Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Buford Farmers Market

I'm back!

I just had to run outside and make sure the sky wasn't falling!

It started out an ordinary day.  Made breakfast for our guests at Casa Bella B & B.  Business as usual. Our satisfied guests departed after hugs and promises to see us next year.

Ron and I celebrated with a swim and made a quick decision to head to Atlanta, I had a shopping list compiled for Buford Farmer's Market that included provisions for  a big weekend ahead at our B & B and an upcoming episode of Home At Last!

It wasn't a long list.  . .but it provided us with a good enough reason to get out of town.  I love Tuesdays at the market-they sell huge mixed bags of hot and mild peppers for ridiculous prices!  I make hot sauce and stuffed Mexican peppers on the grill.

My surprise came when I suggested that we enjoy sushi at the market and Ron agreed. (He's not a huge sushi fan, although his tastes have shifted after radiation for prostate cancer.) We picked my favorite Unagi (eel) and seaweed salad and Ron opted for a California Roll.  To my great surprise and disbelief Ron tasted the eel! "Mikey liked it!"

So, the sky didn't fall and it was a good day!

Mixed Sweet Peppers

Ukrainian Chocolates

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pasta Pizza

Who knew that cleaning out the fridge could result in a fabulous pizza rich with flavor and great textures. First: The dough-a bright, warm sunny day resulted in a perfectly tender crust with just the right amount of crunch! Second: Food in the fridge that needed to be used up or thrown out. I know . . .but it's a weekend with guests on the way and I need the space. So, So, in to the pot the ingredients flew-fresh tomatoes, pork sausage, black olives, fresh baby yellow peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and on and on it went-including a few tablespoons of leftover penne pasta with similar ingredients! The Results: A fabulous crunchy pan pizza drizzled with the perfect helping of garlic oil and ripe flavor from goat cheese and a young shredded asiago cheese!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We've Got A Fruity Kinda Love

I absolutely adore this time of the spring. The first fruit crops are being harvested and gracious friends share their bounty! I've cleaned and prepped two batches of early peaches and a boatload of blueberries. The blueberries are incorporated into our wildly popular homemade waffles and the peaches are in everything from "Hard Peach Punch" to our new breakfast dish, a vegan-friendly bread pudding with almond and coconut milks with fresh peaches. www.GirondasCasaBella.com