Tag Archives: Organic

Mexican Food in Your Kitchen

10 Nov

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I usually focus on restaurants, but cooking at home can be just as entertaining. Rather than go out last week, I decided to be adventurous and make something. I made vegetarian tacos. It was simple and  rewarding to enjoy the fruits of my labors.
I made “refried” beans by sauteing olive oil, fresh diced peppers from Stella Farms, onions and three cloves of finely chopped garlic. Once the garlic, peppers and onions were browned, I opened a can of kidney beans and cooked them until they were dry. Then, I added a little bit of water and smashed them, skins and all, with a wooden spatula. Finally, add adobo seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. It’s that easy.

Also pictured above are fresh tomatoes from Stella Farms, radishes from Savoie Organic Farm, guacamole (two avocados, lime juice, cilantro, kosher salt and black pepper) and sliced ajicito peppers from the Collingswood Farmer’s Market

It took 30 minutes to prepare the meal from start to finish. Cooking at home gives you greater control over what you put into your food and you can save money. The meal pictured above cost $10 and fed three people.

Shopping at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market

20 Oct

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I decided to visit the Collingswood farmer’s market to pick up some fresh (and affordable) produce. The market is a bustling gem set up from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. beneath the  elevated PATCO Speedline off of Collings Ave. I was able to chat with some of the vendors while browsing.

Some highlights of the morning:

I got to sample some pumpkin muffins and a scone from the Treehouse Coffee Shop booth.

Kristen Ippolito, owner and baker of Amaranth Bakery in Lancaster, P.A., hauls her gluten free wares to a variety of area farmer’s markets.

Radish leaves can be cooked and eaten too! Some instructions from Carol Savoie of Savoie Organic Farm: remove the leaves from the radish and place them in a crisper, or the refrigerator. When you’re ready to cook, steam them, then sauté with olive oil and garlic like you would with broccoli rabe.

I also bought some ajicito peppers which have a sweet taste, looking forward to frying them up.