Archive | July, 2014

Fill Your Pantry with Ft. Greene Farms

17 Jul

bas2Here’s how to give your pantry a Brooklyn Makeover: Switch out your common sriracha, mustard, granola, and relish with a local purveyor’s goods; I recommend Ft. Greene Farms. The brand recently launched with four small batch, all natural, locally sourced products: Charred Sriracha Sauce, Whole Grain Mustard Spread, Homemade Granola, and Hot Pepper Relish. Each batch consists of no more than 250 jars, with each jar being cooked, filled, and labeled by hand.

Ft. Greene Farms was created by Nate Meshberg (of Chef Michael White’s Marea & Morini, and Tasting Table Corporate Kitchen). He found himself experimenting with new condiments and side dishes in his spare time, and wanting to share those creations, he launched Ft. Greene Farms with the freshest goods from local farms.

I taste tested each item, and was astounded by the quality and amount of flavor packed into each product. The mustard became my go-to aoli ingredient, the sriracha made its way into my stir-fry and soba noodles, and the granola took on a granola bowl at breakfast. I had never purchased a pepper jelly ore relish before, but it quickly became my favorite of the four–  a fantastic addition to a grilled cheese sandwich and plenty of cheese plates.

Ft. Greene Farms succeeds in elevating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. Get yours here. 

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How to Serve Up Your Stinky Cheese

7 Jul

photo(16)I have an affinity for cheese plates. Most weekends (or weekdays for that matter) you can find me at Stinky Brooklyn, BKLYN Larder, or Bedford Cheese Shop, stocking up on fresh hunks of stinky cheese and crunchy crackers. Whether I’m munching on the snack solo or entertaining a group, I like to serve it on something pretty.

That’s why I was thrilled to discover American Stonecraft’s “Food Slabs,” glossy-finished serving stones made from farm-gathered fieldstones. Each piece is unique, and they are handmade (cut and polished) in Massachusetts (my state of birth).

I served my creamy truffle-y cheese and rhubarb graham crackers on my Food Slab, but think it would also make an awesome plate for sushi or cut fruit.

You can buy one here, or at Brooklyn shops like Journey Home or Atmosphere.