Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Cowboy Chili - beef, fresh peppers and tomatoes, anaheim peppers, hominy, black, kidney and white beans, some bittersweet chocolate and espresso, herbs and spices.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (vegetarian)

Eggplant Parmesan Panini is today's special. Fresh eggplant, lightly breaded in seasoned crumb and pan crisped with marinara and mozzarella cheese.


I'm pretty excited that some of the Cafe Familia will be heading out to One Straw Farm Sunday afternoon for a picnic, some music and socializing. No doubt farm pictures will be up next week.

There is a huge country ham in my fridge at home waiting to make an appearance on the menu. Country ham is one of those foods seldom found in restaurants outside of the southern states. In many ways it is the rustic American cousin of prochuttio (Italian) and serrano (Spain) - each being salt-cured and aged. As a child, I remember stopping at shanties along the side of Route 11 and getting a paper plate heavy with ham biscuits and potato salad and eatting it at a picnic table by the road.

Anyway, I could wax poetic all day about the country ham. Instead, I suggest you keep an eye on the blog for ham biscuit day at the cafe, grab a large Sweetea and cop a squat on my picnic table.