That's right. A sandwich made from farm stand produce for an evening picnic at a local music festival. Minimal refrigeration needed and local brews are available at the festival. Sounds like a good plan to me.
I love going to music Festivals. Most take place in the summer expecially up here on the east coast. Who wants to go to a music festival in the snow? Well, I am sure there are a few amazing fans that would show up, but it probably wouldn't be me. This year to start the summer off, we went to Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Delaware and saw Chick Corea, then midsummer we went to the Xponential Music Festival and saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and this weekend we went to the Riverfront Blues Festival and enjoyed some really awesome blues including the Bernard Allison Band starting off their set with a stellar version of Voodoo Child.
At the Xponential Music Festival, the music was great but sadly the food was not. Have you ever been to an outdoor art or music festival and the food just all taste the same? Although, once we got to the Riverfront Blues Festival, they seem to have a couple of venders that were above par. In particular, there was a booth that served Jamaican entrees that looked and smelled fantastic and we bought a Jamaican Fruit cake that was delicious. We didn't test the enticing entrees because we brought our own food. Doesn't that figure?!
Since the last festival food experience wasn't that great, I decided to pack some food for the evening. What did I have on hand? Zucchini (surprised?), Zebra green tomatoes, arugula, onions and goat cheese. I picked up some mini french breads and roasted red peppers on the way home and started working on some veggie sandwiches.
This is how it all happened:
First, there was this gigantic Zucchini which I could not ignore. I sliced the zucc thin and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Then the slices were sauteed in a medium hot pan with a little olive oil and touch of butter until they were lightly browned. Isn't that the best way to cook? . . .a little of this and a touch of that.
and then sprinkled them with salt. I added 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and continued sauteing until the pan was dry and the vinegar was absorbed
here). If you use ones from a jar then dry them a bit with a towel.
This is a great picnic sandwich. This sandwich is also very forgiving for personalization. Feel free to use eggplant, mushroom, raw sweet onions, thin slices of cucumbers, sprouts, some leftover grilled steak or chicken, oregano or red peeper flakes. Did I really just type that? I mean red pepper flakes. Use your imagination and roll with it. Personally, I'll save the meat and cheese version for the winter when there are not so many delicious farm stand veggies around. I am going to give those cows and chickens a break this time! We all could probably do with a little less protein and more fiber anyway. What do you think!?
So here is what I recommend (you asked, right?), put those ipods down, look up a local music festival and enjoy some live music from someone in your area. Support those hard working artists and show them some love. What would our world be without them?
No printable recipe this time. Why? Because you don't need one. I made a list of all the ingredients that I wanted on the sandwich so I would not forget something. Yeah, that's right because I am a master at forgetting something, always something. This time I forgot to bring the okra chips and the smoked mixed nuts. I will write it down next time, but then I will probably forget, that is to write it down.