Posts Tagged ‘Farmer Steven’

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Looking For A New Broccoli Recipe?

May 17, 2017

Do you ever feel like you just get in a rut? Especially with cooking vegetables? Once we find a way we’re comfortable with preparing a vegetable, it’s easy to slip into a pattern and not venture out to try others.  This is your week to push the bounds on how you serve broccoli!   Steam-schmeam… try out this deliciously tasty recipe instead when you bring home broccoli from the market this week.  Farmer Steven has broccoli in the CSA boxes from Just Natural Farms this week.

BroccoliToasted Bread with Drowned Broccoli
(Vrocculi Affogat)

  • 3 to 4 pounds broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 red chile pepper, cut in half (or ½ tsp. crushed red pepper)
  • 2 to 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or red wine)
  • 8 (1-inch) slices day-old Italian peasant bread, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, for garnish

In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add the florets and onions and cook for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Mix in garlic, olives, 6 tablespoons parsley, chile pepper, anchovy, and wine. Simmer until tender. Add bread and cook until bread absorbs wine. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with parsley and parmesan cheese over top, for garnish. Serve very hot.

 

 

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So Many Things To Do With Strawberries

May 10, 2017

There are strawberries in the Just Natural Farms CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes along with several other fresh favorites from the farm this week. 

You know a great way to use strawberries?
Make a strawberry pavlova!

Strawberry Pavlova is the topic of our FLASH DEMO™ at The Culinary Center of Kansas City,  this Sat, May 13, 11 a.m. – Noon.

This week’s topic for this power-packed one-hour cooking class including tastings and recipe is:

Strawberry Pavlova
Named in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this particularly dreamy meringue dessert is magnificent and deliciously easy, especially when served with those abundant juicy strawberries and drizzled with an elegant syrup of balsamic vinegar and a dollop of whipped crème.
Strap on your ballet shoes… you’re gonna wanna pirouette after eating this jewel of a dessert!

Register BEFORE Saturday for $25/person!
OR walk in the day of the class for $30/person

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

We’re having fun deciding how to use all of the produce goodies!  I shared a salad recipe last week, but I can’t help myself – I’m going to do it this week also. This Strawberry Spinach Salad is just SO good.  (I promise we’ll shake things up with next week’s CSA recipe and share something other than a salad!)

Strawberry Spinach Salad
with Honey Lime Dressing

DRESSING

  • 1 good-sized lime, freshly juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Pinch of salt

SALAD

  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 pint ripe strawberries, fresh, rinsed, hulled and halved
  • 2-3 tablespoons red onion, chopped into small slivers
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the dressing, in a bowl add the juice, zest, oil, honey and salt; whisk together and set aside.

In a large salad bowl, toss spinach leaves, strawberry halves, and red onion in a large salad bowl. Set aside.

Place almonds and sugar in a sauté pan and cook over medium-low heat. As sugar melts, stir almond and sugar syrup constantly. The almonds will brown a bit and the sugar will become amber colored, be very careful to not burn the almonds. Turn them out onto a dinner plate in a single layer to cool.

To serve, drizzle with dressing and top with some of the cooked almonds. Serve.

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If you’re interested in more information or subscribing for the Just Natural Farms CSA program, click here.

 

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It’s Another Awesome “3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE” This Friday!

May 14, 2016

Can You Taste Summer?  We Can!!
We’ll be servin’ it up too with
FREE music, hooch and food tastings!
Join us for Third Friday LOCAL LIFE

at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
in Downtown Overland Park!

Friday, May 20  5 – 9 p.m.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland ParkFREE WINE TASTING
‘Writer’s Block’ Wines

FREE VODKA & WHISKEY TASTING
Union Horse Distillery

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
featuring the legendary Joe Kieltyka
from the original Stonewall Inn

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
  Gypsy Jazz Trio, Mire Pral

FREE ARTISAN FOOD TASTINGS
Dēz Nüts

FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Taste food from our Dinners on Demand freezers
in The Kitchen Shop

VISIT ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN QUARLES

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
beer, wine & savory cheesecake ‘small plates’ for sale 

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There are a lot more live music and special events going on in Downtown Overland Park.
Click here for a complete listing.

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Celebrating Local & Organic At Local Life Friday

April 15, 2016

* * PARTY LOCAL * *

We’ll be celebrating local and organic
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
in Downtown Overland Park
at 3rd Friday Local Life!

Friday, April 15  5 – 9 p.m.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland ParkFREE WINE TASTING
Sample sustainable, organic wines

FREE COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Learn to make pizza & sauce
with CCKC Instructor Daniela Mancinelli Abel

ENCORE LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
by John Murphini (aka John Murphy)

EAT.FOOD.ART.GALLERY
featuring paintings by the best food artists in town – our staff!

FREE BOOZY BOTANICALS
Try simple syrups created by a local maker

FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Taste food from our Dinners on Demand freezers
in The Kitchen Shop

VISIT ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN QUARLES
out front with his wares!

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Beer, Wine & Spring Pea Guacamole ‘small plates’ for sale 

AND
Save 10% Off Selected Classes
Sign up tonight at Local Life for any of Instructor Daniela Mancinelli Abel’s April or May classes and save 10% on registration!

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There’s a lot more going on in Downtown Overland Park.
Click here for a complete listing.

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Fresh Produce All Summer With Our CSA!

March 19, 2016

It’s time to register for our 2016 CSA program…

Many of you enjoyed our Just Natural Farms CSA Program at The Culinary Center of Kansas City last year through Organic Farmer Steven Quarles. Well, we are happy to report that we are offering it again this year to our valued clients … with a few attractive changes (one of which is a lower total cost to you each week and the second is the option of a “half share”)

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture

Here’s how it works…

Each Wednesday afternoon (2-5 p.m.) or Saturday afternoon (2-5 p.m.) throughout the growing season, you pick up a hearty box of Farmer Steven’s local organic produce. Farmer Steven almost always adds a bit of “value add” to these special boxes in the form of eggs or a canned item, and The Culinary Center always adds a seasonal recipe, plus some extra treats now and again. Or maybe even from our neighbors here in Downtown Overland Park.

CSA Details:

  • You must register by May 1 for the program.
  • The program covers 26 weeks: May 7 – Oct 31.
  • Pick up will be your choice of Wednesdays (between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) or Saturdays (between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at our “back door” at 7917 Foster Street in Downtown Overland Park under the teal awning. (All produce not picked up by 6 p.m. will be donated to those in need. Sorry, we can’t hold your produce for a later pick-up time.)
  • Cost:   Full Share: $35/week + tax
    Half Share: $20/week + tax
  • Register here and Farmer Steven will contact you directly to get things set up and to take payment.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY!

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Week 3 Brought Another CSA Box!

July 31, 2015

Wow – the hits just keep on coming from Farmer Steven’s farm! This week’s box was filled with a variety of fresh produce and eggs, plus some vegetable juice made with a variety of farm-fresh goodness.

It’s not too late to be a part of our 2015  Farm to Kitchen CSA program. Each week, subscribers pick up a box chock full of fresh-picked farm favorites, along with recipes from The Culinary Center suggesting ways you can use your treasures.

Farm to Kitchen CSA - wk3The Farm to Kitchen CSA program registration has been extended. There’s still time to sign up for 13 weeks – just visit kcculinary.com/csa to learn more and register for the program, and you can start receiving your CSA box each Friday here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City through October 30.

(CSA = Community Supported Agriculture)

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Another Week of Farm-To-Kitchen CSA Goodness

July 24, 2015

Farm to Kitchen CSA - wk 2You can still join in on our Farmer Steven-inspired boxes of wholesome and delicious fresh produce.  Our  Farm to Kitchen CSA subscribers’ baskets are chock full of goodies that came in straight from the farm. I’m talkin’ picked within the last 24 hours.

(CSA = Community
Supported Agriculture)

The Farm to Kitchen CSA program registration has been extended! There’s still time to sign up for 14 weeks – just visit kcculinary.com/csa to learn more and register for the program. And you can start receiving your CSA box each Friday here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City through October 30.

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