Dark Days recap for the South Region: Week 10

WEEK 10 ! WOW ! We are really into the Dark Days Challenge now. Last week we had a challenge to cook a Soup or One-Pot meal. This week we are back to just cooking whatever we want while still challenging ourselves to find and use Sustainable, Organic, Local and Ethical foods.

Let’s jump right in and see who has cooked what this week!

Liz (VA) from Family Food Survival Guide had a busy work week and after looking deep into the refrigerator found she had some great food on hand to make her meal this week. Meatloaf, Candied Acorn Squash and Kale with Capers. It is hard to go wrong with meatloaf and I particularly liked the receipt for the kale with capers. It is another way to put some variety into your kale (or cooked greens.) Head over to her blog to find out about her local resources and the recipes she used also.

I can see why Annie (MD) from AnnieRie Unplugged made soup. From the photo in her post, the day sure looked like winter was visiting her area (she called it “miserable!”) She was able to use some left over brisket, potatoes and greens to get this soup started. She also added froze beef stock. The salad was made entirely of local ingredients. The title of her post is “Dark Days The Ninety Percent Solution” – that is a very fitting title. Got check out her local resources and read more about her soup.

Susan (VA) from Backyard Grocery found one more way to her husband’s heart. She cooked up 2 beautiful crustless quiches.(You see, real men do eat quiche!) How simple is that?! She saw some farm-fresh duck eggs and just had to come home with them – not really sure what she was going to do with them. She found the answer. Quiche. Not one, but two quiches. Duck eggs, swiss cheese, bacon, onion, chard, mushroom… need I say more. Head over to her blog to see the beautifully displayed “how to” and read about her local resources.

You can check out another meal Susan (VA) cooked up also – Chicken with Mashed Acorn Squash!

Victoria (MD) from The Soffritto normally cooks her DDC meals on Sat or Sunday. This week she thought, with a little planning, she might be able to cook one of her meals during the week. Over the weekend they visited a local farm and picked up a whole chicken, beets, garlic and onions. Getting things prepped on Sunday made it possible to cook everything for a wonderful local meal on Tuesday night. Stop by her blog to see her local resources and how a little prep ahead of time goes a long way.

Jessica (SC) from Eat.Drink.Nourish. keeps waiting for winter to arrive. No luck yet, so with some nice mild weather they found themselves outside a lot last weekend working in the yard and building another garden box. The weather was so nice they also smoked a brisket. On the menu: Smoky brisket tacos with cabbage & radish slaw with cilantro topped with a honey-lime dressing. I can see why the beverage of choice was a margarita! Jessica said while the warm breeze came through the window, they turned on some mariachi music and enjoyed their tacos! Head over to her blog to read about her local resources.

Jes (VA) from Eating Appalachia drove down to Raleigh for a fun filled day. On the menu opera, a farmers market visit and food! 30,000 sq ft of farmers market. WOW! Impressive and included everything from produce to meat and cheese and sea food too! Jes worked hard to control herself (picture kid in a candy store!) She came home with a number of things and turned some of it into a beautiful Chinese New Year inspired stir fry. Orange-ish Broccoli and Bok Choy Stir Fry. Her photo is beautiful and I can imagine what it tasted like. Visit her blog to read more about the amazing farmers market and her recipe.

Rebecca (VA) from Eating Floyd has been hit by “the virus/cold” thingy that seems to be making its way around. She still managed to pull off a fantastic DDC meal, much of which was local and came via her garden through the freezer. Gotta’ love those garden preserved delights when you are hit with the crud! She made a beautiful pasta with sun dried garden tomatoes, roasted sweet red peppers and lemon basil pesto. Serving it with a side of garden fresh (frozen) edamame. Check out her blog to see this beauty of a meal!

Another successful week from the South Region participants. Next week we have another challenge within the challenge. Valentine’s Day Sweets: We will try to use ingredients as local as possible to make some sweet treats leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Next week will be exciting!

Sincerely, Emily

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