Archive for January, 2012

January 29, 2012

Taking the Local Milk Plunge

We did it. We decided to have milk (and eggs) delivered to our house from South Mountain Creamery.

The first delivery came on Thursday. I was in the midst of a long week at work  – conferences, meetings, dinners after work – but when I walked in the door Thursday night, all three of the kids greeted me with the same phrase: “Mom, that new milk is AWESOME!!!!”  This was not the response when we started our CSA, but is typically the response to produce and meat brought home from the farmer’s market.

So, I think that we are going to keep up with the milk…and who knows what else we might decide to add to our order!!!

January 28, 2012

A Local Better Homes and Garden Meal – Dark Days Challenge

I feel like I have lost the past week of my life. Too much to do at work and home has kept me away from blogging. Fortunately, I did remember to take pictures last weekend when we made our mostly all local dinner.

I have been leaning toward the soup/stew end of meals for the dark day challenge, but when I looked at what we had in the fridge, I realized that meatloaf, candied acorn squash, and kale with capers would make a wonderful meal – where the main ingredient of each dish was local.  If I had had more time to prepare and think about this, I could have made this one hundred percent local, I am sure, but this is what I made. I turned to my two “go-two” cookbooks, The New Better Homes and Garden Cookbook and Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and cooked up a storm.

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January 15, 2012

Dark Days Challenge – A Two-Fer

Yesterday began with a visit to the farmer’s market. It was the first time that it felt like the winter market. Instead of the three streets that are usually filled with vendors, we are down to one and a half streets. And the variety of products available reflects the time of year. Nonetheless, we were able to come up with lots of food, and managed to create two SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) meals for brunch and dinner!

Here is what we came home with:

As you can see, the smaller number of vendors and the time of year meant a move toward less produce and more meat. Nonetheless, I think we are in a good place for making locally-focused meals this week.

And yesterday, we made two almost entirely local meals!

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January 3, 2012

Meatless Monday Goes All Local — Dark Days Challenge Meal 4

Okay – my weeks are all off, and so I am going to count my meals (and hope to catch back up with weeks soon)!

Lots of wonderful family and entertainment over the holidays has set back my planning and prepping and writing time (although it has in no way impeded my eating and drinking time….). But we have a brief lull, and I thought I’d best to my all local meal today before work/school/return of my favorite Denver-based family re-occurred.

Yesterday, it was, as many of you know, Meatless Monday. In keeping with that tradition, and reflecting the reality of the local food currently in my fridge we made for dinner:

Leek Potato Soup

Roasted Green Beans and Radishes

Red-Cooked Cabbage

Almost Homemade Bread (with a little help from Fleischman’s Simply Homemade)

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January 1, 2012

Be It Resolved Version 2012

The Family Foodie is looking forward to an awesome 2012 with lots of delicious growing, cooking, baking, and eating in our year.

This year, we resolve to:

1. Eat one all local meal once per week all year long;

2. Give local and/or organic milk a try;

3. Learn more about local resources in the No Va area;

4. Stockpile summer produce for winter — beyond the pesto which we are still adoring.;

5. And blog about it all!


Here’s looking forward to the best year ever…hope you’ll come along with us on our adventures.

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