Fearless Friday: AC Garden Potato Salad

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

For our first Fearless Friday of the school year, Super Chef Yessy Roman dug up some potatoes from Allendale Columbia School’s garden. She put the fruits of last year’s Middle School students’ work into a nice mayonnaise-free Garden Potato Salad. New Head of Lower School Michelle Feiss became one of the four tasters, along with three students and Food Service Director Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch. The verdict: a very good from all five! Great work, Super Chef!

Recipe: AC Garden Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. small red potatoes

Chimi Tarragon Dressing

  • 6 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 Tbs tarragon
  • 2 Tbs sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Preparation

  1. Cut the potatoes in quarters or roughly 1″ pieces.
  2. Steam or boil cut potatoes until al dente, then cool to room temperature.
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients.
  4. Toss the dressing with the potatoes, and serve. Enjoy!

On Fearless Friday, Super Chef Yessie Roman makes a new vegetable dish for four Lower School student tasters and  Food Service Director Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, who generally does not like vegetables. Mrs. Reynolds-Gorsuch even posted a photo of herself as a child in stocks with a sign that says “Won’t Eat Vegetables”, proving that this is a long-time issue.

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Fearless Friday: Pea Hummus with Mint

Posted on March 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Super Chef’s Fearless Friday treat at Lower School lunch today is Pea Hummus with Mint, using peas from Kern Farm through our partner, Headwater Food Hub. The students all liked it, but Chef Laura wasn’t so crazy about the peas, although she did remark on the mint and cayenne pepper flavors that came through.

On Fearless Fridays, four Lower School student volunteers join AC Lunch Lady in Chief Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, who doesn’t often like vegetables, to try a new vegetable dish created by Super Chef Yessy Roman and give their reviews. The dish is then available to everyone, and you’d be surprised at how many adventurous students try and enjoy these healthy and delicious veggie treats. Make them at home!

Photo: Pea Hummus with MintRecipe: Pea Hummus with Mint

Ingredients

3 cups fresh or frozen peas (thaw frozen peas; cook fresh peas until they’re cooked, but still firm)
2 cloves garlic – blanched
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
8 mint leaves
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (use ¼ teaspoon if you prefer less spicy hummus)
½ teaspoon ground sea salt

Instructions

Thaw frozen peas or cook fresh peas (make sure they are not mushy)
Peel and blanch garlic cloves in boiling water for 2 minutes
Put peas, garlic, lemon juice, mint leaves, olive oil, cayenne pepper, and sea salt in food processor and blend until it is thick and creamy

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Fearless Friday: Sweet Potato Throwdown

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Super Chef Yessy Roman and Chief Chef Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch faced off on Fearless Friday in a Sweet Potato Throwdown! Usually on Fearless Friday at Lower School lunch, Super Chef makes a vegetable dish for Chef Laura (who doesn’t typically like vegetables) and some student volunteers to try.

This time, the two chefs did a throwdown using sweet potatoes as the main vegetable ingredient. Super Chef made Sweet Potato Fries (no recipe, just sweet potatoes, olive oil, and seasoning), and Chef Laura made a Vegan Sweet Potato Bread. Students were the judges in the taste test, and the winner was…Chef Laura’s Sweet Potato Bread! (It’s difficult to compete with sugar.)  (more…)

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Fearless Friday: Caramelized Turnips

Posted on February 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Today’s Fearless Friday vegetable preparation in Lower School is Caramelized Turnips. AC Lunch Lady Patty Babcock did the honors with Super Chef Yessy Roman. Did everyone like it? Watch the video, then try the recipe for yourself!

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Fearless Friday: AC Rainbow Carrot Salad

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

It’s Fearless Friday, and this week, AC Lunch Lady in Chief Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch and four students try Super Chef Yessy Roman’s AC Rainbow Carrot Salad. It’s a vegan recipe, made with orange, yellow, and purple carrots.

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Fearless Friday: Ginger Beet Soup

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

It’s Fearless Friday at Lower School lunch, when AC Lunch Lady in Chief Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch tries a vegetable she’s never liked or hasn’t tried before with some Lower School volunteer tasters. Superchef (Yessy Roman) has been out this week, so Son of Superchef (Josh Roman) used his inherited superpowers to make the treat, a vegan ginger beet soup, and it was presented by a special substitute Superchef: Mr. Gee!

All five tasters said they liked it! They all thought it was a sweet, a little sour, and good for you, and, as one reviewer said, “just perfect!”

Here’s the recipe, if you want to try it at home, courtesy of Lento and 585 Magazine(more…)

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