Saturday, September 03, 2005

Out of Doors Cooking Demo

Well folks, it was a sunny, mild afternoon here in Upper Manhattan, and I was inspired at the Greenmarket to do three different dishes. I started the day with a Turkey Sausage Scramble:

I used a spicy Italian style Turkey sausage from Di Paola Turkey Farm in Trenton NJ, and cooked it up with some garlic, scallions and herbs, and finished it off with organic free-range eggs from Patrick Farms. (Di Paola's booth can be seen behind my right shoulder, and Patrick Farms behind my left shoulder!)

The next dish I made will be familiar to regular readers of the blog: Calabacitas. This New Mexican style dish was a perfect dish for the greenmarket, as every ingredient was available in the market today, except for the black beans.

Next I showed the people gathering how to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls. You can put just about anything in these rolls, but today I kept them simple and vegetarian, and filled them with cucumbers, carrots and lettuce from Hawthorne Valley Farm, as well as some fresh herbs and rice noodles:

I served the rolls with a traditional nuoc cham nem dipping sauce from Vietnam. It's made with rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, red chiles, shredded carrots and shredded papaya.

It was a fun day, and I enjoyed meeting so many of the great people that came out to enjoy the great weather and the great local foods!


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