What’s Been Cooking

The new plan to eat locally-grown food continues. The first week I didn’t spend much because I had so much fruit left over from the week before. Last week I spent more on fruit and green things, but still bought eggplant and tomatoes. We have been eating a lot of eggplant. A. LOT. I like eggplant, but I’m wondering, can you freeze it?

Sub-topic: I bought white wheat from the farm where we get our milk, and they ground it for me right there. I don’t have a grain grinder, so I’ve never felt like buying grain in bulk was a good deal, but maybe I just haven’t been looking in the right places? At least the flour from the farm is still cheaper than organic wheat flour. Anyway, the lady from the farm told me that the reason I have so much trouble with my sourdough bread is that I don’t knead it long enough. She suggested I knead it in my KitchenAid mixer for 10-15 minutes. I did that, and wow, it makes a big difference.

Anyway, here are some of the things I’ve made from our local foods in the past two weeks for dinners:

  • Spicy Green Pepper Chicken
  • Spaghetti with my Grandmother’s sauce plus eggplant (surprisingly good!) using fresh tomatoes instead of canned
  • Farfalle pasta with sauce made from eggplant sauteed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus other vegetables and organic chicken sausage
  • Burghul bi Jibn wal Batinjan (Syrian eggplant dish, very tasty)
  • Khoresht-e-Bademjan (Persian eggplant dish) with saffron rice
  • Homemade pizza with fresh toppings
  • Chicken with roasted squash (still not sure what kind of squash it was, but it was a pretty bright orange color inside)
  • Quesadillas filled with chicken sausage, squash, peppers, fresh cheese, and other stuff

For breakfasts, we’ve been eating eggs, homemade bagels, and homemade flax seed waffles.

For lunches, we mostly eat sandwiches and fruit.

Hannah still adores broccoli (thanks to the good influence of Isabelle S.), so I have been buying organic broccoli at the store. Some nights all she eats is broccoli. It’s very strange, but whatever.

I will say, eating locally takes a lot of advance planning and cooking. I think it’s worth it because we’ve been eating well and I needed some discipline in the meal planning department anyway!

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