Mostly Local & Delicious!

I’d say 80% of the time I eat gluten + dairy free but since I’m a curious eater & a lover of food I find it hard to commit fully to any strict rules ALL of the time.  So I recently splurged on 2 locally made items. First off, it’s the ides of March and Irish soda bread (one of my favs) only gets baked at this time of year.  Secondly, there is a company here in Brooklyn called Salvatore Bklyn and they make amazing ricotta (year-round).  This past weekend I had the mind blowing & first time experience of eating their “smokey” ricotta variety in a carrot salad.  Since I was sharing the salad in which these little white clouds of heaven were served I took it upon myself to support the locals and go buy a container of my own Salvatore ricotta.   I’ve been preparing the ricotta in various ways in the past few days.  I’ve topped it on thick slices of irish soda bread with thinly sliced kumquats, drizzled with truffle honey + thyme and I’ve made a fig + sprout salad.  Best of all everything but the figs and the truffle honey (a purchase from my Italian trip) are local.  I feel so fortunate that I get to buy local artisanal foods & produce from an amazing array of inspired chefs and farmers in and around the NYC area.  Here’s to a few indulgences and happy eating!

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

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