Saturday, October 2, 2010

Local-Licious Love Fest.... PFB #3


How do you like dem Apples? -   
Local Honey Crisp Apples from Sunrise Orchards, Gays Mills, WI.


Nothing like local food and local family to help create an amazing and delicious meal with loads of love and laughter! My luxury dinner party, Project FoodBlog Round 3, was a "Welcome to Autumn," comfort food, warm your heart and soul party, featuring scads of local cheeses, produce, meat, fruit, and even... ice cream. All sourced within 90 miles of my home. Local foods = luxury. It is amazing how well one can eat with food found so close to home.

Last weekend we had a party at our house with over 50 people, needless to say the house was left a total mess.  Just as I got the house cleaned up to a somewhat "presentable" stage.... in rolled my family..and a large dog named Arlo, for a feast that filled us all to the brim. I opted for local luxury. I opted for love. Put them together and you get, loving family and amazing food! Some of my favorite meals have been eaten in the company of my family. After all, it was my mother who taught me what good food tastes like. (Thanks mom!) So why not invite them all over to celebrate this season's bounty.


Cave Aged Bandaged Cheddar - Bleu Mont Dairy, Otter Creek Raw Milk Cheddar, Hooks Five Year Cheddar

We were set to eat a lovely fall meal, outside, underneath  the  umbrella of our giant silver maple tree. The stage was set, we had music, outdoor ambiance, 6 local beers to choose from, our lovely yard for the children to frolic in, 4 amazing local cheeses  (all award winning I might add) and even......RAIN CLOUDS! Yes.. rain it did... and in we ran to the small interior space of my tiny little kitchen. All nine of us, scampering around, dodging raindrops, bringing in chairs, table cloths, candles, bread and drinks. But you know me, I live for change, (sort of). It was a moment to take a deep breath and say... let it all go.. it is what it is. Even without the outdoor autumn ambiance, the evening coalesced into a feast of deliciousness.

 Six local beers... waiting for the guests to arrive!

Let's take a peek at our menu for the evening, shall we?


 Doesn't that look good? Is there something on the menu you would eat?

We began our evening with 4 varieties of local artisan cheeses. Nothing is better than artisan cheeses, especially ones that are crafted with raw milk and aged in underground caves. We were ever so fortunate! Our bread came from Clasen's Bakery and was wonderfully toasted into crisp crostinis that served as the perfect platform for our sheep's milk feta. We were punch drunk on local beers with such fun names as ...Totally Naked, Spotted Cow and Fatty Boombalaty! Can you tell, our evening was off to a good start. We moved into our main course of hearty creamy soup and chili. I served up Ina's Corn Cheddar Chowder made with 10 cups of my husband's, home-grown sweet corn. My mother blessed us with her local grass-fed beef chili.... and it was delicious, more than delicious... my mother sure can cook. A bit of fresh bread and organic butter to dip into the soups and a dollop of Organic Valley Sour Cream to finish them off. My sister provided the crisp local greens, bringing the coolness of fall mornings to our mouths. We were feasting like kings and queens ,local omnivores... all in the casual and tight quarters of my little orange kitchen!





 
Enjoying a fine evening... good food, and family!

Of course, we saved the best for last. Remember that gorgeous apple at the beginning of my post? That huge Honey Crisp was grown at Sunrise Orchards in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. My dear friend Elizabeth drove up there and brought me home an entire bushel of these big beauties.  I decided to throw theses gorgeous babes into an apple crisp and serve it with a scoop of Sassy Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Yes, it was as if we had died and gone to heaven. The buttery crunch of the crisp topping, mixing with the tart apple and creamy sweet and salty ice cream was just too much! mmmmmmm


I could not be more blessed. I have the luxury of a beautiful family that loves me. And I have the luxury of being located in the agricultural heart of my state, surrounded by amazing farmers and artisans who care and create quality produce, tasty meats, complex beers, and savory cheeses and creams!

Find your bliss close to home! Live local, eat local... love local!

Loads of foodie love..♥♥♥ Megan




41 comments:

  1. That is one gorgeous apple! (I love Honey Crisps.) That's also my kind of meal- lots of good food and family. I love that you used all local food!

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  2. Wow, everything on the menu seems so yummy to me.
    And that apple is huge!!

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  3. I love it! Rockin' on for the locavores! :)

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  4. I wish I was there! Sounds like a great evening, and gooorgeous food!

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  5. gosh.. that looks good..with an ice cream especially as toppings.. just nice for a hot weather like today over here.. !


    Greetings,
    reanaclaire.com

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  6. Megan, such a beautiful post! I love when you show your family photos there. So much fun and food! And so nice to have the menu there as well. ^_^ Wishing you all the best & have a great weekend.
    Kristy

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  7. What a great post and I love the local angle! While the food was simple, having a wonderful dinner based on local ingredients and having loving family to share it with can be a luxury in today's busy world! You have my vote... but you are already a winner!

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  8. GOSH! The shot of apple is so vivid! And yep...local is so much better! You will have my vote!

    Angie

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  9. What a great dinner and local feast. Everything was made with love for your family, which is the most important thing. Wonderful entry for PFB#3

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  10. It looks like a wonderful meal and party.

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  11. You seemed to have had a great time! All the best in Round 3 :)!

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  12. Welcome to autumn was such a great idea for the dinner party! I'm so happy that you made it to round 3! All those local treats--esepcially the beer and the cheese, sound like so much fun! Very nice job, Megan!

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  13. that is one mighty big apple - i think eating locally is the best - it is harder to do that here in NYC but we try our hardest...good luck to you in this round!

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  14. Eating locally is the best way to go! It is definitely a luxury when you get to do so! Your party looks awesome! Fantastic

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  15. Love local and love going to WI artisan cheese farms for fall drives. If i could stop eating the honeycrisp apples, I might be able to bake something with them. Gorgeous autumn party!

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  16. What a wonderful party! That platter of cheese would be all mine, oh, and the apple crisp. Everything looked good, but I would be hovering over those two things all night, sister! I got such "autumnal" feelings reading this post. Great job...see ya in the next round! (fingers crossed!)

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  17. So beautiful! What a great looking party!

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  18. What a cool idea to serve only local foods! Our honey crisps are gone and I'm suffering withdraws!

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  19. Thanks y'all for the sweet comments! It was a fun night...no fuss... just fun. The food was delicious and perfect for celebrating the beginning of fall! - xoxo Megan

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  20. I have a lot of love for this post! Cause not only do I LOVE Autum, but I LOVEEEEE local food! Great job! Again, you got my vote:)

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  21. Beautiful post..everything looks yummie and that apple is huge!

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  22. congrats on challange #3!!! you got my vote again for this one. love your pictures and gorgeous food! DELICIOUS. good luck sweetie!


    Have a fabulous week!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  23. Thanks for swinging by last night. Finally got things fixed! Love your entry. You have my vote :)

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  24. Love it! Great idea to go local. My husband would've been very appreciative of the local brews awaiting him. Voted for you!

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  25. Fantastic. You had me at honey crisp! Voting for you.

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  26. The Honey Crisps and CHEESE, glorious cheese was more than enough, and then you throw in all that FABULOUS beer. You're my kinda gal Megan!
    ~ Mary

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  27. Everything sounds delicious. Honey Crisp apples are one of the best apples out there :)

    All the best for round 3 PFB!

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  28. Wow what an apple! I love your simple large crowd menu. You have my vote! Toast to round 4!

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  29. You sis sent me over to help cheer you on and vote! Great post, love the apples! Good Luck!
    -Gina-

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  30. Will you feed me your cheese? Please.

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  31. Oooo! YUM! I love the local concept. Everything looks amazing!! I need cheese now, please and thank you. You've got a vote from me! :)

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  32. I love this challenge because I get to see locally themed meals from around the country, this one certainly didn't disappoint. I can't wait to see more, voting for you!

    Lick My Spoon

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  33. Your menu looks great! Hope we both make it to the next round! :-) You have my vote!

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  34. I love that you are using all local ingredients! The beer selection is awesome! Voted!

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  35. Wisconsin lovvvvveeee!!!! I just had a brief "ohmygodohmygod *panting*"-moment when I saw New Glarus and Capital bottles.

    Now that I live 4 hours away from Madison, we have to majorly stock up every time we go back and then ration ourselves (and I'm not just talking about beer--cheese, too). So sad.

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  36. I love your "locals love" theme. So creative and the food looks great. Good luck!

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  37. Good luck in this round. Just wanted to let you know that I voted for you :)

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  38. I would just love a bowl full of that dessert! All of your local specialties look amazing, great work on this challenge!

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  39. I wish I had been there! Oh how I miss the Capital Brewery..and I haven't had a New Glarus Spotted cow in years..and I miss Wisconsin cheese! What a party, great job!

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