It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..
I am a late comer to the cult of the tomato, I hated them when I was younger and even now its not like I’ll eat one out of hand, I need to gild them if only with a pinch of salt. This week we had our first farm-share Heirloom tomatoes and our first little ripe Sungolds popped up (or out is more accurate)…I am very excited for the tomatoes yet to come.
This first night I made a Pizza– Italian Sausage (from our farm) & Fresh Mozzerella, Chile’s d’Arbol (from our garden) dusted with Fennel Powder and topped with Chopped Fresh Tomatoes & Basil dressed in Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper.
Omygosh it was so good, and I didn’t even make my own crust… I am ashamed to say where I got- let’s just say we had to get a bed frame there was only one place to go and while we were there we got sucked into the vortex of laziness and bought a bunch of stuff like a lamp, a mat for the kitchen, pizza dough, beer, cat litter, deli turkey, sliced cheddar cheese, and a watermelon. We felt dirty afterwards.
I digress… their whole wheat pizza dough was not bad..even after a couple of weeks in the freezer.I opted not to sauce the pizza because it was late and I forgot to take the sauce out of the freezer and it seemed a shame to cook down a tomato so gorgeous so ripe and still warm from the sun.
I love how it came out!
I covered with dough with a few slugs of good Olive Oil, some Chopped Garlic, Mozzerella Cheese, Cooked Sausage, Shaved Pecorino Cheese, Chopped Chiles and a wee bit of
Magical Fairy Dust Fennel Powder…Set the oven on Broil and got it up to 525 (as high as it would go).
It cooked for about 10 minutes…then I piled the fresh Tomatoes, shreds of Basil and all their Juices on top. It was amazing, this will be my Pizza Method for the summer. Hmmm wonder what other combos will work…
Clams + Pecorino + Fresh Oregano + Shaved Raw Zucchini & Yellow Sungolds
Goat Cheese + Proscuitto + Fresh Arugula + Plums
Ricotta + Mozzerella + Pecorino + Squash Blossoms + Fresh Nasturiums + Chopped Pink & Yellow Tomatoes (prettiest pizza ever)
Scaramoza + Salami + Chilies + Shaved Fennel & Green Olives
Mozzerella + Pancetta + Fried Egg + Fresh Herbs + Crunchy Bread Crumbs + Sweet 100’s
Mozzerella + Blue Cheese + Bacon + Chopped Tomato & Romaine
Blue Cheese + Roast Chicken + Hot Sauce + Shaved Celery, Celery Leaves, Arugula & Cucumbers
Brie + Caramelized Shallots + Chopped Raw Peaches & Toasted Almonds + Warm Honey
Smoked Mozzerella + Provolone + Chiles + Cold Roasted Pepper Salad
Robbiola + Mortadella + Raw Raddichio + Pistachios
Mozzerella + Goat Cheese + Fresh Figs, Mint & Toasted Pine Nuts
I could go on forever thinking up ideas…
Sunday Morning we had
The Sandwich I Have Been Waiting All Year For
Toasted County Bread + Mayo + Slice Tomato +Lettuce + Bacon + Over Easy Egg
Sure I could’ve had one of these anytime, but without the top tier A one ripe tomato, it’s just a breakfast sandwich, with it is Magic, and coupled with a good Bloody Mary, some strong Iced Coffee, a Sliced Peach..maybe a bit of Blackberry coffee cake and the Sunday NY Times… it’s the perfect late summer brunch.
We have a lot going on the next couple of weeks...
Cheeseburgers + Baked Onion Rings + Faux Fried Zucchini
We’re going to hang with Pretzel Logic et al and do some lake stuff like boating and swimming & grilling Have to find out what to bring but probably bring
Goat Brie with Peaches & Blueberry Upside Down cake.
We are going to the Demolition Derby at the Topsham County Fair-!!!!-
Seriously we really are!! Remember Pinky Tuscadero? on Happy Days…she got hurt and The Fonz had to take over for her at the Demolition Derby? The one he didn’t want her to do in the first place because she could get hurt?
(if you have 22 minutes to spare this is hilarious!)
The Wednesday Night Schedule
5:30pm Bad Penny Band (Country Music)
5:30 Pig Scramble 7 yr olds
6:00 4-H Sheep Show Show Ring A
6:45 Demolition Derby Car Auction Area 1
7:00 Steer & Oxen Pulling 6 ft elimination 2000 & 2400 run together – Pulling Ring
7:00 Demolition Derby Area 1
I really hope we get there in time for the Pig Scramble!
JP Arrives From Philly!!!!!!!!!… Here are the menus I’ve planned for the week:
Everything Flat Bread + Goat Cheese + Caramelized Raddicho
Chicken Under A Brick w Zhug + Warm Cous Cous Grilled Vegetable Salad
Grilled Scallops + Chantrelles
Grilled Steaks + Tomato & Cucumber Salad
It’s possible we may go watch some Professional Bull Riding at the Fair and then have a late Dinner.
Faux Clam Bake – Steamed Clams, Sausage, Lobster, Corn, Potatoes
S’mores w/ Speculoos Cookies + Dark Chocolate Ginger
Maybe Homemade Paparadelle (or Regular Spaghetti Depends on the day) with Lobster, Chilies, Oven Roasted Tomatoes + Lobster Oil
+ whatever we find on our adventures
Some kind of delicious something on toast
Roast Duck with Wild Blueberries + Wild Rice with Caramelized Onion + Roasted Carrots
I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!