No, I wasn’t out chomping on landscape. Instead, I tried The Burning Bushes Shrub, one of the drinking vinegars, from Glacier’s End. I purchased some earlier in the season from them at The Marion Farmer’s Market. I had tried earlier in the year to get some at the Winter Farmer’s Market (Carbondale Community Farmer’s Market) in Carbondale, but it was always sold out by the time I made it to the high school to shop. That told me it MUST be good!
First, I mixed up a quick marinade for boneless pork chops and added about a tablespoon of the Shrub to it before I dried them off and breaded them…
Then I added a aplash to a vinaigrette for watermelon and arugula salad.
I threw it all together, drizzled on some marinade made by shaking it in a jar with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then I tossed it together with pieces of seeded watermelon, arugula, and queso blanco. (Goat cheese, cotija, or feta would also have been good…) I would like to have added a bit of mint chiffonade for another layer of flavor, but I didn’t want to go out and pick it at the time…
I also mixed a healthy splash with some chilled club soda.
It was pretty refreshing. I decided I might like to add a bit of simple syrup for a bit of sweetness, but it was still good without it. Adding a bit of white wine would probably work well too.
The Burning Bushes Shrub is a combination of elderberry, honeysuckle, strawberry, cayenne, and galangal. I want to try Pearapple Rain next. They actually make a variety of shrubs with unique combinations.
You may wish to check the Glacier’s End Facebook page for updates and info on where to find the products.
Please note that at this time, a new location for the winter market has not yet been announced. They cannot meet at the high school due to COVID-19 restrictions, but per their website, they still plan to return in December.