Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer, Chilled, in a Bowl

Local Food: What better companion for a summer day than a bowl of chilled gazpacho? Spanish in origin, gazpacho is the perfect way to enjoy the peak of our summer harvest. This soup is lively and cool because the vegetables aren't cooked. Though a traditional gazpacho holds the red of the tomatoes in its color, Steven's variation ranges from a pale amber to a slightly green hue. He combines Boothby Blond Cucumbers from Provender Farm in Cabot, a sweet and delicate heirloom variety with a creamy yellow color, with massive Beefmaster Tomatoes and spicy jalapenos from Pete's. Onions from Harvest Hill and garlic scapes from Riverside add a bit of bite and complexity to the gazpacho, and cilantro and basil round out the vibrant and tangy flavor of the soup.

At the Bar:
Don't forget our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, August 7, we offer a $2.50 pint of Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. The Berry Caipirinha is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: This week Galaxy features two new books to help you take advantage of summer in Vermont. The Joy of Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, and Eating Fine Cheese is written by Jody Farnham and Marc Druart, both from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese. The book is in paperback for just $14.95 and is packed with great pictures, practical information, and delicious recipes including Mossend Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes featuring Bonnieview Cheese. After you've had that, you'll be fueled to enjoy the mountains with the latest edition of the Green Mountain Club's Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont.

Music Notes:
The Butterbeans are back! Take a break from the heat and enjoy their old timey and jazz tunes as they play the songs that should always be played.

Local Events:
S & J Fitness and AWARE will host Healthy Choices Camp for girls grades 6-8 on Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12 from 9-noon each day. The girls will play games, eat healthy snacks, exercise, make friends and laugh! Cost is $75- register by calling 472-3242.

Reminders: We appreciate it when you use cash or a check - credit card companies charge us a fee that really adds up.

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