Thursday, July 7, 2011

Garden fresh produce...minus all the work

I'm not sure if you've noticed but I've been slacking off a bit on my posting this summer and there are two main reasons....

One...I'm working on rolling out an updated Rare & Well Done site...complete with my own domain name and everything! Stay posted. It should be up and running soon and I would love your help with it. Do you want more of anything specific...happenings in Louisville...weekend getaway ideas for food centric food trends (p.s. I'm probably going to use all of these so any other ideas would be great!).


Two...All those damn fresh vegetables!!! I want to venture out and blog about new restaurants so badly, but when my garden is filled with fresh vegetables literally falling of the vine with ripeness I simply can't help but rush them into the kitchen and have them for dinner. If you didn't plant a garden this summer and aren't drowning in collard greens and cucumbers (p.s. if anyone has recipes for collard greens and cucumbers together I'd love to hear it...otherwise I'm going to be selling them on a highway off ramp) you might want to check out all of the local farmers markets to and experience the bounty for yourself.

Check out this link:

Did you have any idea we had so many farmers markets in the area???? Enjoy the bounty of the season Louisville.

Oh, and one more thing. If you ARE drowning in cucumbers like me why not make some benedictine or a refreshing cocktail!?

Here's a link to a cucumber cocktail recipe I posted some time back:

And here's a benedictine recipe I got off an index card in the Churchill Downs museum(don't judge until you try it). I made it this past weekend and it was a huge hit. Just be sure to drain the cucumber/onion mixture thoroughly before mixing with the cream cheese and let it set in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving. I made tea sandwiches out of it...I dipped veggies in guest wanted to spread it on a bagel for breakfast:

Peel one large cucumber and a medium/small onion. Grate them into a pulp. Strain the pulp to remove all liquid. Discard liquid. Add drained cucumbers and onions to one package of cream cheese. Enjoy. The recipe actually calls for green food coloring but please, this isn't St. Patrick's day. If you want to go crazy I would recommend a hint of cayenne and a touch of lemon juice.

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