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Freezing Asparagus for the Winter!

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You can pickle or can asparagus for the winter, but I am much much too lazy for such things.  I'll freeze asparagus as it takes next to no effort. It's...

Sue's Fiddlehead or Asparagus Pasta

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You have to love our customers.  They love food and cooking as much as I do, and they SHARE their recipes!! Here is Sue's fiddlehead pasta Sue’s Fiddlehead Pasta 2...

Asparagus Chevre Toast...an easy party pleaser

May 09, 2019
Grill your local asparagus as per my "Asparagus on the BBQ" recipe. Take one sliced ciabatta loaf from our bakery. Brush one side of the ciabatta with grape seed oil. ...

Asparagus on the BBQ

May 09, 2019
The only way I will eat asparagus is on the BBQ.  We make this dish at least 3 times a week during asparagus season. Heat your grill to high, then...

Erin's pasta sauce with frozen tomatoes.

May 09, 2019
This is how I make up my pasta in the winter.  Its fresh taste brings a blast of summer memories back. An hour or two before supper get 6 tomatoes...

Produce CSA July 17, 2013

We got a wonderful surprise today that full share CSA participants will enjoy.  Wild harvested Saskatoons!!!  Though these Saskatoons were picked in the middle of a bush, they MAY have come into contact with spray drift.  But I find this possibility so unlikely, I just had to add them to your shares this week.  They are expensive and delicious, and each full share participant will get just enough for a taste.  Maybe that taste will whet your appetite enough to go our foraging for wild Saskatoons on your own? FULL SHARE to contain at least 8 of the following items Wild Saskatoons (wild harvested, assumed spray free) Strawberries, greenhouse grown, spray free Bunched onions, organic Bunched beets, organic Bunched carrots, organic Romaine, organic Snow peas, spray free Cucumbers, spray free HALF Share to contain a minimum of 7 of the following items Bunched carrots, organic Bunched beets, organic Bunched onions, organic Romaine, organic Kale, organic Snow peas, spray free Strawberries, greenhouse grown, spray free Cucumbers, spray free I highly recommend that you slice your cucumbers thinly, add a bit of thinly sliced (I mean paper thin thinly sliced) onion from your bunched onion, and toss with Erin's favourite Asian dressing.  You can find the recipe for the dressing at www.cramptonsrecipes.com For the beets, I'm going to wash, dry, chop and saute the greens with garlic scapes in butter.  Once they are cooked to my liking, I put them on my plate, grind fresh high quality pepper over top, and top with an egg.  Yes.  One freely ranged, over easy, runny yolked egg.  Poached if you prefer, but the yolk has to be runny.  Prick the egg, the yolk will run over your sauteed beet greens making a beautiful yellow sauce that just can't be beat.  This folks, is the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you can hold yourself back from eating the snow peas out of hand, they make a great stir fry.  I prefer to keep them on the crunchy side by not cooking them for too long.  Just a minute in a hot pan is enough for me!  This variety of snow pea has stings on both sides of the pea which are best removed.  To do so, simply snap off the stem end of the pea, and pull the string off of the pod.  Then snap off the bottom end and pull the other string off. Once again the someliers of Banville and Jones have my mouth watering with their suggestions.

With the stir-fry:

Stir-fries allow for your creativity to shine through!  If vegetables are to be the star of the show, a crisp and slightly herbaceous wine will complement all of the clean, fresh flavours of your stir-fry.  The Joseph Mellot Destinea Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99) from France is sure to flatter. If however, your creativity sees you saucing up your stir-fry with sweets, sours and spices then perhaps the ripe and ridiculously delicious Penalosa Verdejo from Spain ($16.99) is the wine you are looking for. 

With the beet greens and egg:

 Sparkling wine goes fabulously with eggs!  We suggest the Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Rose from France.  At $21.99 this is a dry wine that has plenty of red fruit character but also a subtle earthiness that is sure to complement the beet greens.  Fans of red wine will be able to enjoy a lighter red that plays up the earthy component of the beets, we suggest the Ventisquero Pinot Noir Riserva from Chile, and at $12.99 it represents a real gem.

With the Asian cucumber salad:

Asian foods can feature a myriad of complex flavours and often present challenges for wine pairing.  The Donnafugata Lighea ($22.99) from Italy is up to the challenge.  With flavours of pear, citrus and melon, this Moscato has only a hint of lingering sweetness that will pair perfectly with any of the sweet and spicy elements that an Asian cucumber salad may include. The McWilliams Hanwood Estate Riesling ($15.99) from Australia would also make a nice choice.  The zippy freshness of this dry Riesling will pair perfectly with any acidic elements of the salad and allow the flavour of the cucumbers to shine through.