Dec 202012

If the weather outside is frightful – hopefully these six satisfying soups will make your day delightful. Before I take a brief break from blogging until after Christmas, I leave you with some of my personal and fan favorite soups I have featured over the years.

Happy Holidays and Let it snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Florida Fall Harvest Soup

Best Eggplant & Leek Soup Ever

Rustic Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

Chinese Five Spice Miso Soup with Shitakes and Edamame

Calming Kale, Carrot, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup with Forbidden Rice


KyV (Know Your Vegetables) Workshop Recap 12-15-2012 

KyV Farm is a local, organic farm in the North Florida area that offers a farm share/CSA.   This is when a farm offers a share of their crop for a fee up front. You then get vegetables every week or every other week through the growing season – sharing in both the bounty and the risk with the farmer.  There are SO many benefits to a CSA, aside from the obvious of getting a variety of veggies into your diet; it is less expensive, it is a great way to get kids involved with real food, it supports the local economy and a local business, it builds a sense of community in that area and provides a connection with the earth….just to name a few.  I am sort of their self-appointed volunteer coordinator and event planner.  I write recipes and help plan events because they are so busy between working the field and running the business, that they just don’t have a lot of time to do this sort of thing.

The concept of the Know Your Vegetables workshop came about from the many questions about some of the unique and interesting veggies such as kohlrabi, various greens, bok choy and watermelon radish.  We received so many, that we decided to create a workshop to share information on identifying the vegetables, how to clean, store, prep and cook them.

For those of you that would like the recipes for the dishes prepared during the workshop – please click this link: Know Your Veggies 2012 Booklet

Vivian reviewed the prep and storage for each of the vegetables currently being grown at the farm….

….and I made a few recipes – including a bok choy saute, watermelon and carrot top salad, massaged kale and kohlrabi salad, roasted root vegetables and organic veggie broth.

Judging by all the munching and the scarce leftovers at the end, I should say we had great success with these recipes!

 Special thanks to everyone that participated,
 Heather Swoap for helping chop veggies, set-up and take-down,
Melanie Harris for providing our venue,
and Jaclyn Schweitzer for helping collect the money and check people in.

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Dec 092012

Know Your Vegetables Workshop 

What can you make with all your CSA vegetables?

Are you storing them properly to prolong their freshness?

How can you get your kids to eat them? 

To all existing, new, and future CSA members:
Come join us at Member Melanie’s house, 12752 Edenbridge Court, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, December 15th, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET for our second Know Your Vegetables workshop. During the workshop you’ll enjoy free samples as you hear firsthand from Vivian as well as Florida Coastal Cooking’s Dawn Hutchins on the best ways to clean, store, prep and cook your organic vegetables. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new members and swap your own favorite recipes and tips as well. 

Specifically, you will learn how to: 

•          Wash, prepare and store your greens, root vegetables, and citrus

•          Various cooking methods such as roasting, baking and sautéing as well as tips on how to sneak them into your kids’ meals! 

$15 for members (per family) and $20 for non-members. All proceeds go directly to supporting KYV Farm. 

Questions? Contact:

Vivian Arroyo 787-232-2234 

Dawn Hutchins 904-534-4252

 Posted by at 7:18 pm
May 092012
Don’t miss out on the giveaway – there is still time!  On May 12th I will be giving away some of my favorite things – a 3 pack of Justin’s Chocolate Almond Nut Butter, Red Star Nutritional Yeast, Bag of Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats and a Coconut Water.    

Today I did a super informal mini lunch-n-learn for a small CSA group I set up at my company.  I went over how to store, clean and prep some of the veggies they might get from their farm share with KYV Farm.

We had a great time!  Thanks so much to the group that attended!

So let’s talk about peas…..

for English peas, or any nice fresh peas you just don’t feel like shelling, I’ve got your solution!  Simply steam them, season and then suck the peas right out of the shell.  Easy peasy! 

Steamed Edamame Style English Peas
Serves 4, Serving size – about 1 cup
Vegan, Gluten Free

4 cups fresh English Peas – in Pods
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp coarse sea salt


1. Steam English peas 10 to 15 minutes or until just softened to your taste. Try them at 10 minutes and if they still seem too hard to you, try them again in 2 minutes.

2. Top with olive oil and sea salt.

3. Mix and serve.

 Sorry all, nutrition info not available

Mar 052012
Have lots of veggies you don’t know what to do with?
Want to know what veggies are best to can, how to prepare them and what equipment is needed? 
Learn all the ins and outs from our member expert, Melanie Harris, as you nosh on samples and chat with members (and future members!).
Located at 12752, Edenbridge Ct, Jacksonville, FL (The home of member Melanie Harris.)
Only $15 for members and $20 for non-members
This is the next workshop I’m organizing for KYV Farm. The main focus will be on canning but we will also learn about other methods of preservation. Space is limited so respond early and be prepared to bring a chair and have a great time.
Contact me with RSVP at chefdawn(at)hotmail(dot)com. 
Hope to see you there!
 Posted by at 9:52 am
Nov 072011
Before I get to my recipe of the week (featuring pumpkin!), I’ll share a bit from my weekend.
On Saturday I hosted a yoga workshop we playfully named “Free Range Yoga” featuring Yoga Den and KYV farm benefiting Slow Food.  Considering the weather was cold and very breezy we had a great turnout.
Beforehand we visited with the new baby, Maggie Moo

And, of course, you remember Whiskey right?

This is my yoga teacher, Alyson, who donated a free workshop to promote local farming and support Slow Food.

At the end even my daughter got into the mix and did an inversion with me. 
The best part was her giggling while we were doing “happy baby” pose. 

And afterwards…we all bought fresh veggies!
A big thank you to Yoga Den and KYV farm and all who participated!
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