One local summer: something tasty to drink wine with.

antipasto.JPG When the boy and I got home last night after a long day of combing the countryside for ruined farmhouses, we weren’t too hungry. We’d had a late lunch, and we were a bit tired for real cooking.

But skipping supper wasn’t an option. We needed to sit around the table and drink wine, and talk, and nibble something tasty.

The perfect solution: antipasto for supper!

This is what we ate (all things that were in the fridge or otherwise easily accessible):

Sourdough English Muffins* made with local wheat from Reed’s Mill over the hill in Second Creek, WV.

Sliced hardboiled eggs (these eggs, of course).

Homemade herbed cottage cheese** made with local raw milk and oregano and thyme from the garden.

Fresh arugula from the garden.

Roasted peppers from last year’s garden.

So very tasty.

(No, the wine wasn’t local. It was Kermit Lynch Vin de Table du Vaucluse. We’re still experimenting with local wine.)

This is my first post for One Local Summer, a local food blogging event hosted this year by Farm to Philly. The deal? I’ll post about one all-local meal every week. Shouldn’t be too hard, since we’re eating mostly local these days anyway.

* English muffins are radically easy to make. Just take any bread dough, make a thin-ish English muffin shape, and either cook it on a hot griddle on top of the stove or bake it in a very hot oven (turning once, to brown both sides). One thing: you need to cook them longer than you think you do — about 10 minutes on each side. Remember, they have to bake all the way through.

** Cottage cheese is as easy as English muffins if you have raw milk. I just let mine stand overnight to clabber, and then strain out the curds.


  1. angelena said,

    June 2, 2008 @ 6:49 am

    Have you tried Martins Mist? It is made locally in Buckeye? I believe they sell it in Lewisburg also. The Blueberry is wonderful!!

  2. crabappleherbs said,

    June 2, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    Hi Angelena!

    Funny you should ask, I just noticed Martin’s Mist wine at Emmajean’s General Store over in Marie, WV (on the border of Summers and Monroe counties) the other day. We didn’t buy it because I wasn’t sure how the blueberry would work with food. Have you had it as a table wine with a meal? Or do you think it works best as an after-meal or dessert drink?

  3. angelena said,

    June 6, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    I usually drink a glass after dinner while sitting on the porch swing lol, but it would be good with dinner also.

  4. Leanne said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

    YUM! I’m trying to encourage others to eat locally, too. It’s harder than I thought it would be. Too many people are hooked on being able to buy almost everything at you-know-where. It really is past time for a nationwide shift in how we think and feel about our food!

  5. lb said,

    June 13, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Don’t suppose you buy your wine at Market Street Wine shop?

  6. crabappleherbs said,

    June 16, 2008 @ 11:48 am

    Angelena — Thanks, I’ll have to try it.

    Leanne — I think it’s starting to happen, bit by bit.

    LB — Do suppose. In fact, I was there this weekend.

  7. lb said,

    June 16, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    I thought that was you. I had been wondering if you guys, by coincidence, were the same people as this blog. How funny. I am the girl there on Saturdays when you do your wine shopping. Should have just asked you in person…..

  8. Margaret Gray-McCoy said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

    Where do you get the milk? I’ve had a problem keeping in steady supply of raw milk.

  9. crabappleherbs said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    Margaret, you should know such things are secret. 😉 Email me.

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