Wherein hell nearly freezes over
Meet "Maple Leaf" and "Mammy"

I sure do love to cook...

...when I want to!  It's so much different than when I have to.  When I have to, I never know what to make.  When I want to, it's usually because I'm inspired.  As I was today.

It was a very full and very busy day -- oh my gosh, it's the very best kind.

I was up bright and early... E.A.R.L.Y!... to help Ali and Morgan set up for the first farmers' market of the season.  In the future, I may even be pouring!  And what a gorgeous day (I have the sunburned shoulders to prove it), even with a little wind.

I helped to load and deliver and set up; I ran for extension cords, ran for milk, ran for... I don't remember, but something else... and along the way, I remembered to grab my camera, too.  After a while, Ali and Morgan fell into a groove, and then Kate walked down and we shopped; I bought some ground goat meat to try and some herbs to plant.

Then we went to a neighboring market and I found some terrific local ground beef, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, strawberries, garlic scapes, and wool.

Back to Ali's to help with tear down and taking everything back!  That part was amazingly swift and efficient -- oh, yeah!  I also ran for some extra tables/furnishings -- even with the additional furniture!  I think it will only get better.

Dinner tonight consisted of grilled hamburgers on grill-toasted buns, insalata caprese, pasta with garlic scape pesto, and a honey-marinated fruit salad of strawberries, cherries, and rhubarb (which Rusty used as a topping for ice cream).  There's plenty of almost everything left over for tomorrow's lunch.

Yum yum, yummy, yum yum.

With wine.


I'm thrilled that I was able to use basil and rhubarb harvested from my own garden!  The rhubarb was my second harvest from Ruby -- the plant that Ann sent me a couple of years ago from Long Island -- Rusty used the first harvest to make an apple-rhubarb pie (quite delicious)!


I'm already looking forward to next week's market!



OMGosh it all sounds so good! I'm going to make the insalata caprese tomorrow with our Father's Day grilled steaks!


It all looks good!


Where do you get your energy, Vicki?! Your day looks like so much fun and very tasty, too.


WOW, what a great-looking day. I love what the cafe is doing for your fambly!

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