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The Thanksgiving Recipes

In Recipes on November 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cup/9.5oz oatmeal
1/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
3/4 cup/8.5oz sugar
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 cup/6.5oz pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup/3oz rough chopped bittersweet chocolate

Mix oatmeal, soy milk, grapeseed oil, baking powder, agave nectar, sugar and salt in a mixer with paddle attachment for 2 full minutes. Add pumpkin seeds and chocolate and mix until combined.
Drop cookies on baking sheet and flat with moist fingers.

Bake 350˚F oven until golden brown.

Bread (Raisin, Pumpkin Seed, White, Wheat)

3 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh compressed yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
4 cups whole wheat flour
4 1/2 cups organic all purpose unbleached flour (exact amount determined when making)
oil for pan
1.Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl combine water, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix until somewhat smooth. Gradually add flour, about 2 cups at a time, switching back and forth between the whole wheat and the all purpose unbleached. Knead in flour after each addition.
2.When the dough can stick together as a ball take the dough out of the bowl and place on a clean surface. Knead the dough adding more flour until it stops sticking to your hands. Knead dough vigorously for about 2 minutes.
3.Split the dough in four pieces and form into long loaves. Coat a sheet tray with oil. Place breads on the sheet tray .
4.Bake the bread until it is a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.
(with one bread we added additional whole wheat flour, another we added raisins and another we added pumpkin seeds)

Corn Bread Stuffing

Cornbread, make a day in advance:
2 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 teaspoon salt
3 cup buttermilk
2 egg beaten
2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 oz melted earth balance plus 1 oz for pan

To make cornbread, mix all ingredients until just smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat. Grease hot pan with 1 oz earth balance and add corn bread batter. Let cook on the stove top until the sides just begin to set, about 4 minutes. Place in oven and cook until the bread is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.

Additional Stuffing Ingredients:
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 quart chopped onions
1 quart chopped carrots
1 quart chopped celery
1 quart chopped apples
1 quart of cooked bulgar wheat
2 heaping teaspoons of chopped sage
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add onions, carrots and celery. Cook stirring often until the onions are translucent, about 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Break cornbread into pieces with your hands, add additional stuffing ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place in a heavy bottom skillet and bake until thoroughly hot and the top is crusty, about 2 hours. To get the top more crispy turn oven to broil just before serving.

Collard Greens

1 quart sliced onions
2 cups of Braggs Unfiltered Cider Vinegar
2 cups water
agave nectar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
6 quarts cleaned collard greens

In a large pot combine onions, vinegar, water, agave nectar, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and add collard greens. Cook over medium heat and stir often until greens are tender, about 3 hours. Taste greens and adjust agave nectar, salt and pepper if necessary.


The Early Childhood Fall Feast

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

This Friday was a very special day for the preschool and pre-kindergarten children of Walker Jones as they welcomed their families in to school for a fall feast to celebrate both the changing of the seasons and the bounty of the farm harvest this year. The tables were wrapped in simple paper, and graced with decorations the children collected from nature and made in art.

Farmer John worked with each of the four classes during the week to create dishes for the event. And woke up in the wee hours on Friday to cook the turkeys that all hailed as delicious.

The cafeteria was full of happy faces and happy tummies.

The farm has been the source to feed many this year at school, to draw our community together in the interest of these great kids. Healthy bodies, healthy minds. “Should I eat this, Farmer John?” Just look at that face below, and you know that John will suggest “yes,” and that cute smiling face will agree.