Hyperlocal Cooking Show Debuts on Facebook

Meagan’s cooking videos can be found on the Hoopa Garden Facebook page. Here, Meagan video records her cooking lesson with a smartphone. She is a one-woman production team./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune

By ALLIE HOSTLER, Two Rivers Tribune

After one year of changing her family’s eating habits, Meagan Baldy has launched a series of cooking videos on Facebook.

Each week she tantalizes taste buds with local fare. On this week’s menu: Deer meat stew with butternut squash, kale and cone cabbage.

Sound ewe? Don’t judge hastily. You might be pleasantly surprised. (Writer’s note: I was lucky enough to try the stew. The sweet butternut squash took the place of potatoes leaving me wanting more, lots more.)

“I like to take comfort foods we’re used to preparing and add fresh new ingredients,” Baldy said. “You have the familiar flavors, plus something new and nutritious.”

Baldy has pushed the leafy green, kale—hailed for its super food qualities—on her family of six for the past year.

“My family, especially my husband, was the meat and potatoes type of family,” Baldy said. “But now they all love kale. They know it goes well with everything. Now they love to promote it, and other healthy foods just as much as I do.”

Baldy has noticed improvements in her family’s health over the past year. She said her children are more energetic and their academic performance has improved.

In addition to her weekly cooking show aired on Facebook, she leads monthly cooking classes in Hoopa at K’ima:w Medical Center’s Diabetes Program. She also conducts short cooking lessons in Hoopa Elementary School classrooms where kale smoothies are a big hit amongst the students.

What most find appealing about her cooking show is the use of local foods and other foods that are readily available in the Klamath-Trinity area.

She uses food commodities from the Hoopa Food Distribution Program and vegetables provided by weekly Vegi Club shares—a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) style program facilitated by the Klamath-Trinity Resource Conservation District.

She also uses wild game and fish regularly. No wild game at your disposal? That’s ok. The recipes can be easily altered.

Baldy is also the Director of the Hoopa Community Garden. Her videos are supported and done in collaboration with several programs; Hoopa Food Distribution, the Klamath-Trinity Resource Conservation District, Hoopa Food Policy Council, K’ima:w Medical Center, Hupa Resource Center and more.

“We do this to promote healthy lifestyles, local foods and agricultural sustainability in our community,” Baldy said.

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October 24th, 2013

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