It’s the time of year where just about anything your heart desires is available fresh and local here in Ohio. Farmer’s market tables groan under the weight of melons, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches. Oh the loveliness. Local Matters (whose mission is to transform the food system in central Ohio to be more secure, prosperous, just and… Read More Local Foods Week | Whey Crepes with Ricotta and Zucchini
Sometimes dinner is completely off the grid. Tonight’s rabbit was an example of that. Not purchased at a store or farmer’s market, simply gifted to me from generous friends who have local farmer friends. The dinners, over two nights, could not have embodied the essence of local more than that. For the squeamish, let… Read More Local Foods Week | Rabbit
Local pumpkins are now prolific at farmer’s markets and my Whole Foods. They are tasty, vitamin-packed treasures that are as versatile as you care to make them. Add in some of the last of my backyard chilies and yellow cherry tomatoes, and you’ve got a dish that’s downright good for you. Tonight I yearned for… Read More Local Foods Week | Curried Pumpkin
I haven’t made a whole lot of pork lately. I’ve been swooning over spice-rubbed chicken, braising all manner of cuts beef, and grilling plenty of fish. I think pork needs its due. I am a big fan, particularly of bacon and pork belly. It must be the fat. But what about the old standby favorites? … Read More Local Foods Week | Brining Two Kinds of Pork
I’m excited! It’s Local Foods Week again. Coordinated by the wonderful Local Matters, the week is designed to heighten awareness about the benefits of eating local foods (it tastes better! it has more nutrients! it’s benefits small businesses!). All week long there are fun events and activities for the whole family. To encourage participation in… Read More Hooray! It’s Local Foods Week!
I’ve reflected on the past Local Foods Week and realized and I learned a good number of things and reaffirmed some of my core cooking beliefs. 1. Local food does not have to be expensive. Eating seasonally, even if you’re buying produce from a farmers market, can be affordable for just about any budget.
Did you really think Persephone would forget to include a pork dish this week? O ye of little faith. Tonight’s family dinner was a symphony of piggy-ness. The way we all like it. This pig, trotters and all, was entirely from our friends at Bluescreek Farm Meats in the North Market. Milan is the home… Read More Day Seven: Dinner, Gran Finale, Ode to a Pig