Fresh blueberries at Reed Valley Orchard in Paris are ripe and ready to eat. Farm owners Dana and Trudie Reed will hold their annual Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Saturday. They'll serve blueberry pancakes until 1 p.m. Families can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a nature hike, line dancing and live music. Call (859) 987-6480 or go to www.reedvalleyorchard.com. The farm is at 239 Lail Lane, Paris.
Tops in tailgating
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The Brew Crew Six, tailgaters extraordinaire, are getting more national attention.
Last summer, Sports Illustrated featured the group of University of Kentucky tailgaters on its Tailgate Nation Web site. Now they're on the cover of the current issue of Tailgater Monthly. ”We also have some pictures on the inside of the magazine and an article about us,“ Brew Crew member Chris Dedic said. Read about it at www.tailgatermonthly.com and www.brewcrew6.us.
Just for kids
The Arboretum on Alumni Drive offers garden programs for children on Saturday mornings. Hours are 9 to 10 a.m., and the cost is $1. Activities include planting and harvesting in the children's garden, and crafts. Topics and dates are: garden wind chimes, June 28; Make Our Garden Grow, July 5 and 26; mud pies, July 12; and veggies and herbs, July 19. Call (859) 257-9339.
Life in the slow lane
The slow-food movement is changing the way consumers eat and shop. We're thinking green, and we want safe food and quality for our food dollars.
If you haven't joined the slow-food movement, here's the short version of what it is.
Slow food is a back-to-the-kitchen movement that extends to global issues. It includes the person taking the time to make bread or simmer a homemade soup, as well as the one frequenting the local organic restaurant and the lobbyist fighting for the rights of the family farmer.
According to SlowFood USA, the movement supports:
■ The small family farmer as well as small-scale gardening.
■ Artisan foods (such as beautifully crafted breads and farmstead cheeses), the culinary arts (how to cook, not quickly, but skillfully), and seasonal celebrations of local foods and traditions (such as an autumn harvest community potluck and the sharing of heirloom varieties of produce).
■ Local foods, which means foods that don't travel a long distance from farm to plate and are more nutritious and delicious than those that are shipped across the country to grocers' shelves. Eating locally produced food respects and supports our communities, the small family farm, traditional ways of growing food, and the concept of seasonal availability.
What consumers can do:
■ Buy from local food cooperatives and farmers markets and support restaurants that buy local food.
■ Be willing to invest in the cause. Sometimes it costs more to produce food that isn't commercialized.
■ Learn more about the slow-food movement at ww.SlowFood.com, www.SlowFoodUSA.org and www.SlowFoodBluegrass.org.
Here's what's cooking
Here's the Quick Take recipe I prepared Friday on WKYT-TV's 27 Newsfirst at Noon. My cooking segment airs between 12:35 and 12:40 p.m. on Fridays on WKYT, then becomes available on Kentucky.com at 1 p.m.
Sautéed chicken with peanut dipping sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 small cucumbers, peeled and halved lengthwise, and sliced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ pounds chicken cutlets
Kosher salt and pepper
1 bottle prepared peanut dipping sauce (satay sauce)
Combine rice vinegar, lime juice, brown sugar and the cucumbers in a medium bowl. Gently fold in the cilantro; set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes a side. Spoon peanut sauce into small bowls for dipping. Stir the cucumber salad and serve with chicken and dipping sauce.