With the Eat Local Challenge coming up in just over a week, I know I'll be making most of my meals at home during May. I have a few restaurants in mind for those times when I shed my self-righteous robe of purity and pop out for a bite now and then (and they all try to source their foods locally).
But it's such fun to have a project and the enthusiasm to stick with it. That means I'll be buying lots of local goods and inventing all kinds of dishes which won't need pasta from Italy or soy sauce from Japan or...
OK, that said, I am planning to eat both locally and probably not very locally tonight. Cranky and I joined the Jewish Community Center in our neighborhood, and it has a great little cafe catered by Robert Meyer. This is hands-down the closest dining establishment to our house.
So, even if the food comes from Salinas or Iowa or worse, well, we have a great, local eatery. Corned-beef sandwiches, soups and chili, smoked salmon, roast beef, braised lamb shanks. Eat at the cafe (I think that's where I caught my cold, however; the kiddies from daycare swarm the joint when school lets out, begging their moms for frozen treats from the case).
Or take your food away with you. It would be a super place to stock up for a picnic.
And today, since we're not up to cooking, we're microwaving Meyer's stuffed cabbage rolls. $1.50 each. I sampled one earlier: It's made with ground turkey (leftover from Passover?) and rice, and topped with a bright, well-spiced, unsweetened tomato sauce.
I'm looking forward to supper.
(Update: Cranky plated this meal like the true artist he is. The cabbage rolls sit atop some leftover poppyseed noodles, and are topped with some sour cream that just happened to be in the fridge. Man!)
Psst: I'm also way looking forward to May.