CLASSIC BASIL PESTO

This summer my garden blessed me with an over abundance of beautiful basil. So what to do with all this basil? Basil pesto of course. Basil pesto is so easy to make. It is perfect as a summer meal with pasta or you can use it as a spread for sandwiches as well as your base for pizza.

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh basil leaves washed and dried. 3/4 cups shredded parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup extra virgin oil. 1/2 cup pine nuts, 2 large garlic cloves, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Store in a jar or sealed plastic container up to a week.

It’s National Farmers Market Week

What better time than National Farmers Market Week to visit your local farmers market and enjoy all the amazing produce and baked goods from your local farms and food artisans. Farmers markets have grown increasingly popular over the years because of a desire to have a more farm to table diet lifestyle.

My humble beginnings started at our local farmers market. I had always dreamed of taking some of my treasured family recipes and creating a small business. So with 50 bags of my grandmother and aunt’s cheese straw recipe, our truck loaded with a tent, table and tablecloth, we began our new venture. That was nine years ago. And although our little bucket list became something more than we could possibly have imagined, we still continue to be vendors at our local farmers markets. It’s both an honor and privilege to be around such wonderful folks. Their passion and love for what they do is evident in the products they bring to market every weekend. Many of these vendors spend long days during the week preparing for market.

Farmers markets are great for the entire family to enjoy and most markets are dog friendly so you can bring your pet. As you stroll along the street listening to a local musician, customers are able to sample jams, dips, honey and freshly baked artisan breads or pies. Vendors offer a wide variety of homegrown vegetables to choose from. Many customers frequent these markets every week thus establishing a long lasting relationship with vendors that has existed over the years.

So instead of sleeping in this Saturday morning, grab a basket and enjoy being a part of your local farmers market.

Tea Time

“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”

Jane Austen

Here in the deep South, summer is all about the casual party. Avoid those hot midday events and plan a morning brunch or a late afternoon get-together.

Whether you are entertaining a few friends or a large gathering, finger foods that can be eaten in one bite are always a great choice. Cheese straws have long been considered the perfect party food appetizer, so add a little spice to your gathering when considering your menu.

Farmers Market Woes

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In the days of Covid-19 selling cheese straws at farmers markets has come to a virtual stand still. Markets are closed and other are managing with a drive-thru concept. Neither of which is paying the bills, but some income is better than none. Did you know you can order our delicious cheese straws online?

Order today from LizziesCheeseStraws.com for the freshest flavor choices.