Monday, July 30, 2012

Farm to Table Wedding

From Prep days to Wedding Day


Renee picking out 36 lobsters, that we caught!

Beautiful, I tossed the lobster meat with soba noodles, 
green onions and a sesame dressing

Kristin cutting cutting cutting

Roasted tomato relish for the grilled sausage

We made slaw with three types of cabbage from Four Seasons Farm,
peaches, almonds, mint, ginger, 5 spice powder and champagne vinegar

The beginnings of a lot of my kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes

Killer crabmeat dip with avocado, fresh dill, scallions and lemon

My crew in our work area on site

My favorite part, setting up the appetizer buffet

Hard at work and looking good!

Happy days!  My bunting was needed again!! 

The bride and her friends set the tables in the boat barn

Me, being the grill-mystress

And then we became crazy busy and took no more pictures.

  The next time I thought of it, was while we were in the 
midst of cleaning up and I decided that was TOO much information.

(The bride was beautiful)

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Roasted Beets

Hi All!

I harvested my first full size beets from the garden this week
and had the grill going for some more flatbread for a wedding
I am catering tomorrow

So when I was done with the bread I shoved the coals to either side
making a pocket of indirect heat

Laid the beets on foil, drizzled them with olive oil,
sprinkled with Maldon's Sea Salt and threw in a bunch
of fresh rosemary and thyme

Wrapped it all up and put them on the grill with the lid closed

In about 40 minutes I had these delicious roasted beets

Once cool, the skin slips right off

I quartered them, tossed them with some cassis vinegar, hazelnut oil, a little salt and pepper
and served them with this delicious goat cheese I had
bought that day at Blue Hill Wine Shop


And delicious!

Now, off for some more wedding cooking.

I am having the best time,
 all fresh local foods,
in Lily's by myself,
 the tunes cranked up...

I'll keep you posted

Enjoy your day!

p.s. I have edited my GF almond cake recipe with Strawberry sauce
I have made it a lot and tweaked it so it is just right

Monday, July 23, 2012

Antique Festival

I am still excited about yesterday!

A gorgeous day, in a gorgeous place surrounded by
happy people,

 with cool stuff all around


Food and Farm

and Folly

I know I couldn't be more grateful and I hope we get to do it again next year


Friday, July 20, 2012

Grilled Flatbread

So simple and SO good
I made a ton yesterday and threw them in the freezer
for Sunday.  I can just warm them up on the grill
as I make my sandwiches

Here is the recipe in case you want to try your hand
Maybe you'll make a grilled pizza or something crazy like that :0)
Have a wonderful day!


1 1/3 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup warm (@110degrees) water
1 T olive oil

Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl
(I was making big batches so I used my Kitchen Aid, but simple to do by hand if small batch)
Add oil to warm water and pour into flour mixture
Stir to create a dough
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes
Place dough in an oiled bowl, lightly cover and put in a warm place to rise to double its size  
This took about 30 minutes, maybe 40
Meanwhile, heat your grill
Punch risen dough down, divide into balls - you can decide how big you want them
Using a bit of olive oil on each side, flatten ball into a 1/8 thick round with your fingers or a rolling pin
Grill over hot coals until cooked, about 2 minutes per side

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Have Fun

"Focus on what you want....
Make your reality useful and pleasant,
Have fun with it,
There is absolutely no reason not to."

I'm off to work today in the cafe, prepping for Sunday's festival
I'm excited!

I hope you all have a wonderful day

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

You Are Amazing

Hands down, one of the best parts of this year of pause is nurturing friendships

Taking the time to listen, share and experience each other, whether
it is an old friend or an unexpected new one, has opened my whole world

All along I've been stating that I needed time to be Quiet
If you know me at all, I don't think the word Quiet comes to mind ;)

 I realized yesterday,
 in a wonderfully non quiet conversation,
 that Quiet for me doesn't mean sitting in a corner.

 Rather, it is the process of
allowing myself to quiet down from outside expectations

To know my heart and live true to me

and to remember the me that is amazing
and to share it with all of you, who are equally amazing
especially when you come from your heart

Thank you from my heart,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Making it Festive

I'll be brief, because it is hot and I know you are all busy

It's almost Go Time for the Antique Festival on Sunday the 22nd
and Brenda gave me the idea to decorate the field with flag pennants

So I pulled out my Pfaff and set up the screened porch as a little factory
and got to it.

I found great directions on this blog called "Your Home Based Mom"

I chose 15 different fabrics in both soft and bright colors
hoping for an old fashioned festive look with a little spunk to it

I used this huge roll of hemming tape I had bought at a yard sale
eons ago to put them together

And ended up with six strings of 25 each

That should be enough to line the major walk way and
set off the food and drink areas, I might even have one for the 
gazebo where the bands will play!

While sewing I decided on what sandwiches I'm going to sell
Both on grilled flat bread ( I'll have corn tortillas for the myself and the other gluten free-ers);
one with Old Ackley Farm Sausage, sautéed onions, peppers and mojo sauce
and the other with grilled eggplant, basil pesto mayo, sautéed onions and Red Barn Farm Goat Cheese

I'm starting to get really excited!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend