Monday, May 24, 2010

The New Dirty Dozen

Must Buy Organic

Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals (64 of them) that are used on crops. Buy organic celery, or choose alternatives like broccoli, radishes, and onions.


Multiple pesticides (as many as 62 of them) are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.
If you buy strawberries, especially out of season, they're most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. 59 pesticides have been detected in residue on strawberries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.

Like peaches, apples are typically grown with poisons to kill a variety of pests, from fungi to insects. Tests have found 42 different pesticides as residue on apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn't eliminate chemical residue completely, so it's best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas, and tangerines.
New on the Dirty Dozen list in 2010, blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides, making them one of the dirtiest berries on the market.


With 33 different types of pesticides found on nectarines, they rank up there with apples and peaches among the dirtiest tree fruit. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include, watermelon, papaya, and mango.
7.Bell Peppers

Peppers have thin skins that don't offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They're often heavily sprayed with insecticides. (Tests have found 49 different pesticides on sweet bell peppers.) Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include green peas, broccoli, and cabbage.

New on the list for 2010, spinach can be laced with as many as 48 different pesticides, making it one of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.
Traditionally, kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested this year. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli.

Even locally grown cherries are not necessarily safe. In fact, in one survey in recent years, cherries grown in the U.S. were found to have three times more pesticide residue then imported cherries. Government testing has found 42 different pesticides on cherries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include raspberries and cranberries.

America's popular spud reappears on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list, after a year hiatus. America's favorite vegetable can be laced with as many as 37 different pesticides. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include eggplant, cabbage, and earthy mushrooms

Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Only imported grapes make the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape's thin skin. Remember, wine is made from grapes, which testing shows can harbor as many as 34 different pesticides. 
Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and raspberries.

Visit: for the best organic produce!
Union Square Green Market 

Location: Union Square West from 15th to 17th Streets, 17th Street from Broadway to Park Ave South
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8AM-6PM, year round.  2010 scheduled changes:  11/26, 12/25 & 1/1 will close for the holidays.

Monday, May 10, 2010

How to make
 Fresh Goat Milk Cheese

Ingredients and Equipment:

2 cups of Goat milk

Stainless steel pot

Cheese Cloth


Starter like lemon, vinegar or rennet



1.Heating: Take 2 cups of milk in a pot and heat it on stove at 130 fahrenheit. Keep stirring in between.

2.Curdling: Once the milk is warm enough add lemon or some other starter like animal rennet or vinegar to let the milk coagulate. After some more stirring remove it from stove and let it cool. You will see curds getting separated from whey (the liquid).

3.Draining: Keep the strainer in the bowl and place a clean cheese cloth on it and pour down the curds with whey into it. Hang the cloth with mouth tied on the top to let the whey drain out for about 1 to 2 hours.
The time can vary depending on how much liquid is there in the bag.

4.Pressing: After the material gets dry take the curd out of the cloth and trasfer it into a bowl. You can now add salt or any other spices of your liking. Mix the ingredients and then press the cheese in a vessel of desired shape. Cover the cheese with a cloth or tissue. To press it well place some weight on its top.

5.Refrigerating: Keep the cheese in refrigerator for a day or two to let the cheese harden. The longer you keep the harder it gets.With this your cheese is ready. Remove from fridge whenever you want to use it. Enjoy!!!

Tips and Warnings

Be creative with the seasonings you add to the goat cheese. 
The French prefer salt and pepper. However Herbs de Provence, parsley and olive oil are sometimes used. You can also make this cheese without any seasonings.
The whey can be used for protein shakes or other enriched meals if you don't want to discard it.
 Go to a farmers market for fresh goat milk. Supermarkets often do not carry goat milk or if they do it is of substandard freshness.
Let the cheese warm to room temperature before serving to bring out the maximum flavor.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bread Obsession

Caputo's olive bread is a bread for the olive enthusiast, it's not just a bread saturated with olives. Unlike other olive loaves Caputo's loaves are saturated with ultra high quality oil cured olives that anyone can appreciate from the first slice to the last.