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A Freshmade NYC Thanksgiving {Recipes & Review}

13 Nov

A few weeks ago my friend, her son, my oldest daughter and I attended a farm-to-table class at Freshmade NYC. I was excited to try the class because all the ingredients are fresh, seasonal vegetables and herbs they receive from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group that week. During the class the kids made Sweet Potato- Apple Stuffing Muffins and Quick Pan Gravy (recipes below). As Thanksgiving nears I have been thinking about what to bring for our family potluck. The recipes we made at Freshmade NYC were delicious and great for kids to make with you to bring to Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. Cara was nice enough to share the recipes below.

What I loved about Freshmade NYC:

  • Cara and Thomas, founders, were amazing with the kids. They found positive ways to redirect the kids when situations got a little hairy.
  • Cara and Thomas encouraged all the kids to touch, taste, and smell the ingredients as they were using them.
  • My daughter tried vegetables she would never have tried at home and discovered she liked them.
  • While the stuffing muffins were cooking, they read stories on the floor.

What my daughter learned at Freshmade NYC:

  • “The Claw”: Since attending Freshmade NYC, my daughter has been helping cut vegetables with her Curious Chef knife. While at the Freshmade NYC farm-to-table class Cara taught her about using the “claw” method when cutting so she won’t cut herself.
  • How to crack an egg on the table. Thomas helped my daughter crack an egg on the the flat surface of the table. Since she has been helping crack eggs and gets excited to do so.
  • Peeling fruit and vegetables. The kids took turns learning to peel apples and sweet potatoes.

We had a great experience and are looking forward to attending more classes. Check out Freshmade NYC classes and events by clicking the links!

Sweet Potato-Apple Stuffing Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium to large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium sized apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 scallions, green and white parts, diced
  • 4 cups bread, diced (we love a whole grain baguette or roasted garlic ciabatta bread in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup dried organic cranberries (look for cranberries that are sweetened with apple juice rather than sugar and ones that are preservative free)
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Combination of your favorite herbs (we loved fresh thyme, parsley, and rosemary for this recipe. About 1-2 tablespoons of each, or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions: In a large skillet, add butter and sauté onions, celery, sweet potatoes and apples until tender, set aside to cool. In a large bowl, add diced bread, herbs, scallions, nutmeg, cranberries, and sweet potato-apple mixture. Add eggs and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Spoon into a lightly greased muffin pan and bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool slightly and remove from muffin pan. Serve warm with gravy.

Quick Pan Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 pats of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper

Directions: In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add flour, cook over low to medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add stock and simmer for about 15 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Season with fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste.

From the Kitchen of Freshmade NYC
www.freshmadenyc.com

Disclaimer: I received a free trial class for attending the Freshmade NYC open house event whic I used for the purpose of this post. All opinions expressed are my own. The recipes received are from the kitchen of Freshmade NYC.  Thank you to my friend, Tori, for sharing some of her photos for this post.

Freshmade NYC

26 Sep

Last week, I attended day three of the Freshmade NYC Open House to kick off the start of their first semester in their new space for their cooking school. During day three, children listened to stories about planting seeds and then were able to choose between two flowers to plant. After, they got their face painted by Rockstar Face Painting and had their picture taken in a photo booth by Keren Precel Events. Freshmade NYC provided some of their tasty, healthy treats for nibbling. The favorites for my girls were the humus-vegetable sandwiches, fruit and the tomato and mozzarella sticks. Adults sipped on wine while kids enjoyed the activities. I was very impressed that she sold AllerMates wristbands for children with food allergies. I made sure to pick up a peanut one for my daughter. The space is beautiful, with two kitchen areas with two long tables with benches as well as a reading rug with a variety of food related books. My girls had a blast and I am looking forward to checking out classes.

One class I am particularly interested in trying is the farm to table class. Every week Cara, owner, receives a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. She never knows what each week will bring and has to come up with meals with very little notice. At my daughter’s four-year check up, her doctor she needed to try one new vegetable a week. Making meals using seasonal produce straight from the farm would be a fun way to introduce new fruits and vegetables. Freshmade NYC is on the waiting list to become a member of The Battery Urban farm, with hopes to grow some of their own produce to use in their classes. Click here to find out about other classes Freshmade NYC is currently offering.

For a limited time, Freshmade NYC is offering drop-in classes for you and your child to try. All drop-ins require a reservation. To reserve a class or find out more about pricing and availability, contact Freshmade NYC at 212-475-0500.

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. I received coupons for a free class for attending the open house. Congratulations to Freshmade NYC on the opening of your new space!

Freshmade NYC Open House

17 Sep

 

Freshmade NYC will start offering cooking classes for toddlers through teens. As the fall semester of classes begin, Freshmade NYC will be having an open house for the public to see their new cooking school and event space. I am excited to take my girls and find out more about what Freshmade NYC has to offer.
The open house will take place September 19, 20 and 21st from 3pm -7 pm. The schedule of activities is as follows:
Wednesday: Paint stamping with Lucky Lil’ Darlings
Thursday: Design your own tote and t-shirts with MilkPOP
Friday: Face painting with Rockstar Face Painting

RSVP today to cara@freshmadenyc.com!