Monday, February 11, 2013
SSFC: Baked Turkey with Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella
I haven't done much in the way of garden prep yet, but I have been keeping up with the challenge to incorporate more local food into my everyday meals. I've also been busy cleaning out my freezer of all the produce I stored last fall. I think we're doing really well on this! Recently for dinner we had baked turkey breasts with oven-dried tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella melted on top, along with delicious, salty fried potatoes and summer squash.
Turkey breasts - Ecofriendly Foods
Potatoes - farmers' market, storage
Summer squash - my garden, frozen (slightly freezer-burned, unfortunately)
Oven-dried tomatoes - my garden (oven-dried last September)
Basil - my garden, frozen into cubes with olive oil last summer
Mozzarella - Blue Ridge Dairy
It was nice to have turkey not at Thanksgiving. It was also nice to eat tomatoes in the middle of winter, and they retained the yummy herb flavor from when I dried them in the oven. The house smelled so good when it was baking! Same for the basil--I'd never frozen basil into cubes before, and I was happily surprised that it retained the fresh basil flavor. The only disappointment was the summer squash, which were a little mealy. I guess they had been in the freezer too long? Overall, though, a very good meal!
Did all of you on the East Coast do all right with that storm that blew through over the weekend? Here in DC we got lucky, just some rain and wind.