Organic meals on a budget

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By Gina Velasquez

The Santa Fe School of Cooking announces the third season of cooking classes using seasonal organic ingredients from local farmers market from Northern New Mexico. Classes are going on at the school every third Wednesday through December.
Classes are designed using ingredients available during each growing season and led by local chefs. Class participants learn how to create dishes using the organic foods and budget their food bills while using local farm and garden ingredients. The key is creating a nutritious meal for four for under $20.
“Our focus continues to be fast, inexpensive and healthy meals that can be cooked at home and are in harmony with the seasons,” organizer Tony D’Agostino said.
Classes were previously at Kitchen Angels in Santa Fe, but moved to the school this year. “Partnering with the Santa Fe School of Cooking this year adds an additional element of excitement to our schedule of classes.” D’Agostino said.
Representatives from Kitchen Angels, Santa Fe Farmers Market and Home Grown New Mexico have pooled their resources to offer the classes. Classes are at 5:30 p.m. and cost $22 per session.
The trend of people trying to eat healthy and organic but still remain within their food budget is growing and local farms are trying to fill this need. Every Thursday morning in Los Alamos, the farmers market sells different varieties of ingredients from local farms. “We get farmers from Embudo, Española and other places up north,” Cindy Talamantes said. “Some organic farmers don’t use pesticides. Our website can let the consumer know what farmers use for pest control.” Vendors are featured at lanf.org.
Summer is a great time to learn new cooking tips and styles through the Los Alamos Co-op Market’s Shop with the chef classes. Shop with the chef classes run from 6- 8 p.m. and include shopping for and choosing the ingredients, preparing the dishes and enjoying the wonderful flavors. This summer, learn how to prepare meals with raw foods on June 25, fermentation on July 16 and vegan baking on July 23. Cost for each class is $15 for co-op members or $20 for non-members. This class also has a $5 equipment fee for jars to take home starters. The Los Alamos Co-op is located at 95 Entrada Drive, next to the Holiday Inn Express. For more information and to register for classes, call 695-1579.
Talamantes said having regular cooking classes in Los Alamos is a great idea and would like to continue doing events for the public in the future.