Ford Street Cooking Class is a Success

Homemade Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Hash started off the second session of COCER (Community Organized Cooking and Edible Resources) last Tuesday. COCER is a pilot cooking class held at the Buddy Eller Center of the Ford Street Project. The impetus for the project is teaching healthy recipes and cooking techniques to those living in transitional housing at Ford Street.
In the first session, participants enjoyed tasting new foods like kale, chard and fennel, and experimenting with healthy alternatives and learning new tricks in the kitchen.
The first session was a series of four classes, meeting once a week. During one of these classes, the group took a trip to the Ukiah farmer's market, where they learned about the Food Stamp Match program and purchased produced to make hearty Spring Veggie Quiche with Fruit Salad.

The classes are taught by three AmeriCorps members serving in the community (Natalie Loots, Lucy Shapiro and Jessica Ohland). These three have enjoyed the successes of the first session and are excited to continue the class!

Try out this tasty COCER recipe:
Sweet Potato Hash
Makes 6 servings

2 medium sweet potatoes skins on, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

-Wash and chop all vegetables
-Saute onions and bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat
-Add potatoes, spices and jalapeno. Stir to prevent sticking until potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes)
-Serve hot. Enjoy as side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner

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