Pizza Party!

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

Nom! Nom! Nom! Nothing says summer like a pizza! Our Food + Garden Summer Camp wraps up this Friday, and we will be celebrating with this Super Green Broccoli Pizza and Caprese Salad! This pizza crust is grain-free and made with BROCCOLI and PARMESAN CHEESE! There are many non-traditional “flours” you can use, such as almond or coconut flour, but broccoli is an extra-special flour because it’s a “superfood!” “Superfoods” are nutrient-rich foods packed with vitamins and minerals that help us reach our healthiest selves. They are often colorful and contain lots of antioxidants, which stop “free radicals” that can cause harm to healthy cells.

Celebrate summer and super foods along with us with this unusual delicacy!

Serves 8 young chefs

Recipe: Super Green Broccoli Pizza and Caprese Salad

Serves 8 young chefs




  • 2 heads broccoli (approx. 3-4 cups of broccoli “flour”)
  • ¼ yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ C grated parm
  • 2 large eggs
  • oregano, basil, salt + pepper


  • 1 ½ C shredded mozzarella
  • 1 ½ C crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 C kale or spinach

Caprese Salad

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • ½ lb fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 400. Line baking tray with foil.
  • Simmer crushed tomatoes over medium heat for 5-10 minutes to reduce to pizza sauce consistency. Set aside to cool

Mini Pizza Crusts:

  • Tear florets from stem (Setting aside stem). Place in food processor and pulse until broccoli is finely ground. Place broccoli pulp in towel and wring out all water or as much as possible (the drier the broccoli the pieces the better the dough will hold together – can do this in portions.)
  • Combine 3-4 cups broccoli pieces with ¼ yellow onion (finely diced), 1 garlic clove (minced), grated parm, 2 large eggs, and seasoning. Crack and beat eggs. Combine.
  • Divide dough into 1 large golf ball piece per student. Roll out individual crusts on sheet tray and flatten by palm or spatula.
  • Bake at 400 for ~10 minutes and remove


  • Chop broccoli stems into bite-size pieces, Tear or cut leafy green into small pieces,
  • Spoon to spread sauce onto pizza. Top with shredded cheese and tomatoes, onion, garlic, greens, broccoli stem, additional broccoli florets, and spices as desired
  • Bake for an additional 10 minutes and set aside to cool for 15 minutes

Caprese Salad:

  • Slice mozzarella and tomatoes. Tear basil leaves from stem. Arrange and lightly drizzle with olive oil and use pinching fingers to season with salt and pepper.

Serve and Enjoy!

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Campfire Stories: Session Three Kick Off!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

Session Three of Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp started off with a bang! We explored Parts of the Plant. Touching, eating, drinking, growing and harvesting each of the six parts of the plant, we learned what they do for the plants, the ecosystem, and for our bodies!

Gotham GreensBoth camps visited Union Square Farmers Market to shop for foods for the week, identify the many different parts of the plant that we eat, and talk with local farmers and artisan makers!

Our Brooklyn camp visited the rooftop, hydroponic, hyperlocal-greens producer, Gotham Greens on top of the Whole Foods in Gowanus for a lesson in local leaves! We got to taste homegrown varieties such as “Queens Crisp Gourmet,” “Tropicana Green Leaf,” and “Greenpoint Oak Leaf” while learning about how these varieties can be grown all year with the use of hydroponic greenhouses.

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They expanded their knowledge of urban environmentalism at New York’s first solar-powered restaurant and market place, Habana Outpost, with a hyper-sustainable lesson on urban gardening and plants! For more information on Habana Outposts many pioneering green initiatives right here in Brooklyn, you can visit the “Green Facts Corner on their website.

We eat and drink things made from all the parts of the plant, but have you ever had flower tea made from Chrysanthemum petals? In continuing our “Parts of the Plant” theme, we were lucky enough to have make just that in a special visit from Chrysanthemum Rare Teas & Flowers.


grangeAt the Manhattan camp we kicked off our journey through the parts of the plant with the experts at City Growers and their full-fledged urban farm at the Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City. There we learned about all the natural processes that occur on a green roof farm with a hands-on lessons about where food comes from, plant science, composting, honey bees, and chickens.

The mission of City Growers is to connects urban communities with agriculture, food and environment through farm education and advocacy in order to foster a culture of health and sustainability. Learn more about their programs and mission here. You can also visit the Long Island City farm on Saturdays from 11am-3pm on their Family Farm Days!

Butter Beans Master Gardeners and Chef’s took all this knowledge to the the Corlears School rooftop garden which Butter Beans campers have been planting, harvesting, and tending all year!

pastaNext they dove into the world of pasta-making with a visit to the Raffetto’s pasta shop, which has lovingly been making traditional Italian pasta in the village since 1906. What a treat! Pop-quiz: what part of the plant is pasta made from?

We make pasta from the flour of many plants, but most commonly, from the kernels, or hard, dry seeds of grass plants like wheat. Some other varieties are rice, oats, rye and millet, just to name a few!

Continuing our lesson of grasses we eat, we had a very special lesson in pretzel-making by our Assistant Camp Director, Giselle Madariaga, who is a culinary school graduate and pastry chef (and expert in all things baking!)



We are looking forward to all the exciting adventures of this final week of camp!

Stay tuned for more updates on our blog and social media @butter_beans on twitter and @butterbeanskitchen on instagram!

Happy Cooking and Gardening!

-The Butter Beans Team








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