Sunday, June 28, 2009

Let's Celebrate a Week of Independance

I fear that I must be in a time warp because somehow the month of June has been condensed, like a can of Campbells soup, and it's suddenly July! That means that this is an ArtWalk weekend in the Village of the Arts. Join us this Friday night 6-9:30p and Saturday 11-4 and stroll through the various galleries & studios as we collectively celebrate America's birthday. Of course we hope you'll stop in to say "hi" and maybe have something to eat or munch on. I haven't checked the weather report yet but I'm hoping that Mike & I can fire up the grill and have some tasty "things on sticks" available Friday night. We'll see. But we'll always have pizza!

Saturday was a fun day for me. I shared it with several lovely families who participated in my cooking class, "Mommy (or Daddy) & Me in the Kitchen". In two hours we did a lot. Each family made a batch of bread dough to take home; created their own designer pizza & ate it, then left with their hand-crafted crusty loaf of bread (see above picture). Seeing them work together on a common goal made me smile. I wonder if my own kids remember making bread with me when they were younger than 5, during our summers in Warren, VT? It was a good thing to do when the summer rains came and we were stuck in the house for long periods. We also had a huge garden where everything grew like Jack's Magic Beans. The property had been a horse farm for 20 years so wherever a seed dropped, it grew up strong & healthy. That was my first real garden and why I mistakenly came to believe that "gardening" was an incredibly easy thing to do. I learned the truth years later, during my lengthy Master Gardener training. We're about to solarize our organic raised beds and are planning crops for our Fall garden. Things always taste great when they're fresh, like the herbs we cut just before serving you lunch each day.

Stephanie & I continue the tradition of ethnic food and changing menus through most of July. We'll be closed for vacation after Sat July for the evening ArtWalk Fri Aug 7th. The printed schedule of July's menus will be available in a few days. If it's too expensive to travel widely this summer, save money by having an ethnic lunch (or dinner) with us then watch a movie with subtitles from NetFlix. Foreign dress optional.

Hugs from the kitchen,


Spicy Chicken (Doro Wet) Chicken stewed with lots of onions, tomatoes, Ethiopian spices, and a hard boiled egg. $8

Mild Beef Stew (Zigni Alicha) Beef stewed with lots of onions, garlic, ginger and Ethiopian spices.$8

Both served with:
Chickpea Sauce (Yeshiro)
Collard greens (Yeabesha gomen),
Mixed Vegetable Stew (Yeataket alicha) Carrots,potatoes, and cabbage
Red Lentils (Yemisir kik wet)
A spongy sourdough pancake like bread (Injera) to scoop up the food.

Vegetarian Platter $6
Chickpea Sauce (Yeshiro)
Collard Greens (Yeabesha gomen)
Mixed Vegetable Stew (Yeataket alicha)
Red Lentils (Yemisir kik wet)
A spongy sourdough pancake (Injera) is served on the side to scoop the food up with.

Coffee $1.50
Iced tea $1.50
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Bottled water $1

Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2
Strawberry cheesecake $3.50
Baklava $3
Wed July 1 Steph’s INDIAN LUNCH served 11-2

Spiced Carrot Soup V

A creamy, coriander, cumin and turmeric spiced carrot soup made with my home grown organic carrots served with pappadum. $4

Cucumber Yogurt Salad V
Shredded cucumbers in cumin, garam masala spiced yogurt dressing served with pappadum. $4

Stuffed Pepper V
Bell pepper stuffed w/potato, eggplant & yogurt spiced with coriander, cayenne, garam masala and cilantro baked to perfection served with fresh mint chutney served with pappadum. $4

Samosa V
Diced potatoes, peas and broccoli spiced with cumin, fenugreek, ginger, turmeric, coriander, asafetida, cloves, and cinnamon fill a golden pastry turnover. $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above, served with pappadum. $7.50

Pappadum V A thin crispy cracker type bread. 2/$1

V indicates vegetarian

Coffee $1.50
Iced tea $1.50
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Bottled water $1

Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2
Strawberry cheesecake $3.50
Baklava $3
Thur July 2 Steph's Greek Lunch served 11-2

Chick Pea Soup V

A hearty soup of chick peas with lemon, parsley and onions, served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Greek Salad V

Tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, feta cheese with my own Greek dressing; served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Spinach pie V
Fillo dough filled strudel style with spinach, onions, parsley, eggs, feta cheese baked to a golden brown. $4

Bread & Cheese V

Slices of Farmer’s bread served with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives and a slice of cantaloupe. $4

Choose two:
pick 2 items from above. $7.50

Farmer’s Bread V

A rustic, crusty bread baked right here. Take some home! $3.50/loaf


Coffee $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, bottled water $1

Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2
Strawberry Cheesecake $3.50
Baklava $3

Fri & Sat JULY 3 & 4 Bonni's NYC & Holiday Lunch served 11-2

Celebrate our country's birthday by enjoying menu items I served at our 1976 Op-Sail Party, as we toasted the "Big Ships" sailing past our 11th floor windows on Riverside Drive, facing the Hudson River.

Brandied Butternut Bisque
Roasted baby butternut squash simmered with spices, cream & French Brandy, then pureed until velvety smooth. Served hot with a dollop of Ginger Cream & crisp Breadstix $4

A Shrimp Cocktail
Very retro, but always delicious. An appetizer of perfectly poached shrimp on mixed greens with vodka-spiked red cocktail sauce $5

Ses Salinas Salad (V)
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $4

Grilled Chicken Breast added to your salad $2

Pick Two: Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*Florentine (V)(spinach/tomato) Roast Veggies (V)

HANDMADE 8” INDIVIDUAL PIZZA (vegan available on request)
Naked Cheese -- mozzarella, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York -- mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano $6
Mahon -- mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita -- mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, Parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken -- hoisin, garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7
(V) = Vegetarian

Assorted Mini-Pastry Plate $3.50
Frozen Key Lime Pie w/Whipped Cream $4
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies $4.50/pkg of 4
Bonni's "Biscotti To Die For" $2.50/pkg of 2
Large crunchy cookie (assorted flavors) $1.25

Bottled Spring Water, cans of soda $1
Brewed Raspberry Iced Tea or Hot Tea (assorted bags) $1.50
Our House Blend of Half/Caff Flavored Coffee $1.50

The JULY 2009 Bonni Bakes Menu List (in PDF form) will be available in the next few days. For a copy, email your request to

in the Village of the Arts
930 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL
(941) 746-6647

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