Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Put a little spring on your table- Apple cilantro salsa

It's a beautiful spring day!  Whip up this easy recipe to add a little warm weather flavor to your table.

Apple-Cilantro Salsa

Prep Time: 15 min
Serves: 4
1 Apple, chopped
2 tbs chopped green onions
2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp mild flavored oil, such as peanut, walnut or grapeseed
1 large pinch of red pepper flakes (or minced fresh jalapeno

  • Combine  ingredients in a small bowl
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Refrigerate to chill before serving.

Friday, April 8, 2011

How to show Love to your Local Farmer

It's here, it's here!  CSA ("Community Supported Agriculture") sign up season!  We've made it through a long winter of being disappointed by the produce section in the grocery store and we're ready to once again support our local farmers. 

A CSA is a great way to buy local, organic produce.  Farmers will offer a certain number of "shares" to the public and a membership will get you a weekly portion of the harvest for the duration of the season.  Each week you receive a bundle of organic, home grown, often harvested that very day produce.  You will think that you are tasting veggies like radishes, beets, bok choy and field greens for the first time!  Not only is the experience delicious, you also gain the benefits of camaraderie and support from your fellow community members volunteering their time, love, and energy.  It gives you a great, "down home" feeling.  (Not always easy to find in NYC.)

I can't stress enough how wonderful the experience of joining a local food share is.  You'll be receiving loads of nutritional benefits and know exactly where your food is coming from.  Grocery stores and packaged goods disconnect us from the food we eat and through a CSA, we play a bigger part in keeping our body, mind and spirit healthy.

To find a CSA near you, check out this site! Don't wait to sign up.  Sign ups will close soon and CSA's often sell out quickly.  Some even have a waiting list.