Summertime and the cooking is easy! Come on down to the Wednesday Market (8th St at Main, 3-7pm) for some delicious mid-week inspiration. Gorgeous vegetables, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, corn, carrots beans, peppers, basil, onions, lettuce and more! Sweet, sweet fruit, berries, peaches, plums nectarines. Local meats….pasture-raised Kurobuta pork – buy two pounds get one free! Cured pork….smoked chops, bacon and sausages….mushrooms, wild berry jams, local honey too. Hummus, and pita, local wines…La Provence is out this week….Big Foot Bread will be back next week .
See below White Star’s idea for an easy dinner!
White Star Farms Gazpacho
20 minute prep time
1 large heirloom tomato
1 bunch scallions
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
4 medium cucumbers peeled and seeded
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 c water
1/4 c sour cream
salt to taste
Toss the peeled and seeded cucumbers into a Cuisinart along with water, lemon juice and sour cream. Pulse until a fine puree is reached. Add salt to taste. To chill, nest a small bowl with the cucumber puree in it, into a larger bowl with a layer of ice cubes. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes or so until chilled.
Serve the cucumber puree in a bowl with a large spoonful of the pepper/onion/tomato relish and a dollop of real sour cream. Ahh, delightful!
White Star Farms (from Oregon City…how Local is THAT!) will have plenty of Padron Peppers, too. These are a rare “tapa” from the town of Padron in Northern Spain. AMAZING (!) when prepared simply: tossed in olive oil and sauteed in a cast-iron skillet, or grilled. They are full of rich flavor, and mostly mild- though every now and then, one will have a little heat.
And now we have Mitzil Restaurant set up to offer you tasty Empanadas at the Wednesday Market! Stop by for a sample…and order them freshly cooked in front of you! Enjoy a fruit smoothie or a glass of wine as well….listening to Andean Folk Music…what could be better on a warm mid-week evening! Easy parking after 5pm in Busch’s parking lot….OR Trail and WIC and Senior Checks accepted.
Join us every Saturday too, on the parking lot ,2051 Kaen Rd, off Beavercreek Rd , on “the hill” in Oregon City. Open at 9am…until 2pm. 50 vendors, hot food, drinks and live music. Cheers!