July 15, 2011

Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude:
Loco for Locavores

Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I do not necessarily want to be a food blogger, but I do LOVE to talk about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food. Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. This is not meant to be some homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.

A "locavore" is a person who is "committed to eating food that is grown or produced within their local community or region."  I am not fully committed to being a locavore.  Yes, I eat tomatoes year-round and I am duly ashamed.  However, I think most everyone has a little bit of  Locavore in them.  Generally, when you buy products locally, they are fresher, usually better-tasting and you get that cozy feeling of having supported someone in your community.

Lately, we have been going to our local farm stand nearly every day.  Oh sure, I live in the suburban prairie (or the "soul-sucking suburbs" as some would have you think.  Although,  I believe my soul to be quite intact, thank you.) However, we are lucky enough to have a farm stand just down the street from us and this stand is open all day, everyday (it's ran by Bush Family Farms from nearby Edwardsville.)  The other day, I bought some yellow squash and it was all I could to not eat the whole damned thing RAW as I was chopping away.  The taste differential was palpable, no pun intended.  And lately, we've been eating Peaches n' Cream sweet corn for breakfast....for dinner.... and dessert.  Earlier this week, I drove by for some watermelon and a sweet corn refill, but they had already sold out for the day.  Both kids promptly burst into tears.  Um, okay.

Last weekend, we went to the Westport Food Truck Festival to celebrate Average Jane's birthday.  Honestly?  The selection was not super huge, but I am willing to give a pass because there was still plenty of selection and after all, this was very first time they held the festival.  I would definitely like to go next year.

Crazy Man, Walking on Glass

Huh.  Since bloody, cut feet do not usually inspire appetites, it seemed that a festival featuring FOOD would make for a strange choice of venue.

You had me at "meatball".
Far and away, my favorite was the Magical Meatball Tour guys.  From here on out, I am going to require ALL of my meatballs to contain at least a teaspoon of magic.

This was my main squeeze all evening.
These fresh-squeezed limeades were so yummy that it inspired me to make some at home.  I tried this Honey Limeade recipe and loved it.

This weekend we are getting cupcakes from Tabby's Treats for Anjali's birthday party.   Yes, that is the same Tabby of the Super Mario Nintendo Cupcakes Fame. I am picking them up this evening and I am worried because that means there will be cupcakes. In my house. A full 24 hours before the party. 

Personally, I think Tabby needs to include chastity belts with her cupcakes.

1 comment:

luckyfatima said...

Hah! I love the Magical Meatball Tour name!