April 19, 2010

Post dinner bliss - April

We had a wonderful, intimate dinner this past Saturday, followed by a fruitful advisory committee meeting on Sunday!

Our dinner was at the Hart House (sp?) in Claremont, a house of amazing Pomona College students, including one of our own (Sam).   It was a small group, but we had a lovely time and enjoyed the great food and great people.  The menu:
*Arugula &; lettuce salad with avocados, radishes, and cumquats, all freshly harvested from our gardens, or our neighbors' trees
*freshly ground polenta and whole wheat bread with arugula pesto and cashew "ricotta" 
*Moroccan style soup with last year's Trombetta squash, zucchini, chick peas, and potatoes
*Chocolate Cumquat Cupcakes

Arugula Pesto - you'll love it!
2 Cups Arugula (or just keep stuffing it into your food proccessor)
3/4 C Olive Oil
2 Tbsp toasted walnuts or pine nuts (or cashews)
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
lemon juice, salt, and black pepper, to taste

Cashew "Ricotta"
Soak cashews for at least 15 minutes, preferably overnight
put in food processor and add water, lemon juice, and a little sea salt
process until smooth
add olive oil or other fat if desired

Our meeting was long, but useful.  We have decided on dates for our next 6 dinners, and are planning some garden and food workshops.  We also are planning to start a weekly baking day at the Glendora site, and are gearing up to start our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season!!

Look for us at the San Dimas Earth Day Festival on Wednesday, April 21, from 5pm to 9pm.

I'll try to post again later this week with the upcoming dinner dates, garden photos, and more details!  (Or I'll pass on the info to our newly established secretary, Isela!)


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