Carissa Hvizdo of The Stand is generously sharing her wisdom with the public at a Zero Waste Cooking Demo on Wednesday, October 28, from 7:00-8:30 pm at their Fairfield location on Mill Plain Road in the Sportsplex. Carissa is both a farmer and restaurateur/chef, making her uniquely qualified to attack food waste from multiple angles.
I rarely indulge in shameless self promotion, but I’m making an exception for Morris Media’ Group’s 2014 Green Awards. I’d love to win a Green Award in recognition of the contributions the Fairfield Green Food Guide (FGFG) has made to create a more sustainable community in Fairfield County. It’s readers like you that can make that happen.
Farmer Patti Popp’s Brussels sprouts are so beautiful that Sport Hill Farm’s stall became a bit of a scene during opening day at the Winter Westport Farmers’ Market this past Saturday. Shoppers chatted excitedly about what to make with the leaves and stems, and I was inspired to post a second time about these mild tasting and quick cooking winter gems.
Teacher assignments, open houses, orientations, school supply lists – it’s all suddenly upon us. So are the last crops we’ll harvest before putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Make the most of the last fleeting weeks of summer by doing a few special, and memorable, green food activities before summer’s end. Here’s to building our fortitude to make it through another New England winter.
Broccoli is in season so it’s a great time to consider eating the stems too. Freshly harvested broccoli doesn’t suffer from the cracks and dryness which plague grocery store broccoli, making it easy to enjoy more of it. Admittedly, stems are nothing to get excited about visually. In fact, they pale in comparison to broccoli’s showy, emerald-green florets just begging to be lopped off and lightly steamed for a quick side dish.
It was the leftover roast chicken that decided the fate of the Brussels Sprouts leaves. After hearing whining and complaining from my two children about having leftover chicken for dinner (horrors!), I knew I had to downplay the chicken and make something else the focus. A favorite curried chicken salad recipe sprang to mind and the ripened mango on the kitchen counter sealed the deal. Then I remembered the Brussels Sprouts leaves…