Eating Local

Tonight produced a nice moment in our quest to eat more locally-produced foods here in Suburbia.  I’m fortunate to have access to a great farmer’s co-op.  Once a month I shop online from offerings grown on farms in our state.  Dairy, produce, meats, baked goods, and household items all come nicely packaged and delivered via a local church.

This month’s delivery day brought us beautifully multi-hued free-range eggs, fresh mozarella, whole wheat pizza dough made from locally grown and milled wheat, fat free plain yogurt, an assortment of bell peppers, and plump, rich blackberries. 

Tonight, I added some locally-grown, grass-fed beef from our stockpiled half side of beef and made a calzone using the pizza dough, mozzarella, and bell pepper.  I did bend the rules a bit for the pizza sauce and mushrooms that rounded out the recipe.  A salad was all we needed to complete the meal. 

Well, that may have been all we needed, but I’ll admit the blackberry ice cream I made with all those tempting berries made an even nicer ending!

Crusty Calzone

1 loaf frozen bread dough or pizza dough

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 c. chopped vegetables of choice (I use mushrooms and bell pepper)

4 oz. mozzarella cheese

1/4 c. pizza or spaghetti sauce

Italian seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Roll out dough to form an 11 x 14 inch rectangle.  Place on greased baking pan.  Brown ground beef and add vegetables.  Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender then drain.  Spread sauce over half of dough, leaving 1 inch margin from sides.  Sprinkle with spices and garlic powder.  Add beef mixture and cheese.  Fold dough over filling and seal.  Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

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