Sunday, July 08, 2007

One Local Summer - Week Three

We went southern this week with the local menu. There we no leftovers tonight. The Monkey had two helpings of everything. Some days nothing satisfies like fried catfish. I grew up on the banks of the Missouri River. With the uncharacteristic heat and humidity we've had, I almost feel like I'm back home. The recipe for the catfish was in this month's Gourmet, which is full of local food articles. It was quick and easy without the mess of frying. Don't think that oven-fried means low-fat; there's 4 tablespoons of oil for 4 catfish filets. I toyed with the idea of making some hushpuppies, but thought it safer for the arteries to pass this time.

Oven-Fried Catfish - NC farm-raised, from exactly where I'm not sure. It's soaked in eggs from the garden and dredged in cornmeal from Blue Hill Farm - around 25 miles away.

Green Beans, Yellow Wax Beans from our neighbors' - 2 miles, and Potatoes from the garden - 0 miles, seasoned with Bacon from Spring House Meats/Hickory Nut Gap Farm - 10 miles.

Sweet Corn from a farm in Old Fort, NC - 20 miles

We washed it down with iced tea. Mmmm...


  1. I need to get some local meat, man. Fish sounds fantastic.

  2. It was pretty good farm-raised catfish. I picked it up at Greenlife. I'm sure it comes from somewhere out your way. Next time I'm in, I'll ask. I like Greenlife for the reason that they tell you the provenance of your produce and meat. They tell you what state and if it's local, they tell you what farm. Of course, I can't afford to buy everything there! But we have gotten to the point where we buy meat and fish and a little produce, plus coffee and bulk dry food there.

  3. I've never heard of Greenlife! I'll look it up now. I want fish. I've been eating so many veggies that I'm concerned for my state of consciousness.

  4. Greenlife is an organic, healthy oriented grocery - like Earthfare or Whole Foods. I like them over Earthfare because they tell me much more about where my food is coming from - and they sell a lot of local produce. They also have a tailgate market spot outside a couple of times a week.