July 30, 2009

Missouri State Fair Will Bring Local Produce from the Farm to the Fork

The Missouri State Fair is right around the corner and I’ve been gearing up for some of the local food cooking demos that I will be conducting at the fair. Both professional and amateur chefs will putting on daily local foods cooking demonstrations centered on using local foods and simple fresh ingredients.

I wanted to make sure my recipes were simple and really made local foods the main component of the recipe. Here are the two recipes I will be performing at the fair.

Localvore’s Tomato Sandwich
By Lane McConnell, Missouri Department of Agriculture


1 large loaf ciabatta (local bread)
Herb Vinaigrette, below
2 large ripe, local heirloom tomatoes
1 large local yellow or red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and quartered
4 ounces of fresh local goat cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Herb Vinaigrette
¼ cup local basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped local parsley
1 small local garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons aged red wine vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Slice the top third off the loaf of bread and set it aside. Pull out the inside (use to make bread crumbs for a later date). Paint the inside of the bread with some of the dressing, then make layers of sliced tomatoes, pepper and cheese. Bathe each layer with more dressing and season with salt and pepper.

Add the top, press down, the cut into quarters or sixths. This recipe packs well if wrapped up tightly.

Melon Salad with Thai Basil
Thai Basil
By Lane McConnell, Missouri Department of Agriculture


1 large shallot, finely diced
Seas salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup cilantro
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1/3 cup Thai basil leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
1 jalapeno chile, finely diced
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ to 2 pounds melon (honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe), chilled
1 bunch arugula

Put shallot in bowl with lime juice, zest and ¼ teaspoon salt. Chop the herbs and add them to bowl along with the chile, ginger, garlic and oil. Stir and taste for salt.

Halve the melon, remove the seeds and cut into wedges. Slice off the skins, then cut the melon diagonally into bite sizes pieces or into very small cubes, as you prefer.

Pour the dressing over the melon and toss well. Season with pepper. Arrange the greens on small plates and spoon the melon into the center. If the melons are extra sweet, add as extra lime wedge to each plate. Garnish with the purple tipped Thai basil leaves.

1 comment:

JyLnC said...

I love State Fairs!