Neighborhood Chef #3 Recipe: "Purslane Pesto"


Mary Vikerman of the Capital District Community Gardens stopped by to share her purslane pesto recipe for the third installment of our Neighborhood Chef series. Check out the recipe below:

Makes about 6 servings with Rice!
2 ripe avocados
4c. purslane
1 small bunch of …

Neighborhood Chef Episode 2: Kale Salad with Christine Earhart (video)

Our second video is complete! Check out what our summer youth worked on during post-production on Thursday:

DIY Snack #3 Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho

Ellie’s DIY Snack Shop #3 featured her homemade watermelon gazpacho recipe. Check it out below:

One large seeded watermelon
Half watermelon (8 to 10 cups chopped) seeded and blended with the other half watermelon (8 to 10 cups of mashed)
2 cups peeled, seeded cucumbers, diced
1 teaspoon …

Neighborhood Chef #2 Recipe: "Bruised Kale Salad Two Ways"


This Wednesday the team is filming their second Neighborhood Chef show, featuring Christine Earhart and her kale recipes. Check out the recipes below:

Tart Berry Bruised Kale Salad

YOU’LL NEED: 1 Large bunch (or 2 small bunches) Kale– Stemmed, …

DIY Snack #2 Recipe: Parfait Cups


Ellie’s second DIY Snack featured seven layers of fresh fruit with oats and homemade yogurt. Judging by how fast they were dished out and disappeared, the youth seemed to have enjoyed this delicious and nutritious snack. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:


Neighborhood Chef #1 Recipe: "Energy Bombs"

Dawn Graham brought her “energy bombs” recipe for a demonstration in the Sanctuary Neighborhood Chef kitchen. Below is the recipe:

YOU’LL NEED: (items in “( )” are suggestions to maximize nutritional value)

1 cup dry old fashioned oats

2/3 toasted coconut-flakes or …

DIY Snack #1 Recipe: Summer Squash ‘Pasta’ with Basil Tomato Sauce


The first DIY Snack Shop featured Ellie Markovitch’s recipe for summer squash pasta with basil tomato sauce. Click here to read the recap about our Youth Media Sanctuary team producing a video to accompany the shop.

The team used fresh seasonal vegetables for a light healthy …

YMS Spring 2012: Day 3, Feb. 28

Sometimes things just sync, like today. As we came in, it just so happened that Brenda Ann Kenneally, photojournalist extraordinare, was just finishing up the last details of the Santuary’s Spring 2012 Facing Change Exhibit…

She took us on a tour! 

DIY SnackShops August 11, 2011

August 11, 2011/ Zucchini and Corn Pancakes

Today we had two stations going on–Ellie making zucchini pancakes and Amy making corn pancakes. But before we started cooking, the kids measured and made their own pancake mix to take home. They also took home a cookbook with all the recipes we made …

DIY Snack Shops


  • slices of pineapple for the crust
  • yogurt for the sauce
  • fruit for toppings: strawberries, grapes, bananas
  • seaweed sheets for the plate

Okay — out of dozen kids maybe 3 tried seaweed, but it made for good conversation and beautiful art. 🙂

DIY SnackShop: Veggie Slaw

at the Collard City Growers lot

Veggie Slaw

Today we had another hot afternoon, but we had a nice shade at the CCG lot where we worked on our slicing, grating and combining skills. Here the recipe:


  • 2 cups shredded zucchinis
  • 2 1/2 …

DIY SnackShop: Smoothies

at the Missing Link Ministry | Photos by Brian Jones

For our smoothies we start with one banana

Add ½ cup of liquid of choice—we used orange juice and grapefruit

½ cup of yogurt (we used low fat vanilla)

½ cup of mix of different fruits …

DIY SnackShop: Date Cocoa Truffles

at Collard City Growers lot

Today we made Date Cocoa Truffles, right after a thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain in the Capital Region. The past week we experienced very high temperatures, so we celebrated the much needed rain with mud looking treats.  The kids were “not eating that” or “not …

DIY SnackShop: Watermelon Gazpacho


Today was Abby’s birthday and she had requested something refreshing like watermelon for hot days of summer; so we made a twist to the cold soup gazpacho. We were out again at the Collard City Growers and came just in time to fill the hot workers with a cool treat and energy …

DIY SnackShop

Amy and Ellie made hummus with the kids at the Missing Link today. Thank you Capital District Community Gardens for a donation of vegetables and fruits.

Kids were great at trying the cooked chickpeas before it became hummus, but several thought it was not that …

DIY SnackShop

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 …

It was RAW!!!

This page is dedicated to eating RAW, and inspired by the raw food reception after the Afro Asian Scientific Soul Duo event with Fred Ho and Dr. Salim Washington at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on March 30, 2011. Special thanks to photographers Ellie Markovich and Chelsea Kereszi.

Created …

Potluck Reportback: Delicious!

We’ve had a series of really great events this season, and if you haven’t made it here, stay tuned for videos soon. But in the meantime I thought it would be nice to share something from the really great potluck dinners we’ve had before some of the events. 

The latest hit was a …

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