Simple, no frills, all local, this is what summer is about. Like everyone else it has been too hot to want to heat up the kitchen much so everything was cooked outside on the grill.
We picked up our Birdsong Farms CSA from Matt at the Haymaker Farm Market on Saturday. We had a wonderful talk and he mentioned a few stories of his son and left us with a great quote “rain is a farmers Prozac” We had quite a few treats in our box but sliced the cuke, got a few cherry tomatoes off the deck and used the mesclun greens for a nice fresh salad. We stopped at Dumas Meats and got our favorite 2″ thick pork chops. Dumas as noted on our fellow foodie Catherine Goodall’s blog (welcome we are Tom and Jeff’s neighbors) is a local treasure where they raise the beef and sell on site. The pork and chicken are local as well. We began using Duma meats regularly when Butcher Boy Meats closed. We miss them they were a Kent icon. One thing about Duma Meats they are the nicest folks and we were impressed with the concern and care shown for the elderly customers there on Saturday. So while I may have some philosophical issues with what is on their labels (check it out yourself) they are wonderful and caring people and the have a great product as well. I cannot say enough about their store.
I prepared the pork chops with only Penzeys Florida Seasoned Pepper and plopped them on the grill for about 7 minutes each side. I had also started a pot of water and we had real local Ohio corn from Rufener’s Farm Market in Suffield. There is an ongoing battle of whose corn is the best Rufener’s or Szalay’s so there will be a cook off soon!! So nothing fancy no special seasonings no special cooking just great local food, a little butter, little salt and pepper. What could be better!