Posts tagged ‘local food’

October 27, 2010

Kitchen Magic: Local Squash Soufflé and a Steak

A soufflé?  On a Wednesday?  Why yes!  Of course.  You know why?  Shhhh.  Because there were leftovers.

Yesterday’s roasted Hubbard squash risotto meant that there was a whole half (ha!) of a squash leftover, which amounted to about 2/3 of a cup of pulp.  I had every intention of fixing something else entirely for dinner tonight, but at the store, I couldn’t find what I needed.  Some nice looking steaks were on sale, and we had the squash from yesterday, so I figured I could come up with something.  I told you I would.  I just didn’t want to let you down.

Soufflés sound all difficult and daunting and well, they kind of are all you’ve ever read about.  Like any good prima-donna, soufflés have a long contract rider with demands such as

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October 10, 2010

Farewell, Local Foods Week! We won’t forget you.

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.

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October 8, 2010

Day Seven: Dinner, Gran Finale, Ode to a Pig

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 of La Scala, Inter Milan, and this dish.  Please enjoy the description of the last meal of Local Foods week, and heck, maybe try it out: Bottaggio alla Milanese.   Mangia. 

Persephone’s Local Cassoeula, serves 6

5 oz bacon ends (ours were from Curly Tail Farm)

3 pounds pork spare ribs, cut into two-rib sections

1 pig’s trotter, about a pound, split (just ask)

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September 1, 2010

Local Foods Week is Coming Soon

One of the events that will be here before you know it, Columbus foodies, is Local Foods Week.  This year’s is October 2 through 8.  Part of the events this year is an Eat Local Challenge.  Hades and I are already starting to think about what we’ll do for those seven days.  Will we end up making our own butter from the cream from Snowville Creamery?  Will we research old pioneer recipes?  Will we buy flour from Flying J Farm and make a wild yeast sourdough?  Who knows, but we’re going to treat that week like it’s the Super Bowl.

Consider taking the plunge with us this October.  Even if it’s just for a day, there is a lot of fun to be had cooking in a new way.  It will be one of those days where you’ll go to the farmer’s market (if you can) or the grocery store and decide what looks great.  What’s from around here?  What can I do to make this taste fantastic?  To give you some ideas, I’ll be posting seasonal recipes almost daily.  So hopefully, by October, I’ll have given you an idea what you can do with those super sexy leeks and ravishing butternut squash you’ll have in your hands.

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