Root Vegetables


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


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


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

Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Sweet Potato Rounds


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

Fruition Seeds — Certified-organic varieties for local growing conditions


  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

Citrus Savvy: 5 New Tricks for Familiar Fruits


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

Savory Noodle Kugel with Leeks and Mushrooms


Enjoy this rich kugel with sweet potato latkes, lentil soup or fattoush. For a traditional version, use egg noodles. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 1 hour; 20 minutes active Servings: 8 Ingredients 8 ounces linguini noodles, uncooked 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 2 cups leeks, cleaned and sliced (about 2 thin leeks) 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 1/2 tsp. paprika Preparation Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Cook the noodles in boiling water for 5-6 minutes, until just al dente. Drain and rinse noodles. While the noodles are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the leeks for a [...]

Savory Noodle Kugel with Leeks and Mushrooms2019-12-03T11:35:23-05:00

English Muffins with Eggs, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon


These tasty, high-protein sandwiches make a great Christmas breakfast, but they're also good anytime, for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients 2 slices bacon 8 large Brussels sprouts, halved 1/2 medium yellow onion, slivered 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. dried thyme Freshly ground pepper 2 large eggs 2 whole wheat English muffins, toasted Preparation Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. Place a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat and lay the bacon slices in the pan. Cook until crisp, turning every minute or so, about 4 minutes. Transfer to the prepared plate. When cooled, crumble the bacon and reserve. Pour off some of the bacon fat, [...]

English Muffins with Eggs, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon2019-12-03T11:29:21-05:00

Latkes: Tasty, Traditional, Simply Perfect


You'll find plenty of latke variations out there, but these keep it traditional. Fry up these delicious, crispy potato pancakes and enjoy them with sour cream and applesauce. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes 1 medium onion 2 large eggs, beaten 1/4 cup flour or matzo meal 1/2 tsp. white pepper 1 tsp. salt 2 medium scallions, minced 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying Sour cream or Greek yogurt Applesauce Preparation Use the coarse shredding disk of a food processor or a hand grater to grate the potatoes, then the onion. Place grated veggies in colander to drain, and press to remove liquid. Then place grated veggies in a [...]

Latkes: Tasty, Traditional, Simply Perfect2019-12-03T11:12:16-05:00

5 Tasty (and Tasteful) Foodie Gifts


By Co+op, stronger together ‘Tis the season of giving. And nothing feels quite so jolly good as sharing a great gift with a loved one. Do you have someone on your list who loves food? Well, look no further. No matter the level of foodie passion — beginner cook or master home chef — everyone can appreciate a thoughtful gift that invigorates the senses and warms the heart. Here are some tasty, tasteful kitchen gift ideas to get you started: 1. Specialty chocolate Add a little sweetness to your gift repertoire with chocolate. It can be as easy as a smooth, rich milk chocolate bar, or you can seek out an unexpected flavor combo with [...]

5 Tasty (and Tasteful) Foodie Gifts2019-12-10T13:07:11-05:00
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