It’s Eat Drink Local Week in New York and I feel pretty good about representing.
Among the items Edible Manhattan throws down as a challenge:
10. Cook your cast-offs! Think corn cob stock, sauteed beet tops, and pickled watermelon rinds.
>> Maybe it’s my poverty mentality or perhaps my waste-nothing husband, but I’m a big fan of putting everything to use. If we buy beets, I love to cook the greens. Last night, I made a pasta sauce with New Jersey tomatoes and I threw in a cheese rind we’d frozen to give a little added oomph. Delicious.
11. Preserve! Pickle cucumbers, can grape jelly or freeze pesto.
>> I haven’t done any pickling myself, but does it count if I took a pickling class with Bob McClure and wrote a story about pickling?
13. Shuck your own clams, mussels, scallops or oysters.
>> I had dinner at Grand Central Oyster Bar and made a point of ordering some East Coast oysters. I didn’t shuck my own but I supported the local mollusks.
15. Check out a cookbook from your local library.
17. Ponder the gospel according to Berry: Read a great food book. (Peruse our favorites below.)
>> I’m reading The United States of Arugula, checked out from our local library. Does that double count? How about if I also have a Ruth Reichl book out?
19. Drink only local water—it’s called “tap,“ people.
>> As I wrote before, I love my SodaStream. We take tap water, carbonate it and shazam! It’s like buying mineral water, but without all the shipping and packaging.
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