Summer is bearing down on California’s Central Valley like a freight train, with temperatures climbing to almost 100 this week. While this is fantastic for the area’s big farms and our home gardens (our vegetables are growing like crazy!), it can be a sticky situation for us humans…but I’ve got a lovely sorbet that’s going to help us beat that heat.
Farmers’ markets are more popular than ever these days, and shopping at the downtown Visalia Farmers’ Market has quickly become one of our favorite weekly outings. What’s not to love? Gorgeous fresh produce, friendly and helpful vendors, the charming atmosphere of being on Main Street with live music from students at the Visalia Music School…it makes for a lovely late afternoon-early evening venture.
Good old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches are high up on my list of comfort foods…you too? I thought so. I think they’re high up on a lot of people’s lists, because April is National Grilled Cheese Month…and today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. I’m celebrating with a couple of my BBB’s (Best Blogging Buddies, that is) from Inland Empire Food Bloggers. As you’ll see from the sandwiches we’re sharing, grilled cheese sandwiches are a blank canvas for your palate: choose your bread, cheese(s), spreads and other add-ons to make your own ideal ooey-gooey version. No recipe required!
We are having the best time meeting people and trying the local restaurants in our new community. It’s funny that our old and new cities have pretty much the same population, yet each has completely different vibe. You might think at first that a rural area wouldn’t have a lot of good choices for eating out, but this is not so at all. In fact, since we are in the heart of California’s farmlands (literally the most fertile anywhere) it’s the exact opposite – there are many excellent restaurants, and several of them – like The Public House Downstairs – are located on one of my favorite places to venture: downtown Main Street.
Welcome back to the Cookbook Corner, y’all! This edition features Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen – 50 Essential Recipes Every Cook Needs to Know. One of the recipes is Bechamel Sauce, which is the base for so many tasty dishes – like Macaroni and Cheese. And that’s what mine turned into, using my St. Patrick’s Day leftovers!