Progress Check: Responsible Eating – Week of 2.25.10

One of my favorite food blogs, Serious Eats, has a weekly “Recipe Roundup” that recaps kitchen exploits and culinary visions from other food bloggers.  Here is my internalized version of “Recipe Roundup” using local food purchases (please forgive my selfishness).  Check out the web links for information on the producers and for additional resources:

  • Mushroom & Parsnip Soup
  • Vanilla-Spiced Peaches (in addition to Peach Muffins):
    • Inspired by Hope in the Kitchen’s recipe for Vanilla Baked Peaches and Blueberries. Place five peach halves on a foil-lined baking pan.  Drizzle about 3 tbsp vanilla extract, ¼ cup brown sugar, and cinnamon to taste over the peaches.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

      Vanilla-Spiced Peaches

  • Broccoli au Gratin:
    • Broccoli was a last minute purchase at Greensgrow but it is a vegetable J and I actually agree upon.  Cook 2 cups broccoli until crisp tender then drain.  Stir in ¼ cup 2% milk and ½ cup cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice, I used a combination of shredded part-skim mozzarella and horseradish cheddar from the CSA share).  Turn into a baking dish and top with 2 tbsp Panko bread crumbs.  Bake 25-30 minutes.

      Broccoli au Gratin

  • Lemon Chicken:
    • Place two chicken breasts (I defrosted my purchase from the Farmer’s Market) on top of 1 chopped onion, 1 shallot, and ½ leek in a foil-lined baking pan.  Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and top with 3 lemon slices.  Cook for about 1 hour in 400 degree oven.
      • This chicken was excellent the next day as a chicken salad mixed with honey chevre cheese spread from Shellbark Hollow Farms and Dijon mustard.  Sounds like an odd combination, but was actually a tasty mix of sweet and salty.

        Lemon Chicken

As a dietitian challenging herself to eat locally, ethically and thoughtfully, concern for the current state of our food system has surfaced.  It’s hard to ignore the relationship between public health and food policy.  With the recent statement from the Agriculture Secretary on the re-authorization if the Child Nutrition Act; the announcement of the Let’s Move campaign as well as the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative; and the recent USDA pasturing rule; it would seem that the health policy stars are aligning.  There is so much to rally around in support of nutrition and health that in this expanse of policy movement, there is also a rich opportunity to educate ourselves and others.

A recent comment posted by Shared Marketing Mu really got me thinking about the economics behind how the government can truly participate and change what is largely considered a broken food system.  I really enjoyed this article from Cornicopia that provides a greater perspective on policy and economics around supporting small farms and agriculture.  Lots to discuss!

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