Category Archives: September

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of WHAT?!?


Pickled ANYTHING!!  Tis the season for pickling – originated thousands of years ago and still used as a means of preserving the fresh bounty of summer.  You can seriously pickle and can a wealth of summer selections including okra (YUCK says Lula; VERY strange considering I’m from South Carolina) and watermelon rind to  all varieties of peppers and everything in between such as  a delicacy beloved not only down south but also Europe, the Caribbean and Korea – PIGS FEET.  Though they’re not my favorite, I applaud nose to tail eating, showing respect for the animal that sustains us.

My husband loves to drain the pickle jar down his gullet when the pickles are finished.  He swears by the juice’s healing qualities.  I don’t disagree – especially considering that I drink apple cider vinegar every day!    So GET PICKLING – they’re good for you and will sustain you through the winter!  In the meantime, please enjoy this overexposed picture of Lula’s Smoked Trout Banderillas – assembled with our Tarragon Cucumber Pickles and Peppadews, along with Poached Peruvian Potatoes – how’s that for alliteration?!?

Olio Nuovo

New oil, or Olio Nuovo as the Italians say, is the first extra-virgin olive oil off of the press at harvest time.  It is brilliant green and has tiny particles of olive in it.  Up until the last year or two, only Italians have enjoyed this intense, fresh and RICH oil at harvest time (about late September through January), but NOW, we Americans can get it from our California producers via web.  A really great one I’ve tried is from McEvoy Ranch .  Another producer that sells this great stuff online is California Olive Ranch .  Though I haven’t tried this one it gets great marks.  If you’re an olive oil lover, just go to one of these websites and order a bottle and they’ll ship it to you so you can indulge in a unique sensory and taste experience.  You’ll miss it after it’s gone, and look forward to next season! – Lula