Posts tagged ‘Connecticut Locavore’

Dark Days Challenge #9-2

Tonight’s SOLE dinner:

Red and yellow onions from my garden

Homegrown garbanzo bean, lentil, and pea sprouts

Garlic from Starlight Gardens

Zucchini from Robert Treat Farm I bought fresh over the summer and froze

Kielbasa from Eagle Wood Farms

Homemade whole wheat ravioli with goat cheese filling from Beltane Farms.

I saut̩ed the garlic, onions, and minced sprouts in a small amount of sunflower oil. Once lightly browned I added the pre-thawed zucchini and chopped kielbasa. Fresh pasta (I made it today) only takes about one minute to cook. Again, no sauce РI like to let the ingredients shine and flavor the dish naturally.

January 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm 2 comments

Making Bread

Flour + Water + Sugar + Salt + Yeast + Shortening = Yum!

January 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm 1 comment

Fairfield Winter Farmers Market

This afternoon my husband and I went to the Fairfield Winter Farmers Market for the first time. There were a lot more vendors there than I thought. Baked goods and cheeses and vegetables, oh my. I managed to collect a few things to make some nice local meals this week.

Here’s what we got:

Potatoes and parsnips from Riverbank Farm in Roxbury, CT

Garlic from Starlight Gardens in Durham, CT

Beef kielbasa from Eagle Wood Farms in Barkhamstead, CT

Bread from Wave Hill in Wilton, CT

Fresh Cherve from Beltane Farm in Lebanon, CT

The farmers market is open throughout the winter until mid-April. It takes place Saturdays from 10a-2p indoors at the Fairfield Theater Company on Sanford Street.

January 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm 3 comments

Indoor Garden Update

I’ve got the makings of a good little garden going here. The grow light seems to be working great. Watching stuff grow makes me happy!

My radishes are going crazy. (more…)

January 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Dark Days Challenge #8

This meal resulted from my recent trip to Whole Foods where I found the sausages and potatoes. It’s my local organic version of bangers and mash! These are Bilinski’s organic chicken sausages. It was actually one of the very few local meat products I could find there and while it is on the outer range of my local zone being 140 miles away, I figured I may as well try it anyway. There was a little sign next to it in the refrigerated section with a picture of the father-daughter team that produce this product in upstate New York, which, seemed endearing. The sausages turned out to be delicious, flavorful, and so well seasoned that I didn’t have to do anything except heat them up. ALSO: they were only 90 calories each! I’m not big on counting calories, but in my head I always think sausage = fat so that was a nice surprise. For sides I made mashed fingerling potatoes with the skins from a farm in Kent, CT (bought at Whole Foods) and julienne carrots from my garden. Then for desert – Siggi’s Skyr.

January 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

Dark Days Challenge Week #7

Drying Pasta

Pasta Dough

I joined the Dark Days Challenge right before the hustle, bustle, and traveling of the holiday season so I’m happy to finally be back home in my kitchen cooking up some local organic meals. What a great way to start the new year! Tonight I broke out the pasta machine for the first time and made a pound of homemade spaghetti (we didn’t eat it all tonight, of course). It was pretty easy to use and turned out better than I expected. I’m looking forward to making some ravioli in the coming weeks. (more…)

January 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm 3 comments

Dark Days Challenge

It’s on. Me versus the 100 mile radius around me in search of SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) food throughout the dark days of winter. I…will….be…VICTORIOUS!

OK so it probably sounds like I’ve eaten a poisonous mushroom or something. Here’s the deal: I just found out about the 3rd Annual Dark Days Challenge and am stoked about it. Basically it’s just a way to encourage locavores to keep at it through the winter months even though the produce is lean and farmers markets scarce. So I’m supposed to make one such “SOLE” meal each week and blog about it. Done. I pretty much already take pictures of all the food I make and ramble on abut it to just about anyone who will listen. Hmmm I think I see homemade pasta in my future this week.

December 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment


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