For at least the last year, I've become obsessed with eating local (as local as I can without becoming a fanatic)...shopping at farmers' markets and supporting local producers, paying attention to where food comes from at supermarkets, trying to "stick to the season" when I cook.
One of my new favorite cookbooks is Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm . What can I say?....well I've already said alot about it. I'll be reading it, rereading it and definitely cooking from it often. In fact, the first recipe I made... La Bomba has already made it's way to my table in two very different forms....a simple spread as an antipasto with a delicious rustic loaf of Julien's bread (top of post)
...and as a filling for a simple omelet. I've already sent some home with my daughter and son-in-law who were over last night for dinner and she can't wait to make it herself. It's a droolingly delicious marriage of so many Fall ingredients....eggplant, fennel root, roasted red peppers, olives, mushrooms, all sauteed with some garlic and spices that really will knock your socks off. I think my next dish will be with pasta.
And a quick aside about my market expedition today...it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada...at 7:45 A.M. this morning the line ups were already longer than I'd ever seen them...especially at those vendors selling turkeys and "fixin's". We're getting together with "the Neighbors" and divvying up the meal. He's got the turkey in the oven as I write and I'm about to make some Harvest Soup, a Spicy Salad , Roasted Fall Veggies (Brussels Sprouts, beets, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, eggplant, onions and parsnip), garlic mashed potatoes, because what else would I sop up all his gravy with? And dessert will be a pumpkin pie, I'm told.
What are you doing for Thanksgiving...or whatever your next big feast?