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Here’s what came early this month. It’s kind of cool to think back about what we actually did with food rather than my hopes and dreams on a Wednesday afternoon.

patty-pan squash and apples

I’ve still some of these apples in the fridge. My hope and dream is to make horse cookies with them for my horse friends at Pony Tail Acres. I may end up peeling, slicing, and drying rings in the oven instead.

Patty-pan squash is a wonderful squash. Think yellow squash with almost no gushiness. We had two rounds of delicious stir-fried squash with these puppies plus local garlic, butter, and cornmeal. Three cheers for patty-pan squash. Continue Reading »

When taking pictures, I always start with fruit. Not sure why

muscadines, Asian pears, apples, and a peach

Green muscadines make nice and not insipidly sweet jelly. I had some success here.

yard-long beans, tomatoes of various proportions, lemongrass, and garlic

The beans can be broken up and stir-fried or cooked like any other green bean. I was considering a stir-fry with the lemongrass, garlic, beans, and Asian pear. Asian pears are cool because they don’t get mushy when stir-fried. Think sweet, crisp water chestnuts. Continue Reading »

Lots of summer fun this week

 

basil and tomatoes

corn (+ 2 already eaten ears) and garlic

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This week, my kitchen table was remarkably uncluttered, so I decided to take a mass produce photo. The downside is the lighting is not as good. The upside is you get the full effect of everything that comes in a box (a dinner for two + gourmet + half-dozen eggs).

Starting from the left and going clockwise…

  • corn
  • butternut squash
  • dozen eggs
  • granola
  • creamed honey
  • peaches, nectarines, and plums!
  • two Honeydew-type melons
  • Romano green beans
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • potatoes (Austrian crescents?)
  • lettuce

It’s always fun (and kind of rare) to get lettuce and tomatoes in the same week. Salads, burgers, or other sandwiches jump out as good ideas. Continue Reading »

Last night for supper, Chris and I feasted on our local summer veggies. This supper was so yummy and local that I just had to take a picture and post it.

Broiled Asian eggplant rounds with goat cheese, tomato and basil (We did the broiling in the toaster oven to keep the heat down.)

Beets, goat cheese, and sorrel

Corn on the cob

It was a satisfying way to end a summer evening!

Enjoy your food!

 

Had to direct your attention to another excellent post from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen.

The Cheater’s Guide to Real Food has a handful of great and easy tips for the super-busy and non-cooks to eat better.

I’ll list them here with some West Georgia notes, where applicable But be sure to hit her site for more info.

1. “Buy a rotisserie chicken once a week (and make broth)”. Sam’s has delicious rotisserie chickens for about $6. Kroger (at least in Carrollton) slashes the price on theirs at 7 am Thursday morning.

2. “Ditch the multigrain and go for true sourdough.”  Farmers’ Fresh has Georgia Sourdough available through the online store. Kroger sometimes has La Brea Bakery’s sourdough loaves in their deli bread sections. Avoid sourdough-ish breads. These will have vinegar in their ingredients as a shortcut to get the sourdough taste without the nutritional benefits.

3. “Skip salad dressing and use oil and vinegar (or oil and lemon juice).” If you’re eating fresh local lettuce, try it with nothing. You’ll be amazed how quickly you lose your taste for salad dressing when the lettuce and any tossed in vegetables are so delicious.

4. “Skip the margarine and use butter (or ghee).” You can get butter made from pastured cows’ milk from Farmers’ Fresh most of the year. You can freeze butter for months, too, so stock up. I’ve just started using ghee and really like it. It’s a good substitute for oil for higher heat cooking. Very easy to work with! I’ve been ordering this ghee off of Amazon.

5. “Pick up some yogurt or raw milk cheese.” Farmers’ Fresh has these, too. The cheeses are expensive but delicious. Most often, we get Stoneyfield Farm yogurt at Kroger, but we’re looking forward to making our own again. We go through it so fast that we end up with a stack of yogurt containers. (Anyone want a bunch of 32 oz plastic yogurt containers?)

6. “Sardines, anchovies and mackerel are awesome.” Okay, so I haven’t come over to this side yet. I keep trying. So far we rely with omega-3 supplements (from Sam’s)  instead of these foods. Probably won’t be able to find a local source for these, either.

7. “Boil a few eggs.” In my house, we scramble instead of boil. Either way, it’s a quick meal, and local eggs are a million times better. Try Farmers’ Fresh, hit a local farmers market, or keep an eye out for farm signs.

8. “Add fermented foods to your grocery list.” Farmers’ Fresh has pickles! And chow-chow (spicy relish)! I wonder if bottle-conditioned beer counts…

9. “Skip the multivitamin and use whole food supplements.”

10. “Read labels and learn to navigate ingredient lists.”

Need some extra local veggies? Like hanging out at farmers’ markets? Here’s the situation on farmers markets ’round here.

Know of any others? Leave a comment. Thanks!

If you’re looking for farmers markets in other areas, Local Harvest and Pick Your Own are two good places to start.

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