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#NaPoWriMo Salsa Bunny Trail

April 16, 2017 2 Comments

The bunny is no fool who visits my house with loot
He can easily see that we eat salsa of every kind
But shun the chocolate candy, don’t even think it is cute
So he reached into his basket while reading my mind
He left us a batch of perfectly ripe tomatoes, ready to chop
For dessert he left us watermelons, then down the trail he hopped

I wish all the gentle readers a happy Easter Sunday.  May the bunny grant your fondest wishes. Please join poets all over the world in April for #NaPoWriMo.    Read, write, recite all month.

Weekend Coffee Share TenWest in Tucson

October 22, 2016 10 Comments

my produce haul

my produce haul

my produce haul

my produce haul

If we were having coffee I would tell you that my quiet, at-home routine will be suspended this week. I have signed up for TenWest, a Festival to mimic South by Southwest in Austin.  There is a plethora of educational, social, and artistic content offered.  The week-long event began last night.  The first event I will attend is a big concert in a local park very near my home.   During the week my plans include a couple of workshops on podcasting, one about 3D printing, and a symposium about our special city of gastronomy designation.  I may attend the final concert and the TED talk also, even though they are past my regular bed time.  This will be a great week of learning and entertainment for me.  My schedule rarely gets this crowded, but this will be worth the effort.  I look forward to learning a lot.  I should have lots to share with you next weekend.

I can offer you coffee, or all kinds of tea again this week.  I am lingering over iced roiboos tropics while we savor a heat wave here.  Summer is still with us, which means my big stand-off with tidy muse has not yet been resolved.  I am still wearing shorts and summer dresses.  It was 94 yesterday, so there is no rush to get out the winter gear.  I have promised myself that the big clothing purge will take place when I do the seasonal switch of my wardrobe.  I have inquired about giving my friend and neighbor some of the jackets..but that does not really count.  I am still just procrastinating…in flip flops and shorts.  This too will pass.

Please help yourself to soup shots. On the buffet you will find white demi tasse cups and saucers.  Serve yourself from the wide selection of soups.  We have sweet pepper cream, corn bisque, tomato basil, minestrone, gaspacho,winter squash and ginger, with all your favorite toppings.  Add sliced green onions, crispy fried shallots, croutons, nuts, or grated cheese to complete your composition.  Although it is still warm, the produce season is leading us into winter.  A light meal featuring all these different seasonal delights is a great way to share this fall weather and our news. Who doesn’t like soup?  Enjoy the sensuality of the season with all the colors, tastes and aromas.  Hang out and tell us what you have been doing.

In the winter months Tucson is lucky to be served by the Santa Cruz County Food Bank. The excess produce from the big produce wholesalers in Nogales is shipped to Tucson and sold.  For 60 pounds of produce we pay $10.00.  This boon to our budget is very welcome, since fresh fruit and vegetables make up a big proportion of our diet.  My partner had to work today (Saturday), but he called me while he was out on calls to let me know that the food distribution had started in the neighborhood.  The scheduled start was Nov. 3, but they had produce, so they began today.  What an excellent October surprise this is!!! The truck was full of squash, coconut, tomatoes, cucumbers, two kinds of sweet chiles, and watermelon.  I give away as much as I can to neighbors, and then get to work roasting and processing it before it goes bad.  I will be charcoal grilling vegetables for a few hours today.  I love the smokey flavors it imparts to all the dishes I make with them.  If you stay for a while you can taste some tomatoes fresh off the grill with some pesto I made this week.  I promises to be a very delicious day.

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Heirloom Farmers Markets-Tucson

September 14, 2014 2 Comments

In September Arizona agriculture is peaking with abundance. There are crops that grow well in serious heat, like melons and okra, that are finishing the season.  Many more crops enjoy the long slow slide into winter that we have and will be ready soon. The grapes for wine are soon to be harvested, the apples in Wilcox are being picked, and some date varieties are now starting to be ripe and ready to eat.  There are a large variety of squash being grown around Arizona that are never seen in regular grocery stores, and you can even get fresh squash blossoms to prepare.  More vendors come out in the cooler weather as more customers show up to shop and dine at the food trucks.  We like to go for unusual gourmet finds as well as for entertainment.  We see people we know and sometimes take the dog.  It makes a good outing and supports the local farmers in the process.  Today we came home with some very special smoked salsa homemade by smoking all the vegetables on mesquite wood before combining them.  We bought a baby blue Hubbard squash..a mini version of the giant winter squash with the rich flavor.  I got some cayenne, garlic  and some extra hot jalapeño chiles because our own chiles in the garden are ripe and ready to go to become salsa at home.  I will use the little green tomatoes, the garlic  and the chiles to round out the flavor and make different levels of picante for different tastes.  We are drinking fresh apple cider today from Wilcox. The little lemon cucumbers will make a sparkle in salads and the light colored pickling cucumbers are good straight up why themselves as a snack.  We did not get dates because I have a few I need to use from last season before I start on this year’s.  I don’t mind paying extra in order to put the mooney right into the hand of the person who grew or made it.

How is the farmers’ market scene where you live?  Are you able to get to one on a regular basis?  I like both the specialty prepared foods and the fresh produce.  They both serve the local farming community and let us have some extra special meals enhanced by products and produce not to be found at standard grocery shopping outlets.  When I travel I make it a point to attend a local market if at all possible.  I think they are growing in popularity and in variety of available products.  Some have musical entertainment.   It is fun to meet the farmer and know your food is as fresh as it can be.

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