Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winter CSA Cooking: Kohlrabi and Apple Salad and a Fall Food Fest

I should have taken a photo of said kohlrabi before I diced it up. However, if you wander farmers' markets and farm stands you probably know what it is. It's a bulbous purple thing with 4 stalks reaching for the sky out of it. It looks like an alien, no joke, an alien. It's taste is a little like broccoli, and one found its way into my Winter CSA share this week.

There are a lot of salads out there containing kohlrabi, a lot of stir-frys, and you can saute them as well. I wanted something a little bit different, maybe even sweeter so even the most discerning eater may not be able to pick the strange little veggie out of the dish. Part of my goal here on Lighter and Local is to make local eating easier, or "lighter" if you will. This recipe came from "Raising Maine" and it calls to shred or grate all this stuff, but frankly I'm lazy and decided to dice or slice everything instead. If you have kids, the subtle sweetness (but still reasonably healthy) of this dish will allow you to work something in they may not normally try.

Kohlrabi-Apple Coleslaw
Source: Raising Maine
Serves: 3-4

1 pound kohlrabi, peeled, trimmed, and grated (I simply sliced thinly)
2 apples, peeled and grated (again, I sliced)
1/4 cup cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon mustard
1/2 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
fresh mint, chopped in ribbons (I did not use, and it was still yummy!)

Peel and trim kohlrabi, grate or slice and set aside. Peel and grate (or slice) two apples, trying to keep equal amounts of apple and kohlrabi. Whisk cream into light pillows (about a minute or two). Add lemon juice, mustard, sugar and salt and pepper to the cream mixture. Combine apples, kohlrabi, and mint and mix in cream mixture. Serve immediately.

Fall Food Fest

I was lucky enough to take part in a bloggers' Fall Food Fest hosted by the lovely Amy of Poor Girl Gourmet and Jennifer of Savoring the Thyme. Held in Amy's gorgeous little barn, several local food bloggers and food enthusiasts came together to chat networking, book deals, sponsorship, and of course, food.

I love meeting new local foodies. It seriously warms my heart to find such amazingly talented like-minded people and get to actually interact with them. Every time I attend some kind of blogging or food event I learn an amazing amount. 

I also get to eat super well in the process. I mean just look at those salads at the left. I can't remember everything I gorged myself on but Amy did an awesome job in her post on Fall Food Fest, so I'll direct you there for more information.

It was a simple pleasure to spend an afternoon chatting and trading ideas with all of these wonderful bloggers and foodies:

Michael and Ann from Books on the Nightstand (his caramel apple pie is to your right!)
Jackie of The Leather District Gourmet
David from David Dadekian Photography
Nora of Good Food Girl
Jen of Jen's Dish
Jayne of Barefoot Kitchen Witch
Jexsy of Jexsy's Food
Lauren of Run Lift Chant Breathe
and of course Amy from Poor Girl Gourmet
and Jennifer from Savoring the Thyme

I also have to give a shout to some great (and local) companies who allowed us to try some great products and go home with some as well (through raffles or gift bags). Thank you to (who I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to purchase some awesome products), Olivia's Organics (who kept me in salad this week), Food Should Taste Good (I'm obsessed with their chocolate chips), Andrews McMeel who let us all go home with a copy of Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook (very cool), OXO Good Grips (who donated the awesome goodie basket that Jexsy won and got to go home with!), and the Sugarush Truck out of Providence, RI who sent along some amazing cupcakes (see left).

Thank you all - it was wonderful to meet you all! Reader, please check out the creative and yummy work of the bloggers above, you won't be disappointed!

I've been tagged!

Jason of Ancient Fire Wine Blog has tagged me. The way this works is that you get tagged and have to answer eight questions from the person who tagged you. In addition you have to tag eight others and pose eight new questions to them. Here I go with the eight questions Jason gave me to answer!

1. Desert island dish. You are on a desert island, what dish will you take to survive?
- Only one? My dear, what a choice! I would have to say my tourtiere (Quebec Savory Meat Pie) because it has protein, fat, and veggies to keep me going and I love it so very much. It was an honor for my husband's family to share their recipe with me, now that's love!

2. What kitchen utensil explains your food personality the best?
- I would have to go with a ricer. Why? It's because I'm always trying to make things go a little smoother in the kitchen, much like a ricer. Ricers are convenient, you don't have to peel a potato to create mashed potatoes with it, it makes things easier. I'm always trying to make local food easier in the kitchen

3. When you were younger, you pick how long ago, how hard would you have laughed if someone told you this is what you would be doing right now?

4. What is the nastiest, grossest, most detestable food you have ever had?
- This is a hard one. I make a rule of trying anything once, but if I don't like it, I'll move on from it. The one that makes me cringe the most is a so-called hamburger I had on a road stop in Iceland. The meat was beyond gamey (not the good kind of gamey) and made me wonder if they added their famous Icelandic Foul to the mix (which I swore I wouldn't eat in Iceland, that and the puffins).

5. What is your favorite food you don’t make and how far would you travel for it?
- Poutine. I've never gotten the ratio right at home so I kind of have given up on it. I will travel the 4.5 hours to Montreal to get, and have. There's nothing like eating true-to-form poutine in the winter with a good Quebec brew. Oh yum. (hitting the road now)

6. Who is the best person to have in the kitchen with you, and why?
My husband. He always cleans up after me. He'll help wherever needed and most importantly, he keeps my wine glass full.

7.  First alcoholic beverage you ever had.
Wine - sips of the family's red table wine.

8. What is your biggest food blog challenge and how are you working to overcome it?
Time and Design. Sorry, I had to pick two. It's hard to find the time with working full-time to dedicate my time to blogging as often as I can as well. I have a hard time with the design of the site too. I'm no graphic or html wizard so I'm always learning, always working. 

I'm tagging all my Fall Food Fest bloggers I mentioned earlier in this post for the next round of this!

My Tag Questions:

1. Hardest dish you've ever attempted to make?
2. Country where you'll find your favorite cuisine and why?
3. Any kind of food you just will not make or have given up on?
4. Worst food fail in the kitchen?
5. Why do you blog?
6. Your favorite thing about the food blogging community?
7. Most hated alcoholic beverage?
8. Average time in a week you spend blogging and why? Pin It

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