Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA, DE)

The first week in the Mid-Atlantic region was rich in variety and innovation. I was impressed with the number of entries that are exploring new sources for things like flour and dairy for NEXT week.

Naomi from Philadelphia was able to fit a local meal into her busy week that even turned into lunch the next day. She made an Indian stir-fry of local seitan and local eggplant.

Mac in Philadelphia put together a meal of local organic chicken,Yukon gold mashed potatoes and sautéed garlic scapes.

Peg from New York learned how to make whole wheat noodles with a garlic scape pesto. She’s still “noodling” a local source for Parmesean cheese.

Mikaela from PA used veggies from her local CSA and a local source of tofu and blueberry wine to make a yummy local meal.

Meredith in PA used her own raspberries and radishes in a meal of squash, local burgers, salad and raspberry dessert

Seedling in NJ grilled up some local chicken, gnocchi made in the Bronx, veggies from her CSA, and some PA mushrooms.

Christy in Delaware made a sweet potato bread, sautéed up some asparagus and purple green beans and put a local grass fed steak on the grill.

Rabi in NYC pulled together a colorful meal of roasted beets, black eyed peas and a turnip scallion mash with a jerk seitan.

Linda from New York had a grilled round steak with mashed potatoes and a salad with local greens and eggs from her hens.

And now for the emailers. Several in the region have chosen to participate by email, but this week I heard only from Nicole from New Jersey. She made a meal of Summer Squash Fritters with Feta accompanied by Greek yogurt and a red leaf salad. Here's a link to the original recipe:

Summer Squash Fritters with Feta and Yogurt

Zucchini and summer squash from Honeybrook Organic farm (my CSA - 30 miles away)

Italian parsley & scallions from Honeybrook

2 eggs from from Running Free Organic Farm

Dried dill - not local but purchased in bulk from Basil Bandwagon, the local health food store

Salt, olive oil & corn oil from far, far away

All purpose flour from far far away (though I'll be ordering some

(almost) locally milled organic flour in the next few weeks)

Feta cheese - bit of a mystery - the package says Delaware, but I can't find any info about the company online.

Plain Greek yogurt - homemade with non-local milk (though I've since found one source of local(ish) milk)

Red leaf salad from Honeybrook with homemade dressing (made of non-local stuff).

Cherry Pie (recipe courtesy of Baking Illustrated).

Cherries from Terhune Orchards

Ok, so the pie crust isn't exactly local - but it was such fun picking the cherries and making a real homemade pie :)

Congratulations to everyone! And if I missed you, please leave a comment so I can be sure to include you next week.

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