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Member-organized event: Heartland Gathering in MI


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More photos, these courtesy of Sam Iam, who sent them to me for posting.

Wine (BTW - who brought the white Bordeaux? Yellow label on the left? It was great.)

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The beautiful Mrs. Sam Iam (Joyce)

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Kris' friend and nephew check out the assortment of things to put on bread

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Fat Guy tends to the veal roast

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Liam gets some Mom time amidst all the hubbub

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Alex's braised shiitake mushrooms

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Kris' couscous salad

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Kris frying squash blossoms

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Ready to eat

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Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone, especially Tammy for all of the effort that went into this event. It was great working with everyone.

Before leaving town, we stopped back at Zingerman's and bought some cheese, bread, banyuls vinegar, olive oil, etc. On our way home, we stopped at a cherry farm and picked up 20 lbs. of cherries for various pies and desserts. All just an added bonus to a wonderful weekend. Thanks again, Tammy.

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Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone, especially Tammy for all of the effort that went into this event.  It was great working with everyone. 

Before leaving town, we stopped back at Zingerman's and bought some cheese,  bread, banyuls vinegar, olive oil, etc.  On our way home, we stopped at a cherry farm and picked up 20 lbs. of cherries for various pies and desserts.  All just an added bonus to a wonderful weekend.  Thanks again, Tammy.

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You're welcome, Jean - so glad you decided to make the drive from Chicago.

And I love that Banyuls vinegar - it's a fine, fine thing.

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Just in case you're not sick of this thread yet, here's some pictures from Friday night's small gathering (again courtesy of Sam Iam)

Jefferson Market

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If the Friday crew were a little worried about me leading them down this grungy alley, they didn't let it show...

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Our table in the back garden

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Dinner:

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Excellent food, and Axis of Evil Finger Puppets - what more could one ask for in a restaurant?

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If you'd like to see all of Sam's pictures from the weekend, I've uploaded them here.

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Im still dreaming about those blossoms. We have a few outside now on our zucchini plants and I asked Robin if we could pick them and stuff them.

I have a lot of pictures to post and I promise I'll do it this weekend. I started a new legal job and I'm exhausted at the end of the day. ( Im even too tired to cook or read my beloved cookbooks before bed :sad: )

Thanks tammy for hosting. Hopefully, you can make it for the Toronto gathering in September.

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Thanks tammy for hosting.  Hopefully, you can make it for the Toronto gathering in September.

Probably not. Hard to do these sorts of things with the little guy. But you know... my parents live halfway to Toronto and would love to have the baby all to themselves, so perhaps I should give it some further thought.

If you're not sure what CaliPoutine is talking about, check out the thread.

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Seems like a really good time was had by all.

Does anyone know why Musician's Tarts are so-called? This musician has never heard of them.

Pan, you'll have to find the recipe :wub:

on Epicurious.com. :biggrin::raz::rolleyes:

Everything will become clear to you, and you'll probably start playing your instrument door-to-door! :wacko:

:cool: Sam Iam

Carpe Carp: Seize that fish!

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More photos, these courtesy of Sam Iam, who sent them to me for posting.

Wine (BTW - who brought the white Bordeaux? Yellow label on the left? It was great.) [End of quote]

It was a bottle of Graves :wub: that I grabbed as we were literally running out the door on Saturday. Same with the Armagnac :wub: on Friday night.

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Carpe Carp: Seize that fish!

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If I may annotate CaliPoutine's pictures:

Picture 1: Devilkitty and his inexhaustable supply of light cream, on its way to becoming Cream of Mushroom (or, perhaps more accurately, Cream AND Mushroom) Soup.

Picture 2: Ms. jmsaul playing with her food. This creation soon became Roasted Cauliflower, which, if possible, was scarfed up even faster than at the last Gathering in Grand Rapids.

Picture 3: An assortment of fresh herbs, thoughtfully collected at the Farmers Market by Fat Guy.

Picture 4: Fat Guy, edsel, and our Zingerman's bread stash.

Picture 5: jmsaul and tammylc at the bread table.

Here is what I've uploaded so far.

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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What a great time - food aside, it was very nice to meet people so now I have faces to go with usernames. I've been a lurker mainly, but this event has lured me out of hiding.

Jason was kind enough to change my username, so I am now mrs_devilkitty as my husband Charlie refers to me. :smile:

Though I've lived in southern MI most of my life, I'd never experienced Zingerman's or the Ann Arbor market, so the tours were a welcome widening of horizons.

Now I'm looking forward to future gatherings in the Heartland!

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  • 2 weeks later...

A couple of follow-up notes:

- I had a very positive interaction with the folks from Renaissance Acres Organic Herb Farm while at the farmers market. I checked out all the purveyors of herbs, Renaissance had the most fragrant herbs and the most interesting choices -- several varieties of thyme, basil, etc. They're online at the following very easy to remember web address:

http://www.provide.net/~raohf/

- I'd like to post the recipe for the tempura squash blossoms stuffed with caramelized zucchini in the RecipeGullet system, but I'm going to need some help because I was only marginally involved in the actual cooking. I also have the instructions from Katsuya for the Cafe Atlantico original version of the recipe, but am reluctant to post them because I've not actually cooked or tried the dish. Happy to provide my notes to someone who wants to take a stab at it, though.

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A couple of follow-up notes:

- I had a very positive interaction with the folks from Renaissance Acres Organic Herb Farm while at the farmers market. I checked out all the purveyors of herbs, Renaissance had the most fragrant herbs and the most interesting choices -- several varieties of thyme, basil, etc. They're online at the following very easy to remember web address:

http://www.provide.net/~raohf/

- I'd like to post the recipe for the tempura squash blossoms stuffed with caramelized zucchini in the RecipeGullet system, but I'm going to need some help because I was only marginally involved in the actual cooking. I also have the instructions from Katsuya for the Cafe Atlantico original version of the recipe, but am reluctant to post them because I've not actually cooked or tried the dish. Happy to provide my notes to someone who wants to take a stab at it, though.

I think we had about 8 people marginally involved in the actual cooking. Here's what I wrote about it upthread:

The "recipe" such as it is:

Blanch zucchini in boiling water for 10 minutes. Stem, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut into small dice. Cook in butter and olive oil with some kosher salt until browned and sweet. They said 10-20 minutes, but ours went a lot longer than that and never really got brown. But eventually it started tasting really good and that's when we stoppped cooking it.

Stuff into squash blossoms, dip in tempura batter, and deep fry until crispy. Eat immediately.

I think we had about 8 med-large zucchini. IIRC, I used a stick of butter and glug of olive oil. When they serve it at the Minibar, it's pureed - we didn't do that for this. We ended up with about 40 blossoms, but I don't know if the limiting factor was the blossoms or the zucchini or if there was just the right amount of each.

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What I found so odd was that my husband, who was tagging along, actually knew Tammy, had been to a party in someone else's house (A house in Ohio with a hidden room), and grew up within a few miles of where Devilkitty grew up.

The squash was fantastic. That should be an annnual tradition.

As for dried pears. I've seen them quite a few times. I would check out health food stores or the health food section of major stores. I am fairly sure Whole Foods would have them.

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