The Ballads of Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee's Catering Service

July 31st 2010 5:56 pm
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I think that's a good name for our latest endeavor, don't you? Perhaps I should explain. See, every year Mom likes to plant a few vegetables and herbs in our small yard. This year we have flat leaf parsley, basil, chives, Marion tomatoes, scarlet runner beans, and purple pole beans, all of which are doing quite well and are either bearing fruit or are on the verge of it. Plus, our neighbor has cucumbers that they have shared with us. And Mom and I just can't resist the local farmer's markets, so we also have some lovely Vidalia onions, along with some Swiss Chard and potatoes.

What to do with all of this lovely bounty? Well, Mom and I have lots of good ideas!

Today we made a fabulous cucumber and onion salad from a very old German family recipe. It's cucumbers and onions in a sour cream and vinegar dressing with some salt and pepper for seasoning. Simple and delicious, Mom says it's never better than this time time of year when the veggies are young, tender, and fresh.

Apparently it's also very popular with Mom's friends! Even though I can't eat any of it, I did tell one of Mom's friends (who's also my groomer) that she was making the salad today. Would you believe she loves it too?! I told Mom what she said and suggested that we should share it with her. Mom thought that was a great idea, and since I thought of it, we would deliver the goods together and call ourselves Brenda Lee's Catering Service. Wasn't that a great idea?

So this afternoon Mom and I packed up the salad, added a couple of new tomatoes for good measure, and headed out for our first delivery. It was so much fun! I got to go for a ride with Mom, see my groomer (one of my favorite people in the whole world), and she and the lady who works at the shop got some salad that they can have with their dinner. What a great Saturday afternoon!

Mom's next project -- pesto! Tomorrow we'll harvest the basil and parsley, then I'll sit quietly in the kitchen and watch Mom work her magic food processor and create some pesto. I just love to smell all the great smells wafting through the air when Mom's in the kitchen. I wonder if we'll get to deliver some of the pesto to someone too? I sure hope so!

 
 

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