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Simple Pleasures: A Local Dinner

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After the holiday meals, sometimes a simple dinner is the best. We wanted a quick meal before my husband went off to his evening teaching position. Even though the Dark Days Challenge is over, I am still cooking locally when I can.

Today was a simple meal from almost 100% locally sourced items. Only the white chard, Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper were not from MD or VA. The chard was bought at Roots, though.

We had stopped at Roots so I could get free range chicken to make soup tomorrow, and some Aranciata to make Meyer Lemon Basil Fizz cocktails for a get together this weekend. Roots didn’t have Meyer lemons though. I need to find a source, maybe Harris Teeter or Trader Joe’s.

I had scallions and garlic from the CSA. Leftover VA country ham that my brother sent home with me as a care package last night. Eggs run wild, from the CSA, that need to be used. Goat cheese from Firefly Farms. I roasted beets from the CSA the other day. And, I bought some local hydroponic tomatoes at Roots, from Hummingbird Farms.

The makings of this meal.

Served with an award winning Viognier from Breaux Vineyards just south of Harper’s Ferry (but in VA not WV). Lovely restrained Viognier, which is one of those wines that just does very well in this part of the country. Crisp, acidic, but not too much, a perfect glass to accompany a rich omelet.

Later this evening we may indulge in another local treat, Rhebs Easter candy. My mom always gives us a box of Rhebs, from Baltimore. Their butter creams are to die for.

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About annierie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

6 responses »

  1. I’m loving the look of a meyer lemon basil fizz!

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  2. Love learning about the area and reading your informative posts. I buy my Meyers at Costco. It’s hit or miss. I buy when I see them and if I am not ready to use them I juice them and pour the juice in mini muffin tins. I pop them them and freeze for later. Never tried freezing the zest, but I’m sure it would work too!

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    • This sounds like a plan for the future. I need to do a Costco run soon, for printer supplies and vitamins. Maybe I will get lucky and they will be there. Thanks for the compliment and the info.

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  3. Annie, I saw Meyer Lemons at David’s Natural Market in Wild Lake shopping center yesterday!

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    • Thanks, Nicole. I will be in Columbia for a doctor’s appointment. Need to check out David’s. See you at the blogtail party. I am driving again. Woo Hoo!

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  4. Everything looks delish!

    I would love for you to join me at my link party “What’s in the Box?”. We will celebrate CSA boxes, farmer’s markets and all things organic, local and farm fresh. Come check it out! http://inherchucks.com/2012/04/12/whats-in-the-box-21/. Hope to see you there :)

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