My brain has melted.
Or drowned – hasn’t it been a crazy hot/rainy summer?
That’s my only attempt at an excuse for not writing for so long. Well, the brain has been fried by the heat of summer, and huge upcoming life changes and watching the veeeeeeeery slow progress as my house moves from a peely-paint house to a lovely crisp clean abode. It’s such an improvement that my electrician says that it will raise the assessments for the entire neighborhood. Sorry neighbors!
I intended to have a garden… However, my harvest this year was garlic scapes. And I cut those too late, leading to my second harvest, the tiniest heads of garlic I’ve ever seen. I’ve got them curing in the basement, but I have a feeling I will be buying garlic from the farmers’ market…
I’ve visited a couple of restaurants in the attempt to escape our very un-air-conditioned house.
I love going to Bonfiglio & Bread for mushroom toast or the poached egg bowl (how do you describe it?) for breakfast, and even on days where the breakfast chef isn’t there, the kouign-ammans are de-lish. I’ll be there when they open up again on Saturday the 17th. I hope they’re poaching eggs that day. Relish Hudson is also a great option for breakfast – really nice egg sandwich variations. And I love sitting in the window on a quiet morning, gazing at our cute Amtrak station.
Many days I have no desire to prepare food (what?) and if it’s super hot, it’s ice cream for dinner. Lick has saved me from a melt-down more than once. One of my new favorite desserts does take some cooking (baking the crust and making the blueberry sauce on the stove top – best done earlier in the day), but this blueberry ice-cream pie will make anyone happy. I found the recipe while searching for gluten-free recipes when a dear friend was coming to visit, and I halved the sugar called for in the recipe to make it more friendly for those who watch their sugar intake. It’s just delicious. And who doesn’t need ice-cream pie?
For the most part I’ve been enjoying the bounty of our season and very often don’t do more than wash, peel (if necessary), cut up and eat. This weekend, however, I found myself with a load of blueberries along with a half of a cantaloupe, and then I bought a couple of pounds of doughnut peaches and plums. Too much goodness! I solved this (partially) by attempting a recipe for blueberry refrigerator jam - success! If you’re not into canning, and I’m not, this is a jam for you. So is David Lebovitz’s No Recipe Cherry Jam which I’ve made numerous times. And I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it looks just as easy: Triple berry quick jam.
Dinner the past two nights has been corn on the cob, just barely boiled, plus some of the above-mentioned fruit. Don’t you love corn season? Maybe I’ll have the desire to cook something a little more elaborate next weekend – but I’m not complaining if I have to eat more corn.
Copake Falls Day on Saturday August 17th – I’m very excited about this as Margaret from A Way to Garden opens up her garden for Garden Conservancy Open Day and I love to wander around and imagine it’s my yard. Maybe next year. The Fabulous Beekman Boys will be there for a lecture/breakfast/book signing. Copake Falls, just this side of the border with Massachusetts.
Dutchess County Fair - August 20th – August 25th – rides! fried foods! Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck
Columbia County Fair – August 28 – September 2 – a classic county fair. Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham
Taste of Hudson on Saturday September 7th, 11am – 2pm – don’t be silly and think you’ll get any food at 2pm. Think early, people! Warren Street below 3rd Street.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest on Saturday September 7th and Sunday September 8th – one of the biggest area extravaganzas. Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck