• Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #17- Grilled Pork Chops with Cucumber Dressing

    Today I went school supply shopping. It’s been nearly 6 months since my last graduate coursework, and even longer since I put anything in a crayon box or a locker. Either way, back-to-school season still makes me smile. Fresh notebooks, folders with perfect corners, erasers just waiting to be used. I’m a school supply junkie. I left with a new planner, one pocket folder in each of the primary colors (fyi…I always used red for social studies and blue for math), and some fancy sticky notes. With all the changes in the past few weeks of work, tossed together with vacation and a recipe-a-day blogging project, I felt a re-organization…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #9- Lamb and Eggplant Kebabs

    It’s hard to believe we’re already 9 days into August and the Eat Local, America! Challenge. Here’s what I think so far: 1.  The hardest part of locavore eating continues to be the advanced planning.  Visiting the farmers’ market makes me smile.  The garden and I are good friends.  But when all you have is a bag of veggies and a grumbling stomach, local eating is tough.  I’m still teaching myself the patience to plan ahead, the discipline to cook now so the refrigerator doesn’t look so dismal later.  It’s not as easy as it sounds when there’s a supermarket full of things I could cook in 3 minutes or…

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    A Summer Grilling Menu

    It finally felt like summertime to me today. The first day of my summer work calendar, the first full weeding of the community garden plot, and the first night we had dinner on the deck. What better way to mark the start of summer than with a weeknight grilling menu. All local. All delicious.   First on the plate: I managed to squeak a few more of last season’s potatoes from my dad’s cold storage this past weekend. New baby potatoes wont appear at the farmers’ market for a few weeks, maybe a month. So glad he shared what is left of their crop. Tonight I grilled them the same…