Willy Street co-op – A great organic Co-op in Wisconsin

On a recent trip to Wisconsin,  I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the Willy Street Co-op. This organic co-op is located in two locations in Wisconsin.

  1. 1221 Williamson St. Madison, WI
  2. 6825 University Ave. Middleton, WI

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Our Mission Statement

The Williamson Street Grocery Co-op is an economically and environmentally sustainable, cooperatively owned grocery business that serves the needs of its Owners and employees. We are a cornerstone of a vibrant community in south-central Wisconsin that provides fairly priced goods and services while supporting local and organic suppliers.

My visit was to the one on University Ave. It is an incredible, clean and fun place to go. Stopping at the information desk right inside the front door, I was greeted with a big smile and a welcome attitude from the young lady who staffed this spot. She answered my questions and had time to go over how things work.

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Saucy Vegetable Tofu

This is a quick, easy way to prepare some yummy veggies with tofu that your kids are sure to enjoy.

PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN. YIELD: 6 SERVINGS

8 oz. uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

1 large green or sweet red pepper. coarsely chopped

1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 pkg. (16 oz.) firm tofu, drained and  ut into 1/2-in. cubes

2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion, pepper and zucchini in oil until crisp-tender.
  2. Stir in tofu and spaghetti sauce; heat through. Drain pasta; serve with tofu mixture.

Nutrition Facts: 1 1/4 cups tofu mixture with 2/3 cup pasta equals 274 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 14g protien.

 

Chicago Food Truck Festival – Part 1

WOW!!! Talk about food for days!!

Had the opportunity to attend the second annual Chicago Food Truck Festival on Sunday and it was GREAT!!

I will be posting these conversations to the series of posts associated with this culinary day of excitement. So without further ado, lets start with…..

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Vetiveah’s Skin Care

During my adventure at the ICHE Homeschool Convention, I had the pleasure of strolling into the Young Entrepreneurs section of the expo. This aisle was devoted to those young homeschool creative businesspeople who came to exhibit their wares.

During my time in this area, I had the pleasure of stumbling across Vetiveah’s Skin Care. This booth and company was founded by an incredible young woman who holds dear the tenets that are near and dear to the heart of the OrganicBabyDaddy.

At ICHE Homeschool Convention
Company founder on the right in green. This is from her booth at the ICHE Homeschool Convention.

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ICHE Homeschool Convention – Day 2 highlights

A couple of weeks ago I finally had the privilege to attend the ICHE Homeschool Convention with my family. They have been attending the convention for some time now and I was always working and not able to attend.

However, this year I was and I must say it was a very eye-opening event. As I am now taking a more active role in the teaching of our children, I am actively seeking for information on the best methods and trying to reassert that I am doing it right.

I got much more than I was bargaining for at these sessions. While I cannot verbatim give all of the information that I received, I am going to give an honest attempt.

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Chewy Chicken Jerky – Ginger Nori Chicken Jerky

This recipe comes from Doggydessertchef.com. Posted here for all my OrganicBabyDaddy pet owners out there.

Ingredients

  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat and sliced into strips

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor ort blender, process nori sheets into a powder.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare marinade: Combine 2 cups water, powdered nori and ginger.
  3. Add chicken to bowl with marinade; let marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 F. On a large baking sheet, place chicken about 1/2 inch apart and brush with marinade.
  5. Dry in oven, with door propped open a crack with small dry rolled-up towel or wooden spoon to open let out moisture, for 3 to 4 hours, until meat dries. Cool and store in an airtight container.
NOTE: When introducing new foods to your pets, it is recommended to first give them a small amount and keep an eye out for possible allergic reactions. As always, while you are trying to make a healthier choice for your pet, you may wish to consult with your veterinarian first. They c an also inform you of specific breed requirements for a healthy diet.

War Room – Preview of New Kendrick Brothers Film

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On May 21, I was invited to preview the next movie in the line of films by the Kendrick Brothers. If you are not familiar with who they are, these are the filmmakers that brought us Fireproof, Facing The Giants and Courageous.

The Kendrick Brothers are Christian filmmakers that have taken us on several journeys that cover the gamut from marriage, to faith and back to fatherhood. This time that trip takes on an a voyage to restore our faith and ability as it pertains to prayer.

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The film is the story of an African-American family that is in turmoil. The disparity between the husband, wife and little daughter is acted out incredibly by a magnificent cast, Patricia Striver, T.C. Stalling, and Alena Pitts. They are a young family is distress as they appear to have it all. But the one thing missing is God.

Along comes an incredible older African-American woman, played by Karen Abercrombie. Her character steals the show, and steers the movie. Her no nonsense approach to helping the young wife and mother to realize who is trying to destroy her marriage and family is direct and will lead you from laughter to tears.

The story is one that opens that door to being clear on the importance of prayer. Using prayer and the power it has as a weapon against the true enemy that invades our relationships. We spent more time fighting each other than fighting the enemy. War Room is a film that helps to show us who the enemy really is, how we can build a strategy to beat him and how to put that strategy into action.

It will be in theaters starting on August 28. I was able to see it early and I am very glad that I did. The Kendrick Brothers have,  once again, brought us a film that is well worth seeing.

I would encourage everyone to have a look at this incredible film. Not often do we get to see films that give us Godly values, and too far often do we see them with African-Americans in premier roles.

 

Chicago Food Truck Fest – June 27 & 28

Coming to Armour Square Park by Cellular Field, the Chicago Food Truck Fest is set to launch. This weekend of food truck adventure is a premier event for the Chicago area. Over 20 food trucks will be in attendance and I will be on site to check them all out.

Included in the event will be the following trucks:

  1. The Fat Shallot – Made to order sandwiches
  2. Bombay Wraps – Indian made to order wraps
  3. Starfruit Café – frozen yogurt and smoothies
  4. Taquero Fusion – Latin American tacos
  5. Gino’s Steak Truck – Chicken, steak and veggie sandwiches

More trucks to be announced.

The Chicago Food Truck Fest is free to enter, but you must have a ticket. Tickets and more information are available at the website: http://www.chgofoodtruckfest.com/

Looking forward to being there to taste some great food and also as a fact finding mission for the launch of the OrganicBabyDaddy Food Truck!!

Come out and let me know if you will be there.

 

Just a thought

As I sit here writing this post, I take a few minutes to think about all of the things that I have to be grateful for at this moment in my life. I am very happy and thankful for the love and mercy of God. Without that many of you would be visiting me in the cemetery and leaving some nice flowers on the spot that would mark me and my life. When I take that into consideration, I wonder what I need to be doing to make my legacy known to the world. If I was to leave this place tomorrow, how many people would even know that I existed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be famous or extremely admired or known worldwide. I am just wondering if I am doing anything to make the world a better place??? Have I been the best father, husband, friend, employee, mentor, helper, that I can be. Am I using the talent(s) that God has given me to multiply them so that I can return to Him more than He has given to me? Am I being a good stewart with all that the Lord has given me? My wife, my children, my family? Matthew 25:14 tells the story of a man who gave his servants talents, one got five, another got two and the last got one…. Continue reading Just a thought

Meatless Day: Try the OBD Black Bean Burger w/ Chipotle Slaw

Make one of your days a meatless one with this incredible recipe for a black bean burger topped with a smoky, delicious chipotle slaw. Give it a chance and make a day a week a meatless one with the OrganicBabyDaddy.

 

PREP: 25 MIN. + CHILLING

COOK: 10 MIN.

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

 

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

6 Tbsp. panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

¼ cup finely chopped onion

¼ cup finely chopped sweet red pepper

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. plus 4 tsp. olive oil, divided

1 tbsp. minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

1 ½ cups coleslaw mix

2 green onions, chopped

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split

 

  1. In large bowl, mash beans. Add panko, onion, red pepper, cilantro, egg whites, garlic and salt; mix well. Shape bean mixture into four patties; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, 1 Tbsp. oil, chipotle pepper and sugar; stir in coleslaw mix and onions. Chill until serving.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers in remaining oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. Serve on buns with slaw

Nutrition Facts:
1 burger equals 327 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 12g protein.

Diabetic Exchanges:
3 starch, 1 ½ fat, 1 lean meat.

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