CONCORD — Rising from a 20-gallon, soilless base and lit with an eerie white glow, organic agriculture in Cindy Gershen’s Mt. Diablo High School classroom grows in one direction — up. Bursting from open pockets in a newly-assembled Tower Garden, organic greens flourish fan-like and scent the air like an outdoor garden in midsummer. Invented […]
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CONCORD — With a staccato pace, Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, continued to feed the minds and appetites of students at Mt. Diablo High School with a bounty of whole foods.
Ritz, students in the sustainable tourism program at the Concord campus, school personnel and local proponents of steering clear of food that’s processed, gathered last Tuesday to continue an area campaign started several years ago by educator and restaurant owner Cindy Gershen.
The Fat Chance Cookbook has Arrived!
It has finally arrived! The Fat Chance Cookbook, a compilation of over 100 real food recipes is available on December 27th. I cannot tell you how excited I am and how proud my students are of this cookbook. It was truly made from scratch. Click here to purchase the book through amazon. Please email [email protected] […]
A Summer Well Spent!
Well summer is coming to an end and class starts in two weeks. Wow, when I look back over the last two months, we’ve done a lot! We completed a cookbook with Dr. Robert Lustig that will be coming out in January called the Fat Chance Cookbook. In the middle of testing all of the […]
It’s easy to add fresh seasonal vegetables to the sautÈed onions; such as mushrooms, a clove of garlic, or diced zucchini. Garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese after you pour the sauce over whole wheat pasta. What you will need: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 medium onions, peeled and diced 32 oz can whole tomatoes, […]
What you will need: 2 cups old fashioned oats 3/4 cup raisins or other dry fruit 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar 2 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp allspice Instructions: Prepare 8-inch by 12-inch rimmed baking […]
What you will need: 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter or soy butter 1/4 cup flax seed or wheat germ ñ optional 1/2 cup raisins or coconut flakes 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup sliced almonds or walnuts or pecans ñ optional 1 cup old fashion oats Instructions: Mix all ingredients Let […]
What you will need: 1 whole wheat tortilla 2 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds ñ optional 1 firm banana peeled Instructions: Lay tortilla on a cutting mat or platter Spread nut butter on tortilla Sprinkle with sesame seeds Place banana in center of tortilla Roll them up Servings: 1 […]
I start my morning at 6:45 at the school. Of course, I’ve forgotten my keys inside the classroom. So I look around for Ray, the custodian, one of the few other people on campus as early as I am. Can’t find him, so I walk over to the cafeteria; there are a few students in […]