This weeks Dark Days Challenge entry is our least local entry so far. We finally found a local meat producer in a town not too far from us, but they have very limited hours. The actual shop is only open about 4 hours a week. We just haven’t had the time to make it over to the farm yet. Once we get over then I will post about the neat little operation they have going.
So we broke our own rule on this week’s meal and had grocery store bought chicken. But only the chicken was “non-local”.
We started off with some chicken breast strips smothered in barbecue sauce and cooked very slowly over medium heat on our barbecue. I really like to cook slowly on the barbecue. I’ve found that if you rush things you just end up with a tough charbroiled mess. So I keep the heat low enough that it takes about 30 minutes to cook through.
We then added mashed potatoes made with red potatoes that came from our garden stores. We add just a little milk from the local dairy plant and just a touch of butter. We also pulled out the first servings of the corn on the cob we preserved in the summer. You can click here to see how we did it. Having corn on the cob with a meal in January is a real treat! The added bonus is this corn came from a local farm that is less than 3 miles from out house. Topped off with a nice slice of homemade white bread and we had a perfect meal for a late Sunday evening.
To learn more about the dark days challenge you can visit Not Dabbling in Normal. I’m also joining Thursdays Kitchen Cupboard over at the Gardener of Eden, where you can see how other gardeners are using their fresh and preserved garden produce.