Go Local-Week 3- The Domestic Goddess Visits

This week our guest blogger is Sarah, The Domestic Goddess.

If you've been reading Living Senses for long you know that Sarah and I go way back. Like 4th grade back. We've seen each other through many of life's greatest challenges and most joyful moments. She inspires me to take the time to really enjoy my girls and feed my family in a meaningful way. Her invitation to start a blog nearly three years ago was the starting point for this happy little part of my life. I am thankful to have a life long friend who sees me for who I really am and loves me just the same when I fall short. She writes beautifully about her life in Indiana with her husband and two (almost three) boys. If you aren't already touched by her thoughtful words, stop by The Domestic Goddess Blog and say hello sometime. You're sure to find a thoughtful story or a delicious recipe to enjoy.

Greetings from Goshen, Indiana! This area is right in the heart of the Midwest and farmers bring their bountiful produce every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning to sell with local folks interested in local produce. As you can tell from the photos, some of the vendors are either Amish or Conservative Mennonite. Out of respect for their desire to not have photographs taken, I snapped a couple of shots and then quickly put the camera away. Currently our local farmer's market is packed with a variety of fresh greens, asparagus, broccoli, rhubarb, strawberries, sugar peas, and plants for your own garden.
(Sarah sent me a full size, beautiful collage of her market...for some reason Blogger is not allowing me to load the image at full size...I'm working to correct this problem...I apologize for the small photo)
Within the market is also a local bakery, Rachel's Bread, which specializes in European breads and pastries. After picking up my fresh produce I could then get a French baguette to go with dinner tonight. A great combination!

Going Local is not quite at its peak yet - more and more produce will be coming in the weeks ahead. However, this week I tried a Sugar Pea and Chicken (or Tofu) stir-fry that was an absolute hit. Pick up some peas and other veggies at your local market and give it a try!

Chicken or Tofu Stir-Fry
(from the cookbook Simply in Season)

3/4 c. broth
3 T. light soy sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. sesame seeds
1 T. cornstarch
2 t. ginger root (peeled and minced)
1 1/2 t. garlic (minced)
1/2 t. crushed dried chilies or Tabasco sauce (optional, I left this out)
Whisk together and set aside.

1 lb. boneless chicken (cut in cubes or thin strips)
or 1 block firm tofu (cubed)
In large frypan over medium-high heat saute in a small amount of olive
oil until meat is cooked through or tofu is lightly browned. Remove

1 c. snow peas or sugar snap peas (cut in 1 inch pieces)
Add to frypan. Add soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil, stirring.
Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickesn, 3 minutes.

12 oz. fettucine, spaghetti, buckwheat soba noodles or rice noodles (cooked)
1/2 c. green onions (chopped)
Mix in. Top with chicken or tofu and serve immediately.

Variation: Add other vegetables according to the length of time
needed to cook until crisp-tender. Add first: thinly sliced carrots.
Next: sliced, peeled broccoli stems, onions, bell pepper strips,
asparagus, chopped Swiss chard stems, cabbage. Next: broccoli
florets, along with the soy sauce mixture. Next: sliced mushrooms
and summer squash. Last: fresh greens like spinach or tatsoi.
Thank you, Sarah! I make this dish at least 2 or 3 times a month using tofu, and it's always a favorite. The veggies are simple to substitute for whatever you have on hand, and the sauce is my absolute favorite stir fry sauce ever.

So what is your family enjoying this week? We'd love for you to share.

The rules are simple:
1. Link to a specific post about local food...a meal, a garden, a market experience, etc.
2. Refer your readers to the Go Local Challenge by adding the button to your sidebar or mentioning the challenge and providing a link in your post. That way they can join us, too!


  1. This sounds delicious - I've been craving tofu lately - time for trip to Japantown for handmade, local tofu, to use in this recipe! :)

  2. I too love the dish Sarah shared...and really loved reading about her local farmer's market.

  3. I'm definitely going to try Sarah's recipe - I've got some tofu in the fridge calling my name. Thanks!

  4. Yum! That recipe looks great!!! I cannot Mr. Linky, until I get my blogging caught up...we are still on the first of June here at Pike Schemes - with about 20 posts waiting in the wing...including all 3 of my very tasty Go Local Posts. Good thing school is finally done!!! -S

  5. I love the picture of the eggs on the table with the vase of flowers. BEAUTIFUL!!! I think it would be a blast having chickens running around the yard!! What a fun post. And those are some high class chickens with that fancy coop!!!


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