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Sustainable Recipe Series: French Broad Chocolates

Happy Valentine's Day! This recipe comes from French Broad Chocolates, which is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® located in Asheville, NC. 100% of their produce (such as blackberries, blueberries, herbs, etc) are purchased local. Try to use local & organic products when making this recipe! Bittersweet Chocolate Tart Shortbread Crust Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup sugar 1/8 tsp sea salt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1 cup all purpose flour 1 egg yolk, reserved ​ Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter and place in a medium glass bowl. Stir in sugar, salt and vanilla. Add flour and mix until just blended. Press dough into the bottom and side of a 10” tart pan. Bake 20-25 min. until g

The Dirt on Green Cleaning Chemicals

Did you know that the cleaning chemicals you’re using in your restaurant could be harming your employees and the environment? Exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to respiratory problems, skin irritation, chemicals burns, and much more. Long term exposure can even cause cancer. In terms of their environmental harm, many cleaning chemicals contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia, which are not filtered out at wastewater treatment plants. Because of this, these chemicals can build up in our streams, lakes, rivers, and other waterways, causing dead zones. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cleaning chemicals can also accumulate in the air and contribute to smog. So, what can your restaurant

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