Archive for May, 2011

Bonnaroo Set Up

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Bonnaroo is in full set up mode.

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Syrups

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Crops are finally coming in. This past weekend we had 3 different dishes with items from our garden. The Farmer’s Market is looking good with greens, berries, and much more.

The eternal question is what to do beyond just making dinner with the bounty. Pickling is always a good answer, but not always the best when you are short on time. I went with cocktail syrups today. Each of these takes about 10 minutes of active time and 30 – 45 minutes of steeping.

The rule of thumb is 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, then whatever you want to flavor. Bring it all to a simmer and steep till the flavor is right.

I made:
Rosemary Sorghum
Strawberry Vanilla
Strawberry Balsamic
Grapefruit Jalapeno

These will all go well in sparkling wine. Others will go in either Tequila, Gin, Vodka or Campari!

BISCUIT BLAST OFF!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Biscuit Festival is fast approaching. This second annual event is growing fast and has some big names coming in to join us in the celebration of the biscuit! See the full schedule here. You will not want to miss any of the events over the weekend. It’s your chance to celebrate all things biscuit! Knoxville is super lucky to have this culinary event.

One of the events that you do not want to miss is the Biscuit Blast Off opening reception and author event.  If you love food, cookbooks, people who write cookbooks, and other people who love food this Blast Off is for you! There will be authors there signing books.  Kroger’s and Murray’s Cheese will do a cheese tasting.  Cafe 4 is doing a Biscuit Bar with Biscuits and lots of toppings.

The event starts at 6 pm and will run until about 10 pm at The Square Room.  Come meet fellow biscuit and food lovers! Help kick off the festival Knoxville styles!

Dim Sum

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Dim Sum goodness today from Hong Kong House. We hadn’t been in ages and it hit the spot this fine summer day!!

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Biscuit Festival

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The Second Annual International Biscuit Festival is less than 2 weeks away, May 27 and 28! Mockingbird has been lucky enough to sit in on planning meetings this year, but will once again not be lucky enough to attend since that’s when Mockingbird HQ moves to Bonnaroo land. So you all have to go for me! It’s the only answer. I want reports on the fluffiest biscuit, the most creative, the most mouthwatering. I will at least be able to day dream in Manchester!

The weekend is going to be jam packed with food events from the Blackberry Brunch to the Biscuit Bake Off, to the Biscuit Boulevard. MICHELLE BERNSTEIN will be cooking for the Biscuit Benefit Dinner. This fund raising event will benefit Share Our Strength and Second Harvest, working together to eliminate childhood hunger in our country.  Chef Bernstein is a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef from Miami, FL, known for her Latin-style flavors of cooking. She’s been on Iron Chef, she’s written books, she has many acclaimed restaurants in Miami. This is a once in a lifetime chance. Mmmm.

Saturday will be jam packed with a what will be a lovely biscuit street fair. Begin your day with brunch prepared by Blackberry Farm. This will be a big ol’ time under the tent at the Krutch Park Extension. Then stroll around for the Bake Off, the Boulevard, the Mr. and Miss Biscuit contest, and end it all with The Black Lillies and Tift Merritt at the Bijou.

Summer is when Knoxville shines with events. This is one that I am very sad to miss.

Fava Beans

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Just picked my first fava beans. I am not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. But man they are pretty. I have done a little research and I definitely want to try a hummus, but right now I don’t have enough ready. I found these two very spring, very fresh recipes: Shrimp, Fava Bean, and Asparagus Salad and Warm Fava Bean and Chanterelle Salad with a Poached Egg.

Today I bought bok choy and kale at the market. My first try might just be a little stir fry with the greens and favas and some scrambled eggs.

Happy Spring/early summer! We are so lucky that so many things can grow so easily. Go Tennessee.

Sunday Brunch!

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

This morning I was dreaming of biscuits and gravy delivery. Alas no such goodness exists. But then I remembered I had frozen biscuits and Benton’s Country Ham! Frozen biscuits could be better but they also could be worse. Way worse, I’ve had biscuits in Colorado! So I threw those in the oven, fried up the country ham, and made an Illy latte. Happy Sunday!