Our early spring in Michigan has brought a good selection of local produce, and when combined with the last winter storage vegetables, this meal had a nice "local quotient."
Tracklements smoked salmon with celeriac-apple slaw, sorrel and chives
A good winter meets spring dish, with the celeriac and apple from last fall's harvest combining with fresh herbs from my herb garden.
Homemade spaghetti with sauteed ramps and toasted breadcrumbs.
White bean soup with crispy kale, coppa, and truffle oil
The conception for this dish started with the idea of crispy kale chips, and wanting to use them as a garnish for something. White beans and kale seemed like winner, and when I tasted the coppa Jeff McCabe made from his locally raised pig, all the flavors seemed like they'd complement each other nicely. Kale chips are awesome!
Lamb chops with horseradish-mint-mustard-honey glaze, sauteed spinach, and pommes dauphine. Inspired by finding local horseradish at Arbor Farms.
Salad of spring lettuces, garden herbs, and Danish blue cheese, with balsamic vinaigrette.
Greens from the SELMA hoop house. Thanks, Jeff and Lisa!
Cheeses: Pave Sauvage ~ Fiore Sardo ~ Vacherin Fribourgeois
Garnishes: Cafe Japon raisin/nut baguette, Michigan creamed honey, spicy quince preserves, gooseberry preserves (Detroit grown at Garden Works, provided by Nick of F.O.O.D), spiced pecans provided by dinner guest Brian of Last One Eating.
Ile Flottante - Slow baked meringues with chocolate mousse center, chocolate tuile cookie, creme anglaise, chocolate shavings, mint oil, and a bit of sea salt.
Sweet goodbyes - strawberry pate de fruit, tarragon truffle, milk chocolate dipped candied grapefruit peel.