I recently learned from another foodie blogger that April is/was National Grilled Cheese Month. Just in time, I decided to make a panini sandwich with some asparagus I picked up at the farmer’s market today. Also on the sandwich: prosciutto, Brie and basil-Dijon mustard.
I know what you’re wondering. Prosciutto? Brie? Those aren’t local to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. No, but here’s my thinking: if the preponderance of what I buy is locally grown and sold, then I think it’s okay to indulge in some extras that may come from far away (citrus from Florida, Italian meats, French cheeses). I don’t eat those faraway things every day, just every once in a while. In my mind, that’s the way things are supposed to go.
For dessert, I made a parfait of fresh strawberries, lemon yogurt and vanilla pizzelle cookies.
I bought everything in today’s meal from local shops or direct from a farm. I still supported the local economy, even if some of my purchases were imports. Here’s where my ingredients came from today:
Ciabatta, prosciutto and pizzelle — Piazza Italian Market
Brie and yogurt — Easton’s Amish Country Farmer’s Market
Asparagus* — Provident Farm (at Easton’s open-air farmer’s market)
Strawberries — another farm stand at the open-air market
Basil-Dijon mustard — Oxford Greens (Easton)
*I reserved the ends I snapped off the asparagus stalks and threw them in the freezer. I recall that these can be used in a base for asparagus soup.