This years challenge had a hard time getting started and getting going…but a few of us were able to eat locally and eat well all month long. It was delicious. As always I love seeing all the good food, getting inspiration for my own cooking and meeting my (and your) farmers. for me eating locally is, of course, about making choices that might benefit our environment, but mostly it’s about fresh food, supporting local business and getting to know my farmer.
As always there were many folks who signed up to participate, but never quite got going. I hope that you too were inspired by some of the good eats and while you may have never sent in a photo of your food – I hope you ate well, supported your farmers and enjoyed our posts.
on to the food
Beth – California
Dinner was fava beans, corn, and salad. Dessert was a melon popsicle.
- From my garden: cucumber and purple bell pepper.
- From my CSA: lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, musk melon
- From the farmers market: fava beans, avocado, corn, garlic, olive oil (!)
I'm very happy that I got in a dessert, got local beans, and finally bought some local olive oil.
Kathy, Liz, Matt and Nathan – Washington
Tonight we had Zucchini ricotta cheesecake and corn chowder
In the zucchini cheesecake was:
- Zucchini (obviously!), garlic, shallots from jubilee farm, Carnation, WA
- Ricotta made from milk and buttermilk from Smith brothers Farm, Kent, WA
- Basil from our yard
- Eggs from our chickens
This was a really good recipe http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/zucchini-ricotta-cheesecake-recipe.html. Surprisingly light—not eggy like quiche and not heavy like cheesecake and it was easy to make. We made it with shredded zucchini, but you could use most any vegetable.
The corn chowder was one of the best I’ve eaten. The recipe was in a recent issue of Cooks illustrated http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=29692
In it was:
- Corn from Magana Farms, Sunnyside, WA
- Bacon from Blue Valley meats, Walla Walla, WA
- Onion from Jubilee Farm
- Potatoes from somewhere in Yakima, WA
- Basil from my yard
Wyatt and Maura – Michigan
This weeks meal was butternut squash soup (squash, onion, garlic were local) had to search elsewhere fore curry and cinnamon (Sorry!)
- Green beans - Veg from farmers market, beans were frozen from earlier this season
- NY strip steak - Bearfoot Farms Paw Paw , MI about 20 min
Kids wouldn't even try the soup but the 10 month old loved it.
Keep it Local
Wyatt and Maura
Erin (your hostess) Illinois
So I had this grand plan to pick up some local vodka (there are a couple choices actually!), but it didn’t happen. Luckily, Lara (who has participated a few weeks of this challenge) picked up a local cherry wine for me while she was in Door County Wisconsin late last month. I made a local sangria!
I added apple and raspberries (that I froze early this summer). Cheers!
Thanks to all who participated this year – it’s always fun for me to get a little peek into your lives this way. Keep it local!