Sunday, September 16, 2012

Harborfest Temptations

At lunch time yesterday I headed into town to enjoy the weather and HarborFest. Troop 455's hot dog stand on Long Wharf beckoned, as did the Bay Burger ice cream cart, where I sampled a new flavor: Vanilla mixed with big chunks of Round Swamp Farm brownies. While everyone else was watching the whale boat races, I shopped the sidewalk sales. The dining table tennis kit at Sylvester & Company tempted me, as did the Save the Whales pillow at Country Lane.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

End of Summer Souvenir

In addition to these hand-lettered stones, our crafty and considerate house swappers from Amsterdam left us a case of Wolffer Estate Rose as a thank you gift when they left Sag Harbor. As I finished the last bottle, I started to feel creative myself, so I made this key chain (I got the idea here) from the Wolffer cork. I love how the winery's phone number is printed right on it! I'll attach a house key for the Swedish family we have booked for August 2013.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Best Wedding Centerpiece Ever

My good friend, an artisan baker, invited me to his daughter's wedding on Sunday, and look what I brought home: A giant sourdough miche stenciled with the happy couple's names! Yesterday morning I enjoyed some toast with blood orange marmalade for breakfast. For dinner, I grilled the bread and spread some white bean and rosemary puree on top. Here's the recipe:

White Bean Bruschetta
Serves 2

Four 1-inch-thick slices country bread
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
One 14-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, peeled
Ground black pepper

1. Preheat gas grill to high. Brush bread with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
2. COmbine beans, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, pepper flakes, rosemary, and basil in the workbowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
3. Grill bread, turning once, until golden with grill marks. Rub each slice with the garlic clove and then top with the white bean spread. Serve immediately.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fresh Wheatberries!

On Saturday I brought home something new from the farm: Just-harvested wheat berries! It was a chore to wash them, but boy was it worth the work (especially since my husband volunteered for the job). Then I toasted them lightly before boiling them until tender. Unlike the wheat berries I buy at the supermarket, these only took 20 minutes to cook and were so plump and delicious. I didn't do much with them before we ate: Just dressed them in olive oil and lemon juice and stirred in some olives, tomatoes, feta, and thyme. Here's the recipe:

Wheat Berry Salad
 Serves 4

1 1/2 cups wheat berries
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved if large
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Ground black pepper

1. Place the wheat berries in a medium saucepan, turn the heat to medium, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add water to cover and 1/2 teaspoon salt, bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer until soft but not mushy, about 20 minutes for fresh berries, 40 to 60 minutes for storebought berries. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
2. Add oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and thyme to bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or refrigerate for up to 1 day until ready to serve.