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Saturday, May 27, 2006

MMMM Salad

I just had the most wonderful salad for lunch...

Fresh mesculin mix (from my CSA)
Thinly sliced radishes (12 for a 1 dollar at clintonville farmers market)
Cheddar and bleu cheese mix (from the Joes)
Salt, olive oil, and balsamic (from the Joes)

The greatest thing about committing to eat locally is that you broaden your produce horizoons. Today, rasishes made their first appearence at the markets and I did a little dance for joy (even though I must admit I'd paid little attention to the humble radish in my past). Yet, the radish is so crunchy, so tangy, so delightful. I'll be making several more dishes with radishes throughout the week no doubt. Next week, I suspect I'll become enamored of another vegetable...

P.S. I realize my food blogging is currently lacking in visual interest. I'm going to start checking out a digital camera for the weekends so I can entice you with images as well words...

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Summer Wraps

Today, I popped into the north market to get some produce to tide me over until Saturday. They had ripe avocados (on sale for 99 cents each) and local organic turnips. When I got home I realized that I still had some chili flour tortillas (from the joes). So, I mashed up an avocado, chopped a couple turnips into bite-sized pieces, and layered them in the tortilla with some piri piri hot sauce and kosher salt. The crunchy texture and tangy flavor of the turnip perfectly complemented the smooth mildness of the avocado. It's starting to feel (and taste) a lot like summer in these here parts.

Whole Foods is (Almost) Dead to Me

When the Whole Foods opened in Columbus, I declared it "everything I hope and more." Yet, as time goes on, I'm really less impressed. They don't have nearly as much local produce as one would hope, and their prices are astronomical. I haven't been out to the Whole Foods in a few months, and I don't intend to go back anytime soon.

I'll get all my produce from my CSA, farmer's markets, or Rifes. I'll get all my non-produce staples from the oh-so-cheap Trader Joe's and the various "ethnic" markets around town. And, I can get my nutritional yeast from the Clintonville Coop.

Of course, I talk big now, but I suspect I'll hear the siren song of the Whole Foods sometime around January when I'm starved for interesting produce (sea beans, hedgehog mushrooms etc) and there ain't nothing local to be found.

CSA + Trader Joes = Tasty

This week, I had to find new ways to use my share of garlic chives, spinach, and lettuce. I made two things:

1) Spinach and garlic chive pasta (Sauteed up the spinach and garlic chives in butter, added a pinch of salt and pepper, and combined with egg parpadelle from the Joes.
2) I tossed lettuce with a drizzle of balsamic, salt and pepper, and perlini (tiny fresh mozzarella balls from the Joes). I've never been a huge lettuce fan, but the Sippels are changing my mind on that score.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

if you have a festival, they will come

Abby & Jeremy recommend the Ohio River Folk Festival, Madison, Indiana.

If you go to Madison, stay at the Hillside Inn.
Spend a day at Clifty Falls State Park.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Eating local (week one)

Spring is here. Ben, Ashley and I picked up our first CSA share: spinach, lettuce mix, and garlic chives. I was so excited I took Restaurant Widow's advice and proceeded to the north market farmer's market and bought asparagus and sun dried tomatoes from Toad Hill Organics.

The spinach and lettuce was so tasty I didn't even dress it. I blended the sun dried tomatoes, garlic chives, and a little Parmesan into some hummus.

And, I stir fried up the asparagus (mad sweet and tender) with some canned gluten, lee kum kee black pepper brown sauce, and five spice powder (all available at Crestview market on high in clintonville).