On a picture perfect summer evening last Thursday, our cooking class guests joined Tricia at the Easton Farmers Market for an informative shopping trip through the market, followed by a meal prepared with products purchased from the local vendors.
We began our trip at Lucky Cat Bakery where Tricia gathered two loaves of freshly baked focaccia bread to serve with dinner. The Pataskala-based bakery offers a variety of breads, and is best known for their sourdough varieties.
Welcome to the introductory post of our “Get to Know You” Series, a feature that aims to highlight influential people and important places around Columbus. Each week we will published a brief Q&A and post a recipe from a chef, food or beverage artisan, farmer or entrepreneur that has an impact on our vast, valuable Edible community. We hope you enjoy meeting these inspiring individuals!
Get to Know the Food Artisan: Jean Mackenzie of Mackenzie Creamery
What do you make?
Here at Mackenzie Creamery, we make delicious and award-winning goat cheese. For the first three years of our business we made solely fresh chèvre. We had fun creating different recipes from sweet to savory, plain to marinated. In our first three years we received eight national awards for our plain chèvre, cognac fig chèvre and our marinated chèvre. We are now producing an aged, soft ripened, edible rind style goat cheese, which we are very excited about!
Everyone should plant a potato. Probably once every year. It'll keep you humble.
I decided this while planting our potato crop several weeks back. To set the scene: After weeks and weeks of rain delay, in what was reportedly the wettest May on record, our field had finally been tilled and was now too dry. If you've never planted potatoes before, you take an actual potato and cut it up into pieces that each contain at least two eyes that will hopefully sprout. (Yes, just like they do in your pantry when you don't want them to.) This was no problem for us, since we'd been holding onto our seed potatoes for months now, waiting for the field to dry out. They were already sprouting; no guesswork involved to figure out which eyes might be viable.
I have to admit my home away from home is New York City. I fell deeply in love with the city while attending The French Culinary Institute. I go back any chance I get.
My top 10 favorite places to visit in 2011:
1. The Union Square Green Market, grownyc.org
2. EATALY, eatalyny.com
3. Any restaurant owned by David Chang, momofuku.com
4. The food Halls by Todd English at the Plaza, theplazafoodhall.com