Scallion Pancakes for Chinese New Year

2020-01-14T11:33:06-05:00

Food is integral to the celebration of Chinese New Year. These street food-style pancakes make a mouthwatering appetizer or snack. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients Dipping Sauce 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce 1/4 cup tamari 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 tsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger 1 Tbsp honey Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup diced scallions (green tops and white parts) 2 Tbsp sesame oil Salt 2 Tbsp vegetable oil Preparation Stir dipping sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour and boiling water until a ball of dough can be formed. Cover the dough with [...]

Scallion Pancakes for Chinese New Year2020-01-14T11:33:06-05:00

Root Vegetables

2020-01-09T15:37:24-05:00

By Co+op, welcome to the table Root vegetables can sometimes be a little intimidating, with their strange, tough appearance. But they're a hardy bunch (they travel well, don't bruise easily and are good keepers) and have much to offer cooks who get to know them — in flavor, color, texture, and nutrition. What qualifies produce as a root vegetable? Simply put, it's food that's grown underground. Some root veggies are familiar — carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, and radishes, for example. (Technically, potatoes are tubers rather than roots, but for most cooks "root vegetable" works for all manner of tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, and corms.) Others are less common but equally deserving of a spot in the pantry [...]

Root Vegetables2020-01-09T15:37:24-05:00

Do-It-Yourself Immune Booster: Elderberry Syrup

2020-01-09T14:39:55-05:00

Here’s a simple elderberry syrup recipe that will keep for a couple of months in your refrigerator. You can dole it out in spoonfuls just like cough medicine, or you can stir it into your morning juice or tea (stick to a dosage of about 1 teaspoon for kids or 1 tablespoon for adults). Recipe from Mother Earth News Total Time: ~1 hour Yield: 1 pint Ingredients • ¾ cup dried black elderberries (or 1 cup fresh or frozen ) • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, sliced • 1 Tbsp dried whole cloves • 3½ cups water • 1 cup local honey Preparation Place the elderberries, cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, whole cloves, and water in a saucepan. [...]

Do-It-Yourself Immune Booster: Elderberry Syrup2020-01-09T14:39:55-05:00

Curbing Constant Cravings: Tips and Tricks

2020-01-09T15:16:50-05:00

By Eve Adamson, Co+op, welcome to the table I’m hungry. No, really, I’m not kidding. I’m not just calmly and pleasantly considering the possibility of a future meal. I’m famished. Ravenous. And I have to eat now. But here’s the thing: Obviously, I’m not literally starving. One look at me in a bathing suit makes it pretty clear that I’ve got energy stores. There is no emergency. I know where my next meal is coming from. My refrigerator is full of food. I know I don’t have to eat right now. And yet, I have to eat right now. And not just anything. It has to be salty, or crunchy, or contain at least 95% chocolate. Nothing else will do. [...]

Curbing Constant Cravings: Tips and Tricks2020-01-09T15:16:50-05:00

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates

2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager Living Wage Update As we step into the New Year, I want to take this time to reestablish GreenStar’s commitment as an equitable and fair employer in our community. I’m proud of what GreenStar is able to achieve for our staff and for our member-owners. I know that a great deal of what we’re able to contribute is thanks to our cooperative model. I also understand that community organizations and cooperatives are often held to a higher standard than most businesses, because of our intimate connection with stakeholders and their communities. One of the primary standards GreenStar and other co-ops have been held to is our commitment to be a fair-wage-and-benefits employer in the [...]

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Sweet Potato Rounds

2020-01-08T16:53:27-05:00

These baked, smashed sweet potato rounds are so tender they will melt on your fork. Drizzled with herbed butter, sprinkled with Parmesan, and crisped to perfection, they make an appealing side dish any time of year. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 35 minutes; 15 minutes active Servings: 4 Ingredients 4 small sweet potatoes 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided 4 cloves garlic, pressed 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary 1/2 tsp. salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Preparation Heat the oven to 400°F. Use about one tablespoon of butter to grease a large sheet pan with a rim. Score the skin of each sweet potato with a paring knife, cutting four evenly spaced lines from tip [...]

Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Sweet Potato Rounds2020-01-08T16:53:27-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Habitat for Humanity

2020-01-03T14:00:01-05:00

  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 encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are Habitat for Humanity, Ability in Bloom, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties partners with first time homebuyers in our community to help them build or improve a place they can call [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Habitat for Humanity2020-01-03T14:00:01-05:00

Fruition Seeds — Certified-organic varieties for local growing conditions

2020-01-03T14:10:38-05:00

  By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Marketing Staff   Gardeners of Ithaca, you’re fantastically lucky. Why? Because a local seed company is breeding varieties selected to grow successfully in the northeast — that’s your garden! Fruition Seeds, owned by life partners Petra Page-Mann and Matthew Goldfarb and based just 60 miles west of Ithaca, is one of the few seed breeders in upstate New York. They offer an array of certified-organic, open-pollinated flower and vegetable seeds, bred to thrive in our localized growing conditions — and they taste amazing.   In addition to producing stock mismatched to local growing conditions, big seed companies love hybrid varieties — seeds saved from their offspring won’t “come true” to the parent variety, [...]

Fruition Seeds — Certified-organic varieties for local growing conditions2020-01-03T14:10:38-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom

2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

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 encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are Ability in Bloom, Habitat for Humanity, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. Ability in Bloom is a social-enterprise program of Challenge Workforce Solutions. Through a quarter-acre flower-production plot at the Groundswell Incubator Farm, this program provides work-skills training for a [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

Citrus Savvy: 5 New Tricks for Familiar Fruits

2019-12-30T12:42:30-05:00

By Mandy Makinen, Co+op stronger together Maybe you've made limeade, put mandarin oranges in a salad, or whipped up lemon-pepper chicken. You might even have used grapefruit in a vinaigrette, if you were feeling fancy. Original in their own time, these ideas have been around awhile for good reason, they’re simple and tasty. In that spirit, here are some suggestions for fun, easy new ways to use citrus fruit: Thai on a lime Sometimes an appetizer is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Try this quick snack to ward off the after-work munchies. Place each ingredient into separate small bowls or custard cups: a couple handfuls of roasted, salted peanuts; a piece of candied ginger, chopped into smaller bits; and [...]

Citrus Savvy: 5 New Tricks for Familiar Fruits2019-12-30T12:42:30-05:00
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