Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Garlic Scapes

Ok so I bought these at the farm market out of curiosity. Garlic scapes, apparently only available for a few weeks each year, are the stem from which the seed head of the bulb is formed. The scape grows, becoming loopy and floppy and delicious to eat. People use them in dips, pasta, soup, salads, you name it. The ones I bought here proved too tough to eat, sadly --notice how straight the stems are... and tough, woody :-(. But I did make a pesto out of the tenderest of them, with pine nuts, olive oil, parm and a few basil leaves, these scapes added the mildest and freshest garlic flavor I've ever had.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kutztown Folk Festival

Every year, we go to this Pennsylvania Dutch Festival in Kutztown, PA. It's not your normal summerfestival: it features traditional crafts, German Orators, Cloggers and a small farm engine demonstration tent. Here are some suggestions of cool things to do when you are there:

Have a Hickory Smoked Sausage and a Homemade Root Beer...

Eat some of the giant roast Ox (thankfully out of the picture)

Check out the staggering number of quilts in the Quilt Barn...

Try your hand at Wheat Weaving....

Or have your photo taken with this dude. What a blast!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Creative Problem Solving

I'm a firm believer in the power of the imagination. Every problem has a solution, although it may not be apparent at first. Sometimes you have to really stretch your mind to see something in a different way. Take for example, a pig -- this view of the pig is ordinary. But what happens when you start to think about it from different angles?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Defending our Way of Life

Spotted at the parade on the 4th...