Organic Swiss Chard
Organic Lemons and Oranges
I found some great organic fava beans at the market and decided to use those in a refreshing salad with roasted corn and mint. I also did a fresh organic hierloom tomato salad with fresh organic basil. Mr. Steele grilled some rib eye steaks to go along with these light salads.
Here is a tip about fava beans. If you are looking to feed more than two people, you'll need at least 2 pounds. Fava's are a time consuming item to prepare. You have to shuck all the beans out of the pods, which is a chore. But it's worth it. Fava's have a buttery texture and a subtle bitter and nutty flavor. Here's a really easy recipe that you can make your own by adding other veggies and herbs. If you can't find fava beans, you can use edamame. You can also do this dish warm by simply sauteing all the ingredients in a sauce pan.
Fava Beans with Grilled Corn and Mint
A simple tomato salad is as easy as slicing the tomatoes, adding some really good extra virgin olive oil, salt, and some basil. The key to the salad I made....the tomatoes. They have to be hierloom, organic and locally grown. You'll never feel the same about grocery store tomatoes ever again. Hierlooms are so sweet, and juicy. If you are lucky enough to find a farm that grows these, look for not just basic red, brandywine tomatoes, but yellow, zebras (a green striped variety), cherry varieties, etc...
If you are a tomato and mozzarella fan, try burrata instead. This cheese is my all time favorite. Burrata is made from mozzarella and cream. It has this creamy, smooth texture that's just out of this world. It's very hard to find, but if you can find a cheese shop or Italian market, buy it. In San Francisco, Cowgirl Creamery has a great burrata by a company called Gioia out of Los Angeles.
Hierloom Tomato Salad
3 Medium size hierloom tomatoes, sliced
¼ cup basil, chiffonade
Generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt to taste
Arrange tomato slices on a platter, sprinkle basil on top. Drizzle withextra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt right before serving.
Let me know about your farmer's market in your area and if you have a chance to try any of these dishes!