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Swiss Chard & Shrooms + Farmer’s Market Preview

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Sauteed Rainbow Chard & Oyster Mushrooms Late winter/early spring is a great time to get delicious greens like the beautiful rainbow swiss chard I picked up from Grow.Farm. These greens are excellent sauteed with Screaming Oaks fresh oyster mushrooms, fresh veggies and polenta, or pair it with either salmon or pork.
Ingredients: 2tbs safflower oil, divided
1 basket Screaming Oaks Oyster Mushrooms (de-stem)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large basil leaves, ribbon sliced
Black Pepper
Sea Salt
(to taste)
2 tsp paprika
1 bunch Grow.Farm Rainbow Chard, de-stemmed, stems chopped fine, leaves rough cut
½ cup dry white wine

Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add shallots and sautee until translucent – add mushrooms and toss. Let sit undisturbed for a few minutes and toss again. Let sit for a few more minutes and add garlic and chard stems. Toss and allow garlic to cook until fragrant. Mix in chard leaves and stir often until leaves are wilted. Add white wine, cook until leaves are tender, about 3-4 mins.
Serve with polenta or your choice of meat. Enjoy! Be sure to see the Saturday Market Preview below.
Chelsea Cochrane

Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday Preview

Saturday morning dawns and Ed is in the coffee pavilion, fantastic melodies drifting from the gazebo, Fikret Kazan and Isabella’s incredible pizza oven will be on Columbia St. serving gourmet pizza and all is right with the world! 
Lent is in full swing and there are plenty of delightful veggies available to keep your fast going smoothly. You’ll find plenty of kale, green onions, carrots, turnips, and cabbage on Eddie’s table. A colorful entourage of lettuces, chard, collards, and kale adorn Nick’s table and there are still plenty of sweet potatoes, too. Kale, turnips, green onions, and lettuce abound on Mr. Houston’s table.
Microgreens galore on Aminta’s table. Use them in your smoothies, your sandwiches, any of your dishes. Sam uses his microgreens and sprouts in his green juice – heck of a lot of nutrition packed into a cup. Yes, there are strawberries as well.
Sautéed mushrooms, in a little of Maute’s butter, are a wonderful dish on their own. Add a few chopped greens and you have a dish fit for a king with very little effort. Add leftover shrimp or sausage or chicken to your mushroomed greens for an entirely different meal.
We have so much more at the market, from specialty foods from Tessier Gourmet, vegan dishes from Kimbo’s Kitchen, to quiches and enchilada pie from Norma, Mediterranean delights from Abeer and breakfast pancakes (old-fashioned sourdough or Meme’s veggie pancakes). You’re not gonna wanna miss out!
Lots of love, Charlene LeJeune Abundant Life Kitchen
The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.
Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit

Local Events

English Tea Room Hosts Tea 101

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The English Tea Room & Eatery

The English Tea Room & Eatery

Join The English Tea Room and Eatery for “Tea 101” on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2 p.m. To 4 p.m. At 734 E. Rutland St.  Reservations are $25 per person, prepaid.  The information covered includes Health Benefits of Tea and Tea Etiquette, both presented by Jan Lantrip, Owner of the Tea Room & Pharmacist.  Learn the latest research and information on tea and your health.
Next on the agenda is Tea Expert Antonia Wagner with Tea Basics & The World of Tea.  Antonia shares her knowledge of international tea information and tasting of rare and exotic teas.
Finally, learn about Tea Pairings & Cooking with Tea from Chelsea Cochrane of the English Tea Room Kitchen Staff.  Chelsea will discuss basic guidelines for pairing teas with food, and the culinary benefits of cooking with tea.  All this while enjoying English Tea Room & Eatery menu items!
Call today to reserve your spot.     PH985-898-3988


General Local News Opinion

Rumination on the First Amendment

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by Timothy Achan Gates

Amendment 1 – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Covington Weekly began as an idea that Chelsea Cochrane and I developed after watching several businesses in the downtown area close their doors. We wanted a medium to promote all the great things happening in Covington, because we live here and we love where we live. We came up with something that was focused on offering a lower cost method of advertising geared to small businesses.

Besides promoting the many positive and beneficial things happening in Covington, it also provides an outlet to voice opinions on things happening here in the area. Because we are not controlled by large corporations, we are able to discuss things that other outlets do not. In short, Covington Weekly is a private venture, the opinions expressed in my features are my own, and we have every right to print them. We do not resort to libel, slander or ad hominem attacks.

It was brought to my attention that the Sheriff’s race article drew the ire of certain members of the community, citing “bias” in the fact that the current Sheriff Strain was not mentioned by name in the article. It is my opinion that mentioning Sheriff Strain is irrelevant.

I would like to relate a personal incident that happened to Chelsea and me which illustrates an actual example of bias exhibited by Deputies of the current Sheriff’s Office: After being pulled over on Collins Blvd. at 1:00 in the morning for a non-working license plate light, we were briefly detained by Sheriff’s Deputies. A field sobriety test was administered (which I passed), and discussion ensued which led to this exchange:

“What do you do (for a job)?badcop

“We run the Covington Weekly.”

“We hate Covington.” Looks at partner.

“Yeah, we hate Covington.” Partner concurs.

Fortunately, a senior officer was on hand to mediate the situation and he sent us on our way. As a general rule, I exhibit respect and deference to law enforcement; in this instance, the intimidating and unprofessional remarks made by the deputies reflected very poorly on the integrity and objectivity of the current office. If you hate where you work as a public servant, please go somewhere else.