Tips from Dena – February 21, 2014

Here is a link to a creative paleo-breakfast using avocados from member Phylissha (though I don’t know if our ancestors could pre-heat their ovens to 425 degrees).

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen’s chef made a creamy soup with this week’s parsnips – he used coconut milk and added tarragon.

I had lunch this week with a friend from Colorado whose chef husband makes this appetizer with summer squash and other veggies – slice the zucchini thin lengthwise; sprinkle with olive oil and either roast in the oven or grill outside. When tender, cool and sprinkle with salt and the herbs of your choice. Roll up and wrap with roasted red pepper slices or carmelized onion rings; spear with a toothpick to hold rolls together. You could also drizzle with a balsamic reduction; this is a fun way to eat your veggies! There are lots of variations to this – you could smear a cream cheese or goat cheese herb mix before rolling… these are a great appetizer or side dish.

Chef Fernando Olea has opened a restaurant in the greenhouse at Hillside Market. He is currently serving a creative lunch menu. He gave us a bowl of crab soup to taste on Thursday and it was complex and amazing!! Here is a link to more information.

Beneficial Farms is again sponsoring the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute Movie Series – here is a link to a description of all this year’s movies. There are snacks and tea – come and give a shout out to Beneficial Farms!

The first movie – February 26, 2014 – 7pm:
WATERSHED: A New Water Ethic for a New West
The Colorado River is the most dammed and diverted river in the world. As it struggles to support 30 million people and the Colorado River Pact, Watershed asks many important questions about the future of the river and watersheds in the American West. Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?
The film was executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena. According to the Redford Center, “This film was created as an inspirational social action tool for people who want to engage. Promoting personal water conservation pledges of 5% – symbolic of the small amount of the rivers’ flow required to reconnect the river to its delta– and garnering donations to help purchase the water rights necessary to restore the connectivity, Watershed is a central tool in a larger grassroots effort focused on saving the Colorado River and supporting the communities throughout the river basin.” (Total Running Time (TRT): 55 minutes)

Enjoy this early spring-like weather! Farmer Adam of Talon de Gato was at the Farmer’s Market this morning – the first time he has ever done a market in February.


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