Natividad Medical Center Farmer's Market September & October Is All About healthy Middle Eastern

Save the Date! Join Natividad Medical Center Wednesday, September 26 and Wednesday, October 24th when it’s Simply About Easy, Healthy Middle Eastern Cooking! Both cooking workshops will begin at 12:00 p.m.
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July 30, 2012 - PRLog -- Press Contact: Marci Bracco/Chatterbox Public Relations (831) 747-7455

Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmer's Market September and October Is All About healthy Middle Eastern fare!

SALINAS, CA–Natividad Medical Center offers a Certified Farmers' Market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Farmers’ Market is located at 1441 Constitution Blvd., outside of building 200-Out Patient Services and is part of Natividad Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to promote wellness and healthy eating among Natividad Medical Center’s staff, patients and their families.

Join us Wednesday, September 26 and Wednesday, October 24th when it’s Simply About Easy, Healthy Middle Eastern Cooking!  Both cooking workshops will begin at 12:00 p.m. outside of building 200 – Outpatient Services.  Meet cookbook author and Chef Barbara Ghazarian! Barbara is passionate about sharing her Armenian heritage with others. She has authored two award-winning cookbooks and a collection of inspirational stories. Join the fun in September as Barbara prepares fresh peach chutney with mint! In October, she’ll demonstrate how to spice up Swiss chard with tahini dressing. Since the publication of her most recent cookbook, “Simply Quince”, Barbara has become well-known as the “Queen of Quince.” “Simply Quince” builds on the success of her first award-winning cookbook, “Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy” (2004), now in its 4th printing. She will be signing cookbooks both before and after her cooking demos for everyone interested in eating “Simply Armenian.”
Attendees will learn to make two recipes.  Here is one to try at home!
Fresh Middle Eastern Peach Chutney

Makes 3 cups

3 fresh ripe peaches (or nectarines), washed, peeled, cored, and diced (see Note)
1 large tomato, blanched, skin and seeds removed, and mashed, and drained of excess juices only (see Note)
¼ cup finely diced or grated red onion
2 teaspoons grated fresh jalapeno
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
½ teaspoon coarse salt
Juice of 1 fresh lime

1.   Toss the peaches, tomato, onion, jalapeno, mint, salt, and lime juice together in a bowl. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Note: To prepare the peaches and tomato, fill a large saucepan two-thirds with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cut a small X into the bottom of each peach, and then drop the whole fresh peaches and the tomato in. Boil until the skins blister, only a few minutes is necessary. Remove each fruit with a slotted spoon in to a bowl and set aside until they are cool enough to handle. Remove the peach skins with your hand or a paring knife; pit, and dice. Remove the tomato skin, then press out the seeds with your fingertips. Coarsely chop the pulp with a knife or mash with a potato masher.

Grilled Breast of Chicken and Peach Chutney Wrap
Wraps are all the rage. Salsa is a basic. Ripe peaches are wicked sweet. Three great reasons to try this sandwich for lunch soon. Arrange 4 ounces of chopped grilled chicken breast across the lower half of an 8-inch flour tortilla. Top with Peach Salsa and bean sprouts, or skip across the pond and use watercress instead. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up over the stuffing, the sides in, and roll the stuffed tortilla up and away from you into a tight package. Cut in half so you can share it with a friend. Enjoy outside while seated at a picnic bench with a tall glass of iced tea garnished with a sprig of  fresh mint. Indian summer lunches don’t get much better than this.

At Natividad Medical Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market run by Everyone’s Harvest, shoppers will find fresh quality fruits and vegetables (many certified organic), beautiful flowers, live plants, and unique gifts from small-scale family farmers and local independent businesses. By shopping at Natividad Medical Center’s California Certified Farmers’ Market you are supporting local California growers.

For more information on Natividad Medical Center Certified Farmer’s’Market contact :
Everyone's Harvest
Contact: Chris Loecher, Event Manager
Cell Tel: 831-917-8902
Contact: Iris Peppard, Executive Director
Tel: (831) 384-6961
Fax: (831) 582-9546
For information on Natividad Medical Center contact Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455.

About Natividad Medical Center
Natividad Medical Center is a Monterey County owned and operated 172 bed acute care hospital providing health care services to the people of the county for more than 125 years. Natividad Medical Center offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. NMC provides more than 33,000 patient days each year and more than 42,000 emergency department visits per year. NMC is ranked #1 in newborn deliveries in Monterey County. Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast, through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 250 physicians, Natividad’s mission is to continually improve the health status of the people of Monterey County through access to affordable, high-quality health care services. Natividad is based in Salinas, California. For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit
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