kid tested cranberry chutney

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, giving, healthy food, holiday, local food, school food, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

IMG_0175Our Thanksgiving cooking class recipe revolved around seasonal fruit like cranberries, apples and pears.

They loved it!

We created a vibrant and fall colored quinoa salad, and to go alongside it, we simmered down a delicious cranberry chutney. A perfect delight for the senses!

Here’s to celebrating the fall harvest, spending time with family and friends, savoring good food, making memories, and giving back to those who need it the most.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: ~60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cranberries
  • 2 c. apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 4 T sugar

Directions: 

Add all of the ingredients into a pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until all ingredients are soft and the liquid has reduced.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

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minty sun-tea

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in families, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, holiday, Recipes, seasonal celebrations | 0 comments

8374057913_8fb2d7c41eWhen you think of a July 4th meal, do you conjure up images of glazed BBQ chicken, juicy burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob with butter, ice cream, and soda?

On this July 4th, let’s think light, healthy and refreshing!

Switch up the usual fare for healthier alternatives like grilled chicken breast, turkey burgers or tofu/tempeh burgers, simple corn on the cob, grilled stone fruit, maybe a big green salad, and some homemade minty sun-tea!

Here’s how to make a refreshing sun-tea that will have your guests asking for more.

Prep Time: 3 minutes Total time: Time in the sun 3-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mint leaves, two handfuls
  • Water, enough to fill up your favorite pitcher
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced
  • Fresh stevia, optional (1 or 2 leaves), chopped
  • 1 green tea bag, optional (if you desire some extra flavor)

Directions: 

1. Prep your ingredients: Rinse your mint leaves, rinse and slice lemon, rinse and chop stevia.

2. Assemble: Fill your favorite pitcher with filtered cold water, add mint leaves and optional stevia or green tea bag, then cover.

3. Let nature brew your tea: Place outside, on your windowsill, roof or yard. Let it brew out in the sun for a few hours. Once brewed place in your fridge to chill, or if you’d like it iced, add some in.

4. Serve: With lemon slices as garnish.

Sip and enjoy the fireworks, and toast to a lighter, healthier July 4th celebration!

Courtesy of thirtyseven

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resolve to be you

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Food for thought, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, holiday, local food, Recipes, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 0 comments

5151718988_6c0a114729It’s easy to get wrapped up in the resolution fever that buzzes around this time of the year.

While writing down your year’s goals and aspirations is a productive exercise, we sometimes lose track of the fact that we are wonderful just the way we are. Of course there are things that we can do better, and striving to change unproductive habits in the new year is useful, just try not to forget that your foundation and your life just the way it is right now is great in itself.

To honor self love, and acceptance we would like to share a simple and sweet new year’s recipe. All it takes is some squash, olive oil, salt and pure maple syrup. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect the way it is, like you!

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt

Directions:  

  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Rinse your squash. Cut in half (work those arms!)
  • Coat the inside and outside of squash with olive oil, then follow with a coating of maple syrup
  • Finish with 1 pinch of salt
  • Add halves to baking sheet, place squash upside down
  • Let cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash
  • Poke your squash with a knife to test doneness. Squash skin should be soft, and knife should poke through effortlessly
  • Top with a maple syrup drizzle

Here’s to a simple, delicious and nutritious year to come!

Photo courtesy of Bongo Vongo

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resolve to be you

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Food for thought, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, holiday, local food, Recipes, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 0 comments

5151718988_6c0a114729It’s easy to get wrapped up in the resolution fever that buzzes around this time of the year.

While writing down your year’s goals and aspirations is a productive exercise, we sometimes lose track of the fact that we are wonderful just the way we are. Of course there are things that we can do better, and striving to change unproductive habits in the new year is useful, just try not to forget that your foundation and your life just the way it is right now is great in itself.

To honor self love, and acceptance we would like to share a simple and sweet new year’s recipe. All it takes is some squash, olive oil, salt and pure maple syrup. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect the way it is, like you!

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt

Directions:  

  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Rinse your squash. Cut in half (work those arms!)
  • Coat the inside and outside of squash with olive oil, then follow with a coating of maple syrup
  • Finish with 1 pinch of salt
  • Add halves to baking sheet, place squash upside down
  • Let cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash
  • Poke your squash with a knife to test doneness. Squash skin should be soft, and knife should poke through effortlessly
  • Top with a maple syrup drizzle

Here’s to a simple, delicious and nutritious year to come!

Photo courtesy of Bongo Vongo

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’tis the season for giving!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in giving, holiday, local food, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 3 comments

chalkboardjarsThe holiday season is in full gear, with seasonal drink and food specialties, elaborate holiday window displays, and twinkling lights wrapped around trees, fences, and neighborhood lamp posts.

But trying to find the right gift for your friends and family can often lead to a hectic shopping experience. We are here to help! Here is a list of some thoughtful gifts to inspire and delight your gift recipients:

Cookbooks

  • Canal House Cooks Every Day by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. The most recent publication from this quarterly cookbook series reflects the seasonality of ingredients. Their collection of recipes designed for the home chef is accompanied by richly colored photos and illustrations.
  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. After gaining a huge following from her food blog of the same name, Deb set out to create a one-stop resource for her fellow urban foodies and cooking enthusiasts. With recipes ranging the gamut from grapefruit olive oil pound cake to pumpernickel grissini with horseradish creme fraiche dip, this collection will cover all your cravings.
  • The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte. Another renowned food blogger, Sara focuses on nutritionally balanced meals, employing leafy greens with hardy whole grains. Often excluding meat, these recipes are the perfect gift for someone who is interested in Meatless Mondays.
  • The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Known for her work as the producer for An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie has written a great book about the importance of eating together as a family. She provides some wonderful recipes, tips to educate your children on green living, games and activities to get conversations going, and lots of wonderful advice from leading food experts.

DIY Kits

  • Goat Cheese Kit from Belle Chevre This DIY project makes it easy to become an artisanal cheesemaker. Included in the set are all the supplies needed to make your very own goat cheese, as well as simple step-by-step instructions.
  • Pale Ale Beer Brewing Recipe Kit Craft your very own microbrewed beer in the comfort of your own home. With this kit, you have the tools needed to create a gallon of your own of delicious beer, comparable to the likes of your favorite pale ale.
  • Back to the Root’s Grow Your Own Mushrooms Grow multiple crops of pearl oyster mushrooms in your own kitchen. This eco-friendly kit allows you to cultivate mushrooms that are often hard to find in the average grocery store.

Local Handmade Goods

  • Morris Kitchen’s Syrups This Brooklyn-based small-scale syrup factory delights the palate with flavors like ginger, preserved lemon, rhubarb, and spiced apple. Use these versatile and tasty syrups in cocktails, baked goods, or even salad dressings, and be sure to visit their website for more great recipes.
  • Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee Offering a New Orleans-style coffee concentrate that’s hand brewed and bottled in Kings County, this velvety-smooth concentrate is perfect poured over ice, mixed with water or milk, or even used in your favorite brisket recipe.
  • Empire Mayonnaise Co Any one of their uniquely flavored mayos will be a welcomed addition to your favorite sandwich. With varieties like black olive, seasonal clove orange, and white truffle, the local ingredients are easily detected by your tastebuds.
  • Liddabit Sweets’ The Snacker By purchasing this not-so-ordinary chocolate box, you receive the perfect amount of sweetness, saltiness, chewiness, and crunch all neatly compiled into the perfect individual chocolate bar.
  • Spoonable Check out their incredibly delicious caramel spreads, all made right here in good ole Brooklyn. Choose from salty caramel, Brooklyn butterscotch, spicy chili, flowery lavender, chewy sesame and peppered orange!

Other ideas

  •  Woodgrain Eco Notebook and Folder With the combination of clean lines and a nature-themed aesthetic, this notebook and folder are the perfect gift for a coworker. Made of recycled paper and printed with soy ink, these beautiful office essentials can easily liven up your workday routines.
  • Chalkboard Spice Jar Ideal for the kitchen enthusiast, these jars make it easy to find out exactly what’s in the spice cabinet. Because the chalkboard is erasable, they have an endless life span, and can switch from holding cinnamon to ground ginger to turmeric with the ease of an eraser.
  • Chemex Coffeemaker Perhaps one of the coolest looking coffeemakers around, this is not only a beautiful gift, but it is also super functional. Ranging in size from three cups to 10 cups, this coffeemaker takes brewing your ordinary cup of java and turns it into a sensory experience.
  • Make your own holiday cookies and pick up a fun vintage platter, or for more inspiration check out this fun list of homemade holiday gifts.

For more ideas, visit the Eat Boutique Shop and Food52’s online store for other food-related items. Also make sure to take a look at the Fab.com website for inspired gifts and seasonal knickknacks, and New York Magazine’s comprehensive Annual Holiday Gift Guide.

And what better way to wrap these gifts than with your own handmade holiday tags. Check out this list of creative DIY gift tags to make your gift even more special. Happy giving, and holidays to all!

Photo courtesy of Baking Bites

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