Whew, I have a new appreciation for what Laura does every week! Please let me know in the comments if I overlooked your Week 7 post. And thanks for your patience.
(Note: Some Dark Days participants have added Week 8 posts since I started recapping; This roundup includes “Dark Days Week 7” posts published 11/25 to 12/1.)
Kim at Yankee Food channels every cook’s fantasy of someone else making dinner. Alas, the supper genie never materialized, but Kim did just fine on her own with chicken sausage and potatoes, with baked delicata squash and a salad on the side.
The first of many pots of leftovers-into-soup was simmered by Christy at Farm Dreams. She made turkey-noodle soup out her Thanksgiving carcass, and served it up with golden slices of homemade sweet-potato bread. Almost everything was from less than 50 miles away.
More leftovers make it to the table courtesy of Ed at The Slow Cook. That giant bird they roasted last week (you remember? the one that they helped butcher themselves!) shows up in a gorgeously messy hot-turkey sandwich, with a homegrown-lettuce salad on the side.
Over at Touch the Earth Farm, Danielle served up two local dinners: A luxurious blue-cheese-topped steak with greens, potatoes, and salad… in addition to the obligatory pot of post-holiday turkey soup; hers was served with panini on homemade bread.
Nicole at Farm to Philly laments the end of her CSA deliveries, but spreads out the word on a different way to find local food through the dark days: the Winter Harvest buying club.
Another delicious take on Thanksgiving leftovers comes from The Purloined Letter, in the form of a belly-warming turkey pot pie. Meat and gravy from the holiday platter meet up with repurposed pumpkin soup and some fresh farmers market greens. (Note to self: Don’t recap when you’re hungry.)
Leda at Urban Homestead is rolling in dough, turning locally-grown and -milled flour into a plethora of breads: Sourdough, buttermilk, and crackers. She claims (uh-huh!) that she wants to share the recipes with us, but regrets her recipes are so dependent on on-the-fly adjustments. She relents at the end and links off to the recipes that inspired her.
Speaking candidly about something we all wrestle with, Sophie at Locavores gets honest about the difficulty of hitting her self-imposed locavore benchmarks. She outlines every thing she ate on a single day last week — a fairly typical mix, she owns — and finds it’s closer to 60% than 90% local.
Proving there’s balance in all things: Jasmine at 40 Shades of Green serves up a timely reminder that eating local isn’t about denying yourself non-local foods but celebrating the pleasures of “supporting small farmers [and] knowing where my food comes from”. She dished up a comforting meal of roasted Brussels sprouts and an onion-and-sundried-tomato stir-fry.
In the Middle:
Maybe Local serves up a recap of a “pretty dang local” Thanksgiving — just about everything on the menu was from within her foodshed. Martha’s pie-crust recipe had Chessa cussing up a storm (what went wrong? I love that recipe like a puppy!) but the resulting pies — blueberry-buttermilk and real pumpkin — looked amazing.
Yay, more leftovers! FarmMom at Children in the Corn whips her turkey trimmings into an adaptation of Joy of Cooking’s pot pie. Nearly everything — including the crust ingredients (I’m so jealous!) — hails from within 40 miles of the farm… much of it from her own garden.
Penny at Penelopedia finds time for a local meal despite a hectic work-week and a dog-sitting commitment that keeps her away from home: A simple supper of eggs and home-fried potatoes. (No argument from me: “breakfast served all day” is one of my favorite phrases.)
Inspired by a recipe from Lucullian Delights, Daniela the Culinary Student whips up a set of gluten-free Lemon and Fennel Tarts. A dead camera-battery followed by a slippery plate leaves her without her own photo to share, but… she improvises, like any good culinary student would.
Valereee at Cincinnati Locavore simmers up a variation on that old cookbook classic, Cock-a-Leekie Soup… with turkey, of course. She shares the recipe and a step-by-step rundown of how she put it all together. My favorite step: sauteeing veggies in homemade butter.
Having mastered her goal of finding one new local food each month, Donna at Chocolate Crayons ponders dropping out of the challenge. But she takes stock of her pantry, she finds she’s got plenty of local food on hand — she’s sticking with us! Her official meal this week: pork chops, potatoes, leftover cranberry sauce, and frozen summer CSA veggies.
Laura at Hello, Sunshine says what all of us are thinking: This is getting harder. Even out here in the relatively temperate coastal areas, the farmers markets are getting sparse. Her favorite meal — steamed kale with dressing and some avocado — gets a big boost from the “off the charts” deliciousness of the greens.
Ellen at The Daily Grind muses about all the places she’s seeing locavore topics pop up, and all of the local-eating challenges on her radar this autumn. Later, she turns to Barbara Kingsolver’s eggs in a nest recipe for an easy weeknight meal.
Eric Scholsser (of Fast Food Nation fame) is the (virtual) dinner guest over at Kale for Sale, where no less than four Dark Days meals are served. Katrina opts for a romantic meal of roasted roots, a supper of eggs and rice topped with homegrown peppers, and a grab-and-go chicken with broccoli. Oh, and turkey soup, of course!
Saara at Skagit Foodshed hits the road for a trip to Portland, but doesn’t intend to leave her locavore ways behind. She’s planning plenty of Dark Days dining-out — she’ll have it easy in the Emerald City — plus a pit stop at the Northwest’s favorite SOLE fast-food chain, Burgerville. (I’m jealous again!)
Jennye at Wool Fairy ponders the possibilities of potatoes by the bushel for next week’s Hannukah latkes, while taking her turn with the honey baked lentils and roasted delicata squash that everyone’s talking about. Surprise, surprise: The kids love it, too!
KMBerrien at Feeding the Boogie has another week of ‘eat-down’ meals, once again tapping into the winter larder to keep the freezer from bursting at the seams. A pair of slow-cooker meals included a sweet-meets-savory pork chop and cranberries stew, and a pot of chicken-sausage and peppers.
And back home at Married… with Dinner, yours truly belatedly outlines our 100-mile Thanksgiving feast (complete with geeky spreadsheet!), offering a recipe for everything-from-scratch pumpkin pie as an apology for slothful posting behavior. Our visiting family also scarfed down locavore versions of lasagna and salad, pork chops and risotto, and our traditional “(Not)-Spam” holiday brunch.