Well Dark Dayers, it’s not that I haven’t been cooking locally these past two weeks, it’s just that our local meals have been out of town. Two weekends ago we were feasting in Olympia, celebrating the first annual “Thanksgiving 2” or “T2” for short. We have decided that November’s Thanksgiving meal is just too good to enjoy only once a year, so we’re doing it out quarterly with a group of friends (hi Adria, Andy, Molly, and Sean!) T2 was wonderful and delicious, and we can’t wait for T3 in May.
Last weekend we we’re in Bellingham for homemade ravioli, fresh garden greens and tiramisu with friends (hi Peter and Katie!). The pasta was made from scratch with Fairhaven Mills’ semolina flour, and Peter and Katie’s backyard eggs. And while Peter may have traveled halfway around the world to get the recipe from a little Italian woman with a long family history of making Tiramisu, our dessert was made with mostly local ingredients as well.
This week we dug parsnips from the garden, snipped kale from the front yard and roasted them in the oven for about 45 minutes. Then we embellished the leftover cranberry sauce from T2 with homemade beef stock and a little port to make a delicious sauce to go with some venison Uncle Rob had given us. It was a satisfying way to wrap-up the Dark Days. I’ve had so much fun participating in this weekly challenge and have been inspired by all the great meals folks are cooking up. Reading the weekly write-ups is something I’ve looked forward to each week and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of you through your blogs. I hope to participate again next year! Happy SOLE cooking, growing and eating everyone!!