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Summer Meal

July 28, 2010

Sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper, a dollop of mayo….DINNER!!!! Is there anything better? I think not.

Summer Salad Meal

June 24, 2009


Thanks to all of the rain and the cooler than normal temperatures, our lettuce garden has exploded. SECRETLY, I have always wanted to be a SALAD CHEF and having an abundance of lettuce on the farm gives me the opportunity to CREATE, TEST, TASTE, AND SHARE my SALAD RECIPES with anyone who will try them. I love putting together salad ingredients that incorporate both carbs and protein. One of my tricks for this salad technique is to incorporate small roasted potatoes…they are WONDERFUL in green salads and replace the need for bread or pasta in a meal.

Here is one of my favorites:

Summer Salad Meal

Baby new potatoes (red)
Grilled Chicken Breast (cooked fresh)
Feta Cheese
Lettuce Mixture ( Cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces) Your choosing, I love red leaf, and bibb lettuce mixed)

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
1. Boil potatoes until just fork tender, cool, cut into halves or quarters.
2. Cut zucchini into quarter sized pieces and then cut each piece in half.
3. Toss potatoes and zucchini in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt and oregano. Cook vegetables in 400 degree oven until the outside of the potatoes look a little crispy (10-15 minutes). Remove from oven, let cool for 15 minutes.
5. Grill Chicken Breast (marinate for at least an hour in an italian dressing before grilling).

Assemble the salad in a large shallow bowl. Toss lettuce, chicken, potatoes, zucchini, feta cheese, and a few tablespoons of vinagarette….

Basic Vinagarette

(I love this recipe…so easy….nice flavor..seasoned rice vinegar has a little sugar which sweetens it up a bit).

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 TBS Seasons Rice Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon Mustard (this keeps the vinaigrette emulsified)
1 Shallot or a couple teaspoons of chopped vidalia onion

Blend, taste, adjust taste as needed…Keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Buttercup Gump EGGS….

June 16, 2009


Our new girls have arrived! What does this mean???? Well, I am reminded of the movie “Forest Gump”….instead of “shrimp” we have “eggs”. We have eggs coming out of our ears…and I am trying to find creative ways to cook them….so let’s see, we have…

Poached eggs, Fried Eggs, Frittatas, Eggs with Hollandaise sauce, Eggs with potato salad, Eggs in a blanket, cookies made with Eggs, Egg Quiche with Ham, Eggs sprinkled on salad, Egg Quiche with Spinach, Hard Boiled Eggs, Green Eggs and Ham Eggs…..

I need your help! E-mail your favorite egg recipe to shawn@lifeatbuttercupfarm.com and I will GLADLY try them out…I am looking for something new, creative, and DELICIOUS!


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