Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Little Light Reading (and healthy eating!)

Ecofoodie is back! Sated with all things Greek--think sun, wine, and tzadziki--if a little jet lagged and playing catch up with real life after so many weeks of festivities. A full report on local goodies in Greece is soon to come. In the meantime, you might peruse an article I wrote about the sustainable dining program at Harvard Medical School for the fall issue of Edible Boston.

If you are in the Longwood Medical Area, I highly recommend that you give one of the HMS cafes a try--the food is as good for the planet as it is for your body, and eating there helps to support our local farms! Plus, who wouldn't prefer a made-from-scratch Bacon Onion Tart to Chicken Fingers at the hospital caf?

Click here to read the article, and here to watch a very cool video on the "Farm to Cafe" cycle. Enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bon Appetit. Bon Voyage!

This newly married Ecofoodie is off to Greece for the next two weeks, and signing off of all things internet. Not to worry--there will be plenty of pictures of the tasty local eats (and drinks!) upon my return.

In the meantime, enjoy the flavors of fall. Kali Oreksi!

*Artwork by Julia*

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Welcome, Fall

I, without question, am a summertime girl. All through the cold, dark days of the long Boston winter, I huddle (cursing) under multiple blankets, waiting for the thaw to arrive. When spring finally comes I feel marginally better, but I continue to pine for those blisteringly hot and humid summer days, the kind that make everyone complain in whiny, molasses tones. I live for those days: 95 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Doesn't matter if it's dry or humid. I like heat. Heat of the sort that leaves you feeling melty and fiery from outside to in. Heat that lasts long into the night, laughing at the idea of an evening chill or goosebumps on the breeze. Heat that makes you swoon and sigh, renders you inert and lazy, incapable of motion.

So, what on Earth am I doing in Boston, you ask? I've spent many a winter night asking myself the very same question. Truly hot days are few and far between in our beloved Boston, but somehow I landed here several years ago and, like the weather or not, it looks like I am here to stay. So, with autumn all too rapidly approaching, I am attempting a change in outlook. Why curse the cold when it cannot be stopped? Instead, I will endeavor to embrace the onset of chilly nights and warm wool sweaters. And what better way to begin than with a new soup recipe? After all, if you can't warm yourself from the outside in, there's always the option of inside out.

Below is a recipe adapted from several I located on-line after doing a search for the farm share ingredients in my pantry: potato, kale, leeks, and carrots.

Potato & Kale Soup

3 large leeks, thoroughly rinsed, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced
3/4 c chopped carrots
5 medium red potatoes, chopped
4-5 c chopped fresh kale
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T olive oil
1 T fresh thyme or 1 t dry
2 bay leaves
10 c low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
10 oz chorizo sausage (or therabouts--if you get a bold, spicy sausage just be careful not to overwhelm the soup!)
salt and pepper, to taste

One pot of steamy goodness!

Sautee the leeks and kale in olive oil over medium heat for several minutes while you chop the carrots and potatoes. Add carrots, potatoes, thyme, and garlic and sautee for about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves, broth, and sausage. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

Add one glass of good red wine, some crusty bread, and enjoy the warmth of a cool, fall evening!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eat Well, Do Good, Have Fun

What could be better than enjoying a meal of fresh, organic produce prepared by one of Boston's best chefs? I'll tell you: knowing that the proceeds from that meal go toward Serving Ourselves Farm, where organic produce is grown for and by Boston's homeless. The farm, which provides a comprehensive job training program as well as fresh, nutritious produce for the Long Island Shelter, has a long-standing partnership with chef Chris Douglass. Douglass, who became a fan of eating local long before "locavore" became the buzzword of the moment, uses produce from the farm for his restaurants, including the Ashmont Grill.

This year, on September 10th, the Ashmont will host a fundraiser for the farm, featuring a harvest tasting menu of the farm's best produce. Having been to some scrumptious tasting events at the Ashmont Grill before, I can assure you that this is one dinner you do not want to miss. So grab your best foodie buddy and get your tickets here. Hope to see you there!

Click here to read my article about Serving Ourselves Farm in the Summer issue of Edible Boston!