Stand Fast Farms and a conversation on fair labor

  I’m starting out June’s ‘Monthly Focus’ on equity by looking at all different kinds of farms here in WNY and putting a spotlight on how they treat their land, animals, and laborers. Our first farm to be featured is Stand Fast Farm, run by Tim Grant, a long-time favorite of the Levay-Krause household. I’m…

Thank you to all who supported the WNY premier of Final Straw!

The giant salad bar was made up of: Curly kale and rainbow swiss chard from Plato Dale Farms Beet & Caraway Kraut and Dan Tower apple flavored kombucha from Barrel & Brine Crispin apple salsa made with Dan Tower apples Maple Tahini Fig Granola from Breadhive Cherry concentrate and garlic from Singer Farm Naturals Garlic…

German Hugelkultur – A centuries-old gardening technique

Many people are starting to look at their yards and wondering if a vegetable garden is going to happen this year. I say: Go for it! First think about how much light you get where you plan on setting up your garden; duration and strength of sunlight is the most important part of this whole process….

Pear pie with bacon and cheddar cheese crumbles

When I was a sophomore in high school, I tasted my first pear and brie pastry. It was the strangest thing I had ever seen, the soft and slightly ammonia-scented cheese coated the glazed pears and was tucked haphazardly in a crust, folded in on itself much like a gallette. I fell in love with…

SOLE’s Equal Exchange fundraiser is LIVE!

SOLE of Buffalo’s tasty fundraiser through Equal Exchange is now LIVE! From now until the end of May, 25% of the sale of any coffee or chocolate products purchased directly from our online fundraiser page will go to support our goal of purchasing a building to grow SOLE’s center. Enjoy delicious organic and fairly traded products…

Coffee crumb cake

Topping: 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbls cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 10 tbls unsalted butter, melted 2 tbls rum 2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour Cake: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 10 tbls unsalted butter, room temperature softened 1…

Caribbean steamed chicken with Avoca Bè salad

Lay out two 10×10 inch pieces of heavy duty foil. Lay one well trimmed chicken breast on each piece of foil, pouring a 1/4 cup of a sweet salsa over the top. You can use store bought salsa, but making your own is a snap. Rough chop 2 on the vine tomatoes and add 3 minced cloves of…

Saint Patrick’s Day wontons

The modern St. Patrick’s Day Dinner of corned beef and cabbage is 100% American, likely originating from New York City’s Irish, Jewish, and French immigrant quarters. The potassium nitrates used during the early 1800’s were roughly shaped liked corn niblets, thus the name, corned beef. This evening’s corned beef, seasoned with mustard seed, bays leaves, allspice…

Garlic Bread

1 tablespoon yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup warm water 5 cups flour 1/4 cup olive oil One head of garlic, chopped 1/4 cup grated Romano Parmesan cheese Knead all of the ingredients together. Set the dough in a deep bowl and cover with a slightly damp dish towel. Set in a warm and…

Lemon meringue pie – Vegan

Happy  Day! Pi Day is celebrated around the world, every year, on March 14th (3/14). The Greek letter is used to represent the mathematical constant of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Today is extra special in that, when Pi is rounded to the nearest ten thousandths it appears as 3.1416, today’s…