Week One: Spring Greens!

Happy first week of Groundswell CSA! My name is Penelope and I’m blogging recipes for you this season! Our family has been members for the last few years, and I’m excited to share recipes and inspiration for using your share each week. I love finding great recipes to use our share, as well as creating my own. I could happily spend all day playing in the kitchen. Here’s to a great season of beautiful, local produce from our great Groundswell farmers!

Baby Greens with Pecans + Pears
recipe credit: Simple Suppers, Moosewood Restaurant

The Salad:
8 cups spicy salad greens or torn leaf lettuce
2 firm, but ripe, pears
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. toasted pecans

The Vinaigrette:
1/3 c. white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 c. extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients until emulsified. Alternatively, you could whirl in the blender for a few seconds.

For the salad, wash and dry your greens. Cut the pears in half, core them and cut into matchsticks or thin slices. Lightly coat the pears with a little dressing to prevent discoloration. In a large salad bowl, toss together the greens and pears. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and pecans. Top with dressing as desired. Store unused vinaigrette in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Spring Greens Power Bowl
recipe credit: my personal food blog, The Kitchen Beet, with inspiration again from Moosewood

2 c. cooked brown rice
3 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP red curry paste
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 spring (green) garlic
4 c. bok choy, chopped into bite-sized pieces
4 c. spinach
2 scallions, white and green parts sliced
1 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 TBSP tamari

First things first – get your brown rice cooking if you don’t already have some ready to go! Then, before you begin to stir-fry, make sure all of your vegetables are chopped and your eggs are beaten. For the green garlic, I chopped the white-purple part, the lighter green and about half of the darker green.

In a large wok over medium-high heat, warm half of the oil (1 1/2 TBSP) with half the red curry paste (1/2 TBSP), half the salt (1/2 tsp.) and a pinch of the chopped green garlic (you’ll cook the rest later). Mash it all together, then pour the eggs in and cook. Keep tilting the pan so the egg spreads, and scrape towards the center as it cooks. Once the eggs are cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces and put in a bowl.

Wipe out your wok and heat the remaining oil, red curry paste and salt. Add the bok choy and the rest of your green garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and scallions and stir-fry until the spinach is just wilted. Add the corn and stir-fry for another minute. Add your 2 cups of brown rice and tamari, stirring until everything is hot. Lastly, add the eggs and give it one final stir. Serve immediately.

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Asparagus, Leek and Green Garlic Soup
recipe credit: slightly adapted from The Bojon Gourmet

1 1/2 lb. asparagus
2 stalks green garlic
2 medium leeks
1 TBSP butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 c. potato, peeled and diced
lemon juice, to taste

1/2 c. whole plain yogurt
zest of one small lemon

Fill a large pot with water bring to a boil. Snap woody ends off of asparagus and discard. Keep heads in tact and slice stems. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, until bright green and crisp-tender. Remove asparagus with tongs and put in a bowl, reserving the asparagus water. Rinse asparagus under cold water to stop cooking.

Trim root ends off of green garlic and leeks. Slice green garlic crosswise into thin rounds and place in a large bowl. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise, then slice white and light green parts into half moons. Place in bowl with green garlic, fill with cool water and separate rings to release any dirt. Rinse green garlic and leeks clean.

Melt butter and olive oil together in soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and green garlic and saute for 5 – 7 minutes, until bright green and tender. Add the salt, potato and about 4 cups of asparagus water to cover veggies. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until potato is very tender, about 10 minutes.

Add asparagus, reserving several heads for garnish, then puree the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. You can add more asparagus water to thin, if needed. Stir in the juice of half a lemon, and add more salt if needed.

Stir together yogurt and lemon zest.

Serve soup in bowls with a dollop of lemony yogurt and a couple of asparagus tips. Will keep in fridge for up to three days.

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Herb Oil
recipe credit: The Sprouted Kitchen, Bowl + Spoon 

This easy recipe is made with parsley and chives, but you could definitely use other herbs!

2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
sea salt and pepper

In a food processor or high-powered blender, blitz the parsley, chives, olive oil, lemon zest and pinch of salt and pepper until mostly smooth. Use to top grain dishes, eggs, pasta, toast with avocado and tomatoes and more!

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Wild Rice Gratin with Kale, Caramelized Onions and Baby Swiss
recipe credit: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 

Wild Rice:
5 c. cooked wild rice blend (from 1 2/3 c. uncooked)

Caramelized Onions + Kale:
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
2 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. table salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 c. stemmed, ribboned kale leaves

Other:
2 c. coarsely grated baby swiss cheese
2 TBSP unsalted butter (1 TBSP to grease dish; 1 TBSP melted, for crumbs)
3/4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 c. fine, dry breadcrumbs
table salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook rice according to package directions and preheat oven to 375 F. Meanwhile, caramelized the onions by heating butter and olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium -low heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until they’re tender and sweet, stirring occasionally. This should take about 30 minutes. Add the kale ribbons and cook until the wilt a bit, about 5 minutes. Stir onion-kale mixture, cooked wild rice and 1 cup of grated baby swiss in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Assemble the gratin by coating a 2-quart baking dish with 1 TBSP butter. Pour your bowl of wild rice, onions, kale and swiss into baking dish. Pour broth over it, then cover with remaining cheese. Toss breadcrumbs with 1 TBSP of melted butter and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on top of the cheese.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until a little bubbly and beginning to brown on top.

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I look forward to bringing you more ideas next week for your greens. Let me know how these recipes turn out for you when you try them!

Week Four – Trying new vegetables

The first couple of years we were members of Groundswell, I felt like there was always a new vegetable to conquer.  When most of us purchase vegetables at the store or farmers market or even pick them out for our backyard garden, we tend to choose our tried and true favorites.  For that reason, joining Groundswell was great for our family.  There were always new things to try and hopefully to like.  Swiss chard was one that was out of our repertoire and I needed to learn what to do with.  I usually go to epicurious.com when I am looking for a new recipe.  I like this site for its reviews and most recipes aren’t ridiculously crazy with ingredients.  Here is the recipe that both conquered Swiss Chard for us and even made me like garbanzo beans (previously I thought they were those cold, not so tasty things you only saw on salad bars. )  The garlic probably helped our family love this.  The garlic in this dish is particularly tasty on fresh bread.

Roasted Garbanzo Beans with Garlic and Swiss Chard – from Bon Appetit  (Sometimes I amend this by throwing in a cup and a half of cooked barley if I want this to be a main dish)

Garbanzo Beans:
3 cups soaked and prepared dried garbanzo beans or 2 15.5-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
10 garlic cloves, peeled
2 large shallots
3 small bay leaves, preferably fresh
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil

Chard:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
3 small bay leaves, preferably fresh
2 shallots, sliced
2 bunches Swiss chard, center stems cut out, leaves coarsely torn
2 cups low-salt chicken broth

Preparation:  Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first 5 ingredients in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour oil over; cover dish with foil. Roast until garlic is tender, about 45 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, cover, and chill.

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, bay leaves, and shallots. Cover; cook until shallots are tender, about 2 minutes. Uncover; add half of chard. Toss until chard wilts and volume is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add remaining chard. Toss until chard wilts, about 2 minutes. Add broth. Cover and cook until chard is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season chard with salt and pepper. Transfer chard mixture to large sieve set over bowl and drain. DO AHEAD: Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Drain garbanzos and reserve oil; discard bay leaves. Combine garbanzos and chard in large skillet. Add 2 tablespoons oil reserved from garbanzos. Toss over medium heat until warmed through, moistening with more oil by tablespoonfuls if needed, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Another vegetable we weren’t all that familiar with is Bok Choy.  I quickly learned that cooking things with Asian flavoring was a big hit with both of my kids.  A quick and easy Bok Choy recipe that we enjoy is

Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic
1 large bunch of Bok Choy, stems removed and discarded
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 garlic clove thinly sliced
½ Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Cook the bok choy leaves in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes.  Drain in a colander.  Make sure you press any excess water out or the sauce gets too runny.
Meanwhile pour the sesame oil in a skillet and turn the heat to medium low.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 8 minutes.  Pour in the oyster sauce and cook for another 30 seconds.  Pour the sauce over the bok choy and serve.


One of my current favorite recipes for many of the spring vegetables that we get at Groundswell and you find at the market right now is below.  I like to serve it over brown rice.  You can make it a meal by adding a protein of choice.

Asian Greens and Spring Vegetables – from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics
6 ounces snow or sugar snap peas or 8 asparagus spears
4 cups sliced bok choy or 6 cups rinsed and stemmed fresh spinach
1 cup carrot matchsticks
½ cup daikon matchsticks

Dressing:
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1.5 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons grated ginger

½ cup scallions, sliced on the diagonal
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Bring 1 quart water to a boil.  Remove the strings from the snow or snap peas if using and blanch for 1-2 minutes.  Or is using asparagus, snap off the tough end, cut in half on the diagonal and simmer about 7 minutes or until tender.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Blanch the bok choy in the same water for 2-3 minutes(spinach would be 1 minute), then drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar and ginger.
Toss the bok choy or spinach with half of the dressing on a serving platter.  Toss the rest of the vegetable with the remaining dressing and arrange them on top of the greens.  Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.

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An absolute favorite salmon recipe of ours I got years ago from D&W when they were giving away free samples.  It is absolutely delicious.  It isn’t a last minute dish since there are a lot of steps but if I prep ahead of time, it throws together fairly quickly when you are ready to eat and it is worth the effort.

Seared Salmon with Thai vegetables
Salmon
1 tsp chili pwdr
1 tsp curry pwdr
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard pwdr
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 6 to 7 oz salmon fillets with skin

Dressing
6 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp oriental sesame oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp sugar

Rice
1 Tbsp butter
1 C basmati rice
1 C water
2/3 C canned unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbsp veg. oil

Thai Vegetables (See recipe below)
For salmon: Mix first 7 ingredients in small bowl.  Place salmon fillets skin side down on baking sheet.  Sprinkle 1.5 tsp spice mixture over fillets.  Cover with plastic and refrigerate 3+ hrs.(You can do this the night before)
For dressing: Whisk vinegar and next 5 ingredients in small bowl.
For rice:  Melt butter in lg saucepan over med.  Add rice and saute until rice turns opaque ~2 min.  Stir in 1 cup water and coconut milk and bring to boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed ~18 min.  Season with S&P.
Meanwhile heat oil in skillet over med-high.  Add salmon flesh side down to skillet.  Sear until brown and crisp ~3 min.  Turn and sear skin side until just cooked trough ~3 min.
Spoon rice on plates.  Top with seared salmon, thai veggies and drizzle with dressing.  Pass extra dressing.

 Thai Veggies
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tsp minced fresh ginger
1 lg garlic clove minced
1 red pepper cut into thin strips
6 oz shittakes stemmed an thinly sliced
3 lg green onions thinly sliced on diag.
3 C thinly sliced bok choy (green tops only)

Heat oil in skillet over high.  Add ginger and garlic, saute 20 sec.  Add pepper and mushrooms and saute till crisp tender ~3 min.  Add green onions and bok choy and saute til wilted ~2 min.  Season with S&P.
Something that I had never heard of before we joined Groundswell but that I now look forward to every year are garlic scapes.  Garlic scapes are the curling tops of garlic plants.  My son loves to saute them and then scramble some eggs in the pan along with.  My husband and I also love the garlic scapes made into a pesto.  It is delicious on crackers or tossed with pasta.  If you aren’t planning to use it within a week or two, you can freeze it.

Garlic Scape Pesto
10 large garlic scapes
1/3 cup unsalted almonds, pistachios or walnuts (your choice)
1/4 cup finely grated parmigiano
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
Process the scapes, nuts and parmigiano in a food processor until finely chopped.  Slowly add olive oil and continue to process.  Season with salt and pepper.

Week 1: First week for 2013 pickup

Hooray! it is the first week of pickup for Groundswell CSA members. New this year, the writing of the Groundswell cooking blog is being shared between three of us. This week I will introduce myself and in the weeks to come, you will meet the other writers. We are going to try to provide you with at least 5 recipes per week that we have tested in our kitchens and that we find to be delicious.

My husband and I moved to Holland 16 years ago. We love fresh local food and seek it out wherever we are. I enjoy cooking but at the end of the day, it can be about getting a healthy meal on the table quickly for my husband and two kids. In the meals I serve my family, I am aiming to get in as many whole grains and fruits and vegetables as I can. As a general rule, we avoid processed foods. I try to buy local when it is feasible and freeze or can some (Don’t be too impressed. We don’t put up nearly what we could but we do our best.) of our delicious Michigan produce so that we can continue to enjoy it throughout the winter. Our two children, ages 11 and 13, are usually pretty willing to try new things but it can’t be too out there. Just over a year ago, my daughter decided that she would be a vegetarian. Though that can make things more challenging, I do believe that it has actually made us all eat a healthier diet as I strive to feed her healthy well-balanced options. My goal when posting would be to provide you with healthy, fairly fast recipes that use the tasty fresh produce we are getting each week from Groundswell.

This first week, we will most likely be enjoying lettuces, cilantro, a choice of perennial herb, and maybe radishes and bok choy from Groundswell . Nothing says the start to the CSA and farmers markets like a crisp fresh salad. One of my favorite salads is a version of the French Salade Nicoise that I learned while I was studying abroad. This dressing can be used for the accompanying salad or on its own on any salad.
French Vinaigrette
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar (you can play around with different vinegars)
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic clove, pressed
2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs (oregano, basil, thyme or parsley), optional
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Pepper to taste

In the bottom of a salad bowl, combine the above ingredients. I prefer my vinaigrette more vinegary so I use a little more vinegar than the typical 2 to 1 ratio so I use 2.5 tablespoons in the above recipe. Layer the following ingredients on top of the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Pretty much any fresh vegetable that you have lying around can be incorporated into the salad. Fresh beets are delicious and peas as well. My go to version is-
4-5 small unpeeled potatoes, cut into chunks and boiled
Small head of lettuce
2 tomatoes, chopped
A handful of green beans, blanched
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Grilled salmon or tuna fish crumbled over the top, optional

Another favorite way to enjoy lettuces in our house, and a great way to get my kids to eat lettuce without hearing them complain about eating a salad, is with lettuce wraps. Our favorite is
Korean-Style Pork chili wraps (Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s There’s a Chef in My World)
1.25 pounds pork tenderloin
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
4 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1.5 cups cooked brown rice
1 head Boston, bibb, romaine or butter lettuce

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, sugar, 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil, green onion, garlic and ginger. Whisk together until the sugar dissolves. On a clean cutting board, slice the pork into thin strips. Place the strips in the soy marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Sriracha, the honey and the remaining 2 teaspoons of sesame oil along with the grated ginger. Stir to combine and set aside. When the pork has marinated, take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 15 minutes. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove pork from marinade and carefully place in hot skillet. Cook, stirring constantly with tongs or a spoon, 4-5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds. To serve, spoon several teaspoons of rice into center of lettuce leaf, like a taco. Top with a few pork strips and drizzle with a few drops of the chili mixture. Roll up and eat.

Those fresh herbs will be put to good use along with the fresh asparagus at the farmers market in
Herbed Asparagus (Recipe from The New Basics)
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 ounces parmesan cheese, optional

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the asparagus. Simmer until just tender, 1-2 minutes. Combine butter, chopped herbs and pepper and blend thoroughly. Just before serving, melt the herb butter over medium heat in a large heavy skillet. Add the asparagus and toss gently to heat through, 2 minutes. Transfer asparagus to a platter. If desired, shave parmesan over top.

An herbed butter is always a tasty addition to fresh bread or to mixed into potatoes.
Herbed butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, chives, dill, thyme (any combination of the above)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the above ingredients. Serve on bread or over vegetables or potatoes.

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