It’s officially winter here. Well, not officially. But still. We got an inch of snow today. That counts in my book.
I’m participating in the 4th Annual Dark Days Challenge, and today was my first offering.
I guess I should explain what it is first. For roughly four and a half months, I must eat “SOLE” (sustainable, organic, local or ethical) meal once a week. It doesn’t sound too daunting, but don’t be fooled. Eating local in the winter in the Mid-Atlantic is a challenge because you have to rely almost exclusively on what you’ve put up. Or someone else put up.
In the Eat Local Challenge, most consider any food from within 100 miles to be local. I stretch it a bit further, so I can have milk. The closest dairy is in Wirtz, Virginia, approximately 221 miles from me. Homestead Creamery supplies dairy products to my local Kroger’s. So, I play by the rule of within 250 miles. It’s a good thing, too. I get a huge amount of my food from the Monroe Farm Market. Although, it makes deliveries to Charleston every two weeks, it’s just over 100 miles away. Additionally, spices, oils and things like coffee are generally exceptions to the local aspect of the meal.
Every so often, we like to have what we call “Bar Food Night” at the Jones’s. Today was that dinner. After taking in college football for the biggest part of the day, it seemed appropriate.
Here’s the tag from the wings. Buffalo wings are one of the few foods that I actually hate, so I always make mine Asian. A couple years ago, there was a wing recipe in the food section of the local Sunday paper that I’ve been using ever since.
5-Spice Asian Wing Sauce from the Sunday Gazette-Mail
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tb rice wine vinegar
1 Tb sesame oil
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
1 Tb orange zest
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
sesame seeds (optional)
2 lbs chicken wings
Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except sesame seeds in a small bowl. Bake wings without sauce on a cookie sheet lined with foil for 30 minutes. Turn and bake additional 15 to 20 mintues. Remove wings from the oven and toss in sauce while hot. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
So, now that we’re underway, I am realizing that I am a little rusty at this. I will have to put some more thought into the meals to make sure they are more local.