Putting Up Apples (new date & time!)

IMG_2057 (003)It’s apple season!  There are so many ways to enjoy apples and now is the time to check out your local apple orchard and grab some.  We will be holding a class on preserving apples this month:


Putting Up Apples will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County September 28th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We will be learning how to make apple chips and can and freeze applesauce.  Join us for some ideas on preserving our local apples through the winter.  There is a $5 fee, which you can pay ahead at our office or at the door.  Space is limited, preregistration is a must.

Putting Up Apples registration

Join our Eat Local Challenge!

Are you interested in eating local food and using more fresh produce in your meals but aren’t sure where to begin? This program is for you!

Participants will receive coaching on where to purchase, how to store and use, as well as tasty recipe ideas, advice on menu planning and continued support and mentoring for two weeks.

The cost is $10 which includes a cookbook, and $20 worth of local produce along with cooking advice and tips. We are targeting folks new to the local food experience. Choose from two locations and times. In Plattsburgh on Thurs July 28 5:00-6:00 pm and in Peru on Monday Aug 1 at 6:00-7:00 pm. Contact our office for details.

The program begins with a one hour group discussion followed by a visit to a local food venue where you select your first week’s supply of produce and receive a voucher for next week’s purchase. Along the way we will offer cooking and storage tips, recipe ideas and answer questions.

When and Where?            Thursday, July 28 in Plattsburgh 5:00-6:00 pm

Monday, August 1 in Peru 6:00-7:00 pm

Price? $10/person includes a cookbook, 2 weeks of access to coaching, and $20 of fresh produce.

Who? Anyone who wants to use more local food!

Call 561-7450 to sign up! Space is limited, register soon!



Home Canning Classes

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County is offering a series of home canning classes at Shady Grove Farm and Wellness Center.  The classes will be focused on boiling water bath canning, following approved recipes and outline basic canning safety.  Master Preservers, Eileen Longware and Judy French will be instructing, along with fellow Master Preserver Karen Bouchard-Braun.  Join us to learn how to safely preserve the harvest!

June 15th, Strawberry & Strawberry Rhubarb Jamstrawberry photo

July 13th, Dilly Beans & Dilled Carrots

August 4th, Zesty Salsa

All classes are 6 to 9 p.m. at Shady Grove Farm, 844 State Route 22B, Peru, NY.

Space is limited, register here!  Each class is $ 5 and preregistration is required.

Stay tuned for more preservation classes, including freezing and dehydrating. 

Kids in the Kitchen- Spring Break!

Kids in the KitchenAre you looking for something to do over spring break?  Join us at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County for a fun Dips & Dippers workshop.  We will make a variety of dips to sample with vegetables and fruit.  April 29th, 11-noon.  No charge!  Children must be accompanied by an adult and per-registration required by April 27th.  Register here!


Veggie-Centric Entree at Latitude 44

Lat 44 Eggplant Roulade & Sweet Potato SpaetzleOur final demonstration in our 3 part Latitude 44 series was today… Delicious as the first two demonstrations, but with a lot of technical instructions, so I will do my best to report….

The first thing Chef David Allen worked on was an eggplant roulade stuffed with fresh mozzarella..  Though this tasted phenomenal and looked complicated, it was pretty simple.  First David sliced the eggplant (roughly a 1/4″) lengthwise and seasoned it with oil, salt and pepper and then grilled the slices just enough to leave grill marks and soften the slices enough to roll.  Then placed fresh mozzarella marinated in olive oil and fresh basil and parsley on the eggplant slices and rolled them up.  As the meal was coming together, these rolls were baked just until the were hot through but before the cheese completely melted.  We discussed the added taste through grilling and trying this with summer squash as well.

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Upcoming Classes

CCE Clinton County will be hosting 2 cooking classes for adults this month, each class is $5, will be at CCE Clinton County office, taught by Jordy Kivett and preregistration required:

Greens: Kale and spinach and chard, oh my!  Whether you are looking forward to the bunches of kale in your upcoming farm share or wondering what to do with the chard that turns up at the early farmer’s markets, join us!   Learn at least 3 ways to prepare greens in this hands on workshop. April 8th, 12-1

Register for the Greens Cooking Class here!

Non-Starchy Vegetables:  The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend we fill half our plate with vegetables and fruit, this class will help make that easier to follow.  This class will focus particularly  on using non-starchy vegetables and would benefit not only local vegetable lovers, but also people at risk for or living with diabetes expand their options for sides.  April 14th, 12-1

Register for the Non-Starchy Vegetable Cooking Class here!

Mondays at Latitude 44

We just finished up the second demonstration by Chef David Allen of Latitude 44 in cooperation with CCE Clinton County and our Farmer’s Market Promotion Program.

The "sample" from the Latitude 44 demo, pork loin, with mashed sweet potato and roasted cauliflower.

A sample from the Latitude 44 demo, pork loin, with mashed sweet potato and roasted cauliflower.

Today, David prepared a pork loin, with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted cauliflower.  What I have enjoyed the most is how he has focused on dishes easy to recreate at home, but shows how they are elevated to restaurant status, not only giving you tips to use regularly, but also a few ideas to save for when you are cooking to impress.

The pork loin was rubbed with oil, brown sugar, fresh garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Some useful tips were to start with a hot oven (450 degrees) to brown the outside of the loin and then to continue cooking the pork on a low temperature (250 degrees) .  Also to allow the pork to set for quite a while after it was done, both steps will help to keep the meat juicier.

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New Shady Grove Cooking Class!

(This class was postponed, stay tuned for future Shady Grove classes- honestly spending time in that beautiful kitchen is worth the price of admission!)

Shady Grove Farm is hosting shadygroveanother CCE cooking class March 18th, featuring casseroles.

We will cook 3 casseroles and discuss ways to amend them to what is locally available throughout the seasons.  Join us for some delicious fun in the kitchen, March 18th, 11 to 1 at Shady Grove Farm and Wellness Center in Peru NY.  The class is $5 per person and preregistration is required.

Online Registration

In the Kitchen with Chef David Allen

LatitudeCornell Cooperative Extension will be offering a series of cooking demonstrations and tasting with Chef David Allen of Latitude 44 Bistro, right in his restaurant kitchen.  Join us to see and taste Chef David Allen’s local food creations!  There is a $25 charge per session, preregistration required and payments must be made in advance to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County.  All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a Latitude gift card. Call (518)561-7450 for more details. Each session runs 11:00-12:00. Space is limited, register for all sessions or just one.

March 7th: Appetizers

March 14th: Entrees

March 21st: Desserts

Register here!

Kids in the Kitchen for February Break

Looking for something to do over February Break? Join us for some food and fun at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County. These classes will give youth an opportunity to prepare and taste some familiar and some new dishes, utilizing local foods. There is no cost for these classes, but space is limited and preregistration is a must!


Sammies and more! Looking for an alternative to PB & J? Help prepare and taste a few lunch options.

February 16th 11:00 to 12:00

Register for Sammies and More 2/16/16 11:00 to 12:00

February 16th 12:15 to 1:15

Register for Sammies and More 2/16/16 12:15 to 1:15

Beyond Banana Bread! Bake muffins and more featuring local fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

February 16th 2:00 to 3:30

Register for Beyond Banana Bread 2/16/16 2:00 to 3:30

February 19th 11:00 to 12:30

Register for Beyond Banana Bread 2/19/16 11:00 to 12:30

Breakfast Boost! Get out of the breakfast rut and try your hand at eggs and smoothies.

February 19th 8:00 to 9:00

Register for Breakfast Boost 2/19/16 8:00 to 9:00

February 19th 9:15 to 10:15

Register for Breakfast Boost 2/19/16 9:15 to 10:15

Call Jordy at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, 561-7450 or contact me via email jbw47@cornell.edu if you have any questions.