Friday, June 29, 2007

Pimientos de Padrón And Smoked Goat Sausage...

Happy Quail Farms fried Pimientos de Padrón

Achadinha Summer Goat Sausage and Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper Cheese

I waited a bit too long to begin this post about the Happy Quail Farms fried pimientos de padrón, as I just now saw that Sam (whom I was delighted to meet for the first time last weekend) and I made the same recipe but she got it on her blog before me. So I'll spin this post a bit differently.

The fact that Sam and I bought our pimientos from the same guy, on the same day, at the same farmers market, it stands to reason that we would both cook them up the same way. Great photos, Sam!

If you happen to find yourself at the SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market of a Saturday morning and the folks at Happy Quail Farms have their little green mesh bags full of these beauties on display, do buy a bag or two, or three (I wish I had bought a bushel) and follow the recipe on the label or on their web site. I promise that you'll be very happy you did.

Also to be found at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is the Achadinha Goat Cheese Company. A new favorite find of mine, the delightful Donna Pacheco and her husband Jim make rustically beautiful, delicious goat cheeses. But the reason I sought them out this time was for their Summer Smoked Goat Sausage. Be still my heart - this stuff is incredible!

I paired it with our local Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper sheep milk cheese. Combine these with the fried Pimientos de Padrón and you've got a match made in heaven.
PS - To my RSS readers, during the process of writing this post, I accidentally hit the publish post button waaaay before it was ready for reading. Please accept my apologies.

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  1. Russian Roulette Peppers!
    In that bunch you should have at least 2 hot ones....
    They look lovely but as I don't do 'hot' I have never eaten them. With my luck I would always get the hot one... I suppose I could make mon mari nibble them all first to test...
    Great photos!

  2. Very fun seeing that you and Sam have made the same thing. I am sad to report that my peppers and fresh fava beans were left in the refrigerator in the hotel. I just hope that someone got to eat them. I don't mind because it was still a lot of fun buying them together!

    Don't know if you're still writing the post, but I didn't get it twice on rss.)

  3. Hi Katie,
    Not one hot one in the bunch! And we were warned that there could be. Our vendor said that they get hotter later in the season.

    Hey there, Kalyn,
    I hope to get a WHB post to you sometime this weekend before deadline! Too bad about your FM produce - I hope whomever found them knew what to do with them. And, whew, I'm glad that silly half-post didn't make it through rss. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Oh Christine those peppers are darlings. I would love those. The cheese sounds heavenly and just perfect with the peppers.
    Wish I could taste it all.

  5. Mine weren't too hot either this time. This is my third season of eating HQ's padrons and so I do know that the hot ones are possible from time to time..

  6. It appears that you have found some wonderful items at your farmers market~this is the way I prefer to buy veggies,cheeses....isn't it wonderful when you can actually speak with the producers and growers! the hotter the better for me with the peppers~

  7. Tanna,
    Our local Cypress Grove Chevre company is most famous for their award-winning Humboldt Fog. Check out their web site. The link is on this post.

    Hi Sam,
    I actually can't wait to taste a hot one, so I'm going to have to get back down to SF before the season is over.

    I love being able to talk to the farmers as I buy their produce. For me, there can't be a better connection between the food we buy and where it comes from.

  8. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Love to see everything here. I'd definitely love a taste.


  9. Paz,
    You're just going to have to get yourself out here to the west coast sometime. I'll bet we could arrange a tasting party of California goodness!

  10. I LOVE the sound of that!




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