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The Golden Cadillac Drink, created at Poor Red’s

31 Jul


Poor Red’s, Home of The Golden Cadillac

After a fun day of riding my motorcycle in the local hills with my wife, we like to stop by a small historic western tavern in the town of El Dorado called Poor Red’s where we enjoy a nice cold drink after a day out riding in the summer heat.  www.poorredsbbq.com

Poor Red’s is a small restaurant and bar off the beaten path where stepping inside the door is like stepping back in time.  It’s truly one of a kind, a must see place.  I wonder if Guy Fieri knows about it?

Poor Red’s is famous for their award winning BBQ, and also for a world famous drink they concocted called The Golden Cadillac.  This drink tastes so good it’s like having a vanilla shake, but you can never drink it fast because you’ll get a brain freeze.

The sweet after-dinner type drink is made with the Italian liquer Galliano and a few other items (recipe below).  The Golden Cadillac drink made Poor Red’s the largest consumer of Galliano in the world.  That’s huge for such a small place, world’s largest consumer! right there in the tiny town of El Dorado, so far away from Italy.

If you can’t make it over to Poor Red’s, here’s the recipe for

The Golden Cadillac

- Ice
- Heavy Cream
- White Creme de Cacao
- Galliano

In a blender with the motor on high blend 5 ice cubes, crushed, 3 tablespoons heavy cream, and 1 ounce each of white crème de cacao and Galliano for 15 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth, and pour the mixture into a chilled saucer-shaped Champagne glass. Makes 1 drink.

Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market

30 Jul


Folsom’s Farmers Markets

The best fruits and vegetables are often not found at the grocery store, instead they can be found at local Farmers Markets, and Folsom is fortunate to have not one, but two!

Friday I went and checked out Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market that is run by the The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market Association 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays, June 4, through Oct. 1, at Briggs Ranch Plaza in Folsom.

Featured market items include fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, berries, jam, olive oil, herbs, baked goods, flowers and local merchants.  There are about 20 vendors at any given time that participate in this Farmers Market making for a very nice variety of vendors. 

On this trip I purchased some freshly picked tomatoes, some baked garlic peas that were a gourmet snack, several very nice cheeses, and some candied walnuts. I also purchased some zucchini for a ratatouille recipe I planned to make over the weekend.

In case you haven’t been yet, Folsom’s original certified Sutter Street Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays, June 13, through October 3, in the 900 block of Sutter Street. (http://folsomfoodie.com/2011/03/13/shopping-locally-at-a-farmers-market/)

Check out both Farmers Markets, support our local farmers.

Grown locally, sold locally and eaten locally is the unofficial motto of regional agriculture boosters.

Shopping at your local Farmer’s Market

13 Mar

Shopping for quality fresh food items can sometimes be hit or miss at a grocery store depending on how long items have been on a store shelf and where the item originally came from.   I’ve had the misfortune of occasionally buying what looks like fresh packed produce only to find it spoiled or rotten within a few days of the original purchase.  That can be a major disappointment, especially when spending top dollar for those poor quality items.

As much as I love Trader Joe’s, I’ve found their produce to sometimes be too old to use and frankly they should not even be stocking that produce on their shelves after the item has reached a certain age after it’s been harvested.

Produce sold at a Certified Farmers’ Markets is freshly picked and very nutritious.  Unlike store produce which is picked many days in advance and hundred of miles away, most produce at Certified Farmers’ Markets is picked within hours of market days. And the visitor can talk directly to the farmer and learn about new varieties of fruits and vegetables, farming practices and special preparation suggestions.

A Certified Farmers’ Markets is not just a place of shopping but is a community event.  Friends meet friends, swap recipes and visit with the farmers who have become their friends.

The Placerville, Cameron Park, Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. (CFMA) is an association of over 75 growers and producers who participate.

For more information about The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market check out their website at http://www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com/

Folsom has a season farmers market that usually starts in June and is held every Sunday morning in old town Folsom on Sutter Street.

Sacramento hosts a dozen different Certified Farmers Markets on various days at several different locations in the area.  A complete list of all Farmers Markets can be found at the following website: http://www.california-grown.com/Market-times.html

One of the largest local Farmers Markets is held on Sundays 8am to noon in Sacramento at 8th and W streets under the highway 50 over pass.  This one has gotten some rave reviews and I plan to go there next weekend to check it out and report back with more details and photos.

Another local Sacramento place to check out is Denio’s Market.

A good farmers market usually has more then just produce, so you can do all your shopping at once in one place.  Many markets also have local vendors selling beef, poultry, fish, shelfish, baked breads and goods and a whole lot more.  Check out your local farmers market soon and you’ll discover an abundance of some of the best food products to be found… at the best prices to be found.

Until next time, Cheers!

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