Truck-Farm on a roll!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in featured articles, Food for thought, news and happenings | 0 comments

Have you heard of King Corn? King Corn is about two best friends -Curt Ellis and Ian Chene, that set out to learn about food and farming in our country by farming conventional corn on one acre of farm land in Iowa. King Corn is the full length feature film that they created to share their story. Today, Curt and Ian have a new project that is taking them across the country. They are building garden beds in the back of pick up trucks. This project Truck Farm is a traveling, tactile, edible farm that teaches kids how fun farming and healthy food can be, engages them in thinking about where food comes from and gets them excited about growing food themselves. Their goal is to get 25 trucks up and running by Earth Day.
They are collaborating with individuals and grassroots organizations all across the country to help make this happen and currently are in need of trucks in various cities of the US. If you have a truck or could refer someone who does, please contact info@truck-farm.com to let them know if you are willing to donate or sell it to us at a lower cost.
To learn more about the project or to see how you could even be involved in some way, please visit www.truck-farm.com.

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Grass-fed Beef Bolognese sauce

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Food for thought, lunch time, Recipes | 0 comments

Why is it grass-fed beef bolognese? We overheard this question asked by a middle school student, reading our food label on the lunch line. We love to inspire dialogue about the food we eat, to inspire questions that may lead to better, healthier and more sustainable food choices outside of lunch. Cow’s love to eat grass, and they grow happy and healthy when they get to eat it. This student on this day, learned that many cows are fed grain instead, which isn’t healthy for the cow, or for us. He also learned that we have his best interest in mind. Thanks to our Chef Nicholas, for sharing this recipe – perfect warming, strengthening delicious sauce for these late winter days.

Ingredients:

2lb grassfed ground beef

2 can ground tomato

1 small can tomato paste

1 large onion

1 large carrot

6 cloves garlic

2 fresh bay leaves

¼ cup dried sweet basil

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tblsp kosher salt

 

Directions:

Dice the onion into small 1/4 inch pieces, set aside and reserve.  Peel and roughly cut the carrot into ½ inch pieces and transfer to a food processor along with garlic.  Pulse food processor until contents are very finely minced.  (If you do not have a food processor you can finely mince by hand).

In a stainless steel or other non-reactive pan, heat oil over medium-high to shimmer point.  (Shimmer point is a temperature that is reached over 300F that will cause the oil to look as if it has very small waves or is shimmering).  When this temperature is reached add onions and salt.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.  It is important to stir constantly for this step as you do not want the onions to caramelize. When the onions have become translucent add the onion and garlic mixture.  Turn down the heat to medium and cook for an additional two minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly.

Crumble in beef and cook until beef no longer holds a shape.  Add the 2 cans of ground tomato and 1 can worth of water.  Add the herbs.  Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.  When the sauce comes to a simmer, set your timer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not turn down the heat, and do not cook longer than 45 minutes. Contrary to popular belief, long cooking periods caramelize sugars and break down the acids in the tomatoes, you want the acid for a counterbalance to the richness of the beef)

Serve over your favorite pasta, or rice and enjoy!

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Happy President’s day!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2011 in featured articles, news and happenings | 3 comments

Originally a day to celebrate George Washington, President’s day has evolved to commemorate the presidency, and those who have served our country in this way. Sometimes, when faced with a particularly busy day laden with what feels like great responsibility, I think about the President, and other leaders who have so much more responsibility. We are all individuals, made up of dreams and bones, part of families and communities, capable of great things. Many believe that food, really does change everything. What do the Presidents think about food? How has food their food influenced their leadership? How does your food, affect your leadership?  This site is dedicated to the food of the White House, past and present. It is an interesting trip through time. You’ll find recipes for cabbage pudding and ice cream (with real eggs) from the Jefferson’s time, corn bread and oysters from the Rutherford Haye’s administration, Gumbo and croquettes from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Strawberries Romanoff and clam chowder from the Kennedy’s. For a food timeline that includes President Barack Obama’s favorites, check out this site.

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Lantern making time!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in families, news and happenings, raising children | 0 comments

The Chinese tradition is, that on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year (Chinese New year) -tomorrow, everyone makes lanterns that they then take out in the moonlight to celebrate the end of the beginning. The New Year is upon us, let us make it the best year yet. The light of our lanterns offers promise of a light filled year!

*this is taken from Lin Yi’s Lantern by Brenda Williams, a beautiful story about a boy, wishes and budgets, and of course, the Lunar New year.

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