Hope I am under the wire!

September 1, 2007

I am hurrying to write this because I don’t want to be at the last week and not have a post! So I need to hurry and write about what I am making right now for dinner tonight. And it was totally an accident.

I about gave up earlier this week. I missed the local Farmer’s Market because I was doing a triathlon on Thursday. I ended up winning this! Yay me!

I am pretty proud of myself. Anyhoo, I had despaired of finding some local ingredients to prepare a meal this week until I saw this in the paper on the way home from the triathlon:

These are produced by our local Hutterite colony and they sell them a few times a year. Score! So I picked up some chickens and made roast chicken, then spent yesterday making broth with the carcass and onions from the garden.

But still, I was worrying about what to actually put in the soup.

We did another triathlon today. It was in Hot Springs, about 30 miles south of us. This one was an Olympic distance. We did it as a relay team. I had the bike leg. A 25 mile bike leg. It was hard. The wind was unstoppable. Sometimes I would be pedaling and not going anywhere. In spite of that we finished 2nd place in open team! That was awesome. Here I am after the bike:

Here we are with our medals:

And on the way home — another score! A Farmer’s Market! I had Mark slam on the brakes and pull in. They had just closed but let me buy what I wanted:

Onions, cukes, carrots, peppers, eggs, bread and fresh goat cheese! Bonus!

So for tonight: fresh chicken soup, and toasted goat cheese sandwiches. Yahoo!

You know what else? My girls were so excited to tell the Farmer’s Market people about our eat local challenge. The people were so impressed they gave the twins a giant bag of carrots. Which they devoured on the way home. That’s my girls!

That’s been the best thing about Eat Local Challenge. I know this has made an impact on my kids. And I hope they carry it with them their whole lives.


OLS Meal in the midst of hail & flood

August 21, 2007

I’ve been meaning to make this meal for a while. I wanted to have a traditional Swedish dinner made from all local ingredients. I have never made these before, but my grandmother made them quite often. Surprisingly, Mark and the twins both devoured these. There was none left. I must say, they were excellent!

So I present, a traditional Swedish dish: Kåldolmar


Head of cabbage from the FM
Buffalo meat substituted for ground beef & pork in the recipe
I skipped the rice as I don’t like rice
Added allspice & white pepper.
Milk and 1 egg
make up the meat with milk and eggs and spices like meatballs. Blanch the cabbage head. Tear off the leaves and put a blob of the meat mixture in a leaf and roll it up. Fry these in a skillet, then transfer to a dutch oven with simmering vegetable stock. Simmer for about an hour.

Mmmmm! Delicious!

Sorry no finished pictures as they are gone Johnson!

No More Garden

August 20, 2007

This is a photo of what happened to my town Friday Night:

You can read an article about it here.

This is now my garden:

And this:

After being hailed on and then flooded.

Needless to say, my OLS challenge has become a lot more difficult. I don’t have anything this week. Not sure if I will next week either. I’ll do my best.

OLS Week 6 – Kid’s Choice

August 5, 2007

I let my daughter choose tonight’s OLS meal. She had to pick everything out of our garden as I haven’t been able to make it to the FM. (If you read my other blog you know my dad is dying of cancer and I am having a really tough time right now)

First off we had an exciting find — our first egg!! And the next day they layed three more. So we had enough eggs to incorporate into our meal.

So, my daughter “Bean” (as I like to call her) scavenged in the garden and found these monsters:

Along with some onions and cucumbers and the eggs scrambled into the dish we had a very satisfying meal:

Everything here is as local as they come: right out the back door. Scrambled eggs, potatoes and onions with fresh cukes on the side.


July 30, 2007

Or Gyros if you really want to say it right. I am racking my brain to come up with more countries to make food from! But here ya go, OLS Greek style

I made my own Pita Bread! It was easy! And fun!

whole wheat flour, local honey, applesauce from the FM. I cheated and mixed the dough in my bread machine dough setting.

I rolled them into balls and let them rest. Then I squished them in the tortilla press:

Then you bake them in a really hot oven and they **poof** up. It’s fun to watch them poof. The twins had a ball waiting for them to poof. Then I put them under a moist, clean towel so they soften.

Then I filled them with deer meat sliced thin (I don’t have any lamb, I figured this was close enough) yogurt dressing from my local cow, cucumbers from my very own garden and sprouts. Voila! Really yummy. So good that I didn’t get a pic of the finished project because I forgot and when I remembered they were gone. But at least I got pics of the process.

OLS Week 4 — Ooh La La!

July 21, 2007

Let’s just keep this ethic theme going shall we? In the spirit of a movie recently released (that I need to take the twins to), and the greatest bicycle event ever going on right now, and because I had all the stuff — I present One Local Summer French Style: Ratatouille!

FM: Eggplant, tomatoes, garlic. My garden: Zucchini. A splash of Prairie Berry wine again. Sauteed and simmered.

Then I had a dilemma. What to serve this with? Well, I had been to a new “grocery store” that opened right in my teensy little town last month. I put “grocery” in quotes because the store is really a clearinghouse for scratch and dent merchandise. They do carry essentials like bread & milk and stuff. Actually the people that own this store built a home right across the street from me. They are my neighbors. We’ve met a few times and they are very nice.

So, I was picking up some items in that store and came across a little end cap with local food. Stuff like fry bread mix and Dakota popcorn and honey. The usual. Then I saw these:

Wow! I was really excited — local noodles! I picked up three bags to try: whole wheat, vegetable, & chicken flavor. We had the chicken flavor ones a few nights ago with — I know you can’t stand the suspense — give up? You got it — chicken! They were pretty good. We tried the vegetable flavor ones with the ratatouille. Truth? I didn’t think they were very good. Maybe I had a stale bag. Another disappointment is that the company, Hosmer Noodles, doesn’t have a website and no nutritional information on their bag. May I offer a tip to anyone who is looking to package their own locally made food? Please, put nutritional info on your product or at least have a website so I can look up and really know about you and your food. A website for these noodles would have made me feel a lot more warm and fuzzy.

So there you have it. OLS week 4, French style.

OLS week 3 — All American Meat & Potatoes

July 15, 2007

I have been getting to our Farmer’s Market one day a week. This is a bit of a challenge as I live 25 miles outside of “town”, but right now this is my best source for local food. My garden is still pretty lame as we have had zero rain.

The market is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays. If you don’t get there right at 10am, the pickings can be slim. Stuff gets snatched up pretty quickly. I guess that is good, it means there is a healthy market for what is available. But it isn’t helping me any!

Here is the market (some people are shaded so I don’t get in trouble for posting all over the internets) :

See how dry the grass is? 😦 I envy those of you that have ample moisture.

Okay, I’ll stop whining. Here is my meal — I promised Mark a real meat & potatoes dinner. I rooted around in my freezer and found buffalo steaks I had hidden from him earlier in the year. Mark grilled them on our outdoor fireplace. (which he built himself with stone from Hill City, SD — but now that I think if it the stone came from Colorado I think. Scratch that 🙂 )

I fried some of those delicious little red potatoes and an onion from the FM with some fresh garlic.

I also picked up some fresh green beans at the FM and steamed them (we ate half of them raw while preparing the meal — oops!).

The result? Plate-licken’ good!