Sunday, August 19, 2007

One (Sorta) Local Summer

It's Sunday, which (every other week) seems to be the best day to post about our local summer meals.

This week it was another simple salad/dry salsa.

Gah, my food porn abilities HAVE got to improve. The picture makes this salad/dry salsa look nasty!

I was getting kind of sick of corn on the cob as the only way we were eating the fresh corn I've been picking up each week from the stand across from the office. I decided to make a version of a black bean "salsa" I remember someone in my old Michigan law office bringing in for a potluck one year.

Again, in true baby-step style, this salad features a few non-local things:

Black Beans (which may have been local when I bought them down in Texas and later brought them with us when we moved to New Jersey--the bag was long gone)

Olive oil and my infamous cross-country-hauled rice vinegar.

But locally the salad/dry salsa has local tomatoes, onions, and corn.

It was easy to whip up on a night after working that I didn't feel like cooking much. Plus I'm getting Dr. Mad Scientist hooked on these "thinking beyond the lettuce" salads. He loved this one and has asked I make it again.

Despite this meager offering to our efforts to eat local, when I checked the mail on Friday, I was pleased to find that my issue of the Michgian Environmental Council's Summer 2007 Newsletter was a special "Food" issue.

I got on their mailing list two years or so ago when I donated some back wages my old evil boss, The Man, begrudgingly paid me. She's an oil and gas attorney and I figured donating money to the MEC was a perfect passive/agresssive way to get back at her for trying to screw me out of two days of pay. Donation for spite--muhahahahaha!

Anyway, the issue was mostly things I had already knew about the price of eating mushrooms from Uraguay but there were some good articles in there as well as some great websites that I'm sure I would have loved had we been living in Michigan doing this challenge. There were some great nuggets of info that I hadn't been aware of either. However, the best piece was an article written by a person who I know is one of The Man's arch enemies. Hee hee!

If you're interested, the whole issue can be read here.

We've got plans already to make another One (Sorta) Local Summer meal tonight: spaghetti.

And for dessert, since it's overcast and "cool" we might even bake up One (Sorta) Local Dessert using these beauties that Chunky and I plucked from the tree in the front yard when Zorba the Landlord wasn't looking:


Mmmm!!! I can't wait! (Oh and that's local flavored seltzer water there too--161 miles from here!)

Before I end this--does anyone have any good potato recipes?

After I harvested my potatoes from the Great Urban Potato Experiment, I'm at a loss as to what to do with them. Since they're like my little golden babies, I want to make sure they get eaten in style. We normally bake or just mash our taters. I think these taters deserve to be something special--as a poetic end to the Great Urban Potato Experiment.

Yeah, maybe I'm overthinking this waaay to much. But like I said--they're my babies!!!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! That salad looks good!! As for the taters maybe you could do a tater, cheese, and veggie dish with them. I like broccoli with cheese and taters. Could you find some local cheese? Well just a thought. Love, Mom

12:06 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I like those 'think beyond the lettuce leaf' sort of salads too. My mom used to make them all the time, she learned it from her mom. They had a farm during the depression and learned to hack up anything they had fresh from the garden and make a meal of it. Nobody starved at my mom's parent's house during the Depression. They employed and fed quite a few men too.
But I digress.
I'd probably make rosemary garlic potatoes, or slice them and fry them in olive oil add a touch of salt when done.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Magatha's suggestions sounds good! Except, I'd probably bake them with those seasonings. Scalloped potatoes..but then again, you probably don't want milk/cheese covering up their great potatoe taste! I'd go with seasonings you like w/EVVO and bake/roast them! :)

Darn it, now I'm hungry for potatoes and I gotta go to the store! ;)

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Maybe some scalloped potatoes or potatoes au gratin? OR, erm, potato wedges?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

MMMMM mmmmm.

Pavlovian response going on here.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

What Magatha said... I rub olive oil on new/little potatoes, (cut up the bigger ones so they're all about the same size--then rub the oil on them), put them on a foiled baking sheet, sprinkle rosemary, salt, maybe a wee bit of pepper and bake until done... about 40 or so minutes at 375/400
depending on the oven--and if you're like me and can't be patient and worry about burning, move them around every 15 or so minutes so they don't stick/burn/bake unevenly :).

1:28 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

How about German Potato Salad?

Your salsa looks lovely - I have some yellow tomatoes to be used up right now and I am tinkering with the idea of making yellow tomato salsa.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous kristi and otis said...

Hello - a good simple garlic smashed potatoes are always a good simple way to play up a good tuber!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

I think I heard somewhere that they don't use real food in food photography, or that they add dyes. So not to worry, I think your salsa looks delicious!

8:39 PM  
Blogger peri said...

Have you tried Homity Pie? Really good tattie recipe.

You need a shortcrust pastry base, baked blind.

Boil tatties, mash with milk, butter add black pepper add a good quantity of grated cheddar cheese.

Steam some spinach. Layer tattie mix and spinach in pie case. End with a topping of tatty, top with extra grated cheese - back in a medium over for 15/20 minutes - can be eaten hot or cold......lovely.

2:03 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I never use real food in my food photographs. What do you think I do all winter? ;)

As for the potatoes, I like a simple gratin, with only a cup of milk and a scattering of cheese for the top. Let those spuds shine.

Nice apple score!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Oh man, that salsa salad looks good.

9:29 AM  
Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

Fritatta!! With some nice strong cheese!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous NIkBudnik said...

That is so cool that you grew potatoes! I am maj-orly impressed!!! I like the rosemary /garlic/olive oil idea for the taters. That is one of my favorite methods.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

How about a good potato salad? The recipe that I've used several times recently, and everyone has loved, is this one:

3:26 PM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

I was just going to suggest roasted rosemary 'taters, like Magatha and Tactless Wonder, but they beat me to it.

Of course, wrapping them in foil and throwing them in the coals on a grill also works well.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

That salad looks great!!

How about potato soup? You could freeze the leftovers. Great for cold winter days.

1:14 PM  

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