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December 20, 2011

Lovely Lamb Soup – Dark Days Challenge Week 3

Soup is a wonderful thing. Especially when it is cold outside, and you just happened to pick up some lamb soup bones from the farmer’s market. And when the veggies are still abundant at the market…

So, our Dark Days Meal for Week 3 is a lovely lamb soup accompanied with bread from Atwater’s.

We began by making a stock from the lamb bones, filling up the pot with carrot tops, onions studded with cloves (okay those aren’t local), some limp celery from Thanksgiving, salt and peppercorns.

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December 9, 2011

Concert Night: A Musical Gift

Full Disclaimer: There will be no discussion of food tonight. We began the kid concert season in our house tonight. Five concerts in eight days. Enough to fill us all with music. And enough to make me grateful again that my children are blessed to live in a community where their souls are fed with music.

So, I hope that all of you have the opportunity to hear an amazing band or orchestra or chorus or recital, and feel compelled to raise your voice in song during this joyous holiday season. Happy Friday to All!

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December 4, 2011

A Salad for the Dark Days

Our first Dark Days Challenge dinner is a salad.  I know, a salad is not perhaps the first meal that one thinks of as a dark days meal. But it was in the mid-60s today, and we had a big lunch buffet for the football game, so salad sounded awesome.

We started with lettuce, cilantro, and dill from the veggie stand next to the crepe stand at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market, supplemented with arugula, and mizuna, and bitter watercress from our garden.

Boiled some eggs from Smith Meadows Farm (in Berryville, VA, 61.5 miles from home).

Sauteed some red onions and green beans from the market in butter from Blue Ridge Dairy Farm (cheese is produced in Leesburg, VA, about 33 miles away, cows produce the milk in Carroll County, MD, about 58 miles away).

Topped it with some thinly sliced beef from the aforementioned Smith Meadows Farm, and some feta cheese from Fields of Grace Farm (in Remington, VA about 56 miles away).

Voila. Steak Salad a la Nicoise!

Our dressing was Annie’s Woodstock – not SOLE – but I’m considering this to be in our spices exception.

It was delicious!

December 3, 2011

Challenge: Eating Local in the Winter

Not only have I decided to join the NaBloPoMo December Challenge, where I have committed to write a post each day for the month of December, but I have decided to jump on into the Dark Days Challenge. The goal of the Dark Days of Winter Eat Local Challenge is to cook one meal each week until the end of March featuring SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) ingredients, and write about it on my blog.  Eating locally is something we try to do as much as we can. In the summer it is pretty easy to do. We have weekly farmer’s markets, our CSA, and our local butcher shop. But as the days get shorter, eating locally requires a bit more thought. But not as much as you might think. We are fortunate to live in an area where our farmer’s markets are year round. So, all year we can have access to local and sustainably raised meat and eggs. We typically get our Saturday morning bacon and eggs from Smith Meadows Farm.

And we can get more cuts of pork from Ciobola Farms (buffalo too).

I can even get hot dogs for the Picky Eater.

Vegetables are not a problem, of course,

nor are dairy products. Cheese and milk and butter and yogurt are available from multiple purveyors.

Fresh herbs are still available,

And mushrooms too!

Apples and cider are highlights this time of year.

And, there is bread too. But it is here that I will have to pause. Although Atwater’s makes wonderful bread, and is make well within the 100 mile radius, I am not sure where the grain for the bread comes from, and whether it would count as truly local.

And for what I can’t find at the market, I can check to see if it’s available at The Local Market, a new neighborhood haunt.

I have the resources available.  Now, just to make it all come together in a single meal….that’s not breakfast!

December 2, 2011

Food Trucks: A Gift For Me

It is Friday. And I needed to go to the bank at lunch.  I usually pack my lunch and don’t head outside until the end of the work day (I know, not a good thing), so I was a bit surprised at the multiple food trucks that magically appeared outside of my office.  For those of you who work in D.C., you know that we are becoming a food truck city.  I have not explored many food truck options, but today, The Hula Girl Truck called out to me.

I could have gotten something from the LasagnaPlusTruck, or the pulled pork truck, or Eat Wonky, or one of the two middle eastern trucks.  But I was drawn in by the truck itself — playing wonderful Hawaiian music videos and spreading smiles — and sticky rice was just what I wanted.

So I ordered the Kulua Pork and Cabbage, and took it back to my office, and told everyone about it at lunch :)!

A great way to end the week, and celebrate the beginning of the weekend! I fear that I might have to get myself outside at lunchtime more often.

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