If you are in the Syracuse area this weekend then you'll know two things to be true:
1. There are too many fun things going on this weekend.
2. You have to eat.
To wit: there's the downtown Arts and Crafs Fair, the new Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, the Ecofest, the Oswego Harborfest... plus there are chores to do, errands to run, the regular weekend gamut.
With the bounty of produce available, this is also prime time for cooking up delicious food at home. But who wants to be a slave to the stove on a weekend like this? Not I. So here's my game plan:
- Go for a long run--first thing--before the heat and humidity get too high
- Start dinner*
- Check out the markets--CNY Regional Market to stock up on basics and the Greener Bean market in Skaneateles--Home Harvest Organics will have fava beans! Make a long-overdue visit to the Borodino Schoohouse
- Take care of regular Saturday errands and chores
- Bake and freeze zucchini bread (this will take care of the squash taking over the fridge)
- Check out the events downtown before they wrap up
- Throw together a salad and grill some veggies to go with dinner
- Eat, lick my fingers, collapse, finish reading Three Cups of Tea and off to bed
Okay, its ambitious. But I guarantee at least four of the items will be checked off by day's end and what will make it possible is dinner.
I am absolutely loving this recipe for sticky balsamic spareribs published in Gourmet magazine last month (and for the record, I do read and cook from other magazines--it's just that Gourmet has been on fire as of late.) Check out the play by play after the jump.