Thursday, January 03, 2008

Local As I Wanna Be

On Beet

A simple dinner.

Three versions of house made bureks from City Fresh Market at Devon and Kedzie, Chicago*: cheese, spinach and sauerkraut. Plus, the salad pictured. About 25 keeper beets getting soft, boiled until tender (over an hour), then peeled; cubed and dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, harissa from Middle Eastern Bakery (Clark and Foster, Chicago); garnished with local cilantro that has somehow survived our fridge.

*Chicagoland seems awash in "Fresh" supermarkets. As far as I can tell, there is no relationship between City Fresh, Garden Fresh, Fresh Market, Fresh Farms, etc. Many of these places have a Russian orientation and are good sources for smoked fishes and garlicky "Korean" salads. City Fresh, on Devon has some Balkan in it, as especially marked by its homemade pies including the bureks. It also sells a few versions of Bosnian pita bread. No house roasted meats however. In general, I am inclined to like any grocery with Fresh in the store name, and I mean that literally.

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