Menu Plan Monday January 12th


I was surprised by Ginger’s pick of “locally grown” for this week’s menu swap. It IS much harder to get locally grown foods in the middle of winter, but that’s extra reason to support local farmers! Hopefully we can do this one again during summer months, too. My goal was to get something locally grown each day, and I think it’ll work.

This was an amazing excuse to head to the only local Farmer’s Market that is open: Arlington Farmer’s Market. My bounty is pictured above. I was so glad to get Gold Rush apples. They’re absolutely amazing and have been an addiction for the last year or so. I had been hoarding my last one, and was delighted to get a bunch more.


My menu features locally grown foods, and a few from my own garden. Currently, I have collards outside, which have been mostly devoured by the rabbit, some parsley, carrots, onion shoots and thyme, rosemary, sage, tarragon, lavender, and a little oregano, too . Inside, I have arugula (a little), cilantro and a bunch of dormant plants: an artichoke plant, a peach tree, a kaffir lime, a curry plant, and lemongrass.

Chicken soup leftovers, featuring locally grown carrots and parsley and carrot tops from my garden
Curried chicken with locally grown collards

Nightshade stew (frozen tomatoes from my garden)

socca with pesto (frozen)

Trout with almonds and broccoli
amazing Gold Rush apples

Beef in a Thai Curry Sauce (peppers from my garden)

Baked good:
brownies: either these Brazil Nut Brownies or super decadent recipe for vegan brownies that’s totally TDF

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Menu Plan Monday January 12th

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    I vote for the Brazil Nut Brownies!! 🙂

  2. Tomatoes and pesto in the freezer saved both of us. I didn’t think of digging under the snow to see if any of my herbs survived. Not much flavor at these temps and no sun, though.

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  4. Shellyfish says:

    I’m with Liz – bring on the brownies! 🙂

  5. Kay says:

    Those apples look great! I’ve been hooked on Grimes Golden this year. I planted a Granny Smith tree last year. I’m looking for a second fall variety to plant this spring. And I may add a transparent for July apples.

    I already know I’m planting lots more rainbow carrots. I’m hoarding the last bag of my pastel beauties. They are good keepers, and really pretty.

    I think I’ll plant my bunching green onions from seed (indoors) really early this year, like February. Spinach and lettuce, too. I want a big head start on my garden season!

    I love our new winter farmer’s market!

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