The New Oxford American Dictionary 2007 Word of the Year
A locavore is an individual choosing to consume—exclusively—
food that has either been grown, farmed, or produced locally.
WHY BUY LOCAL FOOD?
|Simply Sweet Spinach Salad
1/3 cup mayonnaise
4 tsp. white vinegar
3 to 5 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
1 small red apple
Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar,
celery salt, and pepper. Let stand. In a salad bowl,
combine torn spinach and sliced unpeeled apple.
Drizzle dressing over spinach and apples and
gently toss to coat.
|Cucumbers with a kick!
2 medium cucumbers
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1 jalopeno pepper
Peel cucumbers, cut lengthwise in two, and scrape
out seeds. Slice cucumbers into half moon slices.
Whisk remaining ingredients together and toss
with cucumbers to coat them. For really hot salad
use complete pepper or for milder use just a couple
small slices with seeds removed. Adjust to your
|Deep Fried Okra
Even okra haters will love!)
1 pound fresh okra
2 eggs, beaten
4 to 6 dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper or ground cayenne pepper
oil for deep frying
Wash okra and drain well; cut off ends and discard.
Cut okra crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. In a bowl,
combine beaten eggs and hot sauce; add okra and
stir to coat all pieces well. In a shallow dish,
combine cornmeal, salt and pepper. Dip okra pieces
into cornmeal mixture to coat well. Heat oil in the
deep fryer to 375°. Fry okra in batches until
browned, about 4 to 6 minutes for each batch.
Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
|Grandma's Best Beans
6 Bacon strips
2 Large sweet onions, cut into 1/2" wedges
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat
until crisp. Remove bacon and drain saving 2
tablespoons of drippings. Crumble bacon and set
aside. In the drippings cook onions over
medium-low heat until tender and golden brown.
cover with water;bring to boil. Cook uncovered
until cover with water;bring to boil. Cook
uncovered until crisp-tender ( 8-10 min.) Drain. Stir
vinegar and brown sugar into onions then add
beans. Cook for 1-2 minutes add crumbled bacon.
Season with salt and pepper.
|Chocolate Beet Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups grated cooked beets
2 teaspoons vanilla
powdered sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine flour, soda, salt, sugar and cocoa in a bowl; set
aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs and oil. Beat in
vanilla and continue beating until well blended. Slowly
beat in dry ingredients until well mixed; stir in beets. Pour
into a greased and floured 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake at
350° for 25 to 35 minutes, or until cake bounces back
when touched lightly with finger.
Cool in pan on a rack. Frost cooled cake or dust with
|Zucchini Recipe from the Wildeys
1 pound zucchini (about 4 small)
1 can (12 ounces) corn, drained or Fresh
2 medium cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons salad oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, stir together all ingredients except cheese. Cover; cook over
medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until squash is
crisp-tender. Stir in cheese or sprinkle on top; heat through.
|Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Market Favorite!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine 3 eggs, 2 cups
sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. Mix until well
blended. In a small sauce pan melt 2 TB butter, then add 6 TB. cocoa powder
and blend together until smooth. Grate 2 cups of fresh zucchini. Add zucchini
and cooled cocoa mixture to the large mixing bowl and blend well. In a
separate bowl mix 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt and 1 1/2 tsp.
cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to batter. Do not over mix. In another bowl
coat 2/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 tsp. flour, then add to batter.
Spoon batter into 2 well greased and floured 9X5X3 loaf pans. Bake for 60-70
min. or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pans 5-10
minutes. Then remove from pans and continue to cool on wire rack.
**Freezes well! Let cool completely (important!), wrap in
saran wrap, and put in freezer bag. Enjoy all winter!
|Shannon's Favorite Spaghetti
1 medium to large spaghetti squash
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 jar spaghetti or tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and pulp; set aside.
Brown ground beef until done. Drain fat, rinse with hot water if desired. In a
bowl add cooked burger and mix with 1 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheese
while hot (this will help burger stick together) then add seasonings. Place
squash cut side up on cookie sheet; stuff cavity with meat mixture, and cover
with foil. Place in oven at 375 degrees for 1 to 1 ½ hours until tender.
Uncover, top squash with sauce, and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Place
back in oven about 5 minutes until sauce is heated and cheese is melted. Let
stand 5 minutes. Serves 4-6.
(Notes: This works great with zucchini also, just reduce cooking time.
Experiment with different spices and amounts. I usually put this together
with out measuring, tasting as I go.)
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