Kite and Key

In all honesty, I never meant to eat at Kite and Key. After a Sunday trip to the Art Museum, I stopped by Bishop’s Collar, but was disappointed by their lack of vegetarian options. I biked over to the Fairmount Sabrina’s Cafe, but they were closed for Labor Day weekend. Unable to pedal any longer without sustenance, I walked over to the open windows of Kite and Key and discovered this crazy, insane, veggie burger. Two deep fried patties of shredded vegetables, swiss cheese, sprouts and horseradish mayo in the center, a brioche bun and a stack of fries (I always opt out of the house chips). I shouldn’t have eaten it all, but I did. And it was delicious. Fattening, for sure, but delicious.
People often don’t believe me when I sing the praises of grilled lettuce, but Kite and Key’s grilled Caesar proves it. So simple – just half a head of romaine on a the grill, topped with shavings of quality parmesan. If you don’t eat fish, be sure to skip the sardine-laced dressing on the side.

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Drying herbs for winter

Sadly, almost all of my herbs got eaten by squirrels, killed by the heat wave, poisoned by black walnuts, or crushed by construction materials. This past week I decided that instead of harvesting my own, I’d order some lemon balm from the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA and still have plenty of winter tea. Lemon Balm can be dried like most herbs from your garden – easily. The fastest method is to lay the herbs on a cookie sheet and place them in your oven. Just a little heat – 100 degrees – can try the herbs in an hour or two, or if you have a gas oven with a pilot light you can leave them in there overnight and wake up to dried herbs in the morning. I usually remove leaves before drying, but with some tough leaves, like rosemary, it is easier to dry them on the stalk and then remove them later.

Some people prefer to hang their herbs by their stalks. These bunches, hanging over a kitchen sink, in front of a window, or in a dry attic look and smell lovely, though they can take a bit longer to dry. If left undisturbed, they may hang intact for months, but watch out – they can also get dusty!