Fresh Mamas Cooking Club (FMCC) Week 1

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So thank you all again for the amazing support and enthusiasm for my content. I look forward to sharing my adventures in the kitchen with you and I hope you will try some of my recipes and tips in your own kitchen!

the ladies of our first FMCC!

Today, I am so excited to write my first post about FMCC! FMCC has brought many wonderful people and experiences into my life since we started it in October 2013. From the start, I knew FMCC was going to be life-changing for myself and all the ladies who participated. My friend Dawn and I decided to create FMCC after many conversations about what we were making with our weekly CSA veggies. Like myself 5 years ago, she wasn't quite sure what to do with all the items that came in her box each week, but was determined to learn. We also started talking about making homemade snacks and pantry items that would make our lives easier and our families healthier. I shared some of the things I was already doing and she too, was bursting with ideas, so we decided to start a club and invite other moms to join us a few times a month for group cooking. We mentioned it to some friends and sure enough we found plenty of other moms were excited to join! So here you go, this is what we did at our first cooking club. We kept things very simple, so we could get an idea of how the whole system would work and how much we could accomplish in a couple hours. The goal was to use an item from our CSA box (this week I chose eggplant) along with homemade snacks/pantry/freezer items.

Nut Butter Brownies

2 Cups All Natural Peanut Butter
1 Cup honey
2 eggs
handful of chocolate chips

Mix peanut butter, honey and eggs. Spread in greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-22 minutes until edges are browned, but center is still slightly soft. Once cooled, slice into squares.

>>Baba Ganoush

1 medium eggplant
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic
olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more for roasting eggplant
fresh ground pepper

1. Cut eggplant in half, rub with some olive oil, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper
2. Roast in a 400 degree oven 30-35 minutes until soft and cooked thru
3. Allow to cool slightly, then scoop out flesh into food processor
4. Process eggplant with remaining ingredients until desired consistency. Serve immediately or chilled with crackers, pita chips, or fresh veggies!

It was so good we couldn't let any go to waste!

cooking sports drink concentrate

Peach flavor

1 cup 100% juice, any flavor (we made cherry and peach)
3-4 Tablespoons raw cane sugar
1/4 tsp salt

1.Place all ingredients into small saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved.
3. Allow to cool and reconstitute with 2 Tablespoons concentrate/1cup water.
 *adapted from Deliciously Organic

Kitchen Tip: I freeze my concentrate in ice cube trays, pop the cubes out, and keep in freezer to use as needed. It tastes great and is a delicious chemical/preservative free alternative to commercial sports drinks. My 5 year old insists on having it in his bottle for hockey practice! His favorite is a mix of cherry and peach which he decided to make himself with the frozen concentrate cubes.

 We made all three of these items in one Cooking Club and had a blast working together and tasting our creations. We brought it all home to try out on the kids (and husbands)! Needless to say, everyone was eager to get together again, and the Fresh Mama Cooking Club was off to a great start!

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