Weekly Wisdom – Food Rules… Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not

Feb 19, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • Classic example: imitation butter, aka “margarine”
  • These products contain an extreme degree of processing; they are imitations
  • Avoid: mock meats, artificial sweeteners & fake fats & starches

Source: Michael Pollen, Food Rules

 

February Local Meal

Whew, it’s been a crazy month. Februaries are always the hardest- everyone comes back from break and hits the ground running. With that in mind we’ve decided that once a month, for the rest of the school year we’re going to take the time to slow down a little bit and savor the moment. This Thursday February 21st we’re starting a new tradition: monthly local meals. Chefs Eric Pearce and Chris Blain sat down today to put together a menu that highlights the best of what we have available this time of year. And judging from the menu, it’s hard to tell that it’s the middle of winter with all the fresh local food we’re able to offer. Our little corner of North Carolina is an incredible food microcosm. Check out what we’re planning, and be sure to visit the links on farm/producer names for more info, and our facebook page before, during, and after the meal for pictures.

Local Dinner- Thursday 2-21-13


Soup: Tomahawk Farms Steak and Onion Soup
Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Homeland Creamery Dairy

Vegan:
Local Spinach and Tofu Palak Paneer, with Steamed Brown Rice

Action:
NC Sweet Potato Bisque Bread Bowl with Spiced Local Pecans

Main Line:
Tomahawk Farms Meatballs and Pasta with Marinara

Hopkin’s Poultry Chicken Marsala

Fresh Guilford Farm Sauteed Greens
Glazed Guilford Farm Carrots drizzled with Local Honey
Ashe County Cheese Polenta with Guilford Mill cornmeal

Vegetarian:

Local Cage Free Egg Frittata (crustless quiche) with seasonal Roasted Veggies

***Local Hot Apple Cider @ the Beverage Counter

Home Baked Goods from our New Baker Diane Ilardi featuring Boonville Flour

Tune up, turn down

Feb 12, 2013
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

  • Tune up your furnace and you could save 335 pounds of carbon emissions per year. (for gas furnace, you could save 252 pounds per year.)
  • Turn down your thermostat at night or when no one is home. For each degree, you save about 1% on heating costs & carbon emissions.

Think about it! Will you take a small step to help?
Source: The Green Book

Tune up, turn down

Feb 12, 2013
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

  • Tune up your furnace and you could save 335 pounds of carbon emissions per year. (for gas furnace, you could save 252 pounds per year.)
  • Turn down your thermostat at night or when no one is home. For each degree, you save about 1% on heating costs & carbon emissions.

Think about it! Will you take a small step to help?
Source: The Green Book

Weekly Wisdom – Clues to heart health: Things you should be aware of now. Part 2

Feb 11, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • Your hidden family history: Early family history of heart disease can be a clue to your risk.
  • The amount of sleep you get: Your risk of heart disease goes up with less than 6 hour sleep a night. Aim for 7- 8 hours.
  • Your heart health is in your hands, start by making positive changes!

Go red for American Heart Month

 

Featured Farmer: Anthony Bono, Flora Ridge Farm

Who: Anthony and Joy Bono

What: Hydroponically Grown Lettuces

Where: Salad Bar

The Story:

Flora Ridge Farm is located in the town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Flora Ridge Farm is one of the few farms to use Hydroponic Technology to produce the finest and highest quality greens on the market today. Anthony and Joy Bono own and operate the farm ensuring that the products are grown with love, care and extreme dedication. The Flora Ridge Farm slogan is “It can’t be any fresher cause it’s still growing,” and that pretty much says it all about the beautiful color and flavors of the greens that are produced. Flora Ridge is a small operation, but that allows Anthony to put extra time and efforts into the growing operation. Smaller IS better in this case!

Hydroponics is a subset of hydrocultureand is a method of growing plantsusing mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in a variety of mediums.

 

Since Flora Ridge can grow their greens regardless of the season, we’re able to offer fresh, local lettuce on the salad bar year round! Flora Ridge Farm work with us on a weekly basis to provide for us the very best Greens that we can get in all of North Carolina!

Heart aware month-go red

Feb 5, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.  Why is this important?  For starters, heart disease is the number 1 killer of women.  This disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year and kills more than all kinds of cancer combined.  Pretty scary stuff when you see the statistics.  The good news is that we have a weapon to fight this disease by living a healthy lifestyle.  With good nutrition, exercise & regular check-ups with your physician, you can reduce your risk for heart disease.

Some tips for heart disease prevention:

Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day with a goal of 60 minutes daily for weight maintenance.

Consume a diet rich in:
Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day
Fish (preferably oily fish, like salmon): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce servings a day
Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week, opting for unsalted varieties whenever possible
(Based on a 2000 calorie diet)

Other nutrition goals should include
Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day
Sugar-sweetened beverages: Aim to consume no more than 450 calories a week
Processed meats (bacon, sausage, hotdogs, etc): No more than two servings a week
Saturated fat (butter, lard, red meat, etc): Should comprise no more than 7 percent of your total calorie intake

Adapted from heart.org
For more information on heart disease and ways to reduce your risk visit www.heart.org

 

 

Weekly Wisdom – Clues to heart health: Things you should be aware of now. Part 1

Feb 5, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • Think your drink: One serving of alcohol for women & 2 for men. One serving is just 4­6 oz.
  • Where you carry your weight: Even with a normal BMI (body mass index) abdominal obesity is risky.
  • Your hidden family history: Early family history of heart disease can be a clue to your risk.

Go red for American Heart Month

 

The perfect brownie

Feb 5, 2013
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

We all know we’ve been in pursuit of it for some time now.  We do have several recipes in Cheftec that are awesome & easy-Chef Shea’s Bangin’ Brownies, Chocolate Syrup Brownies & Farm Basket Brownies  are three that are among the best.

I came across the recipe below on a tumbler of ‘Nutella Recipes’.   There were several recipes that sounded tasty, but these brownies looked absolutely amazing!  I decided this weekend would be a good opportunity to try them-I could take them to a Super Bowl gathering, vs having them around the house.
I followed the recipe for the most part.  I deleted the espresso powder & added some pecans.  I’m not overly fond of hazelnuts, so I was a bit concerned the Nutella would add too much hazelnut flavor to the brownies, but it’s nearly undetectable.  The result is one of the best brownies I’ve ever had-fudgy, moist, dense & thick and super easy to make!
They were a huge hit at the Super Bowl party…which was actually more of a Puppy Bowl party…Go MARTA!  Puppy Bowl MVP!  All the puppies & kittens are winners-as are the rescue groups who were highlighted.  
Try the recipe-you’ll LOVE them!

Nutella Brownies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
10 ounce package Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Baking Melts (or chocolate chips)

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.
Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until well combined.
Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Stir in the flour and baking melts until just combined.
Spread into prepared pan (batter will be very thick and sticky) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.

Image source: completelydelicious.com

The perfect brownie

Feb 5, 2013
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

We all know we’ve been in pursuit of it for some time now.  We do have several recipes in Cheftec that are awesome & easy-Chef Shea’s Bangin’ Brownies, Chocolate Syrup Brownies & Farm Basket Brownies  are three that are among the best.

I came across the recipe below on a tumbler of ‘Nutella Recipes’.   There were several recipes that sounded tasty, but these brownies looked absolutely amazing!  I decided this weekend would be a good opportunity to try them-I could take them to a Super Bowl gathering, vs having them around the house.
I followed the recipe for the most part.  I deleted the espresso powder & added some pecans.  I’m not overly fond of hazelnuts, so I was a bit concerned the Nutella would add too much hazelnut flavor to the brownies, but it’s nearly undetectable.  The result is one of the best brownies I’ve ever had-fudgy, moist, dense & thick and super easy to make!
They were a huge hit at the Super Bowl party…which was actually more of a Puppy Bowl party…Go MARTA!  Puppy Bowl MVP!  All the puppies & kittens are winners-as are the rescue groups who were highlighted.  
Try the recipe-you’ll LOVE them!

Nutella Brownies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
10 ounce package Hershey's Milk Chocolate Baking Melts (or chocolate chips)

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.
Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until well combined.
Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Stir in the flour and baking melts until just combined.
Spread into prepared pan (batter will be very thick and sticky) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.

Image source: completelydelicious.com

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