But back on our side of the mountains we have plenty of goodies left to enjoy, including salads like the one I make (pictured above) with cherry tomatoes, green beans, onions, and dill, in a vinaigrette. Everything but the dill you can find at the Market, and sometimes even the dill! Otherwise, dried works just fine.
If you haven't tried our Market cheeses yet, let now be the time. Last week I picked up Tieton Farm & Creamery's "Phoebe" Cheese, a "classic sheep & goat milk feta" that is just delicious. Smooth, crumblable, and so tasty. I threw some of that in our usual spinach salad, and even my ten-year-old (who does not like the feta sold at Costco) ate it.
This week I plan to get some fresh mozzarella or another soft, fresh cheese to slice up in a Caprese Salad. Such a salad needs no introduction, but if you've only had the kind made with storebought cheese and tomatoes, you've actually never had a Caprese. Take it from someone who's been on Capri and groaned my way through the real thing--you need vine-ripened tomatoes and honest-to-goodness fresh cheese and basil and your very best olive oil. Sometimes we sprinkle some balsamic vinegar on, too, but it's totally not necessary if your ingredients are good. Just salt and pepper to taste.
And did you notice we're in that transitional phase? I spied my first apples and pears of the year:
Not that we're anywhere near done with peaches and nectarines and apricots and plums!
Finally, I think I might get brave enough to give the duck eggs a try. You can find them Saturday, and I heard sales have been slow, maybe because others (like me) have never cooked or baked with them, and feel timid about it. I shouldn't--being from a Chinese background, my mom ate plenty of prepared duck eggs from the store, but the way they were prepared made my American-born nose wrinkle in distaste. Click this link, if you're curious. Duck eggs look far more appealing this way:
|Happily in their shells and still chicken-y|
So we'll see you this Thursday and Saturday, and see what everyone else has on their summer bucket lists.