Learning to eat …

September 6, 2008

Today I’m busy in the kitchen…

Tomorrow I’ll try to save time for computer work, including posting pictures, but today I’m keeping my dehydrator and kitchen gadgets busy. I already dehydrated an entire dehydrator full of tomatoes earlier this week, and I’ll likely do more later this week as I plan on using LOTS of “sun-dried” tomatoes this winter. Today I’m also making my first attempt at imitation bacon (also referred to as Raw Bac-un) using eggplant as well as summer squash and zucchini, dehydrated potato chips, dehydrated beet fries, and various veggie chips marinated with marinara sauce and other marinades.

I also want to get more watermelon sliced and frozen as well as getting some local berries in the freezer. Shawn and I are going out tonight so I’m not sure if that will all happen before it’s time to stop and get ready. Saturdays always fly by so fast when I’m in the kitchen!

Breakfast was the light and refreshing watermelon smoothie (sometimes known as the aphrodisiac smoothie) with chia seeds (the only greens were some of the rind and peeling of the watermelon), and lunch was a blender soup of carrots, beets, tomatoes and a little salt and pepper which is fast becoming one of my favorite soups!

Pictures and recipes later this week!

And a quick update on eating local (I’ll do a more official post at the end of the week) — so far today I have eaten entirely LOCAL. That balances out the rest of the family. 🙂 As far as what we’ve purchased this weekend so far — well, that has almost entirely been from the various farmer’s markets so I would round it at 95% local dollars spent. Have I missed anything? No, not really. A little pang for the avocado I would normally have put in my soup, but it was still great without it. Long term I will want more fruits, and especially bananas, but there really are lots of options right now in Wisconsin.

September 4, 2008

How local can you go? (Eat Local Challenge!)

Filed under: Challenges — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:57 pm

I remember hearing about the eat local challenge last year, and paying attention to what we ate from local farmers and merchants, but we didn’t officially join the challenge last year and this year, I am accepting the challenge of “How Local can you go?” as put forth by a nearby food co-op in Viroqua, WI (http://viroquafood.coop/ ).

The Eat Local Challenge is September 5th – 14th here in our area (La Crosse, WI)

The Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge, challenges you to spend 10% of your food budget on local items. To me that is a given so it doesn’t even seem like a challenge, but I signed up anyway so my feedback can be counted, and so I could get one of their nice tracking forms. I wanted a tracking form because I’m curious how much we do spend on local products.

Then I found the Eat Local America challenge advertised at our local food co-op. The Eat Local America challenge, invites participants to eat 80% local food. Wow there is a big difference between 10% and 80%. I’m torn between simply tracking what I’m normally eating as far as local food this time of year by having the CSA share, purchasing additional produce at farmer’s markets, looking for local and regional items at our food co-op, eating food from gardens and family farms of people I know, and purchasing meat directly from small farmers, or going out of my way to be sure I’m eating at least 80% local food. When I think about that I suddenly panic at what my smoothies will be like (very few local berries left) and what it would be like to severely limit my avocado intake for 10 days.

I think I’m going to primarily track what we do as far as local food on a regular basis and then pick 3 days within the challenge days to try to stick as completely as possible to local foods and see what kind of meals I create for myself and my family.

Stay tuned as I track my progress and share some of our meals full of local foods.

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