Posts tagged ‘produce’

August 10, 2012

Local Foods Week | Whey Crepes with Ricotta and Zucchini

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 delicious) hosts Local Foods Week every year.  This year they have so many events from tastings to picnics to special local foods week tours.   It’s kind of a party with produce all week.  Which is awesome.

Cooking with local produce is my personal favorite thing to do this week.

But it’s summer, too, and if you ask me, that means cooking should be just barely above a simmer.  If you’re in the house, lightly sauteed or not cooked at all are methods I can stand behind.

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January 11, 2012

Explorer | Long Beans

I am not a snob when it comes to where I’ll shop for ingredients.  I am very happy to pick up whatever looks good where ever I go.  I was at Meijer recently (which is a mid-western version of Wal-Mart) to pick up some Kinder for Cherub.  And batteries, for all the toys she got for Christmas that died faster than you can blink.  Le sigh.  I digress.

I am always so pleased to see the wide variety of produce they carry.  Not just limited to your typical cucumbers, lettuces and onions, Meijers in Columbus seem to have every manner of exotic produce that you can imagine: from fresh tamarind pods to bitter melon to long beans.

I have heard from a friend that the partial reason for this was a well-loved local chef/owner of a very posh restaurant used to stop at Meijer on the way to his restaurant to pick up the stray ingredient.  And the good folks at Meijer would order just about anything his heart desired.  Hence, local Meijers now stock rather comprehensive produce departments that are well worth a stop in and a meander.

I was inspired by the long beans that day.  Similar to green beans in taste and texture, they are only different in their magnificent length.  Which for the harried cook, means far less trimming!  Nice.

Long beans partner especially beautifully with Chinese cuisine, most notably buckwheat noodles.

But don’t let that stop you.

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September 26, 2011

Things I Like | Green B.E.A.N. Delivery

I love local businesses.  I love local produce and groceries.  I love this idea.

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (the BEAN stands for Biodiversity, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition) is a grocery delivery company that serves Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.  I truly admire their dedication to support local farmers and artisans in the area.  Their produce bins are chock full of local stuff from local folks (now realize, we do have a winter around here and the bins do reflect that come December).  Most recently they featured a really fantastic farm, Rock Dove.  And I have, quite honestly, had some of the best bacon in my life from these guys.

The small produce bin that landed so cheerily on my doorstep recently included plenty of fruits and veggies for our family for a week or so.  Heirloom tomatoes from Northridge Organic farm, a lovely bag of clearly organic greens, jalapenos, green beans, carrots, onions and plenty of fruit.  A lot of it local, but some from further away (I’m almost sure that we just can’t manage a great crop of flame red grapes here in Ohio).

I really loved how most all the fruits and veg were contained in brown paper lunch bags instead of plastic ones.  It gave me the feeling that everything was carefully hand packed with thought given to how things would best travel.  And I know, it’s better for the environment, too, isn’t it?  Bonus points.

Minimum orders start at $35, although you can order a $28 bin and supplement it with groceries like Snowville milk and that fantastic bacon to get it up to $35.  Just about any staple you could need you can find in their virtual aisles.  And orders can be made as rarely as every two weeks.

I can see giving this as gift to new parents, or people that perhaps just need the gift of time.  It’s certainly something that made my (much busier than usual) week easier.

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Playlist included Listen to Your Love, by Mona.

**Green B.E.A.N. Delivery gave me a free bin to review.   But of course you know that Persephone always says what she thinks, even if she’s been given something for free.  My opinions are, as always, my own.

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