This year’s Eat Drink Local Week may have come and gone, but the habits that kids at our Eat Play Local Day event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan picked up will stay with them long after they outgrow their overalls and tricycles.
Cooking with Kids
On Tuesday, July 24, fourteen concurrent dinners, each prepared by a top New York chef using produce from an urban farm, will take place around the city in private homes. Proceeds of the evening–A City Farmer, A Chef, and A Host–will go to support two food activist organizations we love: Just Food and The Sylvia Center.
Once school is out for the summer, even the most dedicated after-school farmer will turn to sugary popsicles and video games in the comfort of an air-conditioned living room if left to his or her own devices. The good news is parents looking to avoid this now have a plethora of summer camps geared toward food, cooking and farming to choose from.
Classic public school curricula in big cities used to mean reading, writing, history and arithmetic, but a supermarket and Westchester agricultural non-profit hope to expand that list to include food and farming.
Forget Yo Gabba Gabba Live, there’s a new show in town that has gotten children all riled up with excitement – the James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series at the Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side.
Yesterday when we were waiting to eat pancakes with almond frangipane, toasted almonds and raspberries at Clinton Street Baking Co.–hey, it’s pancake month!–we met Sidsel Robards, who is a director of program development and events with New York Sun Works. They’re the folks behind the original Science Barge, the 2007 prototype floating hydroponic farm in the Hudson River, and now a similar rooftop farm project at PS333 in the Upper West Side.
Enough of you have asked about the incredible macaroni and cheese (five kinds of the latter) our editor in chief was talking about on Tuesday that we figured we should score you the recipe. It’s from Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes, which chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten published just last fall. Turns out it’s actually a dish created by his wife, Marja, who has her own TV show and cookbook out called The Kimchi Chronicles (she’s also Korean). Writes Vongerichten in the headnote: “This is one of the most requested dishes in my home, especially when we have children over.
Not only does this recipe call for butter, milk, half-and-half, and heavy cream, it of course deploys plenty of cheese—three types of cheddar plus Monterey Jack. But the crowning glory is, get this, cream cheese. After throwing everything else together—oops I mean assembling the layers—you dot the top with little blobs of cream cheese, which, once baked, become the best part of the dish. The recipe calls for four ounces, but I just might double that next time.