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Hey, before we get on to the food…in case you didn’t notice, the freakin’ sun came out, finally!  July 5th marks the first day without any rain since I think I can remember, or at least since, like, the beginning of June.  So, everyone molding in New England can now begin to dry out.  Hallelujah!

Now…for this week’s OLS meal: barbeque chicken pizza!  

 

Photo taken after the first servings were enjoyed!

Photo taken after the first servings were enjoyed!

It’s not exactly a “garden meal,” but for a stormy, damp July 4th, it was perfect.  We had leftover barbeque chicken, which we had glazed with some great sauce from Stonewall Kitchen (Mainers, ‘eh), and some fresh mozzarella in the fridge.  I used the America’s Test Kitchen pizza bianca recipe for the crust (registration required at ATK site).  So far, this is my favorite homemade crust recipe.  

Natives: King Arthur Flour*, Stonewall Kitchen Maple Chipotle Barbeque Sauce, chicken,VT mozzarella (sorry, can’t remember the farm name), garlic scapes, parsley.

From Away: Olive oil, yeast, salt, pepper.  

*King Arthur Flour is an employee-owned company that produces flour in Vermont.  The wheat is not from New England, but I consider the flour as local as I’m going to get at this point!

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…the food is growing again!

Tonight’s dinner:

  • Frittatas with local eggs, bacon, cheese and milk
  • ASPARAGUS from a science teacher at school
  • Salad with lettuce from the Family/Consumer Science teacher’s kitchen garden in the school courtyard

Thanks, Spring!

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This year, Farm to Philly will kindly host One Local summer again.  

If you’re not familiar with OLS, the rules are simple:  cook up one meal each week during the challenge (June 1st through August 30th) using locally grown ingredients (exceptions: oil, salt and pepper, and spices).  Post about your meal on your blog, or email it to your regional coordinator – a round up will take place each Tuesday at Farm to Philly.

Participation is a great way to motivate yourself to find local ingredients, seek out unique regional ingredients, and post regularly to a blog!

Click here to sign up by May 30th.

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Tapping at home!

Tapping at home!

Last year around this time, I did a post about how pothole season means maple syrup season around these parts.  You can check that out if you’d like more information about the nuts-and-bolts of maple sugaring (in NH, sugar is a verb!).  

Meanwhile, though, if you live in or around NH, I’d encourage you to check out your local sugar house this weekend during NH’s Maple Producer open houses.

Mmmmmmm…

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I’m not sure what’s going on this winter with the old blog here.  I have limited motivation for posting, but we really are eating very well from our freezer and pantry.  It’s this time of year that I really feel good about all that work I did over the summer and fall to can and freeze.  Even though it’s March and lots of people are talking about Spring, we’re still months away from fresh, locally grown foods. 

Lest you think we’ve been slacking, here are a few meals we’ve enjoyed, mostly from local ingredients.

I’ve discovered Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni.  What better to do than try it on a pizza?
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I prefer a crust that’s crispier more than deep-dish, but this was yummy, nevertheless.

 Local: pepperoni, frozen tomato sauce, Cabot cheese.  Not-so-local: crust ingredients, mushrooms.

Then, there was this little beauty:
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A sirloin from Rock Farm, cooked rare and served with super-tender parsleyed potatoes I picked up at the Seacoast Eat Local farmer’s market on Saturday.

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The meat looks super-rare in the photo.  It wasn’t quite as bloody as it looks!  Along with this meal we enjoyed a salad with FRESH GREENS! from the farmer’s market.  Heaven.

Local: sirloin, potatoes, Cabot butter, greens.  Not-so-local: parsley, cucumber, carrot, salt and pepper.

The FRESH GREENS! have shown up in meals all week.
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Tonight, it was alongside some mini-frittatas.

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Quite yummy!

Local: eggs, milk, FRESH GREENS!, bread.  Not-so-local: salami, parmesean, cucumbers, carrots, cranberries, S&P.

The farmer’s market was great.  In addition to the FRESH GREENS! I scored some chorizo and a ten pound bag of fresh Atlantic shrimpies, now stashed in the freezer.  I’m wondering if most people cook these and then pop the heads and shells off, or peeel ’em before cooking?  Ali?  What’s your advice?

Finally, we’ve been eating home-made desserts, too.  I made a batch of vanilla ice cream that we ate with this heavenly thing, and now we’re enjoying it with apple/peach crisp made from fruit I froze this summer.  

All’s well!

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Returning from the warm, sunny West Coast to another 8 inch snowstorm was not pleasant.  

Having a snow day to simmer ham and beans on the stove, was quite pleasant!  Although, I do realize that some of you are now able to get things like strawberries and asparagus and green stuff, oh my!  

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Although pleasant to eat, this is not a very photogenic meal!

  • From here: Rock Farm Ham, homemade chicken stock, pinto beans (Maine), Rock Farm bacon fat
  • From away: organic onion, organic brown rice, salt & pepper, spices

Warm and yummy on a snowy day.

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This week’s meal was an easy one, and a great example of freezer shopping.  

I walked down cellar Sunday morning and took these pork chops out of our freezer – shopping done!

We grilled the boneless chops (we grill year round, snow be damned) and roasted some red potatoes from Maine.  I could have easily added some green beans or squash from the freezer, too, but we had a little bit of salad left from the week before (not local).

  • From NH: Pork chops
  • From ME: Potatoes
  • From Away: salt, pepper, olive oil, dried red pepper flakes

Note: I’m in Inland Southern California this week, so I will try to post a local meal we eat there for next week.  I’ve been disappointed by my ability to find local foods in that area of the state, but I’ll do my best to get to a market!

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