Last weekend we saw a near constant rain that left our land a soft shade of emerald, and the garden looking fresh and yummy.
As the days grow longer (and then shorter), we find our front door always open and friends always somewhere inside. I love having people in my kitchen; eating, talking and enjoying, and summertime potlucks are a staple part of our rhythm.
Radishes with Fresch Bread and Herbed Cream Cheese
Bread (If you do not eat GF, I would suggest using french bread)
Softened cream cheese
Herbs (I used chives)
Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature. Snip the chives and mix into softened cream cheese. Slice bread, and spread with herbed cream cheese. Thinly slice the radishes and place on top. Snip a a bit more chives for garnish and serve.
As the rain poured down last Saturday, a friend’s annual cocktail party seemed surely rained out, but never one to let the weather effect their spirits, Sarah and Doc decided to keep it going as we all piled indoors to enjoy good food and drink. Perhaps my favorite dish of the night turned out to be the most creative of cocktails, as one guest carried a basket full of greens in one hand, and a bottle of flavored vodka in the other. Rosemary called it the Lawnmower, and it may very well become the classic drink of the summer. While I have no idea exactly what was in the drink that she made (I watched her put a lot of greens and a lot of alcohol into the blender), here is my version of this fun and healthy (somewhat) twist.
1 large bunch of greens (I used fresh spinach and collards)
1 diced apple, skin on
1 small bunch fresh mint (I used Kentucky Colonel)
2 diced kiwi
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
1 tbsp Spirulina
1 Tbsp Honey
1 cup of flavored liquor (I used raspberry flavored rum)
Blend together and serve chilled
I wish you a weekend full of fresh food and good fun, and to all of the fathers out there, thank you for all that you do.