Monday, August 30, 2010

Sometimes the Easiest Recipes are the Most Delicious

My Nana Olson's recipe for cucumber salad. I made it plain and then in a version I made for a work picnic, I also threw in some local tomatoes for a little extra color:

To 1/2 c. white vinegar add 2T white sugar. Stir until dissolved.
Add 1 c. water and salt & pepper to taste.
Stir in sliced cukes and thinly sliced onions (vidalia is nice) separated into rings. Chill in frig for several hours.

Next to the picture above are the lovely grape tomatoes we also got that week in the share. They were super sweet like Starburst candies, except more natural and sweetened by the sun!

Maury Elementary goes Local!

I can't tell you how pleased I was to see that my son's new school, Maury Elementary, is jumping on the locavore bandwagon and offering fresh fruits & veggies from local farms. No more disgusting cafeteria "ketchup is a vegetable" a la the Reagan era, and waxy green beans from a can!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Baby Eggplant and Soy Salmon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

We had lots of potatoes and garlic from the farm these last few weeks, so I made some garlic mashed potatoes. I also used some baby eggplant and peppers to make this Asian-style salmon with soy-sauce, ginger, garlic and some spicy black bean sauce. It was delicious!