So the other day I had a wisdom tooth extracted. And as you may know, when you have that done, for the first day you have to eat only cold, very soft foods. So, my husband brought home several pints of Dave and Andy's ice cream. But, I did feel a little bad about only eating ice cream for 24 hours. Since I don't really like many of the oral surgeon's other healthier recommended suggestions (like cottage cheese and yogurt), I thought I'd try to make a smoothie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoothie
To make my post-surgery-palatable treat, I used Seven Stars yogurt purchased from the East End Coop. It comes from Eastern PA. http://www.sevenstarsfarm.com/ Certainly not within in the 100 mile radius, but I'll get back to that. I added frozen blueberries, strawberries (both picked last Summer), 1 tablespoon of honey, and the juice from 1/2 an orange. The oranges are local because they were delivered to our doorstep by our cousin (thanks, Karen). Wow. That smoothie was delicious. I had been wondering what to do with all of my frozen peaches and cherries, also and now I have the answer. If anyone has a good recipe for a smoothie involving sweet cherries, please send it along. Otherwise, I'll probably just combine things haphazadly. That is something one can definitely do with a smoothie. One of my next experiments will be to try to give them to the picky, picky children.
The bigger experiment, however, will be to try to make my own yogurt so that it will be more local and cheaper. I have seen raw milk out and about (at the East End Co-op, McGinnis Sisters and now at the East Liberty Farmer's Cooperative) and I think that would be very useful for this project. I have a recipe from Simply in Season and one from Super Baby Food. According to Ruth Yaron, the author of Super Baby Food, homemade yogurt does not have that tart flavor of store bought until after several days. Which would really appeal to me. . .
If you have any tips or advice about making yogurt at home, please feel free to comment.