One Local Summer 2013 – Week 20

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Another meal by the husband.  It’s the time of year that he makes at least one pot of soup per week, and there are no complaints from me!  The only thing not really local is the bread – it was baked locally, but the ingredients aren’t local (but it does go very well with the soup).  The soup turned out great – the cabbage was still just a little crunchy and not completely wilted down to mush.  The husband has a real knack for knowing what ingredients work together in a soup, and this was no exception.  The soup bone had a bunch of meat on it, more than we expected, so that was a nice surprise.  The whole thing turned out great and made for a perfect lunch on a chilly day.

Cabbage Soup:
Carrots – North Star Orchard
Cabbage – North Star Orchard
Potatoes – North Star Orchard
Onions – North Star Orchard
Soup Bone – Deep Roots Valley Farm
Bread – St. Peter’s Bakery
Non Local – Salt, pepper

One Local Summer 2013 – Week 19

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Husband is back at cooking and made this simple but delicious meal in no time flat.  We’d had the chorizo in the freezer, so after that defrosted, he browned the chroizo, stuffed it into big red peppers, sliced some cheese on top, and set it in the oven until the peppers were soft and the cheese was bubbly.  I REALLY love this cheese (Equinox) for topping food that goes in the oven – it crisps up really nicely and doesn’t melt too far all over the place.  On the side, for desert, is a bowl of sliced asian pears drizzled with maple syrup and warmed up just a bit.  WOW was that a winning combination.  Plus, this week, only local ingredients!

Chorizo Stuffed Peppers:
Chorizo – Countrytime Farm
Peppers – North Star Orchard
Asian Pears – North Star Orchard
Cheese – Birchrun Hills
Maple Syrup – Miller’s Maple

One Local Summer 2013 – Week 18

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I had big plans for the garden this year, but somehow it never really got off the ground.. or in the ground.  Either way, I did manage to get one lonely squash plant seedling planted, and it yielded a single ENORMOUS Boston Marrow Squash.  Well hey, I wasn’t going to let that go to waste, so I scooped out the seeds and set out to make the largest batch of squash soup ever.  It ended up working out really well for soup – the squash has lots of flavor and is pretty sweet, almost like a pumpkin on steroids.  I added some local cheese to thicken up the texture, saving some for the top as well, and paired it with a mug of Asian Pear cider.  A pretty simple meal, but that squash is a big winner.  Maybe next year, I’ll have a few more!

Squash Soup:
Boston Marrow Squash – My Garden
Cheese – Birchrun Hills
Asian Pear Cider – North Star Orchard
Non local – salt, pepper

One Local Summer 2013 – Week 17

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So, this one might not look as impressive, but so far, it’s been my favorite meal all year (well okay, maybe tied with the bacon wrapped filet).  Yoinked straight from Pinterest, but with a few changes.  The original post I pinned is here, in case you’re curious.  I took the idea, but instead of using apples, I substituted with asian pears.  The asian pear season is in FULL swing and our local orchard is churning them out almost  as fast as the local population consumes them.  They’re hugely popular around here, and you best get to the market early if you want a couple!  Anyway, I cut slices in the pork loin, stuffed in slices of apples, and put it in the crock pot.  I covered the loin with a dusting of cinnamon and honey, added some asian pear cider in the bottom and onions on top.  WOW.  It came out so tender and just plain amazing.  I may have to do this one again and try using other fruits.  Add in some roasted potatoes instead of mashed, and we have a full meal on the plate.

Asian Pear Stuffed Pork Loin:
Pork Loin – Countrytime Farm
Asian Pears – North Star Orchard
Asian Pear Cider – North Star Orchard
Onion – Jack’s Farm
Potatoes – Jack’s Farm
Honey – Baues’ Busy Bees
Non Local – olive oil, salt, pepper, cinnamon

One Local Summer 2013 – Week 16

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Stuffed Peppers, One Local Summer style!  The Anselma market had these huge red peppers and I couldn’t resist.  We used ground pork, tomatoes from our own garden, and instead of rice, wheat!  The substitution worked out really well, and in fact, I think I might prefer it – the wheat is really much more flavorful than rice, even if it takes longer to cook.  Add to that a big chunk of cantaloupe and some potatoes, and it makes for a very filling dinner.  It really came out well and I’m SO glad we had leftovers.  Yeah, I know I’m behind on blogging again – this was actually prepared a few weeks ago, before vacation, but I’m just finally getting it online now.  Oops.  Better late than never?

Stuffed Peppers:
Red Peppers – Brogue Hydroponics
Blue Potatoes – Jack’s Farm
Yellow Potatoes – Brogue Hydroponics
Cantaloupe – Brogue Hydroponics
Onion – Maysie’s Farm
Ground Pork – Bendy Brook Farm
Wheat – North Star Orchard
Tomatoes – My Garden
Cheese – Birchrun Hills
Non Local – Olive oil, salt, pepper