Petite Shell Tempts with Golden Rugelach

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I heard the temptation before I inhaled it as I rounded the corner of 85th Street on Lexington Ave. in NYC.  Two young Moms clasped each other’s well cloaked arms on a freezing January day and gasped, “Do you smell the butter? We’ve got to get one!”

Indeed the alluring aromas of warm, sweet pastries and strong coffee waft onto the Upper East Side sidewalk outside of Petite Shell, a three week old rugelach, croissant and coffee bar, beckoning anyone who falls hard for flaky pastries filled with irresistible sweet and savory flavors. Continue reading

Where to Find Local Greens in Winter

 

photo: Gotham Greens

photo: Gotham Greens

Contributed by Katy Morris

Did you know that there are farmers growing herbs, greens and veggies even in the coldest winter months? Thanks to some expert input from NYC’s Gotham Greens, who “see green fields where others see rooftops”, we’ve got the inside dirt on dirt-less growing so we can help you find a wide variety of fresh and local greens straight through the winter months.

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Fresh Tomato Soup with Yogurt & Chili Pepper

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Still looking for more ways to get your fill of this season’s glorious tomato crop? Have you made soup yet? This super easy recipe allows the big juicy slicers to shine.

And I can’t think of anything better than a soup that tastes like Summer. Continue reading

Healthy Eats are Evolving at Food Evolution

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Elizabeth Berney gladly guided me through the menu at her newly opened vegan cafe when I visited for lunch a couple of weeks back. I confess to heading out to Food Evolution when they had only been open for three weeks.

But with a scarcity of vegetarian cafes in these parts I just couldn’t resist. Considering my conversations and tastings with Berney and her chef, Rachel, CT is in for a solid and delightful outpost for tasty and thoughtfully prepared eats.

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Garden of Eatin’ & Summer Beet Salad in Aspen

Aspen Community Garden

Aspen Community Garden

Every spring we have the same conversation about any summer trip we have planned. “Why would we leave our beautiful spot at home just as the trees and gardens are blooming? What could be better than our very own farmers’ market?  Why don’t we just stay put and enjoy listening to a hodgepodge of free summer music from our tattered lawn chairs? Let’s greet old friends and sip chilled Sancerre from paper cups!”

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Simple Summer Salad from Just Down the Road

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

We are always impressed with the magic Six Main casts on their inventive vegetarian and vegan creations! While they press walnuts or cashews and transform them into ricotta, ice cream, or even “chorizo”,  we’ve been wondering what kind of summery deliciousness they’ve been whipping up now that their farm is bursting with ingredients that move from field to kitchen to table in a blink of the eye.

If you still haven’t made it up to the restaurant in Chester, CT, you can get a taste of Chef Rachel Carr’s cuisine by checking out her bright and oh-so summery salad recipe below.

But here is one more reason you might consider making the quick ride to this quaint New England town in CT…

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

 

The restaurant-owned, organic Upper Pond Farm that “grow[s] food to support our bodies, community, and ecosystem,”* and provides Six Main with its organic fruits and veggies is selling at the Chester Sunday Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 10am-1pm through October 12th.

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

If you are looking for a fun day trip this summer or early fall, head up to Chester for some Six Main Sunday brunch (the “Six Main Benedict” made with lemon tofu hollandaise, oven cured tomato, Portobello mushroom, avocado house made gluten free focaccia and organic eggs sounds particularly enticing) and then stroll through the market to bring home some of their farm’s organic fruits and veggies for the week.

You can also peruse the other vendors’ offerings while enjoying the live music; pick up some fresh fish from The Local Catch, as well as various breads and cheeses (including from Mystic Cheese – used in our favorite Skinny Pines pizzas!).

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

And if you need some inspiration for creating a perfect late summer meal with your Farmers’ Market bounty, you are in luck; Rachel’s blog, “The Raw & The Cooked” is packed with unique vegan and vegetarian dishes like Kohlrabi “Scallops” and a Raw Vegan Kimchee & Green Salad with Ume Plum Vinaigrette.

OR….

Consider attending one of her many seasonal ingredient inspired cooking classes, held on Fridays from 11am-1pm. Be sure to sign up way ahead of time as her classes are small and fill up very quickly.

*quote from Upper Pond Farm Facebook Page

Want to read more about Six Main?

Click here to read what we wrote a few months back. Somehow I forgot about that BLOOD ORANGE cheesecake (vegan and pareve)!  Thank you, Rachel Carr, for another scrumptious recipe and for these gorgeous food shots!

Strawberry Mint and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

4 servings

Strawberry Mint and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

When summer ingredients are perfectly ripe and only hours from the field, the simpler the better. This 4 ingredient recipe epitomizes that pleasure.

Thank you, Chef Rachel Carr, for this delicious summer salad.

This recipe is pareve, vegan, non-dairy

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 12 fresh local strawberries
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • Dressing
  • Zest 3 lemons
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup agave
  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • 1 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend lemon zest, lemon juice, agave, mustard, and olive oil in a blender until fully incorporated. Fold in the poppy seeds by hand.
  2. Toss salad ingredients with the dressing and serve.
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The Green Radish Offers Healthy Eats on Wheels

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If you ever told me that I would be eating at one of those tables in the divide on Broadway in Times Square, NYC, I would have called you meshugeh.  But that’s just what I did the other day when one of my lovely and most responsive readers, N, ice cream maker extraordinaire and wildly enthusiastic eater, encouraged me to join her for lunch. I met her in my least favorite area of town to check out The Green Radish, vegan, organic food truck that roams NYC 5 days a week.

Did I mention healthy, vegan, Time Sq. in the same sentence? It’s hard to believe, I know! Continue reading

Here’s to Authentic Mexican Goodness- SALUD

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Next time you’re in SOHO (NYC) and wondering where to get a “not a big deal” kinda meal, wander west and onto Thompson Street to find authentic, organic, and very vegetarian friendly Mexican eats and smoothies at SALUD. Gluten-free and dairy free? You’ll have an easy time here. Continue reading