Turkey Creek Lavender

Turkey Creek Lavender

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Vendor at the Lawton Farmer's Market: Cedar Hill Quail Farm

Wow! Great to see everyone today at the market. Thanks for coming out, despite the heat. Sorry to say I forgot my camera, so I can't show you all the wonderful potatoes, onions, green beans, beets, greens, cabbage, squash and other items that were available, in addition to the soap. What I can show you are these little beauties...
















Aren't they just adorable? I love their pretty brown speckles. Do you know what they are?
















Here is one compared to a regular sized chicken egg. Any ideas yet?
We have a new vendor at the Lawton Farmer's Market: Cedar Hill Quail Farm. Yes, that's right. It's quail eggs. I bought 2 dozen. They're small. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them, but I had to try them. The nice folks from Cedar Ridge suggested boiling or pickling. Uh, I wanted to taste them today, so boiling won over pickling.
I did the standard boiled egg technique that I talked about here. However, I think the white's were a little overdone so I suggest, with an egg this small, just bringing it to a boil and immediately turning it off or they could get tough. Then I just sliced a few up...
...and had them on salad with some sliced, farm fresh sweet onion. (Okay, I also popped a few in my mouth. They were small, okay?!) I thought they were delish, and the yolks were very mild and not as rich and eggy as a regular farm egg. It was a nice little gourmet treat, straight from the farm, and straight from the producer. I think they would make a wonderful, elegant little appetizer, perhaps deviled. Not something you see in Lawton every day. A little on the gourmet side. Yeah, we're getting upscale down here!

Cedar Hill also had live quail at the market. They were so cute. They may even custom prepare the birds to order. (I forgot to ask.) But I know you're going to want to check them out anyway.
They're very photogenic, don't you think?

My apologies to those of you who came for "Oh, Happy Day!" and I was sold out. I'll have more next week.

Enjoy your weekend!
Cathy

Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Lawton Farmer's Market Starts May 28! The Newest Soap? Oh, Bug Off!

For those of you who don't follow along on Facebook or Twitter, the Lawton Farmer's Market starts tomorrow. Or today, depending on where you live, since it is almost midnight! Seems I'm always up late the night before anything trying to get organized. Guess if I were organized I would be in bed right now! But such is life! The new soap for tomorrow is Oh, Bug Off! just in time for mosquito season. A blend of lavender (of course!), rosemary, lemongrass, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus, and cintronella essential oils, all natural, and all proven to deter those pesky bugs. I gave the dogs a bath in it today. All four of them. It doesn't smell so much like dirty dog around here now!

Hope to see you there from 7:30-Noon, Great Plains Coliseum parking lot on south Sheridan Rd. And hop on over to Facebook and Twitter and follow there, too, so you get all the info on TCL! Sometimes I actually say something intelligent and entertaining!

Thanks for following, thanks for loving the soap, and just, well, thanks! Have a great weekend!
Cathy

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oh, Happy Day! Happy New Soap!

Oh yes! Yes! Yes! So I was creating a new soap recently with a new combination. And...well...it just made me feel so darn stinkin' happy!

Remember this from Sister Act? Yeah, well that was me dancing around the kitchen. Except I can't hit the high notes. And I can't sing. But I do. :-) So naturally the soap got named "Oh, Happy Day!" Tagline? A happy mix of lavender, lemongrass, and patchouli...So good it will make you want to sing! Go ahead. You know you want to! It will stick in your head all day. I guarantee it!

















I took some to Lulabelle's last weekend. It gave her a happy day, too!

Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day!)
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day!)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
My sins away (My sins away)
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day!)
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day!)

Now you hit the high notes and have a wonderful, happy day!
:-) Cathy

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Marlboro Man's Sandwich made with Elk Steak

















Most of you who know us, know that we don't buy much meat. Not because we don't like meat. Because the guys hunt so stinkin' much I never can get to the bottom of the dern freezer. About the time I start seeing through the pile of freezer wrapped packages, it's hunting season again.

Which brings me to the recipe.

A few years ago hubby got a nice, big elk. A bull elk is really big. Needless to say we've been eatin' on this for a few years now and are finally down to the last little bit of cube steaks. I thought I had fixed elk about every way you can fix it. Then I ran across this recipe by Ree Drummond. You know Ree...the Pioneer Woman? Yeah, that one. Anyway, it was delish with the elk. Restaurant worthy. Finger lickin' good!

So here it is.

Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich Made with Elk
1 large onion
Butter, lots of it
2 or 3 pounds cube steak (I used Elk)
Seasoned salt
Lemon pepper
Black pepper
Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco
4 French or deli rolls

1.Start by slicing the onion.
2. Next, melt 1/4 stick butter in a skillet over medium heat. (I always use a cast iron skillet.)
3. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is soft and light brown, 5-7 minutes.













4. Remove the onion from the pan and set aside.

5. Cut each piece of cube steak (which is tenderized round steak run through a tenderizer by the butcher) into 1-inch strips.
















6. Season the meat with a nice sprinkling of seasoned salt, lemon pepper, and black pepper.













7. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the same skillet you cooked the onion. Turn the heat to high. Let the butter begin to turn brown, about 2 minutes, so the skillet is hot.
8. Add enough hot meat to the skillet to form a single layer. Do not stir. Let it sit for about a minute, or long enough for one side to turn brown. Then, using a spatula, flip the meat over. Cook for another minute, then remove to a plate.

















9. Repeat with remaining meat.
10. Return all the meat to the skillet and add the cooked onion. Pour in Worcestershire sauce, several dashes of Tabasco, and an additional 2 tablespoons of butter. Simmer the mixture over low heat for about 5 minutes until thoroughly warm.
















11. Cut each roll in half and spread generously with butter, then brown on a griddle or skillet. (I browned mine under the broiler in the oven.)
















12. Place the rolls face up on a plate, then place the meat mixture on the bottoom half. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the pan juices over the top to keep the meat moist. Top with bun and enjoy.

We may not have a working ranch with lots of hungry cowboys, but we do have lots of hungry men around here. They love this sandwich. Next time I'll try it with deer. I think that would be quite good, too. Wonder if it would be good with buffalo? Hey! Ted Turner...are you listenin'?

Happy eating! :-)

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