Not much blogging lately. Too busy with my new obsession. Go see, and if you get all involved and forget to make dinner, don't blame me.
Well, I haven't actually forgotten to make any meals yet. I just find I'm not feeling as creative lately. Yet, with all the wonderful local foods in the house, and our commitment not to cheat with take-out or non-local, it seems our meals are just instinctively more creative than usual.
Yesterday we made a potato gratin with Marin potatoes, Marin onions, cream from Petaluma, Sonoma cheese, salt from the Cargill evaporating ponds on the Peninsula, dried paprika from East Palo Alto, and herbs from my patio.
The idea for the herbs came from an image I couldn't get out of my head: Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog goat cheese, with its thin horizontal stratum of ash inside. I layered the little casserole half-full with potatoes, cheese and onions, then strewed a handful of chopped herbs, and piled on the rest of the taters and stuff. Doused with the cream, popped into the oven, and my -- it was tasty.
All the pictures were dogs, though. (I'm going to a digital SLR class in an hour...)
So here's my picture today. Dried fennel pollen.
Turns out some of the plants BH&CC picked have started to go to seed, so I saved those in a different jar. Gonna use this stuff all winter.