Local Foods Party 08

This year marks the 3rd annual local foods party at casa du Wren, et al. (previous coverage: year 1 and year 2). As always, it was fun, inspiring, yummy, educational, communal, and more. This year's festivities were markedly more cozy* than previous years, partially due to improper organization on my part* and partially due to extenuating circumstances*. Nonetheless, it was a great time among friends new and old.

For a comprehensive list of the food and drink served, check out the menu. I will, however, call out a few of my highlights. Firstly, it warmed my pea-picking heart* to see that we had 3 different people include their own homemade butter in their recipes! Butter, along with salt, is always what I tell people about to help explain what this party is all about. I'm so glad the enthusiasm is spreading. (Speaking of butter, here's a picture of me making mine. Excuse the somewhat staged nature of the photo. Ma framed it to showcase her fancy new kitchen.) Along with folks getting on the butter bandwagon, I wasn't the only person to make my own salt this year. Keith's efforts put mine to shame with loads of nice clean salt. (My efforts were carbon neutral, though.)

A few great dishes that are highly worthy of calling attention to:
*Linda's zucchini/mint/[something else green] bisque served cold with goat cheese and tomatoes. In fact, I'm about to go ladle up some leftovers right now!
*Keith's dehydrated onions: as simple as it sounds but way better. Great for munching on before hand (and luckily he left us enough to keep for hikes, etc. too!)
*Goat's milk yogurt dressing: salad dressings have always been an issue in the past. This year, Ma came across local goat's milk yogurt and fashioned it into a great dressing for her summer squash salad. Then River threw together an impromptu dressing for his green salad that turned out great as well.

Yes, it was another great celebration of the season and the place we live. Thanks to all that joined in the fun. To the rest of you, I hope to see you here next year.

(Oh, and some photos from the feast: Ma's description of her dishes, the spread, the chilluns wait patiently to eat while the grown-ups goo and gaw over it all, plated goodness, post-feast mingle time.)
Thursday August 21 2008File under: food, Anacortes

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on Thu 21st Aug, 2008 11:28 pm PDT Mom said:
I gotta do a shout out for Keith's plum honey mead. It really knocked us flat.
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on Fri 22nd Aug, 2008 08:02 am PDT Saxtor said:
And a delicious time it was! Top prizes go to Allison's purple taters and Linda's zucchini bisque, with every thing else* getting an honorable mention and then-some*.
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on Fri 22nd Aug, 2008 03:11 pm PDT Sweet Julie said:
So Fun! So Fun! So Fun!! I went to a taste of Encinitas (remember that beach town?) last nite and was thinking of you and food! I would also like to let all the BdW readers know that I received my NEW NIKON D60 in the mail the other day and I LOVE IT! Thank you all again for your support! (and a special thanks to the master blogger for posting!) ;)
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on Sat 23rd Aug, 2008 05:53 am PDT Sean said:
Wow! Look at that kitchen!
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on Sun 24th Aug, 2008 10:39 pm PDT whuppinstick said:
really, really cool wren. wish i could've been there, but i am working on my own local foods party of one here. hopefully in the coming month.
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