Our new coffee and espresso bar will offer espresso drinks as well as blended mochas, lattes, and more, with a great selection of self-serve coffees on offer as well, and a new smoothie menu. Meet Jacob, our new Cafe Manager. What is your coffee background? I started drinking coffee when I was about 5 years old and had a favorite (Hills Bros.) by 6. At 17 I was drinking up to 3 pots a day. I got my first barista job in 1994 at a Gloria Jeans Coffee Bean in a mall in the San Francisco suburbs. After that, I worked at two different Starbucks locations in San Francisco. I left coffee to play music and travel for a [...]
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At our new store at 770 Cascadilla St., you'll find a greatly expanded selection of fresh meats and specialty cheeses. Meet Evan, our new Meat and Cheese Manager. What is your background in fresh meats and specialty cheeses? I attended culinary school at Paul Smith's College, where I received a bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts and Service management. After graduating, I worked at The Point, a Relais & Chateaux property, under two different chefs. My responsibilities included making cheese boards, three different kinds of fresh bread every morning, and breakfast for the resort, as well as assisting in menu planning and preparation. I was also involved in cooking and plating lunch and the execution of planning, prepping, and plating [...]
This scrumptious, aromatic French toast bake is sure to delight Mom. Serve it in bed accompanied with fruit and her favorite tea or coffee. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes; 20 minutes active Servings: 8 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 5 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon, divided 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 cup brown sugar 5 to 6 cups cubed whole grain bread 2 Tbsp butter 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick 1/4 cup maple syrup Preparation Heat the oven to 375°F. Oil or butter an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. [...]
Making your own granola is easy and so delicious! This recipe lends itself well to substitution and creative additions. Don't have pecans? Substitute any nuts or seeds you like. Add raisins or other dried fruit, shredded coconut, toasted grains ... or go wild and toss in a few chocolate chips (after the baking!). By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 1 cup maple syrup 1 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. salt 8 cups old-fashioned oats 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 1 1/2 cups whole pecans Preparation Preheat the oven to 275°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, [...]
By National Gardening Association, courtesy of Welcome to the Table Adding compost to garden soil improves soil health by providing food for the organisms in the soil that help release nutrients to plants. Organic matter also makes sandy soil hold water better, helps clay soil drain water faster, and buffers soil pH levels. Although you can add organic matter to the soil in its raw form, such as grass clippings, chopped leaves, hay, straw, pine needles, and peat moss, it's best to compost it first. Finished compost is organic matter that has decomposed into a dark, rich, earthy-smelling material. Use it to mulch trees and shrubs, top-dress the lawn, build up the vegetable or annual flower garden beds, or improve [...]
By Seed Matters, Welcome to the Table There are many reasons to start vegetable plants from seed: it is less expensive, you have control over both quality and organic status of plants and you can pick a healthy, chemical-free potting soil. But best of all, when you grow your own plants from seed, a world of unique plants opens up to you. Growing from seed gives you access to the thousands of varieties available in seed catalogs, garden stores, seed swaps, and seed libraries. In fact, the sheer variety may feel overwhelming at first, but if you imagine how you want to use the produce, it will be easier to choose which to grow. Do you want to grow tomatoes [...]
By Carrie Floyd, Welcome to the Table There are so many benefits to teaching children to cook. Not only will they learn skills that enable them to feed themselves and others (okay, you), but you’ll also have the opportunity to expose them to a wide range of healthy foods and cultures. And by following a few basic guidelines, you can make cooking a fun and fruitful way to spend time with your kids. Consider the age of the child for the given task. A young child (4-8) can stir, measure, break eggs, and cut soft things (butter, cream cheese) with a butter knife. Sharp tools and hot ovens are better suited to older children. No matter what age, kids should [...]
While we are currently asking customers not to bring reusable bags, we continue to honor our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good donation commitments. Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encouraged shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. This quarter, our recipients are Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN), the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, and the Ithaca Children’s Garden. In the heart of upstate NY lie 11 lakes called the Finger Lakes. The lakes are long, narrow, and oriented in the [...]
By Robin Asbell, Welcome to the Table I have a confession to make. Sometimes, in the course of my week, I make too much food. Sound like a good problem to have? Well, it seems to be alarmingly common in our affluent country. My excuse is that I develop recipes for a living, so I test recipes even when I already have food to eat. My family, friends, and neighbors all benefit from my overproduction, but more often than I would like, things go to waste. That half a jar of tomatoes for the pizza I made a couple of weeks ago got ignored when I moved on to testing dessert recipes. Then, we meant to finish all that cake, [...]
While we are currently asking customers not to bring reusable bags, we continue to honor our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good donation commitments. Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encouraged shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. This quarter, our recipients are the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Ithaca Children’s Garden, and CLEAN (Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now). The Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative (CWTI) is a partnership of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the City of Ithaca. The [...]