Dark Days: Two Local Meals

| October 29, 2007 | 2 Comments

As I opened the window to write this, I realized that we truly are entering the dark days of winter. It’s nearly 7 a.m. and the sun has yet to light up the night sky, let alone peak above the treeline. I was spoiled (or perhaps not so) by the summer when the sun was bright in the sky before 6 a.m. … of course, Will and I slept less then too.

I joined the Dark Days Eat Local Challenge maybe two weeks ago, but got around to cooking my first two meals this weekend. Playing catch-up, you know? It wasn’t so bad actually, and I found that if I keep it simple, it’s easier.

For my first meal, prepare yourself … it was a little odd. I started out by making a steak, tomato and cheddar quesadilla. The tortilla was made by a local store that is committed to local ingredients (they even have their own dairy) – Stew Leonards. The tomato was from my mother’s garden. The cheddar came from Cabot — a co-op of cheese producing farms in Vermont. The meat was not local. I had some extra slices of tomato, so I whipped out some fresh mozzarella (made by Stew Leonards. It’s very cool to watch them make it.) and layered the two with some Massachusetts basil. I drizzled that with my non-local imported olive oil and sea salt. Yes, I know that quesadillas and tomato caprese salads generally do not go together, but it all tasted good!

For my second meal, I did a quick breakfast before we headed off to my stepson’s football game on Sunday (don’t get my started on why I am not that fond of 8 year olds playing football with that level of competition …). I whipped up some scrambled eggs for Will and Shawn (Connecticut eggs, I might add) and an over-easy egg for me. That was paired with some Massachusetts Chicken and Apple sausage from Al Fresco (yummy) and some Vermont bread toast with non-local butter. Not bad for a breakfast on the fly … and I managed to do a decent job of cooking it all, despite my challenges with breakfast.

Category: Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Kim says:

    I LOVE Al Fresco sausage! Cabot, too. Good old New England local eating…

  2. Patti says:

    Both of those local meals sound good. And a 200-mile radius is pretty generous for local, I’d say.
    We make quesadillas often, with leftover beef or chicken.

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