Jess Niederer

Farmer Jess Niederer has grown Swiss chard for this fall’s Garden State on Your Plate events at all four elementary schools. Chefs from Princeton University will be preparing the greens.

BACKYARD CHARD: JW Iron Chefs prepare to cut fresh chard for inclusion in their kugel dishes.

BACKYARD CHARD: JW Iron Chefs prepare to cut fresh chard for inclusion in their kugel dishes.

INTO THE OVEN: After students combine cooked noodles with sour cream and produce from JW edible gardens and from McCaffrey's Supermarkets, the mixture is baked until golden brown on top.

INTO THE OVEN: After students combine cooked noodles with sour cream and produce from JW edible gardens and from McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, the mixture is baked until golden brown on top.

Iron Chef & Gardens at JW

October 16, 2014

Garden Bounty

GARDEN BOUNTY: Iron Chefs harvested Swiss chard, tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs for their risotto from the JW edible gardens.

SAFETY FIRST: Chef Jen Carson instructs on the proper way to use a chef's knife for chopping an onion.

SAFETY FIRST: Chef Jen Carson instructs on the proper way to use a chef’s knife for chopping an onion.

START WITH FRESH: Swiss chard, onions, garlic and a corn from our new partner, McCaffrey's Supermarkets.

START WITH FRESH: Swiss chard, onions, garlic and a corn from our new partner, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets.

Stirring risotto

A LA MINUTE: Students learned that a properly made risotto requires attention, start to finish. First, saute and season the onion and heat the broth. Then add the arborio rice to the onion, and then add hot broth, ladle by ladle, stirring until each is absorbed, before adding the next. At the end, add the delicate fresh produce.