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Roaming Farm to Table Feast

Roaming Farm to Table Feast

When: Sunday, October 2nd

Where: Beltane Farm– 59 Taylor Bridge Road, Lebanon, CT

Time: 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $75.00 Online   at  http://tinyurl.com/CLiCKFarmtoTable

OR      $100.00 at the door of the event

Kids under 14 are FREE

If you’re a food lover like me and enjoy a fresh, locally produced meal, then this is the place for you to be. There will be a variety of foods from local chefs as well as cooking demonstrations and cheese making classes to try out! Live Music by Tierra Mestiza will be played all afternoon, setting the mood with relaxing rhythms of Mexico/Puerto Rico/South America.

Just a sample of the food that will be available includes…cheeses11

  • Beltane Farm Ricotta Gundi
  • Gourmet Burger Bar
  • Array of local Fresh and pickled vegetables
  • Butternut Squash Bisque
  • Assorted Desserts
  • Apple Cider Donuts

On top of all of this, wash down with some local wine and crafted kombucha from Live On Calm-bucha; one of CLiCK’s very own represented small businesses.

So come on over and roam the farm with CLiCK for an afternoon of taste sensations!

Are you involved in the local food movement?

IMG_5044Meet Christy, a University of Connecticut senior majoring in Fine Arts.

For her senior project she compiled an illustrated cook book with recipes from local organizations and individuals who focus their efforts on providing sustainable food to their community.

Christy studied abroad in Florence Italy and this project reflects her experience there with the food as well as our community.

She will be exhibiting her work for any and all who would like to check it out.

The exhibition will run from March 21st until March 25th

In the VAIS art building room 109

Join her for the opening reception on March 24th from 6-8PM!Poster IDEA Show copy copy

“A Small Good Thing” Sunday March 6th

SAVE THE DATE! 

Join us Sunday March 6th at the Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT), 896 Main Street, Willimantic from 3-6 pm for a FILM SCREENING of “A Small Good Thing.” 10$ suggested donation.

A Small Good Thing TRAILER from Mystic Artists on Vimeo.

“A Small Good Thing” by Pamela Tanner Boll (2015, 71 min.)
While the philosophy of “more is better” has been key to American economic success for the past 50 years, we now find ourselves backed into an isolated corner—where our devices, celebrity entertainment, dream homes and wealth aren’t making us any happier. “A Small Good Thing” explores how the American Dream has reached its end and how for most of us, greater material wealth and upward mobility are no longer possible. To find out what is taking its place, this feature documentary follows six people in one community who have recast their lives so they can live with a sense of meaning—more connected to themselves, the natural world, and the greater good. Learn more about the film here

Sponsored by:

GrowWindham

Windham Arts

CLiCK

2 BIG Events: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Us!

1.Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lounge

Come to CLiCK’s Chocolate Lounge any time between 10 and 5 on Saturday February 13th for music, handcrafted gifts, and everything chocolate. Want to stay for a class? Please see the flyer below and call (860) 786-7907 to register.

2.Valentine’s Day Soiree: A Fundraiser for CLiCK

Can’t make it to the Chocolate Lounge? Pencil in the Windham Club’s Valentine’s Day Soiree from 7-10 pm Saturday Februrary 13th to enjoy drinks, decadent desserts, and unwind to Jazz music. See the flyer below and call (860) 786-7907 for tickets.

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-Brenda Viens, RDN

Everyday Detox

Come to CLiCK’s New Year, New You Detox Class on Saturday January 16th from 2-4 pm to sample Turmeric Tea and discover how an everyday detox program can work for you.

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Turmeric is a leafy plant in the ginger family. The rhizome has a papery brown skin and bright orange, aromatic flesh that is reminiscent of ginger and citrus fruit. The pungent bitter flavor pairs well with warming spices such as: ginger, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and other chili peppers. Chances are you will not find fresh turmeric in the produce isle, though I have occasionally seen it at the Big Y in Mansfield, and the Willimantic Food Co-op. Instead, look for it in the baking isle. Can’t find it? Turmeric is an essential ingredient in curry (the spice mixture used to make the iconic Indian dish) so look for curry powder, curry sauces, and curry pastes.

The Facts:

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine for liver support and detoxification. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. Turmeric and curcumin (the chemically isolated, active compound in turmeric) are both sold as dietary supplements. The strongest support for the use of turmeric and curcumin as a dietary supplement in alternative medicine is in the treatment of arthritis pain, joint injuries, and to aid post surgical healing.

How to use it:

Turmeric adds a lovely golden color to dishes so try adding a dash of turmeric to homemade soups and stews. Make dinner special by drizzling mixture of turmeric and olive oil over vegetables, pasta, potatoes, or fish. Looking for a good recipe ? Try one of these simple recipes to spice up the middle of the week. Turmeric can also be used topically for the treatment of: wounds, bruises, inflammation, scaring, acne and other skin conditions.

-Brenda Viens, RDN

Healthy Cooking Tips and Techniques Next Friday

Could this class be timed any better? Bring home a cooking substitution guide, recipes, and ideas for  healthful dishes that will wow your guests this holiday season. This class will offer the secrets to recipe modification so you will be ready to experiment in your own kitchen with fabulous results!

RD tested and approved recipes:

  1. Check out this guilt-free fudge I am loving this year. It would make a lovely gift.
  2. Is it possible to bake a yummy cookie that is egg free, gluten free, and sugar free and good source of whole grains? Yes you can! Try these cookies.

For more recipes and cooking tips come to The Healthy Cooking Tips and Techniques Class next Friday December 18th from 6-8 pm.

Call CLiCK at (860) 786-7907 or email clickwillimantic@gmail.com to register. Lets get cooking!

 

Celebrating the Local Harvest: An Ode to Butternut Squash

by Brenda Viens, RDN

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Recently, I tried
The butternut squash.
And is it delicious?
Oh, my Gosh!
It’s simply amazing.
And I’m surprised
That it’s been hidden
From my eyes.
The butternut squash
Is the way to go.
Can’t believe
That I love it so.

– Walterrean Salley

The mildly sweet and nutty flavor of butternut squash is a wonderful accompaniment to desserts and main dishes. Butternut squash can be substituted for pumpkin in pies, casseroles, muffins, breads, pancakes, parfaits etc. No carrots? Try adding fresh, raw butternut squash to salads for that crunch your salad has been missing. For a satisfying oven-baked hash toss butternut squash cubes, parsnip spears, pearl onions, and tart apple cubes (Granny Smith) with thyme, nutmeg, black pepper, salt and canola oil. Roast in a 400 degree oven until tender and lightly charred and serve with chicken, fish, or your favorite veggie burger. Soups made with roasted butternut squash have a lovely mouth feel without even a splash of cream! Are you looking for a recipe that will impress your guests this fall? Try making this Butternut Squash Fettucini Alfredo.

Now let’s talk nutrition!

One cup of butternut squash, cubed and steamed provides roughly 80 calories, is packed with vitamin A (297%) and is a good source of potassium and magnesium. Vitamin A is a powerful, natural antioxidant that supports skin and eye health. Vitamin A also works in synergy with calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium to support bone health.

Don’t forget the seeds! Seeds of butternut and other winter squashes can be roasted like pumpkin seeds. Squash seeds are a rich source of fiber, magnesium and heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, so snack happy!

Want more recipes, healthful cooking tips and techniques? Come to a cooking class at CLiCK! 

Please see our calender for information about upcoming events or contact CLiCK at (860).786.7907.

 

CLiCK’s Annual Coquito Festival

Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. It is made with rum, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, egg yolks, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink is commonly associated with the Christmas holidays, where it is traditionally served along with other holiday food.

Variations of the drink include flavored rum or spiced rum, coconut cream, lemon zest, ice cream, ginger, horchata, chocolate and evaporated milk; these ingredients are not required but are used to make the taste sweeter. Sometimes Coquito is made with pitorro as its alcoholic base. Coquito is served in shot glasses or small cups and it is usually sprinkled with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

On Saturday, December 5th, CLiCK is going to celebrate this tasty drink and all of the unique culture that falls behind it. Come for great traditional music, to enter into Coquito contest, or just to experience all the fun. Please call Sienna Valente-Blough (978-618-7760) with questions, or to enter! Don’t miss the traditional folkloric dances by the Puentes al Futuro (Bridges to the Future group).

Two Great Upcoming Classes To Celebrate The Harvest Season!

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These classes are great opportunities for you to learn how to prepare and consume healthier and higher quality meals.  Both classes are taught by registered dietitians, who strive to use their knowledge about food in order to encourage individuals to lead healthier lives. If you’re interested in attending one, or both of these classes, please call (860-786-7907), or email CLiCKWillimantic@gmail.com to register!