There was a great group of folks at the Ken Cook talk at the Catawba Center for the Environment. Many thanks to John Wear and Cathy Green for having us as guests. And thanks for visiting Salisbury to Ken Cook, president for and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Bread Riot volunteers (including Carol Corken, Dottie Hoy and Gavine Pitner) served up a number of items prepared with local ingredients. Beet brownies, local cucumbers (from John Weddington Greenhouse), snickerdoodles with local eggs and delicious local sweet potatoes from Two Pigs Farm.
Here’s a few of the recipes:

Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

1 ½ c mashed, cooked beets, cooled
3 large eggs
2/3 c brown sugar
2/3 c sugar
½ c oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ c cocoa powder
¾ c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp kosher or seal salt
1 cup chocolate chips

1. preheat oven 350 degrees
2. in a large bowl whish together eggs, oil, and sugars
3. add vanilla extract and beets. Combine well
4. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt into the wet ingredients
5. Stir in the chocolate chips
6. Pour batter into a 9 x 13 greased baking pan.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

Seasoned Sweet potatoes

1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil (shiny side up); place baking rack onto prepared baking sheet; set aside.

2 Peel the sweet potatoes (if preferred) and cut off the pointy ends. Slice the sweet potatoes in half (lengthwise), then cut each piece into wedges.

3 Place the sweet potato wedges in a large bowl, then add in the olive oil, salt, sugar, seasoning, and black pepper. Mix well, making sure each wedge is coated with oil and spices.

4 Arrange the sweet potato wedges in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn on the broiler and bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until they’re well browned and crispy. Keep an eye here – it’s easy to burn when the broiler is on!

5 Cool wedges on pan for 5 minutes, then serve at once!

Sweet potatoes, pepper, salt, sugar, oil, and seasoning (your choice)

For more recipes check out Carol Schmitz Corken’s Pinterest!

Catawba Center for Environment EWG Event Recipes

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