Coming Up This Week: Adult & Youth Spring Cooking Classes!

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s finally here! This week we’re kicking our our adult and youth spring cooking classes, and we could not be more excited. We feel so lucky to be hosting our classes at Asphalt Green’s new location in Battery Park. Find all the tasty details on our host’s blog.


 Adult Classes

Thursdays, May 4th – June 8th

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Thursday, May 4 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Fresh Corn Tamales – Red Beet Salsa – Corn Pancakes – Black Bean Tostadas – Fruit Guacamole – Plátanos Fritos con Crema de Coco y Miel (Sautéed Bananas with Coconut Cream and Honey)

Colorful festivities and meals con la familia are sights that enrich the lively culture of Mexico. Learn to create seasonal, nutritious twists on classic dishes as we celebrate the flavors of Cinco de Mayo in this festive cooking class. We’ll end the class on a sweet note with our take on the traditional plátanos fritos con crema de coco y miel, a deliciously simple dessert that’s perfect for your next fiesta!

Brunch for Dinner: A Mother’s Day CelebrationSpinach-Quiche  
Thursday, May 11 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Spinach and Gruyere Quiche – Sweet Potato Hash – Whole Wheat Dutch Baby – Avocado Toast with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

Brunch out on the town is an experience to behold on any given weekend in New York City. If you’ve ever tried getting a table for five on a Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, you know what we’re talking about! Skip the line and learn the secrets of an unforgettable brunch this Mother’s Day! You’ll discover how to balance sweet and savory tastes, as we cook up classic favorites and trending brunch dishes (#avocadotoast) in this celebratory cooking class. 

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Thursday, May 18 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Potato Gnocchi with Kale Pesto – Tagliatelle with Marinara Sauce – Ricotta Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Sauce – Bibb Lettuce Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make authentic, fresh pasta from scratch! Immerse yourself in vibrant Italian “cucina” with our Butter Beans chef who will guide you in creating mouthwatering pasta dishes and accompanying sauces. Discover the best filling and sauces for your dishes, and learn the secrets of making authentic pasta. Join us as we knead, roll, shape and simmer our way to a delightful Italian pasta dinner!

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Thursday, May 25 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Sweet Potato and Kale Spanish Tortilla – Patatas Bravas – Pan con Tomate – Roasted Cauliflower & Manchego Empanadas – Calçots (spring onion) with Romesco Sauce

Discover how to create delicious tapas in this colorful, culinary journey inspired by the streets of Spain. You’ll taste, savor, and create beautiful small plates using fresh, seasonal ingredients and a dash of creativity. Transform your next dinner gathering and delight your guests with your newly gained skills in the art of Spanish tapas! 

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Thursday, June 1 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Vegetable Pad Thai – Coconut Curry Soup – Banana Leaf Mango Sticky Rice – Thai Iced Tea

Skip the take-out and take a journey through the street markets of Bangkok. The aroma of fragrant curries and spices will be sure to make your mouth water! Enjoy the tastes of Thailand as our Chef Instructor guides you in stir-frying, infusing, and simmering our way through the kitchen in this one-of-a-kind culinary excursion.

Farm-to-Table Pizza NightRosemary-Focaccia-Recipe-6
Thursday, June 8 | 7-9pm
On the Menu: Classic Margherita with Tomato Sauce – Fresh Ricotta, Kale Pesto, and Mozzarella Pizza – Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza – Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Local Basil

Ready to up your pizza party game? Discover how to craft the perfect whole wheat dough from scratch in this hands-on, collaborative cooking class. With taste buds guiding the way, we’ll explore New York City’s local pizza heritage while celebrating the traditions of Italian pizza making. Local toppings from the market will make for a true farm-to-table experience not to be missed!

Kids Classes

Saturdays, May 6th – June 3rd

Themes Include: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Mother’s Day Brunch, Taste of the Italian Countryside, Summer Picnic

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Saturday, May 6 | 10am-12pm
On the Menu: Beet Green Quesadillas, Beet Salsa, Fresh Guacamole, Berry Burst Seltzer, Cinnamon Banana Parfait

Lettuce turnip the beet with this festive culinary celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Student chefs will create traditional Mexican dishes with a local New York City twist in a colorful, hands-on cooking adventure.

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Saturday, May 13 | 10am-12pm
On the Menu: Croque Madame, Spring Blossom Salad, Whole Wheat Baguette with Homemade Herb Butter, Strawberry Basil Lemonade, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Moms will rejoice this Mother’s Day when presented with this French-inspired brunch! Oh la la! Treat yourself to brunch out with your friends while your little one cooks with us, or stay for the class and enjoy the delicious dishes prepared in your honor!

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Saturday, May 20 | 10am-12pm
On the Menu: Roasted Sweet Potato Ravioli, Roasted Rainbow Carrots, Spring Pesto Pasta Salad, Frutta del Sole, Rosemary Spritz

Budding chefs will create and enjoy handmade pasta, paired alongside Italian-inspired favorites. Join us for this unique exploration of one of the world’s most famous cuisines with our delightfully delicious dishes!

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Saturday, June 3 | 10am-12pm
On the Menu: Spring Herb Couscous Salad, Bibb Lettuce with Lemon Vinaigrette, Citrus Medley Fruit Salad, Honey-Sweetened Lemon Iced Tea, Strawberry Rhubarb Turnovers

Celebrate the summer season and get ready to fill your picnic basket with farm-to-table dishes and a seasonal strawberry rhubarb dessert! Student chefs will learn the recipe for an unforgettable family picnic, using fresh, seasonal ingredients in this flavorful experience not to be missed!


Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to explore delicious menus and fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Register today!

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Beet Green Quesadillas and Red Beet Salsa

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Cinco de Mayo Foodies!

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. Many Mexican Americans honor this day to celebrate their Mexican culture and heritage. This week our junior chefs will explore Mexican culture by cooking up a couple culinary classics: quesadillas and salsa! To pack a detoxifying punch into our cheesy quesadillas, we will be adding sautéed beet greens and chopped beet salsa. Since we’re using the whole beet plant, we can feel good about reducing food waste AND getting every possible nutrient out of this tasty root veggie. Recipe below, enjoy!



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  • Tops of one bunch beets
  • 1 c shredded cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 T olive oil

Beet Salsa

  • 3 medium beets
  • 2 limes
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt to taste


For the Quesadillas:

  1. Cut beets in quarters, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast until tender.  Cool.
  2. Take the beet greens off the stems. Sauté the greens for 30 seconds in olive oil.  Cool, then squeeze the extra liquid out.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into small dices and wedge limes.
  4. To assemble quesadillas, sprinkle the cheese over half and spread the tomatoes and beet greens over the cheese. Fold the quesadilla and begin cooking them in a dry sauté pan, toasting both sides until cheese is melted and the tortilla is toasted.

For the beet salsa:

  1. Cut the roasted beets into small pieces and put into a bowl.
  2. Rip or cut the cilantro into tiny pieces and add to the bowl.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice into the bowl.
  4. Cut the scallions into thin slices and add to the bowl.
  5. Add 2 T olive oil, salt and pepper, and the minced garlic and toss together.  
  6. Top warm quesadillas with beet salsa and enjoy!

Buen provecho!

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Butter Bean Barley Risotto and Three-Bean Salad

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Risotto is a traditional Italian dish usually made with arborio or other short-grain rice that is known for it’s creamy and rich texture.  In this recipe we include butter beans!  Butter beans are a variety of lima beans and have their unique name because of it’s buttery texture.  5-souprisotto-17-20100109

Beans, like nuts and seeds, are plant-based foods that provide a lot protein to help our bodies build muscle and make us strong. When we eat grains and beans together our bodies get a super nutritional boost because these two foods combine to form a complete protein. This means that our bodies can get both complex carbohydrates to give us energy and protein to help build muscle.

By eating a balanced diet, our bodies benefit from all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals a variety of foods have to offer us. Combining certain grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and protein sources helps to boost the nutritional value of these foods even more than if they were eaten by themselves.





  • ½ onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 c pearl barley
  • 1 c butter beans, canned
  • 5 c veg or chicken stock
  • 1 c mushrooms
  • ½ bu fresh thyme
  • 1 wedge parmegiano


  • 1 c green beans
  • 1 lb fresh favas in the pod
  • 1 can red beans
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 lemons
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • ¼ bu parsley


  1. Dice onions and mince garlic.  Heat olive oil in pot on medium heat and saute.
  2. Add barley to pot adding water a few ladles at a time until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Cut mushrooms into bite size pieces.
  4. Grate cheese.
  5. Pick thyme off branches and add to pot.
  6. Saute mushrooms on high heat.
  7. Finish risotto by stirring in butter beans, cheese and mushrooms.
  8. For salad, take fava beans out of shell and blanch.
  9. Cut green beans into bite size pieces.
  10. Dice celery and add to bowl with three beans and red onion.
  11. Take parsley off stems, cut into small pieces and add to bowl.
  12. Squeeze lemon juice and mix with olive oil.  Mix with beans.
  13. Serve and enjoy!


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Fufu and Lentil Stew

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fufu and Lentil Stew

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This week our junior chefs will be getting acquainted with legumes. Legumes include one of our favorite types of food: butterbeans! Lentils, peas, chickpeas and peanuts also fall into this category. Legumes are packed with proteins and complex carbs which keep us full and fueled throughout busy days. They can be added to salads, stews, soups, pasta sauces, quinoa dishes and even baked goods. This week, we’re exploring one of the oldest methods for cooking with legumes. We’ll be rolling up our sleeves and making some traditional, handmade Ghanian Fufu & Lentil Stew. Recipe below!

Ingredients For the Lentil Stew: 

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, mincedfufu-in-bowl-pounded-mix-of-steamed-plantains-and-cassava-root-148697787-588ba1b43df78caebc64c946
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ½ T cumin
  • 2 cans lentils and 1 c water
  • ½ bu kale or collard greens
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lemon

Ingredients For the Fufu:

  • 3 plantains
  • 1 pound cassava
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Do This Ahead of Time: Take plantains out of skin, cut into small pieces, and boil until soft. Peel and cut cassava into small pieces and boil until soft. (can boil at same time as plantains, make sure to season the water!)  Try to hold warm. Rinse lentils!

First, make the lentil stew.

  • Take the kale off the stems and  rip or cut into bite size pieces.
  • Heat the olive oil on medium high in the pot, then add the garlic and onions and start to brown.  
  • Add cumin to the pot and fry. 
  • Add the two cans of lentils and the water, bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer.
  • Add the kale and cook for 20 minutes

While the stew is cooking, make the fufu.

  • Mash the  plantains and cassava with forks or a potato masher until they resemble mashed potatoes.  Once they are broken down, start beating with a spoon until they are smooth and sticking together.  Texture should be resilient and sticky.  Add a little more salt if necessary.
  • Shape the fufu into balls and eat with stew.
  • Finish the stew by adjusting seasoning and adding lemon juice to taste.  

In Ghana, it is common practice to eat your fufu and stew with your hands. Most people use the fufu dough as a spoon. Enjoy!


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Matzo Ball Soup and Roasted Roots

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in after school, cooking classes, cooking with kids, holiday, local food, Recipes | 0 comments

This week our chefs will be celebrating Passover with a traditional Jewish dish. Passover is one of the most widely-celebrated Jewish holidays. It is seven days long and usually ends with a Seder dinner which includes lamb, eggs and matzo! Matzo, which can also be spelled Matza or Matzah, is unleavened bread made from spelt, wheat, barley or rye flour. It is consumed in its un-risen form to honor the Jewish people who didn’t have time to let their bread rise before they fled Egypt. Today, we usually see matzo in large flat “crackers” or in matzo ball soup. Enjoy!



Matzo Ball Soup


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C matzo meal
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 4 T water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 qt vegetable stock


Beat eggs and mix with matzo meal, olive oil, water, and salt. Add more matzo meal in small increments if necessary to firm dough.

Roll into 1-inch matzo balls using damp hands.

Bring vegetable stock to a boil. Drop in matzo balls. Lower heat slightly to simmer. Cover and cook 25 minutes.

Roasted Roots


  • 3 carrots
  • 3 parsnips
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh dill
  • 1⁄2 lemon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut carrots and parsnips into matchsticks. Tear dill from stems and squeeze lemon juice. Toss with oil and roots. Roast for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy your matzo ball soup and roasted taproot veggies together!

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Panzanella Salad with Tomato Grilled Cheese

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in after school, cooking with kids, healthy food, lunch time, school food, wellness | 0 comments

Today our Junior Chefs will be putting together some gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and a Tuscan Panzanella Salad for a side. Both dishes will feature tomatoes, a favorite of ours! Tomatoes are a red food, known for keeping our hearts healthy and diets full of antioxidants. We will use just two different types of tomatoes today but did you know there are over 1,000 types in the world? What are your favorite kinds? Feel free to share below!


Panzanella Salad


  • 1 baguette
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

For Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 lemons juiced, 2 T red wine or apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste!


1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Tear baguette into cubes. Toss bread with olive oil in bowl,

spread onto baking sheet and bake 10 minutes.

3. Hand out and chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Dice onion.

4. Pluck parsley from stems.

5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with bread cubes.

6. Squeeze lemons. Mix and whisk together ingredients for dressing.

Tomato Grilled Cheese


  • 1 baguette
  • 2 slicing tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb grated cheese
  • olive oil
  • 4 T butter + extra



1. Brush a bit of olive oil onto bread

2. Slice tomatoes and cheese

3. Layer bread, cheese and tomatoes to build sandwich

4. Heat a little bit of butter in a skillet until melted, grill    sandwiches for 2-3 minutes

5. Serve with Panzanella Salad and Enjoy!


Bon Appétit!

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Roasted Veggie Bruschetta and Maple Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

roasted-vegetable-bruschetta-recipe-bourbonhouseIn this upcoming cooking class, our junior chefs will be learning about the concept of caramelizing and how vegetables release sugars through the process of adding heat and roasting.  Roasting also helps balance the bitter flavor of some vegetables such as brussels sprouts! We will also be roasting the brussels sprouts with a hint of maple syrup to make it extra delicious!



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  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 parsnip
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 c brussels sprouts
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • olive oil to coat
  • 1 baguette
  • 1 15 oz can white beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 6 T olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 400, line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment.
  2. Cut the bread into thin slices and toast.
  3. Cut onions and mince garlic.
  4. Dice carrots and parsnip and place in bowl with onions and minced garlic.
  5. Pick thyme and add to boil.
  6. Using pinching fingers, season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the olive oil, mix to combine then spread over a sheet tray.
  8. Cook in oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Slice brussels sprouts into quarters or halves.
  10. Place in bowl and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  11. Spread on tray and put in oven for 10 minutes.
  12. For bean spread, drain and rinse can of beans and pour into bowl.
  13. To the bowl, add rosemary leaves, squeeze in lemon juice, add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Pour into food processor and blend until smooth texture.
  15. Remove brussels sprouts, drizzle maple syrup and place back in oven for 5 minutes.
  16. Assemble rainbow carrot bruschetta by spreading bean spread onto bread, and topping with carrot mixture.
  17. Serve brussels sprouts on the side and enjoy the tasty treat!
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