Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Local Eats

Recently The Mail Man took Hadley on a camping trip to the Sawtooth Mountains. While they were out hiking they came upon a Huckleberry Patch. Idaho is well know for it's huckleberries, and there's a reason. These little guys are yummy! You have to hike to some pretty high elevations to find them, so if you're lucky enough to come across a patch, it would be in your best interest to do some picking. Especially since they are about $20 a pound in the ranch markets around here. As soon as they were home again they asked for huckleberry "something special". We enjoyed the berries two ways. One: Huckleberry Pancakes and Local Farm Eggs and Two: Huckleberry Milkshakes. Both were divine.My other go to this summer has been the Crock Pot. As I've mentioned before the heat is not my friend. Things like Crock Pot Roast cooked with enchilada sauce for making tacos and taco salads are a huge hit around here. Especially since I have a lot of meat in my freezer from the grass fed cow my Dad bought last year. (THANKS, DAD!)Id' give you a recipe, but the truth is, there isn't one.
Take a roast (pork, beef, chicken) and put it in your crock pot(the cut really doesn't matter much here). Now add either a few cups of homemade green salsa or a can of green enchilada sauce and cook from 10am until dinner time. (less if you are using chicken)
When the meat is finished cooking just shred it and put it in a tortilla (mine happen to be from the local tortililarilla), add some shredded cheese (Oregon is the best I can do here), and top with blender salsa. There is some completely non-local sour cream in there, too. Easy and sooo tasty.

4 comments:

  1. Yay for huckleberries! Your huck recipes sound tasty!!!

    You know, I am a total CrockPot fan in the colder months...I don't know why I don't think to use it more in the summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. I don't think I've ever had huckleberries but those pancakes look great. If I pick more raspberries, I'll do that!

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  3. YUM!!! That is all I can say! YUM!!! I certainly miss huckleberries out here in the east! -S

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  4. I love huckleberries!!! A lady I used to work with gave me a jar of hucklberry jam for Christmas this year. I would have it on my toast for breakfast with a big cup of hot tea. Nothing better. When we used to work together she would bring in huckleberry pies. YUMMY!!!!!
    I bet the pancakes were amazing and I am drooling just thinking of the milkshakes!!!!

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