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Food, Fabulous Food

July 20, 2009 - Andy Gray
Gazebo Park in Howland had its first farmer’s market of the summer on Saturday, and I made sure to be there.

It’s still a little early in the growing season for some summer treats, but I bought some green beans we’ll probably toss with olive oil and seasoning and roast for dinner tonight and a big sweet onion I’m sure my wife or I will find some way to use.

Best of all was the something from last summer’s growing season – a jar of Bob Abruzzi’s hot peppers in oil. Abruzzi said he’s down to about 20 cases and is waiting for this summer’s pepper crop to come in to make a new batch.

My younger daughter and I put a big dent in that jar for lunch, putting the seasoned peppers on top of thick slices cut from a crusty sourdough baguette purchased at French Street Bakery's farmer’s market table. Let’s just say we’re not disappointed that the peppers are fiery enough that we’re the only two people in the house who will eat them. I’m already contemplating what other ingredients to combine with the peppers to make the perfect pasta dish.

After leaving with our farmers’ market bounty, we hit the computer to order tickets for the Fabulous Food Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland on Nov. 13-15. I still haven’t decided whether I can justify spending $500 (once “convenience” fees are factored in) for the four of us to see Bruce Springsteen at Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 10. But I didn’t hesitate spending $172 for four food show tickets that include fifth row center seats for Bobby Flay’s cooking demonstration.

Another foodie treat comes tonight with a screening of the documentary “Polycultures: Food Where We Live’’ at about 9 p.m. at the Warren Community Amphitheatre. Get there early to sample some local raised meats and locally grown produced prepared by Blue Iris Café owner Melissa Yohman-Murphy. The samples will be available starting at 8 p.m.


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