This heat! We’re all half dead. I’ve been hosing the horses down some evenings because they’re drenched in sweat. I’m not sure what’s wrong with this one
I’ll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market tomorrow with:
Crimson Sweet watermelons, lambkin melons, tomatoes: Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Azoychka Russian, Limmony, American Original Beefsteak and just a few others; cherry tomato mix (so pretty), 3 kinds of eggplant – you guys bought so much eggplant last week! Thank you, you’re the GREATEST!!! Sweet peppers, okra, potatoes: German Butterball, Peppermint, Huckleberry Gold, Carola bakers; onions: sweet, red & cipollini; the last of the squash, wah. A variety of cucumbers; sweet potatoes; wheat berries.
BOLOGNA is BACK! Sliced pastrami and sliced corned beef made at The Weeping Radish from our beef. No weird stuff.
We have these cuts: Ribeyes, NY strips, filets, sirloins, skirt, flat irons, ground beef, stew beef, philly steak, cube steak, oso bucco (40% off), short ribs, brisket, soup bones (BOGO 50% off), liver, sirloin tip roasts, eye of round and bone-in chuck roasts, and bologna, pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs, & andouille sausage made from 100% grass fed beef without any nitrates/nitrites.
This is a photo of the mini-vegetable ratatouille I made last week that I couldn’t add to the newsletter because our internet was down again. I’m adding it now because I don’t have hardly any pictures to show you this week Every time it rains the modem dies. Nothing else, just the modem!! And it was the new replacement modem we just got the day before that we waited a week for.
Anyway one recipe said fill in the gaps with tomato sauce so I just crammed tiny whole tomatoes into the gaps. It’s cute, right?
So after we smelled the burnt smell (modem) I was talking to Shane and there was no response, because I found him outside pounding the dead modem with a hammer BAHAHAHA!! Hilarious because he never does stuff like that. That’s MY thing – in fact he was using the hammer I keep in my Gator for the sole purpose of pulverizing all the things that conspire against me. Such as those plastic dispenser boxes of razor blades that you use for knives, you know where you’re supposed to get a blade out of the tiniest slit ever, and it’s completely impossible? You sit there and screw with it for a whole entire 4 seconds! Forget it. HAMMERTIME.
Shane asked me what happened to the box of razor blades. I said a hammer fell on it six times. I hope I’m not rubbing off on him. I don’t want to live with someone like me.
A couple weeks ago Johanna was helping me at the market, you know Johanna. She told me how she makes her eggplant dip. She makes a nut butter in the food processor (about 1/4 c) with cashews or pecans or whatever (I used Trader Joe’s Raw Mixed Nuts) and a splash of olive oil then adds roasted eggplant (I followed these instructions for roasting), a bulb of roasted garlic, a splash of soy sauce, fresh lemon juice and salt. Oh my gosh! So much better than Baba Ghanoush which I always thought was a little bitter. I added a dash of smoked paprika. So delicious, I had it for lunches & snacks with sweet pepper dippers and my fridge pickles. Maybe a few blue corn tortilla chips. I’m on my second double batch this week.
I found so many new recipes for eggplant, I guess because I’m having such massive eggplant yields this season. So I made a new board on our Pinterest page called Eggplant is Underrated, haha. So many delicious-looking ones to try! but the Szechuan Eggplant recipe on there is one of our all time favorites.
Pretend that’s a photograph of potatoes. We made these Crispy Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes on the recommendation of my sister. She said to add the vinegar before and after baking. They were so good! but anything salty tastes like heaven right now because we’re craving electrolytes. I always get dizziness in the summer from low blood pressure caused by dehydration, so this year I’m drinking something besides water! I finally thought of that after 7 years.
Coconut water is super high in potassium and high in magnesium but according to my google search, needs to be “sodium enhanced” to properly hydrate. So I’m doing 50% water, 50% coconut water and 20% organic lemonade. Does that equal 100%? They say you need sugar (carbs) for energy thus the lemonade. Then adding sea salt for sodium enhancement. It goes down really easy, I can chug a liter in a minute or 2 and haven’t had dizziness at all. Or leg cramps which I already knew was a potassium deficiency. Solving problems ALL OVER the place!!!
See you tomorrow!