Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Dark Days: Soup & Salad
This was a very thrown-together meal. I chucked some frozen turkey stock and turkey pieces in the pot (from my aunt's local Thanksgiving turkey), added the leftover baked corn from Sunday and started to dump in the local noodles. Then I read the bag. I had gotten the wrong noodles: these were made in a neighboring state, not a neighboring town (sometimes these mistakes happen when I shop with children!). Boiled it up. At the end I added local parsley and un-local garlic (why can't I get local garlic?! I haven't seen any!).
We also ate the remnants of the green salad from Sunday, but this time with some roasted beets and a local salad dressing: 1000 Island based on a recipe in the More with Less Cookbook that my mother made a lot.
1000 Island Dressing
In a jar with a tight lid, dump the following:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 c. ketcup
2 Tbs. pickle relish
1 tsp. paprika
2 Tbs. minced onion
snipped parsley or minced green pepper
salt and pepper
Put lid on tight and shake well. My mom also added chopped hard boiled eggs.
Only after I made the dressing did I realize how local it is: I make my own mayo with local eggs. I made ketchup this year with local organic tomatoes. I also made pickle relish for the first time because my parents' little garden grew so many cucumbers. And then I used local onions and parsley of course.
And we had Christmas cookies for dessert. With Italian meringue (which deserves its own post soon).