Athens may be known as a cooperative food community with tasty local eats, but come mid-July the town will take on a bubbly new persona.
For the sixth year running, Athens will host Ohio Brew Week from July 8-16, a popular event packed with locally crafted beverages, live music, cooking contests, tastings, dancing, barbeque and home brews. This year noted beer journalist Lew Bryson lewbryson.blogspot.com - will join as keynote speaker, and a "Sneak Preview" event will be hosted at the Dairy Barn –www.dairybarn.org - the weekend before the official festival kicks off—a significant expansion for Brew Week.
Just north of Dublin in the village of Shawnee Hills, a hidden gem is lurking. I discovered it a few years ago, after moving to Dublin from northern California, where fresh produce stands were a mainstay on our neighborhood roads. Just off Dublin Road, before the hills kick up and cows begin to outnumber cars, the Village Market beckons visitors with a waving American flag and a vintage truck out front. Behind those, carts of vine-ripened tomatoes and a mound of citrus fruits delicacies seal the deal.
Seasonal Pizza: A recipe for pizza dough + summer toppings from our wood-fired pizza class at Hamilton ParkerWritten by 64
Despite the rain last Thursday evening, our wood-fired pizza class at Hamilton Parker took off and was a welcome celebration under the stormy skies. Pizza prevailed as Rob shared wood fire tips and Tricia whipped up some amazing combinations:
| Twice Baked Potato with Crispy Garlic Scapes: She used red skin potatoes boiled until done, mashed with the skins on, tossed with a little heavy cream, cheese, salt and sometimes sour cream.
| Southwestern: Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Avocado and sriracha mayo drizzle (just combine mayo & sriracha).
| Caramelized Onion, Asparagus, Pine Nuts and Blue Cheese.
| Spinach, Local Sausage, Red Onion and Goat Cheese.
If you feel at all inspired by these suggestions, and the myraid combos possible with our plentiful summer harvest showing up at the farmers markets, check out Tricia's recipe for pizza dough below and mangia, mangia, mangia!