We’re switching things up a bit for Labor Day this year. We’re doing an early pickup from 11AM – 1PM so you can grab some Potter Hill groceries and still have time to get things ready for the grill. The veggie list is pared down to focus on salad fixings and grilling goods. Ground beef and sausages will be available, of course – these are vacuum-packaged and frozen, and will thaw easily in time for an afternoon BBQ.
If that’s the case, then why is kale still on the list, you ask? Kale salad! The Red Russian kale is very tender and perfect for raw eating. Just wash, trim out the thick stems, slice in 1/2″ – 1″ pieces, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, your choice of vinegar (or lemon), feta cheese, toasted walnuts. Dried cranberries? Just a bit of fresh minced chili pepper? Sure, what the hell, you are the master of your own destiny.
Some more ideas….
- Burgers (duh) with nice thick slices of sweet Ailsa Craig onion.
- Grilled sausages and Jimmy Nardellos peppers. Cut the peppers in half, ditch the seeds, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and grill until just tender.
- Salad. Just salad. I know, I’m so clever. But if your friends have never had our heirloom lettuce, they’re in for a treat. Dress with plenty of olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Throw in some sliced French Breakfast radishes if you’re feeling fancy.
- Wallet feeling a bit thick (with cash, not receipts)? Steak, then, for you and yours. We have NY Strip steaks and tenderloin steaks. The tenderloins didn’t make it on the website, but they’re in the freezer and can be yours for $30 / lb.
- Grilled summer squash, an easy favorite. Just toss with salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and grill until tender.
- Green bean salad with herbs. Blanch the beans, just a couple of minutes in boiling salted water. Toss warm with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, fresh minced chili, fresh minced garlic, and plenty of fresh chopped parsley or cilantro. Don’t be stingy with the herbs – it’s in the title, darn it! Serve cold or at room temperature.
- Salsa! Chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh minced chili, lots of cilantro. This makes a fresh salsa, which is very delicious and very soupy. Sometimes I like to let it sit for a while and let the salt draw out the juices. Strain the juice into a sauce pan, set aside the fresh veggies. Cook down the salsa juice until it’s nice and thick, remove from heat, stir the concentrated juice and veggies back together. Good stuff.
- Tomato salad. Really this is whatever you want it to be, as long as there’s fresh tomatoes involved. Here’s mine. Slice some sweet onion, put it in a bowl, add plenty of salt and balsamic. Now really squish up the onion/salt/vinegar with you hand, mashing the onion and the vinegar all together. Lay some thick-sliced tomatoes out on a platter. Spread the onions out over the tomatoes, and pour on any leftover juice. Grate some Parmesan on there (use the large shred side of a box grater), or maybe feta or sliced fresh mozzarella. Chopped fresh cilantro on top, and then plenty of olive oil over every thing. Serve with good toasted bread for soaking up the oil and tomato juice.
Have a great holiday weekend!