Saturday, September 24, 2011

Salt of the Earth

WW Cinnamon Raisin bread from Salt of the Earth Bakery and Restaurant is a most delicious treat.I had grand plans for it, luscious overnight custardy French Toast in thick slices. The loaf was so good that we just ate it toasted with fresh butter. We had it for breakfast and desert for lunch and desert for dinner. You get the idea, it was just irresistible. Overnight FrenchToast  or Custard French Toast come closest to how my mom made french toast.

Josephine's recipe 

3 eggs, beaten yellow and frothy
1 tsp. sugar for each egg used
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. milk 
4 slices sweet or sour dough French bread, 1 inch thick
2-3 tbsp. butter
It is important to let the bread soak up all of the mixture. If the bread seems to be dry in the middle add another egg and a 1/4c milk and sugar. Once the bread is fully saturated carefully transport to a heated skillet with melted butter. Adjust the heat so that the bread toasts but doesn't burn. Serve with more butter and dust with powdered sugar to finish. The best weekend breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on your mood.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nature's Pace Organic




New to the Clarkston market this year is Nature's Pace Organics an organic farm owned and operated by Katie and Jacob. Their delightful blog charts the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to whole living. For great variety and wonderful quality produce their booth is always worth a visit. The head of lettuce was the centerpiece of a very tasty recent summer salad.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

She Liked Them


It was a garden plant that was always there in the background. A bunch of Gaillardias blooming profusely from July into August were always part of the little garden at the family cottage. They were part of impromptu bouquets made for the big round oak table that dominated one end of the central room.One of the best things about Gaillardias is their long season,often blooming for months. They are tough, hardy plants, returning for decades, increasing each year requiring little water or special soil. Gaillardias are a wonderful native wildflower, sometimes known as Indian Blanket or Firewheel. I like the firewheel name. They blaze away all summer.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red and Ready


After anticipation comes inundation. This year I cut back, way back. I only planted one brandywine, one beefsteak, and an heirloom of some sort. Even so they are now producing loads of lucious red ripe tomatoes.