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Farm fresh taste

August
26

I love late summer because it means fresh corn. I grew up in the Philly suburbs & we’d spend vacations at the Jersey shore. I can remember driving across the Garden State, stopping at farm stands along the way to pick up fat red tomatoes; plump blueberries; juicy peaches and, of course, sweet corn on the cob. There’s nothing like taking that first bite of the season and having all those little kernels explode in your mouth. Really good fresh corn doesn’t need butter or salt, but I like to use them sometimes.

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We’re fortunate to live close to Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Somers. I stopped by the other day to pick up some corn & it was delicious. I wasn’t the only one who thought so. JD loved it! I’ve given him corn before, and he liked it. But this time was different. He became very focused while eating it; it was as if he didn’t want anything intruding on this treat. No stray kernels were dropped (much to the dogs’ dismay), none were tossed over the side. When he was finished what was on the tray, he looked at me expectantly for more. I was happy to oblige.

It will be many more years before he understands what went into making that corn so special, but it’s times like this that prove the benefits of locally grown is in the taste for anyone to enjoy.

Photo by Stephen Schmitt/The Journal News

Posted by Tracey Princiotta on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 at 8:30 am |
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Helping the world one loaf at a time

May
15

Bread. My soon to be 14-month old loves it. Come to think of it who doesn’t love bread, especially the warm, melt-in-your mouth kind.

tjndc5-5b3dir5qg9w3gsw36jt_thumbnail.jpgOn a recent trip to Rhinebeck, we were so excited to get some fresh whole-grain loaves from Bread Alone. Unfortunately, it had closed at 5 p.m. when we arrived at 5:01 p.m. Some of you may have heard of Bread Alone, it’s well-known in Dutchess County and if you frequent green markets in the Hudson Valley, you may have stumbled upon their crusty baguettes. Bread Alone can be found at farmers markets in Peekskill, Ossining, Cold Spring, Tarrytown, Hastings and Pleasantville.

But this post is not about where to get said bread. Bread Alone owner, Dan Leader, along with a retired physician, hatched a plan to build bakeries in South Africa and teach the locals how to make nutritious bread and run their own businesses. Two years ago, the South African Whole Grain Bread Project (SAWBGP) was born.

The plan goes beyond giving locals employment. SAWGBP is helping to develop a bread using locally grown grains that would provide nutrition for people infected with HIV/AIDS.

Throughout time, bread has been a staple in diets in most parts of the world. So as you bite into that multi-grain slice of goodness, think about how a South African child is now also getting that same opportunity.

Posted by Marcela Rojas on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, ConnecticutÕs largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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