Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Food Art

Last year Ms. Porco kindly gave us an Andy Warhol inspired Campbells art piece that the students painted. The work is terrific. We recently framed the picture using recycle wood from an old garden box. We wanted to share this with you, to inspire individuals to recycle as much as possible. Enjoy. 

Chimichurri Sauce

Recently in the cafeteria we served Sliced Beef with a Chimichurri Sauce. Chimichurri is one of most delicious and versatile sauces around. It's traditionally served with grilled steak, and is an essential part of the Argentinian parilla, but it goes great with chicken and fish too. The response was overwhelming and many asked for the recipe.

1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup (packed) fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ cup yellow onion
¾ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt

Puree all ingredients in processor. Transfer to bowl. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This summer has been full of excitement for all of us here at the Harlem Childrens Zone. In the Garden and the Kitchen we've been growing lots of vegetables and exploring new culinary options for feeding our students and our selves with healthier, tastier fresher produce. As any local New Yorker knows, it's been a hot dry summer here in Harlem and our crops have struggled a bit to keep up with the heat. But the struggle always makes the fruit of your labor all the sweeter!

Our senior staff at HCZ has also renewed our focus on healthy eating, active living and we've been brainstorming many exciting ways to improve the programs and services we offer to our whole community to support positive change in these arenas. We are always looking for ways to further engage the community around making healthy choices accessible, affordable and easy. What are some of your ideas? What ways would you like our support? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section of this blog.