Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Root Cellar

The Root Cellar is a great place to get local food products year round. They have everything from produce, meat, eggs, milk, breads, cheeses, dry goods and lots more! Here's a bit more about them from their website:

"We at the Root Cellar believe that the body is a shrine:

What you put in it is the first stop of the energy that will come out.

What better philosophy than eating clean local fresh food.

By building a healthy circle of supporting the farmers in our community who work hard everyday to earn your food dollar you too can be part of galvanizing your community against urban sprawl, water contamination, excessive fossil fuel consumption, monetary exportation and help make lay the ground work for your state to be more food secure. Support Missouri farmers buy local food. Shop at the Root Cellar! Leave some heritage for future generations.

*Special note: In addition to being an all Missouri grocery the Root Cellar also is a microprocessor of local foods with produce exclusively from area farmers.

We hand craft in small batches salsas, pasta sauces, jams, butters, hot sauces, frozen pizzas and seasonal pies."

The Root Cellar is located at 814A E. Broadway Columbia, MO 65201. Learn more at their website or better yet, go check them out and enjoy some delicious local food!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

An Ode to Goat Cheese

Few things in life are more delicious than goat cheese, and that is why we are so lucky here in Columbia to have our own local, Goatsbeard Farm, makers of all fine, local goat cheese. This is a delicious local food item to enjoy even in the winter. Their fresh cheeses are not always available but the aged cheeses and feta-style are available year round. You can find them at the farmer's market, Clover's, the Root Cellar, and Hy-Vee. You can visit their website by clicking here to learn more. They also have recipes posted at their site but here are some of my favorite recipes with goat cheese:

Red pepper risotto
Goat cheese with fresh dill and paprika
Goat cheese pesto
Red pesto ravioli
Spring wild rice salad
Squash, black bean, and goat cheese tamales
Wheat berry salad from "Super Natural Cooking" by Heidi Swanson
Potato leek pizza from "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" by Ree Drummond
(you MUST get these last two cookbooks and try these recipes!)

Thank you goats for your delicious cheese!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Movie to Watch


It will make you very depressed about the world, but it is worth watching - and will get you excited about all the local food that will be available in a few short (long?) months!

Here's the trailer for Food, inc: