Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I so regret that I didn't have my camera when I passed an amazing lady vampire on 5th Street. She was quite a sight, just outside of Passional.

This lil uke playing lass often strums on our corner.  

 Here's a photo of a Halloweening clan in West Cape May.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Carmelized Onion and Chevre Tarts

We grabbed a few packages of Piping Goat's Creamery Chevre last weekend. It wasn't enough to make it through the week so tarts this weekend use Piping Goat along with Bucheron. I doubt there will be complaints. These are topped off with a seared green onion from Z Food farm.

Sweet tart for Saturday Markets is Apple Frangipane. We used 'Northern Spy'  apples and glazed it with Marisa Mcclellan's  fantastic apricot jam / Pear Williams.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cape May October 24

Jetty at The Cove
Cape Mayans enjoying the amazing autumn afternoon.

Quite fresh swordfish slabs from The Lobster House

Lil lady and fresh florida shrimp

Camellia stems and bamboo for dinner table

Amazing veggies from Z Farm and Blooming Glen prepped for simple roasting

Romanesco, leeks, fennel and turnips

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cape May October

Camellias October West Cape May

Nandina October West Cape May

Sunken Ship Cape May Point

Acer Japonicum 'Aka omote' October West Cape May

Autumn Market Offerings

This is Pear Frangipane Tart. We've been using Beechwood and Frecon Farms Bartlett and Bosc pears over a frangipane made with farm eggs and Shankstead butter.I glazed this tart with amazing apricot preserves, a sweet gift from Marisa McClellan.

 Here's an another old school tart. Broccoli from Lancaster, Davidson's mushrooms, Leidy's ham and Boursin from WFM.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cauliflower and Brie Tarts with Grain Mustard and Carmelized Onion

Art in the Age Root Caramels!   Tasty

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Root Caramels

I made a batch of caramels yesterday replacing the vanilla rum infusion with a double dose of Root. These came out remarkably delicious. They don't look any different, so no pics, but the Root flavor is roodiciously nice. We have a few for markets this weekend.

Monday, October 10, 2011

West Cape May Colombus Day

The Cove was packed with lil skippers riding ankle slappers. In the pic CMBP taking gear to winter storage.
Monarch Butterflies migrate by the thousands, along the beach, through Cape May.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fine Philly Fixens, D'Angelo, Talluto, DiBruno, Griggstown, Claudio

Poussin with kabocha ravioli and guanciale di vitello

That first taste of Sonny's guanciale di vitello captured my imagination. My first try utilizing this tasty jowl was a barely acceptable dish. This is the second try and it is a leap forward.

I purchased one jowl @D'angelo's. Chip @ Griggstown gave me a lovely poussin at market on Sunday. From Sunday's market Blooming Glen handed over chives and a fine kabocha squash. I popped into Talluto's for a pound of egg sheets with a stop at Claudio for fresh ricotta. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of a regular customer I received a hunk of parmigiano di bufala (DiBruno Bros)!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Occupy Philly Jams the House


Occupy Philly
There was a Phillies playoff game for competition but still the house was jam packed for the Occupy Philly event. It took 25 minutes for folks just to get inside.

Occupy Philly Meets Tonight

The Occupy Philly General Assembly meeting is tonight at 6:30pm at the Arch Street Methodist Church 55 N. Broad St.

I've been harping on the preposterous state of wealth inequality for so long...I found some friends!

Check out this change in the text from the NYT Saturday.


Monday, October 3, 2011

A Bean and BYOB Bargain at Pumpkin

Pumpkin is offering this coffea arabica fueled feast next Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Recent Tasty Plates

 This is a slice of fresh King Salmon from WholeFoods on South St. It was superb. We haven't had any thing this good from their fish dept in a long time. I crusted the salmon with grains of paradise and (over) seared it. Plated it with a lil lemon celery butter.

This simple burger packed triple goodness. Why? #1 The ground beef part is the Green Way product that is sometimes found in the 'meats' section at Super Fresh. This beef was very different from Super Fresh's regular stuff. It was far tastier in the beef elements and the fat level at 85/15  was balanced and gave a clean flavor. At $5.99/# it should be good and it was. The very best, by far, ground beef that we've had, outside of chopping our own, is from Red Haven. The flavor of their ground beef might be shocking to folks who are used to what you get at Five Guys or burgers served at most 'Gastropubs' .

#2 The red rings are a sliced torpedo onion from Z-Food Farm. Those are remarkably delicious with super crisp texture, subtle sweetness and bright and light onion flavor, worth seeking out. 

#3 Isn't it tricky to get tasty American cheese? The deli deluxe product from Kraft is very satisfactory. I keep this stuff around because sometimes I want American.

Cranberry Creek Farm offers their products on Saturday at Rittenhouse Farmers Market. Their goat cheese seems to sell out every weekend. They also had pork chops a few weekends back. These were very tasty and reasonably priced. Served up here with creamed spinach and caramelized garlic.

Smoked mozz stromboli with supermarket deli meats and Brooklyn brand pizza dough. Very tasty.

Matt of PorcSalt gave me a sample confit de gesier that he potted up using duck. This is a literally wildly flavorful dish. The nuggets, eaten with a toothpick are supercharged with potent but layered gamy, organ-ny piquant and greasy tastiness.