Thursday, August 23, 2007

One Local Summer - Week of 8/12/2007

It's a little late, but here is last week's local meal:

Country-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy
Beef cubed steaks from Buckskin Valley Farms, Greenfield, OH (36 mi.)
Whole wheat flour from a local supplier [but where? E4, can you help?]
Egg from our hens (0 mi.)
Onion and garlic from Ross Co. farmers (20-30 mi.)
Also - non-local flour (I used 1/3 local whole wheat, 2/3 all-purpose for the dredge), salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda, thyme, oil, buttermilk, chicken broth and milk. It's too bad I didn't have it together enough to use local supplies for the buttermilk, chicken broth and milk, but... I didn't.

Mashed Turnips
Turnips from our garden (0 mi.)
Non-local butter, salt and pepper

Sauteed Summer Squash and Tomatoes
Summer squash, cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden (0 mi.)
Non-local oil, salt and herbs

The steaks were fine; the squash and tomatoes were also pretty good, although for some reason the red cherry tomatoes seemed a bit tart. The turnips were rather a failure, however. E5 and I both found them salty and rather bitter, while E4's only complaint was that it was very salty. I was using an older cookbook and had forgotten that it always seems to call for at least twice the necessary amount of salt (I mean, I like salt as much as the next person, but this cookbook calls for a lot of salt). That aside, I still thought them bitter as well, and that may be because one or two of them were probably too big by the time we harvested them.

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At 8/23/2007 1:51 PM, Blogger e4 said...

The flour was milled in Ross County (~20 miles) but I believe the wheat berries themselves were out of Montana. The only local source of wheat berries I found had such a bad year that he was saving all his for seed...

You'd think there was no wheat grown anywhere in Ohio. But I see it in the corn/soy rotation all the time. I guess those thousand acre guys haven't exactly jumped on the local food bandwagon...

At 8/25/2007 5:30 AM, Blogger maggie said...

country fried steak! You're making my arteries hurt and now I'm so hungry! That looks good.


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