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DFW Local Box: Butter up to Dinner

Butter up to dinner with buttercrunch salad mix this week! This tender and delicious lettuce is tasty in salads and a top notch treat.

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Meal one: Enjoy this weeks sweet spring onions with the sweet potatoes with in warm Sweet Potato, Spring Onion & Feta Salad. I will also use the kale for a simple Kale and Chicken Salad.

Meal two: Soup is always a great way to pack in the vegetables and even use produce that is near the end of it’s life. If you have never made Borscht, this weeks produce lends perfectly to this Cabbage & Beet Borscht packed with nutrients and your cabbage, celery, beets and baby carrots. Don’t even think about throwing away the leafy fronds from carrots, or the celery leaves! I’ll use them as a pretty and nutritious soup topper.

Meal three: I am going to try this Creamy Spinach Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes  recipe. Great way to incorporate this weeks spinach and avocado. I am going to use my favorite homemade dressing, spring onions, carrots, and celery leaves for a buttercrunch lettuce salad. This salad mix is so fabulous all you need is a little dressing, maybe some fresh fruit or nuts! Dress it how you like it.

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DFW Featured Event: Grapevine Epic Earth Day


Grapevine’s EPIC Earth Day
Historic Downtown Grapevine, 325 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Saturday, April 5, 10am-7pm
In conjunction with the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off, The EPIC Earth Day Experience will be a day filled with “eco-ordinary” community events, live entertainment, and educational forums. Greenling will be on hand distributing harvested rainwater bottles! More info here.

Paul Quinn Farm’s A Community Cooks Dinner 
Thursday, April 17, 6pm
3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas, TX 75241
$75, buy online

Trade in your cleats for canapés! Mark your calendars for the “A Community Cooks” dinner on the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College. Chefs will prepare culinary delights in pop-up kitchens located along the football field-turned-farm. Wine, beer, and farm inspired specialty cocktails will be served. Come for the food. Stay for the company, live music, and dancing. Proceeds from the fundraiser go directly towards the farm and community education programs to increase healthy eating and food access in the Highland Hills section of South Dallas. Buy your tickets today! The farm will also need volunteers to help set up the event. Please email for more information.

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DFW Local Box: Fennely, Spring has Arrived!

Spring is ushering in some great weather and with that we are seeing some awesome spring fruit and vegetables coming in from area farms, including fennel! If you’re frond of celery, you’ll probably love fennel. The fennel we are getting from Gundermann Acres has a dense, crunchy bulb and plenty of leafy fronds, so you will be able to enjoy it in nearly any preparation!


Meal one: This weather reminds me of quintessential backyard summer eats like burgers and seasonal sides. With those flavors in mind I am going to make a Purple Hull Pea Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette.  I will also use the Italian salad mix for a Roasted Beets and Greens Salad with Spicy Orange Vinaigrette. To go with the sides let’s do a Smoky Sweet Potato Burger and top those babies off with local lettuce!

Meal two: A light KaleGrapefruit and Fennel Salad is perfect for this spring weather. Use the head of your fennel for this recipe and if you have extra salad green you can throw that in too.

Meal three: This weeks Chinese Leeks also go by the names Chinese chives or Garlic chives. For a quick meat less meal I will make Garlic Chives with Dried Tofu, a Chinese Vegetarian Stir-Fry. Or simply add the Chinese leeks to your favorite stir-fry recipe.


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DFW Featured Event: Bits and Bites


El Centro College’s 6th Annual Bits & Bites
El Centro College
801 Main St  Dallas, TX 75202
March 30, 2014, 4 pm-7 pm
Tickets are $40, buy here

Bits & Bites is El Centro College’s celebration of food and drink, benefiting the Food Services program. This fundraiser will be honoring the El Centro Food & Hospitality Program’s founding father, Professor Emeritus C. Gus Katsigris.

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DFW, Meet Your New Bestie: Sunflower Greens

Did you know Sunflower greens are a fantastic source of protein? Bright and crunchy, they almost remind me of a cross between iceberg lettuce and cucumbers, and these little greens are packed full of nutrients. Use your sunflower greens in salads, sandwiches, as soup toppers or they can even be juiced!



Meal one: I’m loving these portobello mushrooms this week! I will me making Spinach Stuffed Portobellos using the spinach. Feel free to dice up some parsley to top your mushrooms off. Remember to wipe clean your mushrooms (don’t rinse) because they absorb water! You can also pre- broil them to release some of the water to avoid soggy mushrooms while cooking.

Meal two: For lunch, I’ve been in a wrap phase! There is a wrap out there for veggies loves and carnivores alike. I am going to make California Veggies Wraps this week using the avocado and sunflower greens in place of alfalfa sprouts. I will also add leaves of the Tropicana lettuce in my wrap!

Meal three: I am going to use the baby kale and sweet potatoes in a frittata this week. Got some extra vegetables lying around? Add them in too, don’t want anyone in the kitchen feeling left out! Frittatas are very adaptable! Try this recipe Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata with Goat Cheese, great for weekend brunch or dinner.

Beverage: Do you drink enough H2O each day?  Give your water a boost with your Valencia oranges and Meyer lemons with this Citrus Infused Water recipe. You won’t believe how delicious it is!

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DFW Event: Spring Organic Gardening Workshop



Spring Organic Gardening 
Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Rd.

It’s finally spring! Time to get outside and get your hands dirty. Presented by Greenling Farmer Hero Amanda Austin, co-founder and director of Cardo’s Farm Project, this hands-on workship will cover how to plant, plan, and maintain a successful spring garden. Learn about bed preparation, plant selection, and pest control. For more info, visit or call (940) 349-8152.

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