Dublin Community Market

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Attenion Columbus, Ohio, there is a new market in town!  Dublin Community Market opened up this past June and it’s a fantastic little farmers market with a big offering.   Open every Wednesday from 4:30-8 p.m. in the Dublin Community Church parking lot, the Dublin Market includes local producers with a wonderful variety of fruits and veggies, flowers, dairy products, meats and baked goods.  

Also at the market, volunteers will be accepting food or cash donatations for the Dublin Food Pantry in exchange for a discount coupon to participating Historic Dublin businesses.   

The market is located at 81 West Bridge St. in Dublin.  No pets allowed.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on August 4, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Cowboy Caviar

cowboy caviar

My mom made this delicious dish last time she was here and aside from loving all the ingredients, I think it makes a perfect side to any summertime barbecue! While it can be eaten with chips, I prefer mine straight up.

Cowboy Caviar
All of these ingredients can be adjusted to taste.

2 tbsp red vinegar
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp hot sauce (I am a wimp when it comes to hot sauce, so we eliminated this ingredient.)
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 can garbanzo beans
3 tomatoes
1 can corn (or fresh if you’ve got it!)
1 avocado
1 can black olives
2/3 c cilantro

Mince garlic, chop de-seeded tomatoes, olives, avocado and fresh cilantro
Drain corn and chickpeas. Mix all ingredients and salt to taste.

Posted in Recipes by Rhaya on July 31, 2009 | Permalink | 5 Comments

Farmers Market Bread Soup

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As I was picking up my CSA share tonight at the new Farmers Market in Dublin, I was asking Adam from the Wayward Seed Farm for some ideas on what to do with all the Swiss Chard he was putting in my bag and he suggested putting it in a bread soup.  I’ve never made bread soup before but he gave me the gist of it and it sound perfect for dinner since it’s been a rainy, dreary day here today.  So I bought a few more things at the market and stopped for a loaf of crusty bread on the way home.

A big thanks to Adam for the idea for this soup, it was fanatastic!  In your soup, feel free to use different veggies or amounts of ingredients depending on what is in season and what you have on hand.  The great thing about this soup is that everything came from the farmers market except the bread and seasonings which makes for an easy dinner on a rainy weeknight.

Farmers Market Bread Soup
2Tbsp. olive oil
sweet onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
6 cups water or vegetable broth
1 summer squash
2 chopped carrots
2 diced tomatoes
8-10 leaves swiss chard, chopped
1 small loaf of good crusty bread
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese as a topping

Heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic and a little salt.  Saute for about 5 minutes.  Add cayenne, oregano seasoning, squash and carrots.  Saute for a few more minutes.  Add water/vegetable broth and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil over high then reduce heat to medium and stir in the chopped chard.   Meanwhile, toast up some slices of the bread, cut into chucks and put in the bottom of your bowl.  Pour the soup over the bread and add some Parmesan shavings to top it off.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Liz on July 23, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Friday Fave: Ecojotter

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I am a long time fan of ecojot products and their corresponding blogs. (That’s right, they have two — ecojotter and designerjots.) The light-hearted ecojotter keeps things fun and eco-friendly and who doesn’t love giveaways? From small to big, you can often find the opportunity to win some ecojot goods. Right now, they have a photo contest that is giving away “some green and spreading some green.” Click here for more details and don’t forget to add ecojotter to your list of regular reads!

Posted in Friday Fave by Rhaya on July 17, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Easy Mint Tea

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One portion of our garden is dedicated to mint (which appeared this spring without even needing to be replanted!) and while it grows and spreads quickly, there is only so many mojitos and smoothies one person can make.

I was recently intrigued when a client offered me iced tea with the mint from their garden, so I asked them how they made it. I was SHOCKED to learn that it was JUST MINT. I assumed it has been mixed with some blend of tea, but it was truly just mint. I couldn’t wait to try it on my own. And was amazed at how simple it was. (And I didn’t think tea could get more local than this!)

How to Make Local Mint Tea

The first step, which is the most important and time-consuming, is drying the mint. Pull it out from the base and make sure to hang it or dry it on a screen to expedite the process. During the hot summer time, this should only take a day or two. Next, remove the dried leaves from the stem and throw a “handful” (1-2 loose cups to taste) into a 2 quart pot of water and boil. Once boiling, turn off and let the tea sit, or steep, for approximately 15 minutes (but again, you can alter this to taste). Then pour through a strainer to remove all the leaves.* Serve hot, or cool and refriderate for refreshing iced tea.

* If you have a strainer or colander that fits in the bowl toss the leaves in there and bring to a boil follow the steps above and pull the colander out after the steeping has finished for an extra easy cleanup.

Posted in Going Local,Recipes by Rhaya on July 8, 2009 | Permalink | 3 Comments

Won Ton Chips

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A key ingredient in Eggs in a Basket (besides the eggs, of course) is the thin won ton wrappers that hold it all together. However, after recently seeing these wrappers turned into a simple salty snack on one of our favorite sites, I knew I had to give it a try. The best part is that I baked them at the same time as when I was making my breakfast baskets! Ideal for dips, as noted here in the original recipe, I ate them plain and was very pleased with the taste and crunch.

Won Ton Wrapper Chips
Originally posted here on Not Eating Out in New York

Preheat the oven to 350 (which you have already done if you are making Eggs in a Basket) and slice the won ton wrappers diagonally to make a nice “chip” shape. Pour a very small amount of olive oil on a sheet and coat both sides of the won ton by light brushing (or my less culinary way of laying them on one side and then flipping to the other, thus coating both sides). Sprinkle with sesame seeds (although mine didn’t stick) and coarse salt (which stuck really well) and bake for approximately 5 minutes. Once they start to brown and the edges curl, you know your done.

Whether you serve them warm, or let them cool completely, the result is a healthy salty snack!

Posted in Recipes by Rhaya on June 25, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Joey Totes

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I know what you’re thinking… not another post about bringing your own bag! Alas, it’s true. I think a big reason that we keep coming back to this simple act is because it’s so easy to do! Perhaps the hardest part is remembering to take your bag with you. I’ll admit, I always have multiple bags on hand at the grocery store, but there are occasions when I make quick trip into Target, only to realize at checkout that I forgot my canvas bag in the car, resulting in trying to carry it all in my arms, awkwardly out to my car. However, all that has changed since being introduced to Joey Totes.

These little machine-washable totes fit EASILY into my favorite purse and are always on hand for any unexpected trips into a store. The pouch the bag comes in is actually attached TO THE TOTE, so that re-stuffing is a breeze. Then I just toss it back in my purse. No trips out to my car, no hanging it on the door knob. Thank you Joey Totes!

Posted in At The Market,Living Green by Rhaya on June 17, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

What Odor?

what odor

Even though most of our waste goes into recycling or the compost, our trash and garbage can will occasionally smell a little… funky. Until now, I’ll admit that I had some trouble finding something all-natural that could resolve the worst offenders, but as I mentioned last week, I wasn’t going to let that be an excuse to turn to something that is not environmentally-friendly. Thankfully, I was able to find something that set aside all arguments AND smells. Hello, What Odor?

I must admit, I did not know that Billy Mays had an infomercial for this product and also did not know they will pay bloggers to endorse it (Liz and I don’t ever get paid for any of our product reviews, including this one), but putting that aside, I do admit that this solution, which is non-toxic, biodegradable and does not contain “parabens, artificial fragrances or phthalates” really does what it promises and eliminates the odor without using masking agents to just cover it up. As I said, we only use it in our trash can, but it certainly has more uses than that.

Posted in At The Market by Rhaya on June 10, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Crystal Clear

dishes

A popular argument I hear from people who don’t like to use natural cleaning products is that they don’t work as well as those with harsher chemicals. And lets face it, when it comes to certain things, you really want them to be clean. However, for those of you who trust in your natural ingredients, you can rest assured that you can be green AND clean.

A recent study from Consumer Testing Laboratories “proved that natural, plant-based products do clean just as well as chemicals – chemicals, such as phosphates, 1.4 dioxane, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, and caustics, etc.” To prove this, the testing lab compared Cascade to the Wave® 2X Ultra – High Performance Auto Dishwasher Gel from Earth Friendly Products. “Both products were tested for their ability to remove a variety of soils from a set of identically soiled test dishes. Tests proved that both gel detergents performed well, removing all of the test soils. All of the test dishes, tumblers, and flatware were judged as comparable for spotting, filming, and soil removal following the dishwashing tests.” (Download the full PDF press release here.)

I decided to conduct my own test and got some of the Wave High Performance Dishwasher Gel. (I have been a long time fan of their Furniture Polish seen here.) As for the results, while I may not be a consumer testing expert, there was no visible difference to me. My husband (an occasional skeptic) even agreed that the dishes washed with the Earth Friendly Products were just as crystal clear and clean as when we use less natural products.

So if you are skeptical of how clean green products can be, I suggest you conduct your own study. You may just be pleasantly surprised how clean your house (and conscience) will be!

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on May 27, 2009 | Permalink | 4 Comments

Facing the Facts

lavera

I have to admit that Liz is more of the resident expert around here when it comes to all natural makeup, beauty and other skin products. And now even my husband is choosing more wisely when it comes to what he’s using on his skin.

Admittedly, I always try to pick out the most all-natural products I can find (especially those that aren’t tested on animals) but I get lost in a sea of information about parabens, phthalates and petroleum byproducts. So it’s nice to find a product that eliminates all those hard to pronounce (much less understand) ingredients and still has very satisfying results.

Lavera offers a line of skin care for a variety of skin types, and for the past couple weeks, I have been thoroughly enjoying a few of their products, especially the Facial Moisturizer and Self-Tanner. Aside for the fact that these products are free from parabens and synthetic ingredients (not to mention award-winning) I just enjoy the fact that they smell great, work even better and take the guesswork out of what I am putting on my face.

If you are shopping around for some better skin solutions, check out the Lavera web site and you may find just the right products for you. They also currently have a giveaway for a chance to win $223 worth of products.

Posted in At The Market by Rhaya on May 19, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

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