Hubby-to-be and I headed up to A-town over the weekend to check out the winter farmers market and a place called “The Olive Cellar.”
First, the farmers market … not a lot in Wisconsin during December, but there were a few things that were tasty – my favorite was the yogurt made with goat’s milk. I’ll be splurging on that someday soon. We also tried goat’s milk and goat cheese curds (almost better than cow milk cheese curds in my opinion) and emu. Yes, I said emu. It was … dry. I think we’ll stick with the cows raised without BGH and processed without nitrates or MSG.
Now, the Olive Cellar … if you are in the Green Bay/Appleton/Oshkosh area, you MUST visit this store at 277 W. Northland Ave. in Appleton. They’ve got a HUGE selection of olive oils and vinegars that are to die for. We sampled quite a few (and you can sample them ALL) and settled on a bottle of Blood Orange Olive Oil and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. Oh my … it makes a KILLER salad dressing. I had a salad tonight with that vinegrette on it and wow, it was good. The sweetness did dampen the unique flavors of the herbs in that particular salad, so I’ll have to find another oil & vinegar combination … perhaps the basil olive oil? They have a garlic olive oil that would be awesome for dipping bread, or maybe even as a base for a chicken marinade (can you use oil for a chicken marinade? We’ll find out.) And the Meyer Lemon Olive oil had a multitude of possibilities … vegetables, fish, chicken, salad dressings … I can’t wait to go back and sample some more of their unique treats.
Tomorrow, we’re going to use up some shrimp we got on sale in an asian-style lunch with soba noodles. And for a little variety, we’ll be whipping up some black bean salad too. (I have a feeling I may be eating most of that myself since Scott isn’t a fan of beans, but … it’s the new year, and we’re trying to be healthier and darnit, beans are healthy.)
For my gratitude journal today:
Scott filling up my car before I had to go to work today – I hate pumping gas.
Heated seats – it’s winter in Wisconsin and I think it was about 4 degrees when I left work tonight. Brr!
Shea butter – this has become my new head-to-toe moisturizer, and it rocks.