Week 7: Can You Grill It? Yes You Can! ft. Bushgarden Farmstead Cheddar

Hello it is Charles with your weekly recipe / snack inspiration blog post. It is a nice hot one out there this weekend, so I’m thinkin’ minimal heat, maximal taste, easy clean up and nice little bites! So I just went ahead and grilled almost everything in the share. I served it on some equally grilled crispy baguette with some delicious fresh local cheddar, now available with your share. 400/10, do recommend.

Specifically, I’m really glad I tried grilling the cucumber. I’m not a huge cucumber stan, but having it grilled is amazing! I wouldn’t have thought but it maintains its lemony freshness while mellowing a bit and feeling a bit easier on my tummy. They tasted DELICIOUS with the sharp tangy cheddar from Bushgarden. We also tried their gouda, which was extra special melted on the crispy baguette. Gouda, especially young gouda, makes for an excellent melting cheese and adds a kind of mellow nuttiness to a snack that makes one feel deeply sophisticated…

… even if you’re eating with your hands!

Grill Everything Marinade and Methodology


  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil (try Zatoun Fair Trade Olive Oil available with your share!)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch kosher or sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 5-10 leaves basil 1/2 finely chopped and 1/2 cut in slivers to top
  • 1 baguette cut in rounds
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced thinly
  • 1 handful cherry toms
  • 1 handful green beans tops and bottoms snapped off
  • Bushgarden Farmstead Nauvoo or Pilgrimmage cheese sliced


  1. mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chopped basil

  2. slice the baguette and use a brush or small spatula to spread both sides of each piece of baguette with olive oil mixture

  3. toss the beans, cucumber, and tomatoes in the olive oil and remove

  4. start up the bbq and set out the bread, beans, tomatoes, and cucumber slices – have the cheese sliced and ready

  5. as soon as the bottom of the baguette is crispy, flip and place sliced cheese on toasted side. flip or roll the beans and tomatoes and cucumber. they may be almost done by now.

  6. pull off the tomatoes when they are blistered, and the beans when they have turned bright green, and maybe have a few blackened bits. the cucumbers taste best to me when they have gone a bit like a pickle in colour, and almost translucent.

  7. close the lid of the bbq on the baguettes with cheese for just a bit to help the cheese melt

  8. stack all the tasty grilled things up on a plate and eat in various combinations!