And by Rascal, I do mean Colin McGrath’s signature cheese: a wily raw cow’s milk cheese that is aged 3-4 months, has a dense fudge-y texture and is lightly torched on its outer rind. After a brief hiatus during which time the young cheesemaker moved his creamery operation to Hudson, NY, McGrath will be returning to Chappaqua on an alternating week schedule.
There really is no excuse not to have a fantastic cheese tray at your next event/bbq – between McGrath’s cheeses, the incredible array of cheeses offered at Shepherd Valley Creamery (goat, sheep and cow’s milk) and the Hawthorne Valley cheeses at the Miracle Springs tent.
It’s a good thing we have SO much exquisite bread at our market to accompany said cheese. You can do what we do at our house when we find ourselves with an abundance of good cheese and market greens and are too hot and bothered to cook: cheese tray and salad for dinner with a nice glass of wine. Bliss.
Cucumbers are coming to market just when the heat index calls out for foods that cool. Here’s a great recipe for tuna poke with cucumber which allows you to take full advantage of the just off the boat tuna at the Pura Vida tent.
If Joe Tomato doesn’t have unctuous burrata, his mozzarella will do. Here’s the recipe for flatbread with burrata, cucumbers and fava beans from Bon Appetit. I will use sugar snaps in lieu of fava beans. Easier to find, and just as delicious.
Also cooling: Summer rolls from our favorite Vietnamese chefs packed with produce from the market.
Dragonfly Granola is here this week…do yourself a favor and buy some of her granola to try in the yogurt of your choice (either “valley” will do: Shepherd or Hawthorne – isn’t nice to have yogurt options?) This week she is bringing back her red, white and blue granola (macadamia nuts, dried blueberries and strawberries, lemon zest and ginger) and her blackberry almond, laced with lavender. Where does she get her inspiration for her granola flavors? Views like this one from her commercial kitchen window in Sunset Park, she says.
See you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)