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Eating Locally: Ratatouille

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A go to veggie side when we drown in zucchini and eggplant. We don’t have eggplant yet but lots of zucchini and a few yellow squash Thursday in the CSA box.

I wandered into Wegmans after having the pickup serviced over at British American, to get some organic tomatoes and two small eggplant, to use with the squash, a yellow pepper from the farm stand, onions from the CSA and my basil pesto. All mixed up in a pan, roasted, and served with local beef sausage, the last of the deliveries from Zahradka in April.

The beef sausage is a good fit with the ratatouille. We also opened one of the Glen Manor 2010 Cabernet Francs that was left up in the dining room wine rack. A good match because the wine wasn’t overwhelmed, nor did it upstage the ratatouille. A simple rustic dinner.

This week’s contribution to our Southern Sole Food Challenge, using sustainable, organic, local and ethically grown or raised veggies and meats. The ten members of the challenge use Google Reader to keep track of what we are making using our local bounties, all of us living south of the Mason Dixon Line.


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.

4 responses »

  1. I read your zucchini post yesterday and was waiting for this ratatouille! It looks amazing!

  2. I have the hardest time getting my kids to eat eggplant!

  3. Ratatouille is a great dish to make with local veggies. I’ll need to remember this. Looks delicious!

  4. Nice meal. I have zucchini envy! My plants did NOTHING! A few flowers then NOTHING. I have cut a deal with my neighbor…. I am going to plant zucchini in his garden this fall. He has never grown any squash before. His garden is where I grow the majority of my peppers, and they are flourishing, so I hope the zuc will do that same. Thanks for sharing your meal. It looks great!


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