Saturday, June 30, 2018

In the Kitchen this June

Throughout June local vegetables have just been coming into season. In this salad early in the month: local lettuce, deviled
eggs, palm hearts from a jar, and a purplish kumato tomato -- this was before local tomatoes started arriving.
In my kitchen for the month of June: new local vegetables in season each week, many from Argus Farm Stop, the consignment market for local farmers. Also, fruits and vegetables from further south where the season is more advanced. It's so great to be able to use these fresh tastes for simple dishes! Besides food preparation using the best and most local ingredients I can find, I also have a few new kitchen items to show you this month.

For other people's kitchen wrap-ups this month, see the blog posts linked at Sherry's Pickings, a blog from Australia that allows many bloggers from around the world to share what's new and amazing in their kitchens in early summer in this hemisphere and at the beginning of winter down under.

White beans with tomatoes, lettuce, and more.
Left: tuna salad. Right: cut up grilled steak with bell pepper, celery and other not-so-local vegetables.
Finally, mid-month: some really tasty tomatoes from a local hoop house.
Local yellow tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado (which is never local).

New: a Kettle and a Ceramic Dish

Our new kettle with a long spout for more convenient pouring.
Ceramics from the Ann Arbor Potters' Guild.
New from the Potters' Guild June sale: a beautiful covered dish, a mug, and a small bowl: all in the same ash glaze. Now I have two almost-alike mugs. The first is from an earlier Potters' Guild sale. The new one is similar, not identical. I prefer a bit of variation in hand-made items. While we haven't used the kettle yet, we  have used the ceramics quite a few times.

Potato salad in the covered dish. Chives are from our garden.
Rice with dried fruit and Moroccan flavoring. Part of a
Moroccan dinner, blogged HERE.
Roast carrots, fennel, and pork tenderloin in a simple brown sauce.
Leftovers went into Cuban sandwiches, blogged HERE.

The Simplest Food: Hamburgers!

Melting the cheese onto the bun is easier than melting it on the burger.

More Simple Food

Roasted cauliflower with almonds and dates.
Sardines and goat cheese on an onion roll with more of those local yellow tomatoes.
What could be simpler than hash-brown potatoes?
We ate them with scrambled eggs. Very very simple.
Michigan strawberry season is only a few weeks long. Such fragrant little berries! And it's all over now.
So in my kitchen this month, I have few new items, and I've been using the season's best fruits and vegetables as much as I can. Have a great July, everyone!


Marg said...

Eating seasonally seems to make so much sense.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Love your new ceramic dish and love all the seasonal recipes.. Looks great

NancyElin said...

OMG this looks delicious!
I'm going to make everything during July and add something French to it!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Somehow, when I go to farmer's markets, I come home with more pastries than anything else...

Silver in AZ said...

all looks great! Hamburgers, so simple, but that is the great part because you can dress them up SO many ways! Like a good baked potato! :)

Claudia said...

You are such a good cook Mae! I love the variety, and that first photo of the salad with the stuffed eggs would be perfect in this weather.

Pam said...

Nothing beats simple summer foods! Nice ceramic dish also.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Your salads this month look particularly appetizing and I love the new covered dish and tea kettle. ;-)

Sherry's Pickings said...

hi Mae!
thanks for joining in, you marvellous thing. love your ceramics and the kettle. that tureen looks the bomb:) and all the fresh produce looks so tasty. we've had a few cold days here in sunny brisbane. we had to wear a jacket the other day:=) have a great july. cheers sherry x

Johanna GGG said...

so much lovely produce - I really like the sound of your cauli, almonds and dates - and your ceramics are really beautiful - am sure they will look great at a dinner party

Beth F said...

I love the fruit and veggies of summer.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

I have a confession to make, I have never made devilled eggs! I had a burger craving on Wednesday night. To me, the best casual supper ever. Like the toppings you used :)

Debra Eliotseats said...

Love the kettle and pottery. I dare say that none of your dishes are simple things! Lovely salads and other fare!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Love all the salad ideas. I just made a huge chopped salad with red bells, kale, cabbage and zucchini. I'll serve the rest of it with deviled eggs. Such a great idea. Love that covered dish!!!!