Archive | January, 2013

summer plans

30 Jan

IMG_0004Winter is still here, but summer is not that far away!

Come get a head start on your summer plans by visiting us this Saturday at PS 321’s Summer Camp Expo to learn more about our fun-filled food & garden summer camp!

Not only will our Co-Founder and Camp Director be there to answer all of your questions, we will also be sampling our homemade camp snacks like our famous granola bars and giving out some seed packets for garden inspiration.

Our summer camp is all about food! How to grow, harvest, cook, compost, where it comes from, who is behind the scenes, how much energy it takes to get to us, and why it’s good for us. All while having fun in the sun, and enjoying the summer-time to it’s fullest.

For those who sign up for camp at the PS 321 event, we’ll give you an additional $75.00 off, along with our 10% off promotion.

See you there!

winter BBQ ribs

28 Jan

4663625452_f53d16c10cWinter weather elicits the desire for warm foods, as we hibernate indoors and transition to looking inwards.

Slow cookers or crock pots, are a fantastic way to cook up a gourmet tasting meal with very little effort, perfect for the winter season!

Slow cookers use less energy than leaving your oven on for long durations of time, and are super easy to use and clean. We highly suggest adding one to your cooking repertoire.

Here is our recipe for winter BBQ ribs that will leave you and your family satisfied, and your bodies feeling warm and winterized.

Serves 4 half rack portions.

Ingredients:
  • St. Luis style pork ribs, 2 slabs

Dry rub:

  • Brown sugar, 1 cup
  • Paprika, 1/2 cup
  • Black pepper, 2 tbsp
  • Kosher salt, 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic powder, 2 tbsp
  • Onion powder, 2 tbsp
  • Cayenne, 2 tsp

BBQ sauce: 

  • Ketchup, 2 cups
  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil, .25 cup
  • Paprika, .25 cup
  • Chili powder, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic, minced, 4 cloves
  • Cayenne, 2 tsp
  • Yellow onion, diced, 1 large
Directions:

Combine dry rub ingredients.

For the BBQ sauce, heat olive oil over medium heat, add yellow onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic, sautee for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and let thicken for 15 minutes. Cool and reserve.

Two nights before eating the ribs, remove the silver skin on the backside, then rub them with dry rub, let them sit overnight in your fridge.

The night before eating, cook the ribs in slow cooker on low/medium for 6-8 hours, until tender, or in your oven at 225F for 6-8 hours. Cool the ribs overnight (so tempting!).

To finish the ribs, cut them into individual ribs, place them back in a pan and add half the BBQ sauce, bake uncovered at 325F for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until the sauce has caramelized.

Serve ribs with extra BBQ sauce, heated, then enjoy all of your hard work!

Photo courtesy of snowpea&bokchoi

simply miso

25 Jan

3323901811_7c96a70cdfThere are some days where nothing beats a warm miso soup. The flavor of fermented soybeans, and the feeling of warmth soothes all woes.

Known for it’s anti-aging, intestinal support, and immune boosting properties, miso soup is a wonderful tonic for our fast paced world. When sitting down to a bowl of miso soup, you just can’t help but slow down.

Here is a simple miso soup recipe adapted from both epicurious and naturalnews.com:

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dried wakame
  • 1/4 cup shiro miso (white fermented-soybean paste)
  • 6 cups filtered water, or you can make Dashi
  • 1/2 pound soft tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion greens

Directions:

Thinly slice scallions, and drain/cube tofu. Combine wakame with warm water to cover it by 1 inch, and let sit for 15 minutes. Drain. Place water, scallions and wakame in a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add tofu cubes then simmer for 10-20 minutes until tender. Remove 1.5 cups of broth from saucepan and place in a bowl. Let broth cool a bit, then add in the miso and mix. Place the miso and water mixture back into your saucepan, let mingle, then serve right away!

Photo courtesy of Robert Banh

easy green salad with goodies

23 Jan

photoNeed some veggie inspiration?

Here’s an easy green salad recipe which will help inspire your daily veggie intake.

Take this recipe with a grain of salt since we used what we had on hand. Feel free to use the ingredients available to you (don’t go to the store just to buy blue cheese).

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1.5 cups of pre-washed mixed greens
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 thin slice of red onion
  • 2 small mushrooms
  • 2-4 small slices of blue cheese
  • 3-4 cracked olives
  • Sprinkle of sunflower seeds

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • quarter size dollop of dijon mustard
  • dime size scoop of honey

Directions:

Prepare your salad:

Place pre-washed greens on your plate. Pull out your favorite cutting board and knife. Take out a carrot, rinse and cut into matchsticks. Slice a thin circle of red onion, cut in half and slice into bite sized pieces. Cut mushrooms in thin slices, then cut slices of cheese, add cracked olives, and finish with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Prepare your vinaigrette:

Add oil, vinegar, mustard and honey into a small cup. Either shake with a lid, or whisk with a fork until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over your salad in a circular motion, and you have yourself a delicious salad featuring all sorts of nutritional powerhouses. Your taste buds, and body will thank you!

cold season citrus salad

16 Jan

DSC_0031This recipe is dedicated to all of you who are experiencing some form of cold symptoms. The vitamin C content in this salad should help get you on the road to feeling better!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 cara cara orange
  • 3 blood orange
  • 2 navel orange
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh rosemary sprig

Directions:

Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan over medium/high heat. Once hot, add fresh rosemary leaves, let fry until crispy (1-2 minutes). Set aside. Peel citrus, cut off the skin and pith with a sharp knife, then cut into slices. Add citrus to a big salad bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss gently. Top with sea salt and fried rosemary.

Photo courtesy of eren (sea + prairie)