Farmer's Market Tour and Cooking Class with Chef Susannah Locketti

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend a farmer’s market tour in Cambridge and a cooking class with Chef Susannah Locketti, who was a contestant on season 1 of The Next Food Network Star! I was invited by I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter and along with my friend and fellow dietitian Jenny, I had a great day of food, farmers, and cooking with some other local food bloggers and their “plus ones.” I was so excited to attend this event since clients of mine frequently ask what the best spreads are for them to use. In fact, just last week I found myself looking at tubs of margarine with some clients. This event was a great way to sample ICBINB products I hadn’t tried, since I typically keep dairy to a minimum in my diet. ICBINB has 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter, which is something my clients will be happy to hear.

Suzanna let us know we’d be making some compote butters – both sweet and savory, and guided us as we picked up fresh produce at the market: squash, tomatoes, eggplant, apples, brussels sprouts, onion, and more. She gave us great tips on picking produce as we all snapped photos and sipped on some hot cider.

When we got to the kitchen (at the Cambridge center for adult ed) we broke into groups to get cooking. My group was charged with the task of making a sweet compote butter using orange zest, brown sugar, ICBINB, raisins, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Other groups made an Italian compote butter and a savory cumin and raisin compote butter.

We sautéed apples in our sweet butter, and grilled this amazing vanilla pound cake to be topped with our I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-buttery apples.

Other groups cooked butternut squash, brussels sprouts, ingredients for open-faced paninis (amazing), sweet potato chips, and more. Then, we all sat down to enjoy our fall feast, which was just divine. Working with such fresh farmers market ingredients made a mouthwatering meal, and putting a room full of food bloggers together in a test kitchen with a fabulous chef, you’re bound to wind up with some tasty dishes! It was great to meet so many local Bloggers I’ve only known through the blog/Twitter universe, like Jen (from Beantown Baker),  Megan (of Delicious Dishings), Michelle (of Fun and Fearless in Beantown) and Fiona (of A Boston Food Diary).

Thanks to ICBINB, Jaclyn Kolber and Susannah Locketti for a great day!


  1. Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    What a great event. The recipes look delicious! I’d love to get my hands on that sweet potato chip recipe!

  2. Janel
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Liz! We just thinly sliced sweet potatoes and baked them til crisp. I’ve done it in the microwave too:

  3. Posted October 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    how fun! what a great crowd too!

  4. Posted October 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    It was really great to meet you! I hope the rest of your Sunday went well!

  5. Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    It was so lovely to meet you and swap ideas! Great photos…brought me right back to the crisp fall air!

  6. Janel
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    You too! Thought I saw your name listed for the Boston Blogtoberfest too. If so, I’ll see you tomorrow!

  7. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like the perfect day! Grilled pound cake?? Wow!

  8. Pam
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Is that the blue scarf peeking through?! Can’t wait to catch up this week. I have missed you 🙂

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