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Red, White. Blue. Menu for July 4

Posted 7/1/2014 11:39am by Judy Lessler.

Cooking:  Everybody deserves a  red, white, and blue meal for July 4.  Her is a recommendation:

Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, Southern Cold Slaw, and Amazing Beet Salad. Blueberries and honey dew melon.

You will find everything you need at the farmers market, although honey dew melons might be rare.  Other white fleshed melons are Sprite and Casaba. Of course, you can vary this menu and make a watermelon and blueberry salad. Just cut the watermelon into pieces about an inch or so big, mix with the blueberries, add some basil, and dress with a mild vinaigrette dressing. 

We have NC hard neck garlic this year, and it came out really well. There is a hard core down through the cloves. Use a knife to flip the cloves off the core. We cut the core too short today; however, for future deliveries, we will leave a longer neck so that you can hold it to take the cloves off.  This is the  the best garlic we  have ever grown on the farm.  Because the seeds, which are really single clovers from a garlic bulb, came from NC, they were adapted to our climate.  Most of the garlic I had grown before came from California or Washington State, and did less well.  Garlic is subject to "genetic drift" in that if you select the best bulbs from this one year's crop for the next year, your crop will be better the second year.  We lost only about 1 or 2 percent of the planting this year, whereas in past years, we lost about 15 to 20 percent. 

Boiling beets is an easy way to prepare them to use in recipes. Here's how: Cut the large beets to equal the size of the small ones, trim off some of the hairy parts, and boil unpeeled beets until you can easily pierce them with a fork. Cool and slip the skins off, and store in the refrigerator to use in the recommended recipes. If you are in a hurry to peel them, you can cool them in cold or ice water 

I have become a local hero with the Amazing Beet Salad, having made it for several pot lucks with lots of the new garlic.  


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