Sunday, August 30, 2009

One local summer week 13

This weeks meal was homegrown cukes,tomato's and onion. Then a gnocchi dish made with homemade ricotta,swiss chard from a friend,homegrown onion,half and half and a hard cheese from narragansett creamery in R I and local eggs. Not local flour and olive oil. The gnocchi were light pillows of cheesy goodness.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One local summer week 12

This week's meal was grass fed london broil from Plato's harvest in Middleboro ma. Our salad was local cucumber and onion from the farmers market and tomato's from our yard with local red wine vinegar not local olive oil and oregano from the herb garden.Green beans from our garden. At this point in the summer our meals are all about 75% local anyways. My tomatos are finally ripening,our best producer looks like it will be (marriana) they are a plum tomato and seem prolific they have not ripened yet. We have had cherry's and black prince. It looks like we will have a few brandy wine and very few german stripe. I was really looking forward to the german stripe.I planted 26 tomato plants but with the lousy weather I dont expect much.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I have had some questions about quahogs. They are a large hard shelled clam,an adult little neck or cherry stone. They are ground up and used in chowders and stuffed clams. They are dug a few inches down unlike the soft shelled clam that is much deeper in the sand.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

One Local Summer Week 11

This weeks local meals were:

#1 Roast chicken with mashed potato,cranberry jell,salad,carrots.The chicken was from Joe's nephew,the potatoes were from Plato's harvest farm,salad and carrots from the back yard and the cranberry sauce I canned last year with the neighbors berries.

#2 Stuffed Quahogs with carrots, my carrots that I grew and quahogs dug by Joe with local onions,peppers,chorico and bread from the freezer.

#3 Panzella salad, our tomato's with bread from the farmers market, local peppers,onions,cucumbers.not local olives and Olive oil and vinegar.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

One local Summer Week 10

This weeks local meal is late on Sunday night again, It seems I have been late every week this year. I was canning all weekend. Our local meal this week was meatloaf with beef from Aquidneck beef in RI,home roasted tomatoes,local eggs,local onions and green peppers froze last summer,with some local BBQ sauce on top. Pickled beets I canned last fall. Cucumber onion slaw local veggies with local red wine vinegar and honey from our bees. And roasted local potatoes.It was really good even though it was last minute.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pickling and preserving

Today we went to red apple farm in Wrentham,I had never been and wanted to check it out.I bought a 1/2 bushel of pickling cukes for 6.00 and a 1/2 bushel of apricots for 12.95. I know I am going to make bread and butter pickles and relish. Not sure what I will do with the fruit yet.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

one local summer week 9

This week three local meals. The first was boiled crabs and foccacia bread from the farmers market and clams that Joe dug. The second was crab cakes, corn from farmers market and salad from the back yard. The third will be tonight clams dug by Joe with corn from the farmers market, potatoes from Ward's berry farm where we went berry picking this week and local chorico. Clams, clams and more clams. I froze 2 batches of chowder base and 2 batches of broth yesterday and 7 large stuffed quahogs. All this from about 30 pounds of clams.I will be happy to see no seafood this week enough is enough. Saw food Inc. again this week preceded by a lot of local vendors and a great discussion period after. This was at Plymouth Plantation and was well attended.