Melissa Pasanen http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/871/all en Cream Sauce Without Cream: The Secret to Make Creamy Recipes Healthy http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_and_techniques/cream_sauce_without_cream_the_secret_to_make_creamy_recipes_healthy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creamy Winter Comfort </div> </div> </div> <p>On cold winter nights on a Colorado ranch, Grandmother Maud bustled around her warm woodstove simmering up rib-sticking meals like hearty winter vegetable chowder for a table full of family and ranch hands. Standing over the steaming pot, she would taste the sweet carrots and rutabaga and then pour in a generous pint of fresh cream. It’s a scene that her grandson, renowned chef John Ash, remembers vividly. He would savor spoonfuls of the comforting soup, full of tender vegetables with a touch of smoky bacon. “It was so rich and creamy, it would warm me up all the way through,” he says.</p><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chef John Ash shares healthy recipes for favorite comfort foods using an ingenious cream sauce without cream recipe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/102017124_Ken_Burris.jpg?1359131836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> January/February 2013 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/cream_sauce_without_cream.html">Cream Sauce without the Cream</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/mushroom_toast_points.html">Creamy Wild Mushroom Toast Points</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/mac_and_cheese.html">Mac &amp; Cheese</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/tonnato_dip.html">Tonnato Dip</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/chicken_cream_sauce.html">Chicken with Red Pepper Cream Sauce</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/vegetable_chowder.html">Old-Fashioned Winter Vegetable Chowder</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Links: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/homemade_mac_cheese_and_more_healthy_creamy_pasta_recipes">Homemade Mac &amp; Cheese and More Healthy Creamy Pasta Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_techniques/how_to_make_mac_cheese_healthier">How to Make Mac &amp; Cheese Healthier</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_creamy_soup_recipes">Healthy Creamy Soup Recipes </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/creamy_chicken_recipes">Creamy Chicken Recipes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_and_techniques/cream_sauce_without_cream_the_secret_to_make_creamy_recipes_healthy#comments Melissa Pasanen January/February 2013 Healthy Cooking - Healthy Cooking 101: Basics & Techniques Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:43:26 +0000 Nifer 274848 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to Grow Microgreens http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/how_to_grow_microgreens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Salad&#039;s Mini-Me </div> </div> </div> <p>Microgreens, the first shoots of plants like collard greens, beet greens and mustard greens, are prized by chefs for their beauty and concentrated fresh flavor. They’re increasingly available for everyone to buy…for a price (some fetch up to $50 a pound). But for less than $10 you can buy the seeds and soil to cultivate your own windowsill crop. Here’s how:</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step-by-step instructions to grow your own windowsill microgreens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-large"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_large" width="625" height="225" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/microgreens.jpg?1297451452" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/22173_310.jpg?1297451684" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/microgreens_310.jpg?1297720632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> March/April 2011 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Healthy Salad Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/make_ahead_lunch_salads">Make-Ahead Lunch Salads</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/no_cook_healthy_salad_recipes">No-Cook Healthy Salad Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_salad_dressing_recipes">Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/simple_side_salad_recipes">Simple Side Salad Recipes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Gardening Resources </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/container_gardening_with_salad_greens">Container Gardening with Salad Greens</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/13_easy_to_grow_vegetables_and_herbs">13 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables and Herbs</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/grow_your_dinner_and_save_money_with_a_vegetable_garden">Grow Your Dinner and Save Money with a Vegetable Garden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/how_to_start_a_vegetable_garden">How To Start a Vegetable Garden </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/your_kitchen_garden">Tips for Growing a Kitchen Garden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/gardening/how_to_grow_microgreens#comments Melissa Pasanen March/April 2011 Food News & Origins - Seasonal & Local Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:57:51 +0000 Sarah Hoff 16901 at http://www.eatingwell.com Delicious Ways to Cook with Lemons http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/eatingwell_in_season/delicious_ways_to_cook_with_lemons <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When Life Gives You Lemons </div> </div> </div> <p>I know what to do with bushels of zucchini and a cellar full of turnips, but when life gave me loads of lemons I was almost overcome by the riches. I’ve always coveted the lemon trees that grow in my sister’s backyard in California, the state that produces about 90 percent of the U.S. crop. When I visit her, I am baffled by how she seems to take those sunny fruits for granted.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Recipes for winter&#039;s brightest fruit. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/lemons_0.jpg?1291927131" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> January/February 2011 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/almond_lemon_fish_with_spinach.html">Almond-&amp;-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/lemon_cranberry_muffins.html">Lemon-Cranberry Muffins</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/lemon_oregano_lamb_chops.html">Lemon &amp; Oregano Lamb Chops</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/lemon_pavlova.html">Lemon Pavlova </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/lemon_pudding_cakes.html">Lemon Pudding Cakes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/lemon_rosemary_turkey_meatballs.html">Lemon-Rosemary Turkey Meatballs</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/preserved_lemons.html">Preserved Lemons </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_citrus_recipes">Healthy Citrus Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/winter_fruit_dessert_recipes">Winter Fruit Dessert Recipes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Articles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_techniques/how_to_make_and_use_preserved_lemons">How to Make and Use Preserved Lemons</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/eatingwell_in_season/delicious_ways_to_cook_with_lemons#comments Melissa Pasanen January/February 2011 Food News & Origins - Seasonal & Local Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:41:03 +0000 Sarah Hoff 16702 at http://www.eatingwell.com 3 Champions of Sustainable Food http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/3_champions_of_sustainable_food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 Cheers for Sustainability </div> </div> </div> <p>Founded in Boston in 1993, Chefs Collaborative was one of the first national chef organizations to “steer the conversation around the local sustainable food movement,” explains executive director Melissa Kogut. This year marks the non-profit’s inaugural Sustainability Awards, which honor trailblazers who bring to life Chefs Collaborative’s mission of educating chefs about sustainability and building connections among chefs and food producers. Meet the winners below.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sustainability awards honor trailblazing chefs and food producers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="308" height="308" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/award_winners_new.jpg?1286816583" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> November/December 2010 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Articles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/5_tips_for_a_greener_diet">5 Tips for a Greener Diet</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/eatingwell_in_season/5_ways_to_eat_local_beyond_the_farmers_market">5 Ways to Eat Local Beyond the Farmers&#039; Market</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/building_a_healthy_food_system_in_rural_america">Building a Healthy Food System in Rural America</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Green Buyer&#039;s Guides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101/shopping_cooking_guides/green_choices_meat_poultry_buyer_s_guide">Green Choices: Meat &amp; Poultry Buyer’s Guide</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101/shopping_cooking_guides/green_choices_produce_buyer_s_guide">Green Choices: Produce Buyer’s Guide</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101/shopping_cooking_guides/green_choices_seafood_buyer_s_guide">Green Choices: Seafood Buyer’s Guide</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/3_champions_of_sustainable_food#comments Melissa Pasanen November/December 2010 Food News & Origins - Green & Sustainable Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:32:39 +0000 Sarah Hoff 16445 at http://www.eatingwell.com Picnicing at an Urban Farm http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/picnicing_at_an_urban_farm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Farm-Fresh Picnic </div> </div> </div> <p>Traffic across the railroad tracks in Burlington, Vermont is brisk on summer Thursday afternoons as cyclists, walkers and cars head to the Intervale. Many come with baskets filled with picnic-ready dishes like our Grilled Shrimp Skewers over White Bean Salad. A band plays by the historic farmhouse and barn, picnic blankets patchwork the grass as farmers walk from their fields to set up heirloom-tomato tastings and women in colorful African clothing sell food made with vegetables they grew nearby.</p><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Escape summer in the city with a farm-fresh picnic. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-large"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_large" width="630" height="230" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/picnic_farm_fresh_2_630.jpg?1280355503" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/picnic_farm_fresh_310.jpg?1280355190" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> July/August 2010 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/grilled_shrimp_bean_salad.html">Grilled Shrimp Skewers over White Bean Salad </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/zucchini_parmesan_salad.html">Zucchini Salad with Shaved Parmesan</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/grilled_eggplant_tomato_stacks.html">Grilled Eggplant &amp; Tomato Stacks</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/raspberry_limeade.html">Raspberry Limeade</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/roasted_fennel_farro_salad.html">Roasted Fennel &amp; Farro Salad</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/rosemary_pine_nut_biscotti.html">Rosemary-Pine Nut Biscotti</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/recipes_fresh_from_the_farmers_market">Recipes Fresh from the Farmers’ Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/seasonal_local/picnicing_at_an_urban_farm#comments Melissa Pasanen July/August 2010 Food News & Origins - Seasonal & Local Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:15:14 +0000 Penelope Wall 16165 at http://www.eatingwell.com Nutrition? Duh. http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_kids/nutrition_duh <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frontline gets skeptics into the kitchen to make food and health palatable. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“So, who’s eaten protein today?” asks Connal McCullough of a group of intent preteens gathered at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea, Massachusetts.</p> <p>“I had chicken,” says Juan Lopez, 12. “Kentucky Fried—but that’s still chicken.”</p> <p>It was the perfect opening for the evening’s subject: making a healthier alternative to Juan’s deep-fried lunch. Instructors McCullough, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, and Tony Rosenfeld, chef and co-owner of b.good restaurant, are teaching hands-on cooking and health as part of a six-week course created by Operation Frontline, a program of Share Our Strength, the national antihunger and antipoverty organization.</p> <p>“You hear about a nutrition class and you roll your eyes,” says Erica Vogelei, former program manager for Operation Frontline in Massachusetts, “but a cooking class with a real chef—that’s exciting.”</p> <p>Since 1993, Operation Frontline courses have reached more than 31,000 people in 15 states, including low-income adults, children and teens, and people living with HIV and AIDS. The in-kitchen classes are led by volunteer teaching teams—usually a professional chef paired with a nutrition educator. In most cases, students leave with a bag of groceries so they can recreate what they’ve just learned at home.</p> <p>Tonight’s project—low-fat baked chicken—emerged from the oven crisp and juicy. “Is it better than KFC?” asks Rosenfeld. “Sure. It’s homemade,” says Jerricka Rodas, 12. “We should have put some spice on it,” volunteers a classmate. The final verdict comes when another voice asks, “Is there any more?”</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_kids/nutrition_duh#comments Melissa Pasanen February/March 2006 Healthy Eating for Kids Diet, Nutrition & Health - Healthy Kids Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:52:22 +0000 Penelope Wall 9651 at http://www.eatingwell.com A Vermont Picnic http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/food_travel/a_vermont_picnic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Vermont Picnic </div> </div> </div> <p>In early spring, I stood in northern Vermont under a bright blue sky watching a teenager tap a sugar maple while his parents and grandparents looked on proudly. “Sugaring is just as much a part of me as the color of my hair,” the young fourth-generation sugarmaker said later over maple-crumb muffins in the farmhouse kitchen. “Every family has its own stories. For me, growing up sugaring is a big part of our story.”</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melissa Pasanen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Meal to Celebrate Local Bounty. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="310" height="310" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/vermont_picnic_310.jpg?1278972888" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> July/August 2008 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Healthy Recipes for a Vermont Picnic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/haymakers_ginger_switchel.html">Haymaker&#039;s Ginger Switchel</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/bean_tomato_salad_with_honey_vinaigrette.html">Bean &amp; Tomato Salad with Honey Vinaigrette</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/country_potato_salad.html">Country Potato Salad</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/cheddar_cornmeal_biscuits_with_chives.html">Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes/maple_mustard_baked_chicken.html">Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes/blueberry_tart_with_walnut_crust.html">Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle2"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Healthy Picnic Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks2"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/summer_bbq_picnic_foods_made_healthier">Summer BBQ Picnic Foods Made Healthier</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_potato_salad_and_pasta_salad_recipes">Healthy Potato Salad and Pasta Salad Recipes </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/picnic_desserts">Picnic Desserts</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_picnic_coleslaws_and_salads">Healthy Coleslaws and Picnic Salads</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/potluck_side_dish_recipes">Potluck Side Dish Recipes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In early spring, I stood in northern Vermont under a bright blue sky watching a teenager tap a sugar maple while his parents and grandparents looked on proudly. “Sugaring is just as much a part of me as the color of my hair,” the young fourth-generation sugarmaker said later over maple-crumb muffins in the farmhouse kitchen. “Every family has its own stories. For me, growing up sugaring is a big part of our story.”</p> <p>Maple syrup is part of many Vermonters’ stories but, like other longstanding food traditions across North America, it is threatened by both environmental and societal factors and has been labeled “at risk” by the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) project. Maple Syrup nation—one of 13 “foodsheds” outlined by RAFT—stretches from eastern Quebec and inland Maine to the northwest corner of Indiana, with the entire state of Vermont and most of New York State and Pennsylvania at its heart. It is named in honor of the sugar maple, which has shared its sap since native peoples first discovered the lightly sweet, clear liquid and simmered it down into syrup and sugar. Unfortunately, climate change, acid rain, creeping development and invasive species have threatened the sugar maple. </p> <p>Veteran sugarmaker Burr Morse, 60, of East Montpelier, Vermont, has been sugaring since he was a boy. The last 20 years have been a struggle: “Weather just stopped happening right,” he explains. “If sugaring goes away, then I go away,” he says simply. “It’s not only important to the economy, it’s important to the temperament of the people here.”</p> <p>Most of Maple Syrup nation was settled by homesteaders who had to diversify to survive. They grew their own vegetables, dry beans and grains; planted fruit and nut trees; raised chickens, pigs and sheep for wool and meat; and always had a milking cow. They hunted game and gathered berries, grapes, dandelion leaves and fiddleheads. To sustain themselves through the long winters, they canned summer’s bounty and stored apples, potatoes and other root vegetables and cured pork in root cellars, attics and barns.</p> <p>The growing season was full of hard work, but dishes like some of the following recipes might well have been spread out for all to share at a community barn-raising or a church picnic. Picture a hearty bean and tomato salad made, perhaps, with Vermont Cranberry beans and sun-warmed orange Oxheart tomatoes. Or an earthenware bowl of freshly dug and boiled new Early Rose potatoes tossed with cob-smoked ham and the buttermilk left after butter-churning. You might find a platter of crisp-crumbed chicken and a basket of warm Cheddar-cornmeal biscuits made with stone-ground flint corn grown since the time of the Abenaki Indians, who lived in what is now northern New England and southern Quebec. There would be pie and giant jugs of ginger-spiked switchel—the preferred drink for hot, dusty summer work—chilling in a nearby stream.</p> <p>The heirloom varieties of beans, tomatoes, potatoes and corn that would have been on the table are among the foods RAFT has deemed worth reinvigorating for their unique contributions to both our culinary and broader cultural heritage. “We, as humans, have not been given roots as obvious as those of plants,” says RAFT founder Gary Paul Nabhan. “The surest way we have to lodge ourselves within this blessed earth is to know where our food comes from.”</p> <p>Anyone can play a role by searching out RAFT foods to grow or eat. Soon after Tom Stearns, 33, first started saving and growing heirloom seeds as a hobby in 1995, he was given some flint corn, which he named Roy’s Calais after the man and town from which it came. The next year his passion became his profession when Stearns established High Mowing Organic Seeds in northern Vermont, now a national mail-order organic seed company with over $1 million in annual sales. “Preservation is not just keeping something in a seed bank somewhere,” Stearns says. “Having someone actively farming it is the best way to preserve it.”</p> <p>Farther south in Rutland, Vermont, Donald Heleba, 69, still works the land his family has farmed since 1926, growing about 35 different potatoes on eight acres without herbicides or mechanical harvesting. “I handsort 10,000 potatoes by myself,” Heleba says with quiet pride. “I’m not bragging, but I’m very particular.” His stock changes each year, but includes varieties like Green Mountain and Makah Ozette. Some don’t sell too well, but “I keep growing them just so I don’t lose the seed,” he says. Back when his father grew potatoes, Heleba recalls, “People bought them by the bushel. Now they buy them by the pound.” But other things are different too. “When I was in school, people used to make fun of you if you were a farmer,” he says. “It’s changed. Now they treat you like you’re special.”</p> <p>—Melissa Pasanen is an award-winning freelance writer with a focus on food and farming. She co-authored Cooking with Shelburne Farms: Food and Stories from Vermont (Viking, 2007), a New York Times “notable cookbook.”</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/food_travel/a_vermont_picnic#comments Melissa Pasanen July/August 2008 Food News & Origins - Food & Travel Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:32:31 +0000 Paula Joslin 9458 at http://www.eatingwell.com