Dark Days digs deeper

Posted by Anita on 11.14.07 12:03 AM

(c)2007 AEC ** ALL rights reservedBefore we dive into our week in local eating, I want to give a big shout out to our friend Jen over at Life Begins at 30 and Eat Local Challenge. Although she and her crew weren’t the first to come up with the idea of supporting local farmers, ranchers, and producers by eating within a given radius of one’s front door, they were the first to use the term “Locavore”, way back in 2005.

And now, no less a light than the Oxford University Press — editors of the New American Oxford Dictionary — have dubbed ‘locavore’ their word of the year for 2007, beating out such other contenders as ‘cougar’ (hint: not the big, spotted cat) and ‘colony collapse disorder’ for the big prize:

“Locavore” was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Other regional movements have emerged since then, though some groups refer to themselves as “localvores” rather than “locavores.” However it’s spelled, it’s a word to watch.

And a movement to be reckoned with, y’all.

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Last week was a little nuts. We both logged ridiculous hours at the office, cramming a week’s worth of work into four days as we prepped for a long weekend in Los Angeles. (More on that soon.) There was not a smidge of high-falutin’ cooking going on, but we still managed to rack up four meals for the Dark Days Challenge:

Zuni chicken & bread salad
- Marin Sun Farms chicken, Star Route frisee, Acme sweet batard, Bariani olive oil, O vinegar, Chue’s green onions
- Jory Winery Santa Clara Valley chardonnay

Pasta alla Gianni and Bouchon’s heirloom apple salad
- Pasta: Eduardo’s linguine, Three Sisters Serena cheese, Chue’s garlic, Bariani olive oil, local cauliflower (sorry, I blanched and froze this a month ago, and didn’t keep my notes)
- Salad: Apple Farm apples, Point Reyes Farmstead white cheddar, Cowgirl creme fraiche, candied nuts from Alfieri, Fatted Calf bacon, and endive from that farmer I swore I would never buy from again

Rick Bayless’s “Very, Very Good Chili”, Carolina cole slaw, cornbread
- Chili: Prather Ranch beef, Rancho Gordo Mexican oregano and tortilla chips, Spring Hill colby-jack cheese, Will’s avocado, Clover Organic sour cream
- Slaw: Happy Quail red pepper, heirloom torpedo cabbage from Dirty Girl, Eatwell Farm onion, O vinegar
- Cornbread (a miserable failure): Flour and cornmeal from Full Belly Farm, local eggs, Clover Organic butter

Pasta night
- Sean’s marinara, Eduardo’s rotini, grilled Fatted Calf Caprese sausage
- Little‘s romaine with leftover cheddar dressing
- Copain L’hiver Syrah, Mendocino County

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Comment by jen maiser

Hi – thanks for your shout out! It’s a very strange thing to process, I can tell you that. The only reason that the word has gotten as far as it has is because of people like you who show that you can eat local in a “normal” life and that it can be a mainstream movement.

Posted on 11.14.07 at 10:10AM

Comment by Jennifer Jeffrey

Three cheers for Jen! That the word has gotten so much ink is a huge victory for everyone…

So this is a tough week?! Those dinners look amazing… what do you make when you’re NOT working crazy hours?

I’m super impressed.

Posted on 11.14.07 at 10:29AM

Comment by cookiecrumb

Really sorry the cornbread flopped. I just don’t know what to think about their milled products now. (And I’ve got bags of the stuff in my freezer!)

Posted on 11.14.07 at 11:26AM

Comment by Anita

Jen: Honestly, changing the way we shop is of the best things I’ve ever done, and it all started with your challenge. You have a lot to be proud of. :)
Jennifer: Oh, just you wait. This current week’s meals are going to be ugly. So ugly, in fact, that I haven’t been taking photos. I think I’ll do a theme post I’ve been mulling, in place of the weekly roundup. Cameron’s traveling, and I have been subsisting on mac & cheese, sandwiches, and cereal… all local, of course, but the food equivalent of sweat pants and an old T-shirt.

Cookie: I’m not entirely sure it was the ingredients’ fault that the cornbread failed; we need to give it another try with a bulletproof recipe. But it’s definitely giving me pause to think of using an unknown flour in my pie crusts next week. Maybe I’ll just use a token amount of local flour.

Posted on 11.14.07 at 11:34AM

Comment by Tea

I’m with Jennifer–that’s mighty impressive for a busy week.

Posted on 11.14.07 at 11:01PM

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