I am so far behind, and have enjoyed so much good food recently. It seems to make sense to start at the farm. Last weekend, sister, her husband and KJ drove down to New Prague to visit Grazefest 2007.
Essentially, its a festival celebrating local and organic farming, and it was hosted by Cedar Summit Farm. There were fresh brats, lectures from farmers and a fabulous cooking demonstration.
Chef Philip Dorwart cooked up a cumin-pork tenderloin with a sauce he called “liquid corn on the cob.” And it was simple. He dusted the pork tenderloin (pasture-raised, organic) with cumin, salt and pepper and grilled it over natural briquettes and apple wood. He then simmered the corn (cut from the cob), some garlic, salt and chicken stock right on the grill. He added a touch (a whole lot) of butter and a bit of cream (from Cedar Summit Farm) and pureed it with an immersion blender (I gotta get me one of these).
And then we got to taste it. He served the sauce beneath the pork, and added just a tiny dallop of goast cheese and a chive. We were ecstatic, and hoped to find time to make it before Sister went back to CO. But no…
But we did have some really great, fresh ice cream. We took our cones and walked across the street to visit the cows. They were really happy cows, and looked great. They are much smaller than industrial cows, and they’re long flappy ears were just adorable. We thanked them for the creamy ice cream and went inside to buy some meat.
All in all, a great day on the farm. We learned a little something, and tried some great food. And best of all, KJ and I decided we’ll try the 100-mile diet. More on that later