fresh tomato and parmesan cheese
b) break an egg and fry with the zuchini and top with grated chedder cheese

Try it --- gotta get rid of 'em somehow!



The Market

So if I'm trying to plug the market --- better share the details!

St Peter Farmers Market
Saturdays -- 8:00 'til Noon
Tuesdays -- 2:30 'til 5:30

I'm the really old, really used, really rusty red/white Ford PickUp Truck -- my canopy is blue accented with gray duct tape. Don't ask about the duct tape -- it just comes in handy!



So I thought this would be a cool way to share the bounty of the garden. I was reading a someone else's blog and well -- it would be fun to try.