To keep the local food holiday tradition going (see Chantal's local Thanksgiving menu
), I'm recommending some tasty options for a local Easter dinner. Designing this menu was rather challenging, and it required a lot of searching since Easter comes at the start of our growing season.
I am defining "local" to include New Mexico and southern Colorado, and the occasional use of some non-local ingredients such as salt, oil, and butter (unless you feel like churning your own from local cream) are ok. My suggested menu is below with links to recipes for each, as well as where to find the local ingredients.
Easter would not be complete without eggs!
There are a variety of locally produced eggs available. This year I will be getting eggs from my backyard, but if you don't have chickens then check out Sunflower Market
or the La Montanita Co-op
for fresh local eggs.
Since we wouldn't want drab eggs, no matter how local they are, try using natural easter egg dyes
such as fruits, veggies, teas, and red chile powder to bring out their color.
Main Dish Options
If you're a meat eater there are a variety of local main dish options such as lamb and beef. For vegetarians, add some local pinto beans and extra veggies to your menu.
can be found at the Santa Fe farmers market
this Saturday, or at the Co-op. Local beef can also be found at the Co-op, as well as at Keller's
. (Keller's also sells chicken and pork, but they are raised north east of Denver. Their beef is raised in Moriarty and southern Colorado.)
Local Pinto beans can be found at many grocery stores around town. If you make a trip to the Santa Fe farmers market you might find other vegetables to add to your holiday feast. If you planned ahead there was also the more local Los Ranchos Winter farmers market
, but it's too late as they are only open the second Saturday of every month.
Main Dish Recipes
This site has a variety of Lamb recipes
- pick one that suits the cut of lamb you have and add some local herbs (fresh local herbs can be found at the Co-op).
For some tasty but simpler fair, try this Beef Pot Roast Recipe
. Just be sure to add some local herbs and green chile for that New Mexico flair!
Pinto Bean Pot Pie: A new member to the Easter dinner menu that I made up. Make a pie crust
with northern New Mexico flour, and add southern Colorado potatoes, local fresh herbs, and oyster mushrooms from Edgewood (all items can be found at the Co-op). Add some vegetable broth for flavor and moisture. To make it taste better, cheat a little and add some frozen peas and some carrots.
Try this great Arugula salad with goat cheese
but modify by subbing local pecans (Whole Foods) for walnuts and local sunflower sprouts and hot house tomatoes (Co-op) for beets. There are a number of excellent local goat cheeses that can be found at Keller's and the Co-op. Check out the Santa Fe farmers market for fresh greens, or find a friend who already has arugula growing in their yard. The Co-op also has local sprouted Mega-greens for a salad option.
Mmmmm.... Southern Colorado potatoes....
Roasted Rosemary potatoes
: Modify by adding some green chile! Southern Colorado potatoes can be found at the Co-op. (You could also make mashed potatoes instead).
For all you fungivores out there we have Oyster Mushrooms with sage
: Simple, fresh, and can be found at the Co-op.
Make your own loaf or rolls with northern New Mexico wheat flour from the Co-op, or purchase brands made from local flour such as Cloud Cliff breads (Available at Whole foods and the Co-op, among others).
Can't have Easter without dessert! Unfortunately no one grows chocolate locally but these Raspberry shortbread cookies
are delicious. Make with local flour, and Heidi's local raspberry jam (Whole Foods and Coop). You can also sub sugar with local honey.
Beer and Wine
Whole Foods, Quarters, and Jubilation have good local selections. I am going to try the Gruet
Pinot Nior, and if you like whites try the Casa Rodena
So now that you have some ideas, it's time to get cooking with locally grown goodies this holiday weekend. Let us know what you cook up!