I spent a lot of time cooking over vacation -- my choice. I love cooking from the land, and while yes, there were trips to the grocery store, I loved the time at the farm markets.
Really, I thought I'd turn into a berry or cherry, given all in which I indulged. Most were fresh on cereal or in the palm of my hand.
Others made it into a marvelous cherry-berry crisp. Blueberries and tart cherries. Yum!
I had great fun with salads, too. Panzanella with home-prepped croutons, mozzarella, fresh farm market tomatoes and basil, cukes, and herbs. Oh, yes!
And then there was the potato salad -- fresh potatoes, more herbs than I can count, brought from home (everything is better with a cup of chopped fresh herbs in it!), and good, fresh veggies.
We did our share of cooking out, too. Pork tenderloin, burgers when Kevin and Molly came by.
Eggs with herbs were a good breakfast for our friend Richard.
And Rick made his awesome carmelized onion pasta with wine. It's truly the best -- he could open a restaurant with it. We added some other things this time and it was even better and now truly his own.
Couldn't pass up the lovely flowers at the farm market.
I bought these -- they looked great in a blue glass bottle.
And I loved this woman's arrangements. Maybe someday.
I simply can't get enough of this wonderful summer bounty. The fruit is sweet, the veggies crisp, the tomatoes coming into their own and the herbs to die for. Everything tastes better on a grill!
And I think, I'm so lucky. So lucky I get to play and cook about, succeed royally and fail without fear. And then sit down and enjoy it with a good glass of wine or a cold beer!
Yes, I'm definitely cooking with all six senses these days!
(Still on Chopsticks and String: "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" -- with Sherlock Holmes as a main character, who could go wrong?)