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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