It’s really amazing how buying local food is both good for the soul and the taste buds. I stopped at the Rittenhouse Market yesterday (http://www.farmtocity.org/FarmersMarkets.asp) and got the following:
-New York Strip & Baby Spinach from Rineer Family Farm (PA)
-Lamb Chops from Cherry Grove Farm (NJ)
-Mushrooms…from Kennett Square
As Ian from Cherry Grove farm recommended, I marinated the lamb chops in a soy sauce mixture. I added brown mustard, sesame oil, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper to the soy and let it soak (for you deadliest catch fans) for 4 hours. Brought it to room temp before cooking under a hot broiler for 4 minutes per side. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before service. Just plain awesome. I only wish the chops were larger or that I bought more.
For the mushrooms, I bought 2 small boxes: shitake and crimini. I like to chop them up and saute with a bit of olive oil, garlic, paprika, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper for about 15-20 mins until most of the water is out of the ‘shroom and the flavor concentrates. These local fungi were picked/cut at 4:30am the same day, so they couldn’t have been any fresher.
Meals like this inspire me to join a CSA, so maybe I finally will.