November Seasonal Foods: Cranberries are about 90% water, and the rest is mostly carbs and fiber. The main nutrients in 1 cup of raw, unsweetened cranberries are...
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The Dining Digest: November 2019
November Seasonal Foods
Cranberries are about 90% water, and the rest is mostly carbs and fiber. The main nutrients in 1 cup of raw, unsweetened cranberries are:
  • Calories: 46
  • Water: 87%
  • Protein: 0.4 grams
  • Carbs: 12.2 grams
  • Sugar: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 4.6 grams
  • Fat: 0.1 grams
Cranberries are also rich in vitamins and minerals:
  • Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the predominant antioxidants in cranberries. It is essential for the maintenance of your skin, muscles, and bone.
  • Manganese, found in most foods, is essential for growth, metabolism, and your body’s antioxidant system.
  • Vitamin E, a class of essential fat-soluble antioxidants.
  • Vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, is essential for blood clotting.
Cranberries 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
Low in fat and rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, artichokes are particularly high in folate and vitamins C and K. They are one of the best superfoods for diabetics. Apparent health benefits include lower blood sugar levels and improved digestion, heart health, and liver health.

Enjoy artichokes that are steamed, boiled, grilled, roasted, or sautéed. You can also prepare them stuffed or breaded, adding spices and other seasonings.

Top 8 Health Benefits of Artichokes and Artichoke Extract
Chef Steve
Chef Steve’s Recipe
Dining Services welcomes new Campus Dining Executive Chef Steve Koutsoumbaris. Chef Steve was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. He studied culinary arts at the New York Restaurant School and started his impressive culinary career at March Restaurant under the guidance of Executive Chef Wayne Nish. March was an American Cuisine fine dining restaurant with a three-star rating from the New York Times. As he gained experience, Chef Steve was promoted through the ranks and earned the title of Chef de Cuisine. In the following years, he accepted the position of Executive Chef at Italian gourmet market Agata & Valentina. He traveled to Italy and spent time with native Italian chefs to learn authentic Italian cuisine.

Over the course of his career, which spans more than 20 years, Chef Steve teamed up with Chef Michael Psilakis to open several Greek Restaurants in New York, including Kefi, MP Taverna, and Anthos. He led the kitchen at these restaurants as the executive chef and received a two-star review from New York Times as well as a Michelin Star.

His most recent corporate executive chef position was with SGT Restaurant Group, featuring Allora Italian Kitchen & Bar and Ara Greek Kitchen & Bar. At both restaurants—each with 250 seats and serving the finest Italian and Greek cuisine—he created his own unique versions of Italian and Greek dishes that he grew up cooking with his mother and grandmother. His passion for cooking and creating recipes brings him satisfaction as his guests enjoy his culinary experience.

Focaccia Bread Stuffing
Focaccia Bread Stuffing
Serves 4-6
  • 2 pounds focaccia bread
  • 1 pound sweet sausage (remove casing)
  • 2 stalks leeks, cut in half and sliced in 1/4 inch
  • 2 white onion, diced small
  • 2 bunch sage, chopped
  • 1 cup raisin or any dried fruit you like
  • 1 pound butter
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Cut focaccia in bite size pieces. Cook down sausage, and sweat leeks and onions with half of the butter and olive oil (until soft). Then add sage and mix in bread with rest of melted butter and oil. Season to taste. Place in baking pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or unit toasted brown. Enjoy!

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Cast Iron Chef Results

Thanks to everyone who attended this special event and a big thank you to the six police departments who participated!

The results for the top three winners are:
  • 1st Place: Nassau County Police Department
  • 2nd Place: New York Police Department
  • 3rd Place: Old Brookville Police Department
The best part of the night was that more than $15,000 in donations was raised for charities chosen by the members of the police departments: The Ronald McDonald House, Safe Center Long Island, Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation, State Troopers Memorial Fund, Nassau County Detectives Charitable Foundation of New York, and Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County were the chosen charities.

Read More About the Event: Officers Cook Up an Array of Arresting Flavors

Nassau County Police Department and Other Cast Iron Chef Attendees

Nassau County Police Department Took First Place.
Food Holidays
November 6: National Nacho Day
Metro, Salten, SAC, and Ed Hall Cafes will be serving nachos on this day.
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November 11: Veterans Day
If you are a Veteran, please show your ID at any of our cafes to receive a free meal. Thank you for your service!
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