Monday, January 21, 2013

Farmers Markets, Mesquite Roasted French Flat Beans and Band Names

Farmer's Markets, Mesquite Roasted French Flat Beans and Band Names

As I’ve mentioned I’m now playing with my high school ‘Rock band.’ We have been working on the name.  My first choice was ‘The Bovine Blues Band.’  Steve, our drummer, had issues with this, as he is single and felt this would drive potential companions away. 
After some thought, I decided to go have breakfast with Steve to discuss this matter.  We met at the ‘Farmhouse Restaurant 228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, Az. · (480) 926-0676.  If you live within 20 miles of the Farmhouse you know about it, as it has the best breakfast in that part of the valley. 
So Steve and I had a great breakfast but still wanted to chat a bit.  All the tables were full and the line was down the walk out front (as it always is on weekend mornings), so we decided to walk around Gilbert a bit. 
Gilbert is my second favorite small town in the Phoenix metroplex, Cave Creek being where my heart resides. 
As luck would have it the Gilbert Farmers Market was in full swing… wow, food, music, crafts, art, lotions, potions, local coffee, and produce… fantastic produce, one of the best ‘Farmer’s markets, in the valley.
This reminded me, that as food people we have an obligation to foster local small farm efforts especially organics. Local Farmer's Markets are a great way to do this and have a good time.
By the way, yes organics are better; just try organic lettuce next to the lettuce from Mexico or China.  The organic tastes much sweeter and cleaner.
The Pike Street Farmer's Market has been thriving in Seattle for  decades!

We always stop by the Pike Street market for fresh fish.  They'll pack it for the flight home.

So I bought some baby beets, yellow tomatoes, and some beautiful French Flat beans.
As I wanted to get the most out of this beautiful produce I decided to grill the beans.

Mesquite Roasted French Flat Beans
1 Lb. French Flat Beans

2 Tbl. good olive oil
2 cloves, minced garlic
A pinch of crushed red chile
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Kosher salt to taste

Whisk the oil, garlic, red chile, and lemon juice together.  Toss the beans in the dressing and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Toss again.  Grill roast with mesquite charcoal, until just tender and don’t be afraid to let them char a little!
Oh.. the band name… Rooster!

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