I missed out on the Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign. Merely a participant in the eating festivities, I refrained from being too involved in dictating the meal’s ingredients. For Easter, I was called in to be the back-up family cook as my husband’s grandma had recently undergone knee replacement surgery. Thrilled to help, I also took the opportunity to make it an Eat Local Easter, managing to fill up the menu with approximately 65 percent Pacific Northwest ingredients.
I waited until the last minute to throw together the menu and was afraid I would not be able to acquire my choice ingredients. I got up early on Saturday to visit the University District Farmers Market in search of a local ham to be the centerpiece of the meal. One vendor politely told me they had already ran out, and another looked at me like I had two heads. I felt defeated and a bit intimidated through the process, but I did manage to pick up a sack of potatoes from Alden Farms, some chives from an unmarked flower stand, and a tub of Fromage from Mt. Townsend Creamery.
I found my local ham at the Metropolitan Market, made by Hempler’s in Ferndale, WA. I also picked up milk from Twin Brook Creamery, some green beans (a staple at Lybecker family gatherings), and parmesan cheese. A few more items were contributed by my amazing mom-in-law and here is how the menu came together:
Mt. Townsend Creamery Fromage with Oregon Hazelnuts and Orange Zest
served with Eat Local camelina crackers
Mom’s Whole Wheat Bread
made with Twin Brook Creamery milk and Bluebird Grains cracked emmer
Bok Choy Salad
with green onions, chow mein noodles, slivered almonds, and soy sauce vinaigrette
Alden Farms Mashed Potatoes
with locally grown chives
Sautéed Green Beans
with fresh lemon juice, slivered almonds, and parmesan cheese
Hempler’s Slow Cooked Ham
with Rockridge Orchards spiced apple cider, stone ground mustard, and honey
Grand Central Bakery Coconut Cake
with vanilla bean ice cream
I felt the pressure to please everyone with dinner, but I relaxed the day of and had fun with it. The meal received plenty of thumbs up and my husband’s mom even called me the Rockstar of Easter! I call that a glowing success.