Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fishermens Market


Located in Foley, Alabama

Baba Ganoush

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I can still remember the first time I had Baba Ganoush, a Lebanese appetizer made with
eggplant. It was at the Almontaser Restaurant on Court Street in the Cobble Hill section of
Brooklyn in the late 1970’s. The Amontaser has long been closed but the fond memories of
some of the best Mediterranean food I have ever had linger on.
The base recipe for Baba Ganoush consists of roasted eggplant, tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice,
and salt. From there it is easy to get creative. Our go to recipe comes from a very old Sunday
New York Times magazine and is a family favorite. Thanks go to George Watkins for the
beautiful eggplant, Knievil Farms for the Shishito peppers and Rosetta Bakes for the Naan.

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip
2 pounds eggplant
2 cloves of garlic pressed
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup chopped tomatoes
10 red and/or green mini peppers diced
5 green onions sliced
¼ chopped parsley
1 tablespoon seasoned salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spear the eggplants with knife or fork so that they don’t explode in the oven. Bake until
a knife goes into them with no resistance.
3. Slice the eggplants in half and remove the flesh from the skin and puree in a food
4. When the puree has cooled, add the remaining ingredients and refrigerate for about an
hour to let the flavors meld.
5. Serve the dip with toasted wedges of pita bread or naan.
6. Enjoy!

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I could never resist a farmers’ market. I enjoy checking out what the local vendors have brought
to market, taking some time to meet them and then planning a menu. Right here in our own
backyard, Baldwin County has a real gem in the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen’s
Market in Foley.

It’s Summertime and the living is supposed to be easy. So, something easy that doesn’t require a lot of prep time is high on the list. Four vendors helped create the dinner menu tonight: SHRIMP on the GO, Forland Family Farm, Sweet Bee Farm, and Mood Rock Baking.

On the Menu:
Sesame Seared Tuna (SHRIMP on the GO and Sweet Bee Farm)
Sweet Corn (Forland Family Farm)
Curried Brown Rice
Grilled Peaches (Forland Family Farm)
Lemon French Macarons (Gluten-Free) (Mood Rock Baking)

The tuna, sweet corn and peaches can all go on the outdoor grill.

Sesame Seared Tuna
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Up to four Tuna steaks
½ cup sesame seeds
1. In a bowl, stir together the soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. Divide into two equal parts. Stir the rice vinegar into one part and set aside as a dipping sauce.
2. Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate. Coat the tuna steaks with the remaining soy sauce mixture, then press down into the sesame seeds to coat.
3. Spray grill grates with a cooking spray such as PAM and bring the grill to high heat. Place the tuna steaks on the grill and sear for about 30 - 60 seconds on each side. Serve with the dipping sauce and if you like, wasabi paste.

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