Friday, August 21, 2015

School's in Session with Sweet Polenta Blueberry Cake

This cake is delicious.

Find Terri's delicious Sweet Polenta Blueberry Cake recipe here.

Don't have a kitchen scale? Get one (you'll thank me later) or visit this website for easy conversions (I have made a cheat sheet in my kitchen so I don't have to keep clicking back).

School's in session, my kitchen is quiet (for a wee bit) and I'm so happy to be full throttling into Fall.

Here are a few things I'm excited about:

  • Our school district's meal provider Preferred Meals is now providing sugar content information for parents. Check out the menus here. Our district has also begun an email list for parents and caregivers who would like to receive ingredient information in addition to nutritional content. Click here to sign your District 76 family up for communications from the Preferred Meals Team. I am hoping to get in on the school lunch action as soon as that first email comes in! 
  • Introducing The Chef Ann Foundation. They are a non-profit organization that helps schools transition from serving unhealthy processed and packaged foods, to scratch cooking with fresh produce and wholesome ingredients. They carry out that vision by actively supporting school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for school food change and #foodtruth! Sign up for their delicious newsletter here.
  • Food Day 2015 is coming up fast! As a member of the planning committee for Chicago Food Day (October 22-24th), we are gearing up and actively seeking exhibitors, sponsors and partners to help us create a Farm-to-Table experience across the Chicagoland area. Learn more here! Applications are due September 1st. #FoodDayCHI

Welcome back and let her rip!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Part 5 | #FoodRevontheFarm + The Kitchen Notebook

Dear Terri and Prairie Farm Corps crew,

It is so weird having you all gone. These are my favorite pictures from our celebration dinner cooking marathon and my last day with you guys harvesting vegetables for the Libertyville Farmer's Market.

Now that we have cooked and dug in the mud together, I just want to do it over and over again.

So that's what I have done. Made some videos so we can relive our Summer together whenever we want! HA! I dreamt of making these videos when I started meeting with Eric and Erin over a year ago in the yellow farmhouse. 

...Terri, how many times have we said "we've known each other from a past life"!?  

I could write for days upon days about our 8 weeks together. Terri, I'm looking forward to writing more about the favorite recipes we cooked (I'm going to make these dishes with my kids!) over the next year from The Kitchen Notebook. It'll surely be something to keep us warm when the weather turns cold:) 

OH Crew, what fun we had cooking and eating together! Here is my mini film, made around music in hopes of capturing the magic that grew in each of us. It's my gift to each of the Prairie Farm Corps crew members, for the Liberty Prairie Foundation and for everyone around the globe who is inspired... 

to gather more often at our family tables together,
to cook more often from scratch,
to spread farm to table food education.

I give HUGE big love to each and everyone one of the crew. I miss you dearly and I'll be thinking of our Summer together every time I cook, for you are now part of my connected and wonderfully cooked life.

To the mullies we go...



Thank you Food Revolution for the honor of hosting the first #FoodRevTakeOver on Instagram. We had a blast sharing it all with YOU!