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Minimizing Food Waste at Home

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Happy Earth Day! At SAGE, our focus on sustainability means doing what’s right for people and the planet. To participate in EARTHDAY.ORG's Earth Day 2022 theme — Invest In Our Planet — we're focusing on minimizing food waste to help reduce our carbon footprint. According to Feeding America, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. every year. Moreover, 58% of the food produced in Canada is lost or thrown out, according to Second Harvest Food...


From Our Chefs: 10 Must-Have Items for Your Kitchen

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Whether you’re a professional chef or still learning the basics, it’s important to keep timesaving tools on hand. We recommend these 10 items to help you minimize how long it takes to make meals and maximize how long you get to enjoy the food and the company of the people you share it with. Cutting board: This provides a clean, solid surface for meal prep. Look for easy-to-clean materials that can protect your knives and avoid cross-contamination. Chef’s knife: This...


A Brief History of Slow Cooking

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While the technique of low-and-slow cooking has been around since the 18th century, the slow cooker appliance as we know it today was developed in the 1930s by Jewish inventor Irving Nachumsohn. In eastern Europe during the Sabbath, families often prepared cholent, a traditional Jewish stew made of meat, beans, and vegetables and cooked slowly at a low temperature. However, the Jewish community was prohibited from cooking because of the Sabbath, so they would bring pots of stew to a...


International Cuisine – Africa

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To describe Africa's flavors and staple dishes in a sweeping statement is like trying to explain the culinary traditions of the entirety of North America. Because Africa is made up of many countries – each with distinct food staples and outside culinary influences – it's easier to introduce the cuisine regionally. North Africa North Africa's climate is as varied as its terrain, encompassing the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and the Nile River. Because of its geographical location, many of...


Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is a dedicated time to celebrate the culture, contributions, and influence of Hispanic Americans on the history and culture of the United States. While it may seem strange to begin and end a celebration mid-month, that monthlong period is purposeful because it's all-encompassing. Independence and Día de la Raza The United States begins its celebration on September 15 because it's the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate...


Celebrating September Jewish Holidays

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This September is unique because Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot fall within the same month. Determined by the Hebrew calendar, these holidays fall on different dates each year, typically between September and October. Let’s take a closer look at each of these religious holidays and their culinary traditions. Rosh Hashana Rosh Hashana, meaning “head of the year,” celebrates the Jewish New Year and commemorates the birth of the universe. A time to celebrate new beginnings, Rosh Hashana is...


From Our Kitchen: Baby Bella Mushroom Burger

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If your family is interested in trying more plant-based meals, make this vegetarian entrée. It’s a great alternative to animal protein-based burgers while providing a good source of B vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. And mushrooms are trending in 2020, after all! Servings: 4 burgers Prep time: 30 minutes, plus at least 2 hours for refrigeration Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 8 ounces mushrooms 2 teaspoons vegetable oil ½ cup diced onions 2 peeled, minced fresh garlic cloves 1 tablespoon...


From Our Kitchen: A Week's Worth of Top Allergen-Free Dinners

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Enjoy this week’s worth of SAGE Chef-created dinner recipes! All of these are served at some of our schools and are free of the top 12 allergens in the U.S. and Canada: eggs, fish, gluten, milk, mustard, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, sulfites, tree nuts, and wheat. SUNDAY: London Broil Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 pounds, 2 ounces beef top round ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper Vegetable oil Preparation: Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line sheet pan...


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