Happy 4th of July!!

The weekend got off to a great start with an early morning visit to the Farmer’s Market.  I was going specifically to find some Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes but came home with several other items including cucumbers and home-made orzo.    I absolutely love the farmers market and everything about it.


I have been to the farmers market in Davis, California on a few occasions and it has spoiled me for life.  The volume of vendors and the overwhelming amount of produce is incredible.  My favorite items are the grapes, avocados, olives and pistachios, items you do not often (NEVER) find at Missouri farmer’s markets.  However, since I do not get to the Davis Farmers Market very often, I make do very nicely at our local market.  Saturday’s hot items (no pun intended) were the tomatoes and peaches.


I used one of my purchases from the market in a new recipe for dinner Saturday night, Tomato and Green Olive Bruchetta.

Start with 2 cups of beautiful heirloom tomatoes,

Chop the tomatoes coarsely along with ½ cup of green olives.  Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Chill until ready to serve.  Before serving, slice a loaf of crusty French bread into 1 inch slices, brush with olive oil and toast lightly on the grill.  After removing from the grill, rub garlic on the bread,  then generously mound the salsa on top.

I totally meant to take a picture of the Bruchetta but was so busy eating it I forgot!  Dave also grilled some pepper rubbed salmon filets and fresh corn on the cob

On Sunday we had a fabulous brunch at the Bristol in the Power and Light District.  It was a little pricey but totally worth it.  Besides the normal breakfast items you would expect, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, fruit and sweets, they also served lobster macaroni and cheese, shrimp enchiladas, chicken wings and a whole display of sushi items.  You definitely need to try it if you haven’t already!

Hope you are all having a great holiday weekend!

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