Tag Archives: summer

savor summer

14 Aug

3601744848_d63761c680“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
― Henry David Thoreau

As we approach September, let’s all take a big deep breathe in, and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Take in some sunshine, local and abundant produce and outdoor picnics. Absorb in all of the goodness that surrounds you in this sweet and warm time of year.

Take a moment to feel the air on your skin, the breeze blowing through your hair, and the sun lifting up your spirits.

Keep this feeling alive as we approach fall and winter, when days are shorter, dining retreats indoors, and we become more introspective.

Happy summer abundance to all!

Photo courtesy of Klearchos Kapoutsis

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!

early bird food & garden summer camp special

26 Oct

Being followers of our blog, you may have heard about our food & garden summer camp. It’s a blast for our campers, as they get to explore the New York City foodshed and have fun food adventures!

At camp, we learn all about the food cycle, from sprouting seeds, composting and harvesting fresh produce from local rooftop farms, to writing our very own cookbooks. As the weeks progress our campers have explored farmer’s markets, created their own pickles and preserves, and have made bread and ice cream from scratch!

Our campers learn expert kitchen skills from local chefs, take tours of cheese caves, and trips to master chocolate makers. They also have plenty of opportunities to play outside, and go foraging and berry picking at summer’s peak.

We are offering an early bird special on our camp tuition: sign up by October 31st and receive 15% off camp tuition. Camp runs throughout July & August. For more information visit our website for our printable and online registration form.

Here are some additional details that may help answer some of your questions:

  • Camp runs from 9am-4pm
  • Camp date are: Monday, July 8th to Friday, August 16th.
  • We offer pick up and drop off in Brooklyn or Manhattan.
  • Campers are 6-12 years old.
  • We offer early care from 8-9am and after-care from 4-5pm.
  • Our daily fee includes a morning snack and home cooked lunch, 1 camp t-shirt, transportation to and from trips, and all activity materials.
  • Click here for payment details.

grilled corn salad

11 Sep

3666164527_a1a4c9c4b8Saying farewell to summer is never easy, but the good news is, it will come again soon!

Here is a great way to use up some of your last ears of corn, which will help carve out some space in your fridge for the early fall produce that’s about to emerge:

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears shucked corn
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and thinly sliced (if you like it spicy)
  • 3 tablespoons each of torn mint leaves, parsley, cilantro.

Directions: 

Heat a grill pan (or heat up your outdoor grill). Brush your corn with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill it over high heat, turning until tender about 10 minutes, then let cool. Combine onion and lime juice in a small bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup, jalapeno (if you opted for it), 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cut the corn kernels off the cob into a large bowl. Add the dressing and mix it all up, then add mint, parsley, and cilantro and toss again. Serve warm. Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

Photo courtesy of stevendepolo

Vegan Zucchini Bread

22 Aug

Zucchini BreadAs our food + garden summer camp comes to a close, our campers are creating their last recipes to add to their Butter Beans cookbooks.

Hands down, one of their favorite foods they’ve made at camp was the vegan zucchini bread. They ranted and raved about this quick bread, so we thought we’d share the delicious recipe with you!

Makes 2 loaf pans, recipe adapted from hell yeah it’s vegan!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups turbinado or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-2.5 cups grated zucchini (~3 medium sized ones)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins, optional

Directions: 

Grease 2 loaf pans, preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together flax seeds with warm water, then add sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla and beat well. Add grated zucchini, and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour batter into pans and bake for 50-55 minutes.

Thank you to all of the wonderful families and campers we have met along the way this summer! We hope that your children leave inspired to cook creatively, grow edible gardens, compost food scraps, support local farmers, preserve foods, make their own ice cream, and set good examples for those around them.

If you are interested in signing up for the adventures yet to come during summer camp 2013, shoot us an email at camp@butterbeanskitchen.com, we have some early bird discounts that you won’t want to miss!

Photo courtesy of lydiajoy1