Friday, June 26, 2009

F2: Food Matters Series

Welcome again to Friday's Feast. This week we have a guest post by Heather who is promoting our cooking series through our community garden project. If you don't know what Friday's Feast is all about, please read the Friday's Feast page for a more detailed explanation. If you want to join in on the feast— be sure to leave a comment and include the URL to your post so I and others can know of your contribution.

Cooking with the freshest, highest quality ingredients not only makes the tastiest possible meals, but also meals that are best for your health and the environment. Our community garden at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church is committed to growing delicious vegetables all summer long for just those reasons. As a part of our garden project, we are interested in learning new ways to use great ingredients that are plentiful in our gardens but not as common in our standard cooking repertoires. How many uses do you have for bushels of green beans, eggplant and kale?

With all this in mind, we are starting a cooking class and discussion group based on culinary superstar Mark Bittman's new book, FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating. Faced with personal health crises and the mounting evidence that our current big-business model for farming isn't sustainable for the planet's health, Bittman decided to rethink the way he eats and his old recipes, which had sold millions of books. His new style of eating changed his life and the way he looks at supermarket shelves.

With Bittman's delicious new recipes as a guide, over the course of the summer we will enjoy three meals together, learn the techniques used to prepare them, and talk about the global impact of eating fresh, delicious, local produce. Here are the dates and times with the planned menus:

Tuesday, June 30 7 p.m. for dinner
Savory Vegetable and Grain Torta
Summer Salad
Fruit Tarts

Saturday, July 25 Noon for lunch
Curried Lentil Soup with Potatoes
Almost No-Work Whole Grain Bread
Blueberry Peach Crisp

Sunday, August 23 9 a.m. for breakfast
More-Vegetable-Than-Egg Frittata
Breakfast Porridge
Fruit Smoothies

All classes will be in Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church's kitchen at 4511 N. Hermitage, Chicago, IL. To join us for dinner, simply RSVP to our church office at 773.561.2610 or by emailing and we will set a place for you at the table!

Next weeks topic is Drinks. You get awfully thirsty during the summer and like to quench that thirst with something special. So, if you have anything that relates to this topic, be sure to leave a comment and include the URL so I can include you in next weeks feast.


Jillene said...

What a great idea. Too bad I live on the other side of the country!!

Erin said...

Thanks for posting the menu items. It makes me excited for when my garden is ready for the picking!

Wendyburd1 said...

Chicago is way too far to drive to sorry!! I'd love to visit the Windy city but can't, poor!

Lori said...

What a cool idea! If I didn't live so far away I would come for these. We have a big garden and since we eat healthy, we are looking forward to eating our own produce as they come to harvest.

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