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Monday, June 14, 2010

Anza Elementary School FAST FOOD Challenge

Last week we went to the Anza Elementary School with the FAST FOOD Challenge during lunches.  Students that had FAST FOOD (ex: apples, oranges, celery etc.) in their lunch and ate them of course became FAST FOOD Challengers and entered to win Dodger Game Tickets!

Today we returned for their end of year assembly to award the winners!

What a great event and great way to send the message of healthy food choices!

Here are the winners!

Much Thanks to Mrs Nitsos!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

The FAST FOOD Challege Debut!

The FAST FOOD Challenge TM Debuted at the Hawthorne Health Fair & 5K.  Counted 285 raffle tickets with an estimated 100 more.  Is that unbelievable or what?  

We'll be announcing and awarding the Raffle winners of the DODGER Game Tickets this Saturday!!! Come out to the Hawthorne Del Aire Farmers Market home of the Original Fast Food and play with food.  Yes Play with food this Saturday using an orange hit the FAST FOOD target to enter to win 4 Tickets to a DODGER GAME! Awesome!!!

GO Grill GO!

Go Grilling!

Spending more time outside and not just on weekends? Grilling is amazingly easy & gives fruits and veggies a smoky-sweet flavor.

Here's what you need to know to master the technique.

Watch the video for grilling how to's


  • Vegetable oil
  • Vegetables or fruit to be grilled
  • Salt and pepper


    • Metal grill brush
    • Soft cloth for oiling grill grates
    • Nonstick grill foil (per recipe)
    • Hot pads
    • Long barbecue fork & tongs
    • Slotted spatula
    • Basting brush
    • Cutting board
    • Knife
    • Kitchen fork
    • Prep & serving platters


    Step 1

    1. Mise en Place

    Preheat grill on HIGH 10 min (if using charcoal grill, HIGH is barely gray coals with ash).
    Clean grill with wire brush. Using soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil. A faint smoke indicates grill is ready. To prevent flare-ups, make sure oil doesn’t drip into flames.
    Cut produce into roughly equal pieces. (Blanch slow-cooking veggies, such as artichokes, to shorten grilling time.)
    Drizzle produce to lightly coat with basting oil.
    Adjust heat (MEDIUM or LOW usually best).

    Step 2

    2. Sear

    Sear skin on all sides.

    Step 3

    3. Cook

    Grill, turning every 1-2 min, using tongs to keep produce intact.
    Check doneness by piercing with paring knife — knife should enter easily with no resistance.

    Step 4

    4. Finish

    Transfer to clean platter. Look for lightly browned (not charred), tender produce with
    grill marks.

    Vegetable Grilling Guide
    Use this chart as a general guide for preparing and grilling times.
    The easiest way to tell if vegetables or fruits are cooked is to pierce them with a kitchen knife or fork. If the utensil goes in easily, the items are done.
    PreparationGrilling Time
    ArtichokesTrim tough outer petals,
    halve lengthwise;
    blanch until tender
    8 to 10 min.
    AsparagusTrim tough end6 to 8 min.
    CornSoak ears in water 20 to 30 min (leave in husks)30 to 40 min.
    EggplantSlice 3/4 inch thick8 to 10 min.
    Fennel (Anise)Remove leaves;
    cut bulb into quarters
    10 to 12 min.
    LeeksHalve lengthwise; rinse well10 to 12 min.
    GarlicWrap whole bulb in foil;
    place over indirect heat
    30 to 40 min.
    MushroomsLeave whole6 to 8 min.
    OnionsPeel; cut n halves or quarters; skewer15 to 20 min.
    PeppersCut in halves or quarters; remove seeds10 to 12 min.
    Potatoes (white, yams)Slice 1/2 inch thick15 to 20 min.
    Squash, summerHalve lengthwise or slice
    1 inch and skewer
    8 to 10 min.
    TomatoesSkewer quarters and cherry tomatoes; halve plum tomatoes lengthwise3 to 5 min.

    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Scent to Heal Home from Belize!

    Reflexologist Hope and family were in Belize last week.  Be assured she's back Saturday.  Sounds like time stood still for the week they were gone and they're slowly getting back into the So Cal grove.  Hope described the weather as summer in Washington DC. One word ....HUMIDITY! Apparently it was raining on and off throughout the day.

    The background in this picture is actually the water. It was clear like glass and like swimming in an exotic aquarium. Can you imagine being 4 ft away from a baby sting ray that was swimming almost on the sand where you could almost pet it. They saw dolphins, crabs, coral, exotic fish, shark, and more. Sting rays were like squirrels in DC, everywhere.   We both grew up in the DC metro area so summer in DC and squirrels are descriptive s that we understand!

    Hope couldn't stay away from us and found her way to the Farmers Market in Belize. First thing I noticed was the banana's which are a rare site locally.  I can't wait to hear what the fruit standouts were at the market. Assuring to know I'm not the only one that seeks out the local markets.  I like what I saw here and for the record I want that bike with the cart in front. Can't you see me sporting that up Aviation?  I totally can!

    Welcome home Hope!!!  You were missed.

    Caesars Blackberry Cobbler

    There's a special place in my heart for our grower Caesar. Caesar's potted plants for landscaping to herbs and beef stake tomatoes are hearty and strong just like him. Awww. I know I told you I have a soft spot for this man. 

    This visit is way overdue as he's right here in Los Angeles County. My gosh I've been all over the state and as far as Charleston SC visiting Farmers and Farmers Market.  So...Monday I went to his facility and I was amazed.  

    He's been holding back ... tisk tisk tisk he won't be doing that.  He's got blackberry plants, yep blackberries and I totally scored and made the following Cobbler. 

    In addition to the berries, he has Guava, Avocado, strawberries, herbs, tomato, & something new that he's going through the process of certifying his White Peaches!  So much more which you'll see on Saturday at Market.

    Let him know you saw it here.  He'll be embarrassed, but in a nice way...I hope. 

    See below the recipe for more pics from the visit!

    Blackberry Cobbler

    Served this delicious cobbler warm from the oven with homemade
    vanilla ice cream. What a hit it was at our Memorial Day cookout.
    Prep Time 15 min
    Cook Time 30
    Total Time 45


    • 4 cups fresh blackberries, about 20 to 24 ounces
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon melted butter
    • 1 1/3 cups flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • dash salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 4 tablespoons melted butter


    Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or similar 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 400° F. Pick over and rinse blackberries.
    In a saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup sugar and the cornstarch, stirring to blend. Add the water and stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in the blackberries. Spoon berries into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the berry mixture with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir in the milk and 4 tablespoons of melted butter until all ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix. With a tablespoon, spoon the batter over the berry mixture then gently pat to spread the batter over the berries. The batter doesn't have to cover completely. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned and the berry mixture is bubbly.