Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Local Food Challenge 2011, All Veggies in a Pot (with a little cheese)

This week is the kick-off to a month long Eat Local Food Challenge. This challenge is a personal choice to challenge yourself to learn more about our local food sources and then change your diet in either small or big ways over the next month.  My mother and I are really trying to eat all local foods but there are a few things that we can't live without. My mother gave up coffee and tea but she made her own tea with fresh mint and Comprey from our garden. She said it was pretty good. So far this week, we have been doing pretty well except when I forgot about the challenge and accidentally ate an Otter Pop today! We also find that we really can't do without using Olive Oil in our recipes. Mostly, I have been eating a lot of raw fruits and vegetables with some fresh bread from Crumb Brothers, Vosen and Volkers bakeries. I also have included fresh cheese, eggs and honey from our local producers. We haven't eaten a lot of meat but that doesn't mean that you can't. 

To make the recipe in the photo:  Just saute the onions and garlic in a little olive oil then add cut up fresh tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and whatever other vegetable you have on hand.  Season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 30 minutes.

A veggie stew when my Mom just threw everything a pot!.It has
tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, onions and garlic and then we
serve it with a nice sprinkling of Gold Creek Parmesan Cheese and a Slice
of Fresh Crumb Brothers Bread

Fresh veggies from the market including some artichokes

More fresh veggies with Gold Creek cheeses and Cremenilli Salami

A full meal with no cooking involved! Tomato salad with bread from Crumb
Brothers, cheese from Gold Creek Farms and Cremenilli Salami!

Beautiful Heirloom Tomatoes. They are almost too pretty to eat!

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