Friday, July 04, 2008

Fourth of July

I tell you what: I was SERIOUSLY excited to be at the farmers' market. I guess I was on some sort of binge purchasing expedition after 5 days of sub-par vegan subsistence eating in North Carolina last week (more on that in the next post). Plus, I had an empty fridge that needed to be filled. I've been shoving fruit in my face ever since - as fast as I can: cherries, strawberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, blueberries... who needs vegetables?! And all organic to boot!

Well, I'm not so crazy about nationalism, but I am crazy about a dinner theme. So I was cooking for my Grandpa tonight, and decided to go the traditional 4th of July route. In the end we ended up having a little party with my parents and a friend joining us for dinner as well.
Here's the plate: potato salad, corn & watermelon (both from the fammy! - that's my love name for the farmers' market), and Amy's California Burgers. Trying to push all the right 4th of July culinary buttons. All was delicious! I'm a half-bun person, when it comes to burgers, that is.

Just about the only potato salad I've ever really loved: it's from "Vegan Mediterranean Kitchen" by Donna Klein. It's so simple and so freakishly delicious.

I really embraced the holiday theme with dessert. Shortbread crust, vanilla pudding filling, topped with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Those blueberries were grown by a family friend who I used to babysit! Now he's growing some super awesome organic blueberries that are *definitely* the best I've tasted. That's pretty rad.

also, isn't that a fun tart pan? One of the two new tart pans I bought last month in Fort Bragg.

One more glamour shot. Ooooh, yum!

14 comments:

  1. OMG I'm dead jealous on your stash of organic fresh produce!!

    Oh, the tart ... THE TART *swoon* so PRETTY!! I love the way you arranged your fruits, creative!!!

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  2. Haha, when is the farmers' market NOT exciting?? ;0) Glad that you were able to make lots of delicious purchases.

    I agree with Cecilia - that tart is BEYOND gorgeous!!

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  3. Hey, I was in NC last week too! It's funny how things differ though because NC was a big improvement for me coming from IL. But coming from CA, I can definitely see how you'd find it sub-par, especially if you weren't in a populated area.

    Anyway, your farmer's market haul is gorgeous!

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  4. Amey! Hi! It's Taylor, Alan and Cindy's daughter. I have to admit, I googled you months ago, and found your awesome blog, though never got around to posting back. I wasn't sure how, honestly, but just figured it out.

    I can't believe how incredible your dishes are! You really seem to utilize a ton of ingredients! They look so tasty and fresh; it's really inspiring to get me up and cook something. IN FACT, I was watching a few vegan videos today, and I think it's something I'm going to do. Maybe start vegetarian to ease into it, but I really think I'll be happier for it. Not sure the socially appropriate length for these comments, but just wanted to share. :) I'd love to chat sometime, you can e-mail me at poeticpeacemaker@yahoo.com

    Hope you're doing well!!!

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  5. What an awesome haul you got from the farmer's market- I'd kill to get the same! I only just got back home last night, so the fridge is depressingly empty... Oh, and that tart looks delicious, too!

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  6. Your tart! OMG. It's gorgeous and definitely fits the patriotic theme. What recipe did you use for the pudding? I've had luck with chocolate pudding before but not vanilla.

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  7. I love fruit too! I could just eat it all day.
    But that tart looks fabulous! And so pretty!

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  8. That's quite a bountiful booty load from the fammy there, sis-tah!!! And you sure have a talent of making desserts over-the-top beautiful -- the tart is so pretty and perfectly suited for the 4th.

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  9. I;m not nationalistic, either--but I do love long weekends and your pretty tart.

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  10. That may be the most beautiful tart I've ever seen!

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  11. Oh, your tart is so pretty! What recipe did you use for the crust and for the pudding filling?

    That farmer's market spread is so colorful!

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  12. The potato salad looks phenomenal. I have to get the recipe. Your tart is pretty and it looks delicious.

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  13. Woah, what a haul! How'd you carry it all around?

    The potato salad looks really tasty, and your tart is fantastic! Very nice job.

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  14. Your tart is so patriotic and festive!

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