Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blueberry Bars at the Morris Farm's Tour de Farms Bike Ride

This weekend we are celebrating local foods at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset with the Tour de Farms bike ride. They have 8, 20, 50 and 100 mile loops winding along the Maine coast with stops for snacks at local farms. What better way to start off your autumn season than with a gorgeous ride that culminates in a local foods barbeque at the Morris Farm. One of the desserts we are planning incorporates the luscious local blueberry. It's easy to make and delicious to eat. They are great warm topped with a little Round Top vanilla ice cream. Hope you can join us for the Tour de Farms. Come ride- the century starts at 7:30 am see the Morris Farm's website for times for shorter loops- or just enjoy the barbeque at 2pm.
Blueberry Bars
Serves 32
Crust and Topping
6 cups cut oats, uncooked
2 cups flour
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
8 cups blueberries, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a half sheet pan or two 9x13 baking pans with foil, letting ends extend above pan on 2 sides. Grease pans. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add melted butter and stir with a fork until evenly moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 2 cups crumb mixture for topping.
Press remaining mixture evenly and firmly over bottom of 2 pans. Bake 12 minutes.
Filling: In a small saucepan stir berries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice over medium heat until bubbling. Simmer, stirring, until thick.
Spoon blueberry mixture evenly over crusts. Divide reserved crumb mixture and sprinkle over the top of the blueberries.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool completely in pan. Lift foil by ends and slide entire slab onto a cutting board.
Peel off foil; cut into 2" squares.
Savor. Linger. Enjoy! -Cynthia

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sweet-and-Sour German Potato Salad

Sweet-and-Sour German Potato Salad
I was up to Morse's Sauerkraut last weekend and had lunch with my sweetheart. We shared a reuben and some deep fried kraut balls. The dessert special was pannecotta with a sour cherry sauce. What a delicious treat! We try to get up to their shop whenever we can and fitting a meal into the trip makes it all worthwhile. Their sauerkraut is the best in the world. The folks who work in both the shop and bistro are knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely go when you are hungry. Stop by the cheese counter and sample some tasty nibbles. Let them take you on a tour around the world. You'll be glad you went.
My mom used to make this warm and tangy potato salad, always delicious with grilled bratwurst or any kind of barbecue. Both sweet and salty, it holds its own alongside other flavorful foods. The hearty potato soaks up the wonderful dressing, so be sure you serve it right away. If you need to wait before serving- make up an extra batch of the warm dressing and drizzle it over the top before you eat. We are fortunate that there are several local sources for bacon and sauerkraut along the coast of Maine. Contact your neighborhood natural food store to find some in your home town.
Serves 6-8
6 large Maine potatoes
1 large Vidalia onion
1 cup Morse’s Sauerkraut, roughly chopped
1 lb thick cut bacon, diced
3⁄4 c yellow onion, finely chopped
3 T flour
1⁄2 c white vinegar or sauerkraut liquor
3⁄4 c water
1 T celery seeds
3 T sugar
11⁄2 t salt
1 t fresh ground black pepper

Wash and trim the potatoes and Vidalia onion, peeling the potatoes if you like. Cut the potatoes and onion into quarters.
In a large saucepan, boil the potatoes and onion until the potatoes are fork-tender, but not mushy. When the potatoes and onion are cool enough to handle, chop them into bite-size pieces.
In a large pan, fry bacon till crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel; crumble and set aside.
Add the 3⁄4 c yellow onion to bacon fat in pan and cook 5 to 8 minutes, till onion is soft. With a slotted spoon, remove onion and set aside with the bacon.
Whisk flour into bacon fat. Add the vinegar or sauerkraut liquor, water, celery seeds, sugar, salt, and pepper. Heat to a boil; then, set pan on medium heat and cook till thickened.
Add potatoes, Morse’s sauerkraut, cooked Vidalia onion, bacon, and sautéed yellow onion. Gently stir to coat the potatoes.
Serve while warm.