Got up early as planned, went to the Farmers Market. Sadly, the sweet potato pie guy wasn't there today! Ah well. We got: okra, Silver Queen corn on the cob, cherry creole tomatoes, peaches, goat chevre, goat milk yogurt, cow milk cheddar, duck eggs, pork chops, chaurice sausage, shrimp, black drum, some baked goods, tamales, arugula pesto, milk, butter. I have some plans to make shrimp with green sauce, okra with tomatoes and corn, upside down peach cakes, and something that Mark Bittman calls "deviled" pork chops. Probably some goat cheese grits.
Man, it was hot, even at 8am.
In the afternoon, we went to the Old New Orleans Rum distillery for their tour. We started out with a lovely cocktail of their spiced rum mixed with sweet tea and toured the place, learning step by step the magical journey that molasses takes to become delicious, delicious rum.
Now, y'all might not know this about Tom, but he is quite the rum connoisseur. So I volunteered to be the designated driver so that he could enjoy the samples of the 4 kinds of rum- crystal, amber, cajun spiced, and 10 year old. We ended up getting a bottle of each of the 4- we had a groupon that entitled us to 15% off our purchases, so we decided to go for it. The 10 year old rum is only sold (I believe) at the distillery.
Tom has just mixed up a cocktail recipe that was procured from the tour- the "St. Claude"- spiced rum, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice. Refreshing!!