Saturday, December 3, 2011
dark days challenge, week one: an 'all american' meal
i am really excited to be participating in the dark days challenge for the first time! the goal of the challenge is to eat at least one meal a week that is SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) and grown not further than 100 miles away. at first i thought it would be really easy, but then i really started thinking about every ingredient that goes into our food. for example, i thought that flour and grains would be easy because the wonderful Bob's Red Mill is really close, but after doing a little research i realized that they get their grains from all over the country, not right here. i'll be visiting my little local farmer's market tomorrow to see if anyone has any ideas about locally grown wheat.
so for our first meal i went with simple ingredients: T-bone steaks from Kookoolan Farms, baked potatoes and bok choi from our CSA at Groundwork Organics, and mushrooms from an unspecified farm in oregon.
the butter and sour cream are Tillamook and the beer is the seasonal Ebenezer from Bridgeport Brewing. the bok choi and mushrooms have a sauce on them comprised of sesame oil, peanut oil, chicken broth (homemade from Kookoolan chickens) and soy sauce that wasn't local at all. it was delicious and made even more so knowing that nothing traveled too far to get to our plates.