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Local Food Series

Updated: Jul 12


This is a year-long project meant to reignite the connection between man and food. Each month I will host friends/family for an entirely homemade meal composed of entirely local ingredients (or as close as I can get them!).

They will be beautiful, colorful, incredibly nutritious, and (of course), delicious.

I could do this project on my own, but I believe that all food tastes better when it’s shared with people you love. I not only want to honor the people who grow the food we’re eating, but the people around the table as well.

Great people make good food. Or is it the other way around? Either way, I’m ready to dig in.



AUGUST

Pizza & massaged kale salad with peach cobbler for dessert


PIZZA

Base ingredients:

  • Farmhouse Cheese – Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

  • Organic Whole Wheat Flour – Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

Garden Pizza:

  • Purple peppers & cherry tomatoes – Countryside Farmer’s Market in Peninsula, OH

  • Lettuce, garlic, & herbs – our garden

  • Tomato sauce made from scratch – local tomatoes

Potato Pizza:

  • White & red tomatoes – Countryside Farmer’s Market in Peninsula, OH

  • Bacon – Old Forge Farm in Kent, OH

  • Honey – Kline Honey Farm in Brimfield, OH

KALE SALAD

  • Kale – our garden

  • Ground cherries, beets, & carrots – Countryside Farmer’s Market in Peninsula, OH

  • Sunflower seeds, lemon, olive oil (not local )

PEACH COBBLER

  • Peaches – Countryside Farmer’s Market in Peninsula, OH

  • Organic Whole Wheat Flour – Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Sugar/butter/other baking ingredients (not local )

WINE

  • Red blend – Barrel Run Winery in Rootstown, OH



SEPTEMBER

Hamburgers and a gorgeous charcuterie board complete with fruit, veggies, nuts, and meats.


BURGERS

Meat:

  • Ground beef from Old Forge Farm in Kent, OH

Buns:

  • Organic whole wheat flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

Toppings:

  • Lettuce from Jon’s Organic Farm in Ravenna, OH

  • Tomato from Jon’s Organic Farm in Ravenna, OH

  • Sprouts & flowers from Trailing Edge Farm

  • Garlic aioli – Homemade mayo w/ garlic added

  • Cheese – Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

  • Onion – Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

CHARCUTERIE BOARD

Fruit:

  • Melon from Walnut Drive Gardens in Mogadore, OH

  • Plums from Martha’s Farm in Ashland

  • Apples from Woolf Farm in Rochester, OH

  • Jams from Woolf Farm in Rochester, OH

  • Ground cherries from Martha’s Farm in Ashland

  • Mexican Cucumbers from Martha’s Farm in Ashland

Veggies:

  • Cherry tomatoes from Yang’s Farm in Atwater

  • Peppers from Yang’s Farm in Atwater

Meat:

  • Trail bologna from Mason Kisamore Family Farms

Cheese:

  • Drunken Tomme from Kuhweid Creamery in Sugarcreek, OH

Bread:

  • Focaccia from Brimfield Bread Oven in Brimfield, OH

  • Honey from Kline Farm in Edinburg, OH

Nuts:

  • Sesame glazed pistachios and pepitas from Savory Snacks

Flowers:

  • Zinnias from my garden!

APPLE CRISP & ICE CREAM

Apple crisp:

  • Apples from Woolf Farm in Rochester, OH

  • Flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Sugar & other ingredients not local

Ice cream:

  • Vanilla, black walnut, and salted caramel ice cream from New Baltimore Homemade Ice Cream in Hartville, OH

DRINKS

Wine:

  • Pinot Grigio from Ferrante Winery in Ashtabula, OH

  • Petite Sirah from Old Peck House Winery in Ravenna, OH

Beer:

  • Hot Chocolate Stout from R. Shea Brewing in Akron, OH

  • Old Brick Orange Cream Beer from Lock 15 Brewing Co. in Akron, OH



OCTOBER

A vegetarian feast – ratatouille with homemade tomato sauce, local cheese, homemade bread, and a green salad almost entirely from the garden. PLUS sweet potato cranberry cake!


RATATOUILLE & BREAD

Veggies:

  • Zucchini from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Tomatoes from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Eggplant from Birdsong Farm in Garrettsville, OH

  • Local onions from Mustard Seed Market in Akron, OH

  • Local peppers from Mustard Seed Market in Akron, OH

  • Garlic from my garden

  • Basil, thyme, & rosemary from my garden

  • Olive oil – not local

Cheese:

  • Gouda from Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

Tomato Sauce:

  • Tomatoes from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH + some from my garden

  • Garlic from my garden

  • Spices – not local

Bread:

  • Flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Rosemary from my garden

SWEET POTATO CRANBERRY CAKE

Cake:

  • Flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Sweet potatoes from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Cranberries from Mustard Seed Market (not local, but supporting a great local market)

  • Eggs from Mason Kisamore Family Farms in Mogadore, OH

  • Pecans – not local

  • Chocolate – not local

  • Spices – not local

Cranberry sauce:

  • Cranberries from Mustard Seed Market (not local, but supporting a great local market)

  • Maple syrup – not local

SALAD

Salad:

  • Lettuce & kale from my garden

  • Lemon basil from my garden

  • Carrots from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

Dressing:

  • Garlic from my garden

  • Honey from Kline Honey Bee Farm in Rootstown, OH

  • Mayo – not local

  • Balsalmic vinegar – not local

  • Spices – not local

DRINKS

Homemade cider (made by my lovely pal Emily!):

  • Apples from Pickering Hill Farms in Avon, OH

Beer:

  • Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland, OH

  • Wild Ohio Brewing Company in Columbus, OH

  • Missing Mountain Brewery in Cuyahoga Falls, OH



DECEMBER (Ft. Menace, the cat)

A beautiful roast beef with carrots, onion and sweet potatoes, paired with roasted Brussel sprouts and red kale in balsamic dressing, red pepper cheddar cheese, & a lovely, buttery apple pie for dessert.


Roast Beef, Carrots, & Sweet Potatoes

  • Beef from Tierra Verde Farms in Deerfield, OH

  • Carrots from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Sweet Potatoes from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Garlic & herbs from our backyard!


BRUSSEL SPROUTS

  • Red kale from Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Sprouts from Martha’s Farm in Ashland, OH


CHEESE

  • Red Pepper Cheddar from Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

APPLE PIE

  • Apples from Woolf Farm in Rochester, OH

  • Flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Sugar & other ingredients not local



January

Venison stew slow cooked over the fire with local veggies & broth, homemade focaccia, mini Hubbard squash pies, cheese & homemade beer.


venison roast

  • Venison - Bobby hunted this deer earlier in January in West Virginia

  • Carrots - Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Mushrooms - Bigfoot Mushrooms in South Newbury, OH

  • Broth - Mason Kisamore Family Farms in Mogadore, OH

  • Other veggies - Misfits Market

Focaccia

  • flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

Cheese

  • Mountain Toma from Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

Hubbard Squash PIE

  • Squash from a family member's garden

  • Flour from Mud Run Farm in Navarre, OH

  • Eggs from Kisamore Family Farms in Mogadore, OH



February

Venison steak with lions mane mushroom & garlic sauce + rainbow beet salad with rainbow chard, daikon radishes, balsamic garlic dressing, broccoli sprouts, gouda, and pepitas. Plus homemade maple bacon donuts for dessert.


venison Steak

  • Venison - Bobby hunted this deer earlier in January in West Virginia

  • Mushrooms - Bigfoot Mushrooms in South Newbury, OH

  • Garlic - my in-law's garden

Beet Salad

  • Rainbow Beets - Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Daikon Radishes - Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Broccoli Sprouts - Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Rainbow Chard - Misfit's Market

  • Garlic - my in-law's garden

  • Pepitas - Thrive Market

  • Gouda XO - Old Forge Diary in Kent, OH

Cheese

  • Cheddar (with bleu) from Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH

Maple Bacon Donuts

  • Maple syrup - Goodell Family Farm in Mantua, OH

  • Bacon - Raised & processed on our family's farm

  • Egg - Maison Kisamore Family Farms in Mogadore, OH

  • Flour - not local this time :(




JUNE

Garlic rosemary chicken in a wine sauce with grated cheese, blueberry & snow pea salad with a lemon olive oil dressing, strawberry mint & lime mocktails, and homemade coconut ice cream with a hot strawberry sauce for dessert.


Garlic Rosemary Chicken

  • Chicken breasts from Tierra Verde Farms in Deerfield, OH

  • Garlic scapes from our garden

  • Mushrooms from Bigfoot Mushrooms in South Newbury, OH

  • Rosemary from our garden

  • Arugula from our garden

  • Wine sauce with wine from Barrel Run Crossing Winery in Rootstown, OH, and pork broth made with pork from Old Forge Dairy Farm in Kent, OH

  • Italiano cheese from Old Forge Dairy in Kent, OH


Salad

  • Greens from Old Forge Dairy Farm in Kent, OH

  • Blueberries from my dad's blueberry bushes

  • Snow peas from Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Homemade lemon & olive oil dressing


Mocktails

  • Strawberries from Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH

  • Strawberry mint from my garden

  • Lime & a little sugar - not local

  • Sparkling water from our soda stream

Coconut Ice Cream & Strawberry Sauce

  • Coconut was from a can, but was homemade with love <3

  • Strawberries from Martha's Farm in Ashland, OH



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