The Chefs’ Bookshelf- Part 3

The Chefs' Bookshelf

This edition of The Chefs’ Bookshelf could be alternatively titled “Chefs Who Own Many Books.” And I thought my own cookbook selection of 10 cookbooks (and Martha Stewart Living back issues) was a lot! The recommendations from our chefs today span a large time period and cover different cooking styles– from a French fine dining cookbook published in the 1960s to an utterly modern restaurant cookbook published a year ago, to a book of vegetarian recipes. I hope you enjoy the recommendations from our favorite chefs below.

Chris Kearse
Christopher Kearse
Chef and Owner, Will BYOB, Philadelphia
Recommended cookbook: Ma Gastronomie by Fernand Point fernand point
Chef Chris, aruguably one of the top chefs in Philadelphia right now, notes Ma Gastronomie by noted French chef Fernand Point as his favorite cookbook. Favorite cookbook out of about 500 on his bookshelves, as he gets a new book every two weeks. (That means this one is really really good.) Chef Chris has a rare first edition of this 1969 publication. Ma Gastronomie “is more than just recipes; it’s a lot of Point’s views on food, restaurants, and cuisine.” Fernand Point revolutionized French cuisine, creating his own versions of classic dishes. Ma Gastronomie shares Point’s provocative takes on food and over 200 of his recipes.

ben erenhausenBen Nerenhausen
Chef, Mistral, Princeton
Recommended Cookbook: SPQR by Matthew Accarrino SPQR
Ben, chef at Scott Anderson’s recently-opened Mistral, recommends (when forced to choose) SPQR by Matthew Accarrino. SPQR is a cookbook and wine guide celebrating innovations of modern Italian cooking, as practiced by Accarrino’s eponymous San Francisco restaurant. Ben appreciates that “not only is [author] Accarrino a great guy, but his food is tasty.” SPQR is “classic in approach but modern in delivery; and the recipes in the book are great for at home as well.”

Theo Petron 
Chef, A la Maison Personal Chef Service, Bucks County
Recommended cookbooks: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, The Way to Cook and Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child vegetarian cooking
Theo is another chef with way too many cookbooks—he sent me picture of his overflowing bookshelves as proof! Theo generally refers to cookbooks for inspiration, not so to actually follow a recipe. He recommends several cookbooks and cookbook authors. Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is a classic (Theo just adds meat), showing basic vegetarian cooking techniques- cooking techniques, combining ingredients, and presenting with style. It’s the definitive guide on vegetarian cooking. Theo’s also a big fan of Julia Child. He likes The Way to Cook the best, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking is “always a fun read.” Theo says “I tend to collect books from restaurants that I’ve enjoyed, however I think that certain key ingredients are always left out of restaurant recipe books. Afterglow, you’ve got to keep people coming back!”

By | October 18th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Fall Food Festival


Blue Moon Acres and Door to Door Organics Tri-State invite you to enjoy the Fall Food Festival at Blue Moon’s Pennington, New Jersey location on November 2nd from 11-4 PM. Bring your friends and family out to enjoy a delicious spread of fall’s bounty from Blue Moon Acres and other nearby farms, as well as seasonal desserts. Meet many of the producers who supply both Door to Door Organics and the Blue Moon Acres Farm Market and visit the booths of local artisans, craftspeople, and more! There will be tractor rides and pumpkin painting for the kids and live music and entertainment for the parents. Both Blue Moon Acres and Door to Door Organics look forward to sharing the fall harvest with you! (Rain date November 9th.)

This event is free and open to the public.

All Day Activities:

Hayrides around the Farm – Join Farmer Scott and the Blue Moon crew on a hayride while learning about the farm.

Face Painting – Fun designs for little faces

Pumpkin Painting– Choose your own pumpkin, paint it at the farm, and take it home!

Scheduled Activities:

Pony Rides– 12 Pm – 2 PM

Balloon Animal Artist – 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Costume Contest – 3 PM

Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume contest! Gift Certificates to Blue Moon Acres or Door to Door Organics awarded to the best costumes in the following categories:


Tell your friends and head on over to our Facebook page to let us know if we’ll see you there!

By | October 14th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

Seven Cool Ways to Get Your Compost On!

compost-pile-cedarcomposters_f261ac8ff205fc8412c9146ea8d7bfb5_3x2Imagine a pile of trash 2000 feet tall, one mile wide, and 85 million tons heavy. An enormous pile, almost large enough to be seen from space.

That’s how much compostable waste Americans discard in a single year.

According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste account for 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away. These scraps sit unused in landfills, where they contribute approximately 34% of all man-made methane gas to the atmosphere. More methane in the atmosphere means more global warming.

Which is why home-composting is so important.

But with so many methods out there, which is the right one? And what if you don’t have a yard? What if you’re on a budget? How do you know where to start?

The following is a list of 7 of the most common and practical ways to compost:

1.       Basic Pile.

compost pile Jun 2010Doesn’t get any easier/cheaper than this. Just pick a spot in your yard and—you guessed it—start a pile.  Grass clippings, leaves, kitchen scraps, coffee grounds etc are all fair game. (Just no meat; it stinks!). If you’re really motivated, you can throw a tarp over your pile when it rains: too much water slows down the aeration process. Even if you do nothing else, your scraps will eventually turn into beauteous compost





2.       Enclosure:

bin-compost-palletKick it up a notch by building yourself a little enclosure. Chicken wire will get the job done, but you can also use wood from old pallets. An enclosure will help prevent your scraps from blowing into your neighbor’s yard, and will also ensure a higher internal temperature, thus a faster return on your investment. Turn every so often with a pitchfork, and the gift of compost will soon be yours.






3.       Basic bin:

imagesIf space is an issue, why not use an old trash can, bucket, or barrel? More discreet than the enclosure or pile, and ideal for the compost-minded townie. If you’re looking for something with a little more class and/or functionality, ready-made compost bins come with lids and small doors for ease of removing finished soil. For quicker results, balance your ingredients—2 parts brown to 1 part green.






4.       Spinning Composter:

images (1)The name says it all. Same as the aforementioned bin, but pitched horizontally, and set on an axle. Simply add your scraps and give it a whirl! The process of spinning, or ‘tumbling’, adds oxygen and expedites the decomposition. Store-bought models are a little spendier, but there are a number of cheap DIY solutions available online.







5.       Vermicomposting:

images (2)Composting with worms! Premade kits complete with worms are available online, or you can make your own. Drill drainage holes in rubber made bin, add dampened shredded newspaper, cardboard, and worms, and then slowly introduce food scraps, keeping them buried to deter fruit flies. The worm ‘casings’ –poop for us laypeople—can then be used as potting soil! If you’re worried about smell, don’t be: I promise, Vermicomposting does NOT smell. Perfect for folks in an apartment.





6.       Automatic Hot Composter:

naturemill-composter-greenProbably the priciest of indoor composting options, this is nevertheless one of the coolest, quickest ways to get the job done. Capable of mixing and aerating up to five pounds of food a day—automatically! And, you can even add dairy, meat and fish! Every two weeks you’ll have yourself a fresh batch of gorgeous compost.







7.       Microbe Composter:

download (1)Similar to vermicomposting, but uses special microbes called Bokashi to digest organic scraps. The Bokashi composting container, a not unattractive bucket, can be kept in a closet or alongside your wastebasket. And best of all: it only takes a couple weeks before you have dense, lush, compost!



So you see, no matter what your living situation or budget, there’s a composting solution that’s right for you!

By | October 11th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First Friday with Solebury Orchards: November 2

Solebury First Friday

Join us in our Pennington Farm Market on November 2 for our First Friday celebration. Brian and Frea from Solebury Orchards will be sampling their butters, cider, doughnuts, and apples from 4-7 pm.

Enjoy live music by Jim Arkus while you stock up on your weekend groceries.

By | October 9th, 2013|Events|0 Comments