Posted at 10:49 AM on June 6, 2008
by Sanden Totten
I'm not much of a foodie. I'm not ashamed of that either. I derive as much pleasure from a well toasted pop-tart as I do from expensive seared tuna or an exotic smoked pear salad. The problem is that when all foods are equal, I end up eating the quickest, easiest meals. That gets very boring.
So this summer, a friend and I are trying to spice things up by going local. It was her idea to join the One Local Summer challenge. The rules are simple: "prepare one meal each week using only locally grown ingredients - the exceptions are oil, salt and pepper, and spices." The down side is that it takes time and a bit of hunting (sites like the Eat Well Guide can help you hone in on native ingredients). The upside could be that you are reducing your carbon footprint, supporting your local economy or something like that. But for me, it's that it forces me to eat foods I would otherwise never bother to cook up. Like rhubarb.
By the way, if your local food market turns up produce that you have no idea how to cook, check out Epicurious (found thanks to MN Post). They have a map that reveals recipes for food stuff from different regions.