Recipes, Events, Discoveries to Keep Us Safe, Beautiful and Healthy
Glowing, radiant health is the new black. Our Green Table is serving it up, for the whole body! Healthy recipes and tips, the latest on eco-friendly food and "skin food"products and a head's up on ingredient safety are all woven into family-centered stories and discoveries. Bring informed, aware and empowered looks good on everyone!
While waiting to see exactly what I am going to do on this page, I thought my sous-chef and line cooks needed a nod or pet or both. Here they are...
Sous Chef Chihuahua Stuart guards the secret recipes...note: he is in full alert, bark-ready and splayed finger mode. Watch out. Head Line Cook Annie is hoping some juicy morsel will fall in her line for a little snack and she is not thinking about granola or granola bars. In true terrier fashion, she is ready to pounce.
Meanwhile, Line Cook Terrier Lilly is off duty and on to thoughts and activities other than cooking. She is dreaming of life beyond the kitchen walls and readying herself for a snooze.
And, after a hard day, pictures of the team cutting a rug after work...
As well as taking photos of the sweet help, here are some photos of my work day making Natural State Granola Bars from their sweet, but not too sweet, start to healthy, chewy finish.
Mixing up the magical base
Will I be chocolate, pineapple or fruit or will I be just plain good?
Que cera, cera!
Ready to go into the oven
Ready to eat!
And, taking Natural State Granola from its plain and pale origins to its gorgeous, delicious golden finish...with more than a few "secret" ingredients thrown into the mix.
Want to see one of your favorite local good food growers, makers, purveyors or chefs listed on Our Green Table? Got any scoops about Good Food? Good Living? Goods we can dish out on our table? You know how I love to hit the streets, and so...send me a tip, firstname.lastname@example.org Just remember...
And...here is more! It's NOT just a "Girl Thing"!!
Our Green Table is my story about...
*Finding peace amidst chaos *Switching to a plant-based diet *Cooking delicious food *Living in "The Sandwich" * Traveling between AR and NY...lots! caring for family *Meeting sweet people *Sharing my discoveries *Keeping it healthy and fun
My wish for Our Green Table is...
From omnivore to vegan and everyone in between, OGTwill become our story of curiosity, compassion and changes that make a difference.
Here is the not set-in-stone path the stories will take:
Mondays: Recipe Day (Meatless Monday ideas) Wednesdays: "Skin" Food and/or "Soul" Food Day Fridays: Recipe Day (Weekend Fun)
Need help with the food you eat? The skin you are in? Want to share your thoughts? Send me a "peace" of mail: email@example.com
I am on an "adventure in life", a journey to a more peaceful way of eating and living to protect my health, my sanity and the world I live in. I am up for learning all sorts of new things and sharing them. I thought, like a good binding does for the stories in a book, I would anchor my food stories and fun discoveries to a spot in my home that roots me and, I believe, roots for me.
I have a green table that sits in the middle of my kitchen. No telling how old it is. It has been in many other homes, I suspect, before mine. The legs are sturdy and graceful, but the “toes” are stubbed and worn. There is part of the table that forms a brace joining the legs. It is a great perch for baskets and dogs’ paws. The surface of the table unfolds like a puzzle and goes from small to large with a wiggle of a couple of pieces of wood hidden underneath the main tabletop.
I love the color, or colors of green, that pop through. Starting with emerald through to lime, there are many shades until, in small patches, the bare wood softly peeks out. The colors of green remind me to choose well. I love this table, the food that goes on it, the chairs, elbows and paws that pull up and rest there. It is the heart of my kitchen and is the centerpiece for not only our food, but for our stories.
While nourishing the body and soul, the recipes in the stories here also nourish the environment and support the local food community.
Here are the Golden-Green Rules of Our Green Table:
1. Buy food with thought 2. Cook it simply, with care 3. Use less wheat and no meat 4. Create wholesome sweets 5. Buy local foods, real foods 6. Serve just enough 7. Use what is left 8. Keep it fun