‘Carolyn’s Kitchen’ What I am thinking about this week
The Lavender at Balsam Farms is gorgeous this year and begs to be used in the kitchen…
from the farms & markets today
arugula . baby lettuce . beets . cabbage . corn . escarole . radicchio . garlic . chard . collards . kale . kohlrabi . lavender . mustard greens . leeks . kohlrabi . mesclun . micro greens . mushrooms . napa cabbage . onions . peas . potatoes . radishes . rapini . romaine . scallions . shallots . spinach . squash blossoms . turnips . wheat berries . zucchini
@ the ‘nack & coffee bar
What better way to relax then with a Lavender Lemonade on our front porch in the middle of summer?
1 cup Hamptons Honey
5 cups filtered water
1/4 cup fresh Balsam Farms lavender blossoms, crushed
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Bring 2 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium pan
Remove from heat and add honey, stirring to dissolve.
Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes or up to several hours, to taste (this syrup can be made ahead and stored in the fridge)
Strain and pour infusion into a glass pitcher
Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups of cold water.
What I made especially for you this week…
- Lavender Lemonade
- Lavender Shortbread
- Blueberry Lavender Jam
- Lavender Scones
In addition to an amazing aroma and flavor, lavender is believed to have medicinal properties such as relief from stress, headaches, nausea and insomnia.
Balsam Farms is one of my favorite places to stop by during the summer months. Recently Farmer Ian introduced me to Ellen Watson, an East End Photographer who brings the magic of the fields to us through her photography. She shared some of her photos of this year’s lavender and, as she said, ‘The Lavender was AMAZING this year; it seemed to be more abundant and fragrant than ever!’
What’s special on my breakfast menu this week…
A Breakfast Sandwich – perfect for a breakfast to go or partaking pre-beach! nueske bacon (or housemade sausage or benton’s country ham) . organic egg . cabot cheddar . blue duck bakery kaiser roll . balsam farms yukon potatoes . sir kensington ketchup
Remarkable Food Moments “comments from our guests”
‘That breakfast sandwich you recommended for me for this morning was absolutely amazing. And that ham….AWESOME.’
‘The breakfast sandwich is fabulous! I know there are a lot of different options but I HAVE to have it again tomorrow’
‘I love coming here! You guys always have the best treats!’
(BTW This blog is so purple it is dedicated to our Assistant GM Courtney!)
Carolyn Stec, Executive Chef
“crusader of worthwhile causes”