Local mama business owners share their recipes of success...... for dinner! November 13 2014, 0 Comments

 

This installment of DINNER: OWNED BY MAMA is featuring Fannie, from EVER Brooklyn , a company that features essential oils for home, health, and beauty that are curated by artisan distillers from around the world.  Pretty cool, huh?  And, as their name implies, they are based right here in Brooklyn.  In addition to being a mom of 3 - yes 3! - children, Fannie is a trained scientist that realized the importance of everyday health to avoid chronic illnesses and she developed a passion for finding natural ways to lower the risks.  And so, EVER Brooklyn became her platform for sharing her knowledge and passion of essential oils with others. 

 

Motherburg first met EVER Brooklyn last winter when they were just getting started.  Read our Q&A here.  And while Fannie's family grew, so has her business! EVER will be launching a new set of oils this weekend, joining Fannie's husband, Alex McWatt, a tattoo artist and founder of Three King Tattoo in Greenpoint (and now Manhattan!), in a new venture called Kings of Brooklyn  - featuring handmade apothecary goods. Alex wanted to create a line with high quality natural ingredients that presents a design aesthetic that appeals to both men and women.The essential oils in his apothecary products are supplied by EVER. There will be a pop-up shop this weekend, right here in Williamsburg, at Jack Taylor Studios.  The pop-up shop will also launch a line of products from a new collaboration between EVER Brooklyn and Andy Sherwood, a Brooklyn pilates instructor.  
Jack Taylor Studios - 445 Grand Street, Brooklyn 11211
  • Saturday 11/15 from 6p-10p
  • Sunday 11/16 from 12p-5p
  • Developing a new business and being a mama has kept Fannie pretty busy.  But, like most moms, she wants to make sure her kids are eating home cooked meals and has shared with us her fish taco recipe.
        
    Kid’s Fish Tacos
    • .75lb white fish filet (wild cod or hake)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 shallot, diced
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp paprika
    • pepper to taste
    • 3 TBSP Butter
    • 6 soft flour tortillas
    • 20 grape tomatoes
    • 4 large leaves butter lettuce
    • 1 lemon
    • shredded Mexican mix cheese or cheddar
    • sour cream
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Rinse filet of fish to make sure it is free of scales and bones. Pat dry, and place on a baking dish. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika evenly on both sides of filet. Cover
    filet with garlic and shallots. Add pats of butter on top of fish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until desired tenderness.
    While fish is baking, shred lettuce, halve grape tomatoes, and slice lemon.
    Once fish is done, warm up a flour tortilla in a pan to soften. When ready, place tortilla on plate and add a small serving of baked fish. Be sure to leave enough room for
    toppings and to wrap tortilla. Let kids add whatever toppings they wish, add a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

     

    Posted by Erica


     

     


    Easy family meals: slow cooking in the summer July 17 2014, 0 Comments

                        

    Yes, you read that right!  While most people think of cool fall days and freezing winter nights to use their slow cooker, I see it as a home cooked meal any day of the year.  With both kids at home and leading a somewhat lazy lifestyle until this past year, I didn’t use my slow cooker  all that often.  But when my daughter started school, plus two after school activities, and my son had a busy therapy schedule, this past year I used it quite often.  As the days got longer, and the temperature started rising, we spent more time at the park.  We would come home, hot, tired, and starving!  At best I could whip something up in a half hour, or, more often than I would like to admit, open up the seamless app and have dinner in an hour, often longer.  There had to be something better!  


    A couple of weeks ago I said, why don’t I just use my slow cooker?  Sure it is warm out, but just like in the fall or winter, I want a home cooked meal ready and waiting for us.  The next day I threw in some chicken and some carrots and let me tell you, coming home from the park at 5pm with my kids who were already complaining about their hunger, and walking into a house that smelled delicious, was heaven.  Within 5 minutes I had set their plates in front of them and they dug in.  

    Sure, a lot of slow cooker meals are heavy, comfort food.  But, it is possible to have some lighter meals as well - here are my summer go-to slow cooker ideas:

    - chicken

    whole chicken, thighs, legs, whatever you like - add some onions and garlic and prepare a cold salad to put in the fridge and you are set.  For an even easier meal, pick up some deli salads to have on hand.  Make a ton so you can have leftovers for chicken salad, or even just plain old cold chicken for tomorrow’sdinner!

    - pulled pork

    I love BBQ!  And so do my kids.  I get the little slider buns and ta-da - easy picnic feel to dinner.  I like to add a crispy cole slaw, but the kids are happy with just the sliders.  Who am I to argue?  Super easy.

    - chili

    Chili reminds me of football season… a huge bowl with all sorts of toppings - mmmm!!  But, to make it more summer friendly, I serve it nacho style - throw some chips on a cookie sheet, pour on some chili, sprinkle some cheese to melt, and then add whatever cold toppings you like - peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, etc, etc.  The kids love to scoop up the meat with a chip.  Fun eating!  

    - meat sauce

    I know many don’t think of pasta as a summer dish, but my husband and kids would eat it every day if they could.  You can’t go wrong!

    Here are some great slow cooking in the summer inspiration via Poofy Cheeks

    Posted by Erica

    Photo : Crockpot avail at Target