10 Warming Recipes to Cook and Love

As the weather turns cooler and we prepare to say goodbye to the Summer/Fall CSA, here are 10 recipes to help you use your last couple of shares. Of course, if you are signing up for Groundwell’s Winter CSA, you’ll want to mark this page and come back to these! We’re focusing on beets, potatoes, squash, root veggies – all the produce meant to nourish us as we embrace fall.

Fall Beet Salad
Recipe Credit: Food52

  • 3 golden beets
  • 3 red beets
  • 1cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1bunch swiss chard, stems removed, chopped
  • 1 onion, julienned
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 orange
  • 2tablespoons honey
  • 2tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup champagne vinegar
  • 3cups olive oil + a little more for roasting the beets
  • 1/2cup pecan pieces, toasted
  • 1/4cup fresh goat cheese, such as chevre
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Place beets in a roasting pan with wine, a little bit of water, and garlic cloves. Cover with aluminum foil and cook until tender, about one hour. Once beets are done cooking, remove from oven and peel skin off while still hot. Cut into small pieces and cool.
  2. Caramelize onions in a saute pan over medium high heat. Cook until they are a golden brown color and add swiss chard. Continue cooking for about 4 – 5 minutes more, or until greens have wilted. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cool
  3. To make the dressing, whisk orange juice, champagne vinegar, honey, thyme, and salt and pepper together. Slowly emulsify in the olive oil.
  4. Before serving, mix the beets, onions and chard mixture, dressing, pecans, and goat cheese together. Serve at room temperature.

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Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese
Recipe Credit: Food52

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4pound butternut squash
  • 3/4pound white potatoes
  • 1/2pound parsnips
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1cup grated Gruyère
  • 1cup grated Pecorino
  1. Heat the oven to 400° F. Put the milk in a small heavy saucepan and peel and smash one of the garlic cloves. Add it to the milk and then heat the milk over low heat until it just starts to bubble at the edges. Remove from the heat, add the nutmeg and let steep while you continue with the recipe.
  2. Peel the second garlic clove, cut it in half and rub the cut side around the inside of a 6-cup baking dish no more than 2 inches deep. Rub 1 tablespoon of the oil all over the inside of the dish.
  3. Peel the squash, potatoes and parsnips and cut them into very thin slices (1/8-inch thick). If you have a mandoline, now’s the time to use it.
  4. Layer the vegetables into the baking dish, alternating between squash, potato and parsnip, and fanning them into concentric, overlapping circles. Season generously with salt and pepper and sprinkle a third of the cheese and a third of the chopped herbs over the slices. Repeat twice, making the top layer as neat and tidy as you can.
  5. Remove the garlic clove from the hot milk and pour the milk evenly over the vegetables. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top of the gratin and bake for about 50 minutes, until the top is browned and bubbly and the vegetables yield easily when you poke them with a sharp knife. If the vegetables are tender but the top isn’t as brown as you’d like, turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes — watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn! Let the gratin cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Fork-Crushed Purple Potatoes
Recipe Credit: New York Magazine

1 pound Purple Majesty or other purple potatoes, washed
4 small shallots, minced
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons good extra-virgin olive oil (we used half, and it was plenty for us)
Fleur de sel to taste
White pepper to taste
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

In a large pot, cook potatoes with skins on in heavily salted boiling water until tender, approximately 15 minutes. Remove potatoes from pot, and peel them while still warm. Place potatoes in a large bowl and, using a fork, gently smash them, maintaining a fairly chunky consistency. Fold in minced shallots, lemon juice, olive oil, fleur de sel, and white pepper. Finish with parsley.

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One Pot Spanish Chicken and Potatoes
Recipe Credit: Pinch of Yum

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ of a large eggplant, skin removed and diced (2-3 cups)
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ lbs. chicken breast meat
  • 1 large Russet potato, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning (I used poultry seasoning)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • crusty bread or rice for serving

Sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic. Scoop the juices, seeds, and flesh out of the tomatoes into the pan. Add the eggplant pieces and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes or until everything is soupy-like and softened and very good smelling. Place the scooped out tomato halves over the sauce, open side down. Simmer for a few minutes until the tomatoes have steamed and softened. Break them up in the pan and simmer for another 5-10 minutes to get all the flavors real nice and yummy.

Blend: Transfer to a blender or food processor, puree until mixture reaches your desired consistency, and stir in the salt. Taste and adjust to you liking.

Chicken and Potatoes: In the same pan, add one more quick drizzle of olive oil and add the chicken and potato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and seasoning. Saute for a few minutes on each side until they are browned.

Finish: Add the sauce back to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked. Top with fresh parsley and serve with crusty white bread or rice.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pans
1 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups fresh pumpkin

Frosting
Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Make the cupcakes: Heat oven to 350° (175°C). Line a cupcake pan with 18 liners.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl.

Add eggs, one at a time, to the mixer, scraping down the sides after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat in the pumpkin until smooth. Scoop the batter among the cupcake liners — you’re looking to get them 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on racks completely.

Make the frosting: In a stand mixer beat all the ingredients on medium until fluffy. Frost the tops of each cupcake, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate cupcakes for 30 minutes to set up frosting.

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Winter Herb Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
Recipe Credit: Not Without Salt

1 1/2 pounds vegetables, cut in 1-inch pieces (beets, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, onions, etc.)
10 ounces bucatini or spaghetti
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Toss the vegetables on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in a 425°F oven until tender and charred in parts, about 45 to 60 minutes.
While the vegetables roast boil a large pot of heavily salted water. Cook the bucatini until al dente. Drain the pasta reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

Add the rosemary and thyme to the pasta. Pour in 1/4 cup pasta water and cook over low until the pasta looks slick and the pasta water coats the noodles. Add more if needed. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the vegetables to the pasta. Toss to combine.

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until golden and fragrant.

Add the bread crumbs to the pan then cook until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the pasta to a serving platter then cover with bread crumbs, freshly grated Parmesan and chopped fresh Italian parsley.

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Brussel Sprouts and Steak Stir-Fry
Recipe Credit: Bon Apetit

  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
  • 8 ounces flank or skirt steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 scallions, whites chopped, greens sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled ginger
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • 1 Fresno chile or jalapeño, sliced into rings
  • Steamed rice (for serving)

    Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl; set sauce aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; wipe out skillet.
  • Season steak with salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over high heat until just beginning to smoke. Add steak in a single layer; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until nearly cooked through, about 30 seconds. Add to brussels sprouts.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute, adjusting heat as needed. Add carrots and chile and cook, tossing occasionally, until carrots are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Return brussels sprouts and steak to skillet and add reserved sauce. Cook, tossing occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with scallion greens.

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Southwest Quinoa Chili
Recipe Credit: The Kitchen Beet

2 TBSP coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 4 oz can diced green chiles
1 1/2 TBSP chili powder
1 1/2 TBSP cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
pinch cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
2 large sweet potatoes, diced (about 4 cups)
8 cups vegetable stock
2 cups dry quinoa
1 cup frozen or freshly cooked corn
juice of 1/2 lime, about 1 TBSP
avocado or guacamole, to garnish
scallions, to garnish
cilantro, to garnish

Heat coconut oil over medium heat in large dutch oven or soup pot. Add onions and saute for about eight minutes, stirring occasionally so they get soft and golden. Add garlic and saute for another two minutes.

Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook for another two minutes, stirring frequently.

Add black beans, sweet potatoes and vegetable stock. Cook for 4 – 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in quinoa and let simmer for 25 minutes. You’ll feel like there is a LOT of liquid in the pot, and this can’t possibly turn into chili, but it does. Stir every few minutes, to ensure quinoa doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

After 25 minutes, the sweet potatoes should be fairly tender, and quinoa should be cooked (if not, give it a couple of minutes more). Squeeze the juice of half of a lime on top. If your lime isn’t particularly juicy, squeeze the other half. Add your cup of corn. Give everything a good stir. Let simmer for a couple more minutes, until corn is heated through.

Eat some, share some, freeze some. Top with avocado/guacamole, scallions and cilantro when you’re sitting down to enjoy a bowl.

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Carrot-Cashew Spread
Recipe Credit: Dula Notes

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1″ chunks
  • 3/4 C. raw cashew pieces plus a few extra for garnish, if desired
  • 15 dried apricots
  • your favorite crackers, pretzels, veggies or fruit
  1. Put carrots into a small pot and cover with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Add 3/4 C. cashews and apricots to the pot and continue to simmer until the carrots become very soft, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Set a colander in the sink and a 1 cup measuring cup inside. Drain ingredients, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid in the measuring cup before draining completely. Be careful when reserving the hot water, use an oven mitt while you hold the measuring cup.
  4. Put drained carrot mixture and 1/2 C. of reserved cooking liquid into a food processor and puree until smooth. Check consistency and add more cooking liquid if you like. Scrape the sides of the food processor bowl to make sure all ingredients are incorporated. Chill for at least one hour and spread onto your favorite crackers, pretzels or veggies. Garnish with extra cashews, if desired.

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Potato Cakes Benedict
Recipe Credit: Pioneer Woman

FOR THE POTATO CAKES:

  • 3 cups Chilled Leftover Mashed Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese, Your Favorite
  • 1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, As NeededFOR THE EGGS BENEDICT:
  • 8 Breakfast Sausage Patties
  • White Vinegar, For Poaching Eggs
  • 8 Eggs
  • Chopped Fresh Herbs, For GarnishFOR THE HOLLANDAISE:
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter (melted And Warm)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • Salt To Taste

For the potato cakes:
In a large bowl combine mashed potatoes, cheese, egg and flour.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Divide potato mixture into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and gently press into a patty. Set patties aside on prepared sheet pan.

Heat oven to 200ºF. Heat a skillet with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium heat for 4 minutes or until shimmering. Gently place potato patties in skillet. Cook on each side for 4–5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Return to baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm.

For the eggs Benedict:
Pour oil out from skillet and quick cook sausage until browned and cooked through. Transfer to oven to keep warm.

Heat a medium saucepan of water over medium high heat until bubbles begin to form on the walls of the pot. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl. Using wooden spoon stir the water to create a whirlpool. Gently pour the egg out into the center of the whirlpool. Allow the egg to cook in the water for 2 minutes or until desired doneness. Using a slotted spoon transfer the egg to a plate. Repeat with remaining eggs. Keep water warm to reheat eggs later.

For the Hollandaise:
Melt butter and oil in a small bowl or cup in the microwave. In a blender, combine eggs and lemon juice. With the blender running, drizzle warm butter into eggs. Blend until creamy and emulsified. Season with salt to taste. If the Hollandaise is too creamy, thin with more lemon juice or water 1 teaspoon at a time.

To assemble:
Return poached eggs to warm water for 30 seconds to reheat. Serve potato cakes topped with sausage, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.

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Autumn You Glad We Have More Soup Recipes?

Hello Members, welcome to week 16!  We have some more soup recipes for you, including a black bean soup that doesn’t call for stock (you sort of make stock as you make the soup).  There is also a roasted root vegetable salad, so if those delicious bunches of beets and carrots are starting to pile up in your fridge, it will be a good outlet to use them up. We were also feeling a little decadent, so two of the recipes call for cream and cream cheese.  Enjoy!

Beezie’s Black Bean Soup

  • 1 lb. dry black beans
  • 1 1/2 qts. water
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup dry lentils
  • 28 oz. can of peeled and diced tomatoes (or peel and dice tomatoes you have)
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat cook the beans in water that is 3x higher than their volume. Let boil 10 minutes, then cover and remove from heat, and let stand one hour. Drain and rinse.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine soaked beans, 1 1/2 qts. water, and cook for 3 hours on high
  3. Stir in carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bell peppers, japenos, lentils, and tomatoes.  Add all the seasonings.  Cook on low for 2-3 hours.  Stir the rice into the cooker during the last 20 minutes.
  4. Puree about 1/2 the soup in a blender or food processor, add back to the pot and serve.

Winter Root Vegetable Salad

If you don’t have parsnips and turnips on hand, substitute them with more potatoes, beets, carrots, etc.

Serves 4-6

  • 2 beets, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 turnip, ends cut off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 fingerling potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • garnish with pine nuts and/or feta cheese

For balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 shallot, finely diced (or onion)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup EVOO
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all root vegetables in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss together. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide mixture between two sheet pans and spread evenly.
  4. Roast vegetables for 30-40 minutes, gently tossing with wooden spoon.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Transfer vegetables to large mixing bowl, and gently toss with balsamic vinaigrette.
  7. Top with pine nuts and feta and serve!

Creamy Mashed Carrots

creamymashedcarrots

Serves 8

  • 2 lb. carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 14 oz. can of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chive and onion flavored cream cheese (or regular cream cheese with some chives and onion tossed in!)
  1. Bring carrots and broth to a boil in sauce pan on high heat, cover.
  2. Simmer on medium low heat 30 minutes, or until carrots are very tender and most of the broth is absorbed.  Uncover for the last 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, mash until smooth, add cream cheese, stir until melted.
  4. Optional: top with chopped chives, parsley, herb of your choice.

Decadent Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups Half and Half (or 1 cup H&H and 1 cup milk, or just milk.  Note, the lower the fat content, the more chance of curdling if heated too high.  Always watch your heat, there may be no crying over spilt milk, but there is crying over curdled milk)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 lb. broccoli
  • 1 cup of carrots, julienned
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • crusty bread for dipping
  1. Saute onion in the tablespoon of butter, set aside.
  2. Cook 1/4 cup melted butter and flour in a stock pot over medium high heat, stirring with a whisk, for 3-5 minutes.  Stir constantly, then add half and half.
  3. Add chicken stock, simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli, carrots, and onions.  Cook over low heat, 20-25 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper, optional: puree in a blender or use an immersion blender.
  6. Add cheese and nutmeg over low heat, remove from heat and enjoy.

White Bean and Tomatillo Soup

Serves 4-6

  • 1 lb. dry northern beans, soaked overnight or 3 cans (15 oz) cannellini beans or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 1/2  lb. tomatillos (about 13-15), husks removed, washed and quartered or cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • 4 cups (32 oz) vegetable broth or 4 cups water with 3 repunzel vegetable cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • mineral salt to taste
  • pinch or two red pepper flakes
  • small glug of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • avocado, diced, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • corn or flour tortillas, or tortilla chips to serve
  1. Remove husks from tomatillos, chop into quarters. Remove seeds from jalapenos, dice.  Dice the onions and garlic.
  2. In a large pot heat oil over medium high heat and saute onions for 3 minutes.  Add garlic, jalapenos, tomatillos, cumin, coriander, and pinch or 2 of salt.  Saute 5 minutes.
  3. Add liquid and beans, bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat and simmer, 1 hour for soaked beans and 30 minutes for canned beans.
  4. Serve with cilantro, avocado, limes, and tortillas.

1 Potato, 2 potato

Greetings members, did you enjoy the bag of potatoes in the share last week?  We included 2 potato recipes this week.  Did you enjoy all the bell peppers in the share last week?  We’ve included a stuffed bell pepper recipe.  Also, a tomatillo salsa recipe that calls for sweet corn, and a kale salad variation that uses tomatoes.

Baked Potato And Greens Soup (From Veganomicon by Moskowitz/Romero)

Serves 6

  • 6 baking potatoes (or any kind of Groundswell potato), about 2 lbs. worth
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion (or scallions) chopped into thin, long strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or more broth if you prefer)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups of kale, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened soy or almond milk
  1. Bake the potatoes, preferably the night before: preheat oven to 350 degrees, poke potatoes with a fork a few times, wrap in tinfoil and bake for one hour or until easily pierced with a fork. Let cool, place in fridge.  The day of soup making get them out and slice into 3/4 inch chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onions and cook until brown.  Then add garlic, fennel, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 more minutes, then add wine to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the potatoes and broth, cover, and lower the heat.  Bring to a low boil.  Mix in the kale, cook 15 to 20 more minutes.
  4. Use a potato masher to mush up half the soup, but do not use an immersion blender.  Add the soy milk and stir.  Ladle into bowls and enjoy.

Oven Fries

Lately I have found that preheating the baking sheets helps give a crispy texture to the potatoes while also preventing them from sticking to the pan.  I learned about this at a cooking class from Jim LaPierre, a chef from the Saugatuck area.

Makes a decent serving for 2 people and 2 servings for lunch

  • 2-3 lbs. of potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, your choice
  1. Wash and slic the potatoes into wedge/fry shapes.  Soak in a mixing bowl with water for 10-15 minutes.  While soaking the potatoes, put 2 baking sheets into the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. When the potatoes have soaked, pour them out and spin dry in a salad spinner or pat dry with a towel.  Toss them in a new mixing bowl (or dry the other one and re use it) with olive or grapeseed oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and crumble 1/2-1 tsp of dried herbs over them.
  3. When the oven has preheated, put your oven mitts on like you are Muhammad Ali  getting ready for a fight.  Quickly take the heated baking sheets out and place on the stovetop.  Transfer the potatoes, half to each sheet.  They will sizzle! That’s ok.  Put them back in the oven as fast as you can.
  4. Roast them for about 20 minutes.  In our oven the tray in the middle is usually done, and I put the top tray on the middle rack and roast it another 5 minutes.
  5. Divide one tray’s potatoes between two plates, add ketchup in the preferred method (pool on the side or Jackson Pollock painting) and enjoy.
  6. Put the second tray’s potatoes into leftover containers, eat them the next day while thanking our ancestors for finding starchy root vegetables.

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

This recipe has some ingredients you can leave out (celery and greens) or substitute, or make again when Groundswell celery comes in! Also consider substituting Groundswell tomatoes for canned.

  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ribs of celery chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin (or less, depending on your feelings about cumin)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of spinach or salad greens, chopped
  • 2 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes, liquid reserved
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup of quinoa
  • 4 large red bell peppers, or their equivalent in small, medium, purple, green, etc. Cut in half with seeds removed.
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in pan.  Add the onion and celery, cook 5 minutes. Add cumin and garlic, cook 1 minute. Add greens and tomatoes, cook 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add black beans, quinoa, and 2 cups of water. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium low.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked. Optional: add 1 cup of cheese.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Pour liquid from tomato cans into a baking dish.  Scoop about 3/4 cup of quinoa into each pepper and place in baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.  Remove foil, sprinkle 1 tbsp of cheese on each pepper if desired.  Bake 15 minutes or until pepper tops look browned.  Remove peppers, let stand 5 minutes, and serve.

Warm Kale Salad With Honey and Lemon

  • 8-10 cups of kale, washed and dried
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 large sweet bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1.  Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until soft.
  2. Add lemon juice, zest, honey, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the bell pepper, cook for 1-2 minutes to reduce the lemon juice slightly.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook only until they are warm (keep them from bursting)
  5. Add the kale, toss in the pan, remove from heat after 1 minute or when kale has begun wilting.  Serve with crumbled feta.

 Fresh Corn and Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 1/2 cups husked and chopped tomatillos
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 6 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped Jalapeno chile, seeds removed (or seeds in for more spice)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  1. Place tomatillos in microwavable bowl, microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Put in freezer 10 minutes to cool.
  2. Coat non-stick skillet with cooking spray, cook corn over medium high heat for 2 minutes.  Transfer to bowl, put in freezer 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Combine cilantro, Jalapeno, and lime juice in a bowl.  Add tomatillos and corn, mix well.  Salt and pepper to taste, serve with tortilla chips.

 

Tio Tommy and the Tomatillos!

Indie bands take note: This blog title can be used for a band name, exclamation point included.  Tomatillos are new-er to the share, and may be new vegetables to some members.  This week we’ve included 2 tomatillo recipes, a vegan beet dessert (double the recipe to use more beets!), and variations on summer salads that would be great at upcoming Labor Day picnics.

 

Carrot Salad With Pineapple

Serves 6-8

  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 cups grated carrots
  • 1 20-oz can of crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. In a small mixing bowl add mayo, lemon juice, salt and sugar.  Whisk until well combined.
  2. In a medium serving bowl add the carrots, pineapple, raisins, and pecans.  Pour dressing mixture over and toss until well combine.

Orange-Teriyaki Spinach Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente (usually one minute less than suggested time on box).
  • 8 oz of Spinach, or salad greens, chinese cabbage, bok choy, etc.
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained but save the liquid
  • 1 can (4 oz) water chestnuts, drained (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (or raw, or walnuts, or pecans)
  • Options to add from the share, try one cup of: grated carrots,  grated radishes, chopped scallions, etc.

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (or 1/4 cup honey)
  • 1/4 cup of liquid reserved from mandarin oranges
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a blender or processor until thoroughly mixed.  Pour over just finished pasta, cover and allow to rest a few minutes.  The dressing will stick to warm pasta better than cold.
  2. Add spinach (or other chopped greens) to mixture and let sit a few minutes.  The warm pasta and dressing will lightly wilt the spinach, soaking in the flavor.
  3. Add the mandarin oranges, nuts, chestnuts, carrots or radishes and toss.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.

Creamy Tomatillo Dip

tomatillodip

  • 8 oz of tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 serrano peppers, seeds removed (or hot pepper of your choice, or bell pepper if you’re feeling mild)
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 chopped cilantro
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • dipping ingredients: tortilla chips, pretzels, sliced carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, etc.
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Toss tomatillos, peppers, and garlic in the olive oil with 1 tsp of salt.  Transfer to foil pan, roast for 20 minutes or until the skin of tomatillos and peppers begins to blister. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Transfer the roasted veggies to a blender or processor, or a large mixing bowl with an immersion blender.  Blend/pulse until pureed.
  4. Add cilantro and goat cheese, blend/pulse to incorporate.
  5. season with salt and pepper if needed, serve with dipping media.

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Makes 2 cups

  • 2 cups of tomatillos, husked, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, serve with tortilla chips.

Note: We recommend you taste a tomatillo raw before starting this recipe.  Some people find un-roasted tomatillos to be very tart.  If this is the case, you can roast your tomatillos, which will change their texture but decrease their tartness.  Also, if you’re low  on tomatillos you can supplement with salad tomatoes.

Fudgy Beet Cupcakes (vegan!)

Makes 10 cupcakes

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp white or cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + more for topping
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove the stem and tail from the beets, wash until clean.
  2. Wrap beets in aluminum foil, drizzle a little oil over them, wrap tightly and roast for 1 hour or until tender when prodded with a knife.  Set in bowl in refrigerator to cool.
  3. Once cooled, either finely grate or puree beets in a blender (add water or orange juice to encourage mixing). Measure out 1/2 cup and set aside.
  4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  5. Whisk together almond milk and vinegar, set aside for several minutes to curdle. Add sugar, oil, and 1/2 cup beets and beat until foamy.
  6. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a sifter.  Slowly sift into wet ingredients while mixing with a hand-held or standing mixer. Beat until no large clumps remain.
  7. Pour batter into liners, filling to 3/4 full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake come out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Do not try to unwrap them or they’ll stick to the wrapper.
  8. Once cooled, dust with cocoa powder and store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

 

Here’s to you, Benedict Cucumber-batch

In case you’re wondering where the inspiration for this week’s title came from, Benedict Cumberbatch is the star of the BBC show Sherlock.  It’s a fun show to watch, and these are some fun recipes to make: Hoorah for cucumbers! Here’s a great fresh salad that features them. Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic,  finely minced (or those lovely scapes)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cucumbers, very finely sliced (use a mandolin or a very sharp knife)
  • 4 Tbsp minced cilantro
  1. Add the jalapeno and garlic to a medium bowl.
  2. Add the lime juice, red pepper, salt and pepper. Use a whisk to mix in the olive oil.
  3. Add the cucumbers and stir.
  4. Add the cilantro and mix it up nicely. You can serve it immediately, or chill it in the fridge. Note: if you chill it, let it sit out for a few minutes as the oil will tend to solidify when chilled.

Carrot and Zucchini Bars 

Satisfy that sweet tooth with a fresh dessert that’s packed with some nutrition. Please go to http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/?s=carrot+and+zucchini+bars for the recipe, or click on the title above the picture.

Rigatoni with Ricotta and Roasted Beets

My pasta turned a little bit beety-pink when I made this, which I actually thought made it kind of fun.

  • 4 beets, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 5 cups baby spinach (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • grated peel from 1 lemon, plus 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with foil, toss the (peeled and cut) beets with 1 Tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly in the foil and roast for 15 minutes. Unwrap and arrange in a single layer. Add the red onion to the baking sheet, after tossing with oil and seasoning with salt and pepper. Roast another 8-10 minute until tender, and tossing  halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Return pasta to the pot and toss with spinach.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the ricotta, pasta water, lemon peel, lemon juice and remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add to the pasta along with the beets and onion. Season to taste and toss.

Peach and Blueberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Yum! We got our first batch of local blueberries from the farmer’s market yesterday and fresh peaches should be here soon too! This is the kind of salad the feels like you’re eating desert. Serves 5.

  • 3 cups of lettuce, chopped (or any combination or spinach or salad greens)
  • 3 small cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 2 small peaches, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

for the dressing: (combine in a jar and give it a good shake)

  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  1. Toss the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing and enjoy!

Here’s a salad with a similar flavor palette: Peach and Cucumber Salsa

  • 4 peaches, washed, pitted and sliced into small pieces
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
  • 2 mini cucumbers (or 1/3 of a normal sized one), finely chopped
  • 1/3 small red onion, finely diced 1 handful of fresh cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons of a great quality balsamic vinegar
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. This is great with tortilla chips, or on grilled chicken or pork.

Soup Weather with a little hope for some Indian Summer

Despite absolutely glorious weather for the last 2 weeks, today definitely feels like winter may be right around the corner. This weather makes me want nice thick, homemade soup for lunch/dinner and to store some in the freezer so that when I don’t have as many wonderful fresh vegetables available to me, I can pull out a homemade batch of soup. Both of the following soups can be prepared and then frozen for a later meal. For the pumpkin soup, you could substitute butternut squash, buttercup squash or calabaza for the pumpkin if necessary.
Pumpkin Pear Soup
1 pie pumpkin, about 2.5 pounds, baked and chopped (see below for instructions)
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
2 Tablespoons butter
3 cans (or about 40 ounces) chicken/vegetable broth
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
To prepare the pumpkin or which ever squash is being used, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the pumpkin into quarters. Put on baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes or until tender. Let cool and then peel. Now you can chop it up for the recipe.
Cook carrots, celery, onion and pears in butter in a large pot for 10 minutes. Add the broth, nutmeg, cinnamon, syrup, salt and pepper and pumpkin. Simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree with a stick blender or in a blender (if you use a blender and it is still hot, remember to take out the insert in the top and hold a clean dish towel over the opening to allow steam to escape). Return to pan. (If you are going to freeze the soup, this is the time. When you are ready to serve it, heat the soup up and continue the recipe.) Pour 1/2 cup of cream into soup. Beat the rest in a bowl. Stir the cardamom into the whipped cream. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Dollop with whipped cream.
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Split Pea Soup with Ham (The New Basics Cookbook)
1 pound dried green split peas
5 cups chicken stock
5 cups water
1 meaty ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks (I prefer the ham bone to the ham hocks)
2 ribs celery, leaves included, diced
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried tarragon leaves
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced onions
1 leek (white part only), rinsed and sliced
1 cup slivered fresh spinach leaves
2 Tablespoons dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Rinse the split peas in a strainer and then combine them with the stock and water in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil. Add the ham bone, celery, 1 Tablespoon of the parsley and the tarragon. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the carrots, onion and leek. Cook until the vegetables are wilted, 10 minutes. Add them to the soup pot, along with the spinach. Simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes.
Remove the soup from the heat. Remove the ham bone and shred the meat from the bone, removing any excess fat. Return the meat to the soup. Add the sherry, pepper and remaining 2 Tablespoons parsley. Heat through and serve immediately.

Another favorite cold weather dish around here is pot pies. Actually I could probably serve this at any point in the year and it would be a hit but I enjoy it more in fall or winter. This recipe is adapted from Moosewood Restaurant New Classic Cookbook. When I was growing up I know I always preferred pot pies that had crust around the whole pie and not just on the top so, rather than do the biscuit topping the original recipe calls for, I use a pie crust and line 4 small oven safe baking dishes. I then pour in the contents and wrap the pie around over the top. I can safely say that it isn’t a work of art but it is gobbled up around here and that is all that I am looking for. You can use any number of different vegetables in the pot pie depending on what you have. I almost always throw in carrots and sometimes green beans. My kids will eat things in a pot pie that they might not eat plain (i.e. sweet potatoes). Last night when I made it, I didn’t have mushrooms so just beefed up the other amounts of vegetables and it worked out just fine.
Homespun Pot Pie (adapted from Moosewood New Classic Cookbook)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups coarsely chopped onions
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 to 5 cups sliced or halved mushrooms
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
2 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups peeled and chopped parsnips
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups water or stock
3 Tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt (I omit this salt)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line four small baking dishes with pie crust. I think you could make as many as six because I always have a fair amount of leftover filling that I use in the following days.
Warm the oil in a soup pot. Add the onions and garlic, cover and cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, thyme, mushrooms and mustard. Cook until the mushrooms start to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, white potatoes, parsnips, black pepper and the water or stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender. Stir the dissolved cornstarch mixture into the simmering vegetables, stirring constantly. When the liquid starts to thicken, mix in the peas, corn, soy sauce and salt(if using). Pour the vegetables into the prepared baking dishes. Wrap the pie crust over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they start to bubble and the crust is golden.

Sometimes (and some weeks more often than sometimes) I just don’t have my act together and am trying to throw something together at the last minute. This summer I embraced the frittata for dinner when that happened.  I don’t know that there is any one recipe I used so the following recipe is just an example.  A frittata is a good vehicle for extra greens, potatoes, onions, herbs, peppers, zucchini and probably many other vegetables.  I’d cut the following frittata into wedges and serve it with salad or some fresh fruit.  Both of my kids like most things when cooked into a frittata.

Frittata
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 small new potatoes, quartered
1 small onion, chopped
Handful or two of spinach
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 Tablespoons chives, chopped
5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Salt
Pepper
Heat olive oil in a 12″ oven-safe skillet over medium heat.  Add potatoes and onions and saute until tender.  Add spinach and cook until just wilted.  Whisk the eggs, milk, chives and salt and pepper to taste.  Lower the heat to medium low and add the egg mixture to the skillet.  Stir quickly to get everything mixed together.  Cook until the bottom is just set and sides are starting to pull away, about 5 minutes.  The top will not be completely cooked yet.  Place the skillet under the broiler and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the frittata is puffed and set.  Serve immediately with cherry tomatoes sprinkled over the top.

This recipe isn’t very cold weather oriented but maybe we’ll have a few more nice warm days and some fish on the grill will sound good to you.  The original recipe called for packaged slaw.  I always thought I didn’t like coleslaw but then when I made it myself once, I realized how delicious it could be.  I’m sure you can cut it thin enough for slaw but I have a bargain mandolin so use that and it works wonderfully.  We usually put our fish and slaw in tortillas.  My son will eat a mountain of these.

Whitefish with Vegetable Slaw (adapted from The New Grilling Book)
1 pound mahi mahi or tilapia fillets
1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 fresh jalepeno, seeded and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 head of green cabbage, thinly sliced
1/3 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, shredded
1 cup shredded jicama or kohlrabi
Rinse fish. Pat dry.  Place fish in shallow dish.  For dressing, in a small bowl combine lime juice, cilantro, oil, honey, jalepeno, garlic and salt.  Divide mixture in half.  Stir lime peel into one portion of dressing.  Pour dressing with lime peel over fish to marinade.  Marinade about 30 minutes at room temperature.
For slaw, combine cabbages, carrots, jicama and/or kohlrabi.  Pour remaining dressing over slaw and toss to coat.  Chill until time to serve.
Preheat grill.  Grill fish directly over medium coals until fish flakes easily (about 4-6 minutes per half inch of fish).    Serve fish with slaw.
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Easy-Peazy, Lime-Squeezy!

This week’s recipes are all about easy…super easy!
This first recipe is simplicity at its finest. The sweetness of the beets is cut by the sharpness of the lime. You will find that this recipe will convert most beet dislikers into beet lovers!

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Fresh Beets in Lime Butter
makes 4 servings

1-1/2 pounds beets, trimmed, peeled and quartered
 3 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp freshly grated lime zest, or more to taste
 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup sliced scallion greens

In a food processor fitted with the shredding disk, grate the beets. In a skillet melt 2 Tbs of the butter over moderately high heat. When the foam subsides, cook the beets and lime zest, stirring frequently, for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the beets are crisp-tender. Reduce heat to moderately low, stir in the remaining butter, lime juice, scallion greens. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Kale ranks in my top five favorite veggies, but I would not EVER have considered eating it at room temp/cold, until this recipe. I was introduced to this recipe while at a party hosted by my sister and she served it with a drizzle of dark sesame oil. The beauty of this recipe is that it is SUPERB when served at room temp so you can make it the day before and then just pull it out and serve! You can use any kind of kale, a mixed variety and even beet greens or kohlrabi leaves too. My picture represents three different greens and is a good gauge of one serving size.

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Stir-Fried Kale with Ginger
(adapted from Vegetatian Times Complete Cookbook)
makes 4 servings

1 Tbs coconut oil
 1 Tbs minced ginger root
20 big leaves of kale, (veins removed), chopped small
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

In a medium skillet, cook the ginger root in the coconut oil, stirring over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the kale and turn heat up to medium high. Add the soy sauce and water. Stir-fry until the kale is wilted, but still slightly crunchy (about 3 minutes). Serve sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with dark sesame oil if you like. Serve warm or cold!

This beet and cucumber combination is not only delicious, but also gorgeous in color! The flavors all complement each other so well that you will not be able to stop at one bowl! This is another dish you can make and serve the next day.

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Cucumber, Beet and Scallion Salad
(by Mary Engelbreit)
makes 6-8 servings

1 bunch of beets (about 1-3/4 lbs), tops trimmed to 1 inch and scrubbed
 2 large cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded (this is a personal preference, I ran a fork down the sides of the cukes to break the skin up and did not seed, because I believe you miss out on nutrients when you take all of that out) and chopped into small bite size pieces
Kosher salt

Dressing:
 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
 1 Tbs prepared white horseradish
1-1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wrap the beets in a foil pouch and bake for 1-1/2 hours, until the beets are easily pierced with a small knife. Unwrap and allow to cool.
 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the chopped cucumbers and 1 teaspoon salt, toss to combine and place in a colander. Place a piece of saran wrap directly on top of the cukes and then place a large can on top. This will push down on the cukes and force them to release some of their water so the salad doesn’t end up a soupy mess. Put in the fridge for about an hour. Rinse the cukes and pat dry with a paper towel. If you have a salad spinner, spin them and they will be super dry! Place in a medium size bowl.
 When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel by pushing the skins off with your fingers, chop into small pieces the same size as the cukes. Add to the cukes.
 In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk. Pour over the cuke/beet mixture and gently fold in the dressing. It will be a gorgeous magenta pink color! Enjoy!

Funny, who would have thought that red onion and watermelon could be a good combination?
This sweet salsa combined with the salty tortilla chips for dipping provides a tasty sweet-n-salty snack! The cilantro is a key element, so don’t leave it out.

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Watermelon Cilantro Salsa
(makes enough for 4-6 as an appetizer)

1 watermelon, diced into small 1/4″ cubes (remove the seeds as you go, or buy a seedless watermelon)
4 jalapenos, veins and seeds removed, chopped fine
2 small red onions, chopped fine
juice of 3-4 limes
12 sprigs of cilantro, chopped fine
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp of pepper

Place the watermelon in a colander over a bowl and allow some of the juice to drain out while chopping/preparing the rest of the ingredients. Mince the jalapeno and cilantro fine so they will distribute evenly with the rest of the ingredients. Combine the watermelon, (don’t throw away the water that oozed out, drink it!) jalapenos, red onion, cilantro and gently toss. Mix the salt and pepper into the lime juice and pour over top of the watermelon mixture. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!!

Last but certainly not least is a refreshing smoothie. I try to stear clear of fruits/veggies that are not locally grown, particularly at this time of the year when everything is so fresh and local, however, basil goes sooooo well with mango that I do splurge and make this smoothie while the basil is plentiful. If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they can be purchased at Harvest Health and in bulk at Costco.

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Basil Mango Lime Smoothie with Chia Seeds
(makes 4 servings)

1 Tbs chia seeds
1/2 cup water
 2 Tbs lime juice
 2 Tbs honey
finely chipped zest of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup basil leaves
1 large mango, chopped into 1″ pieces
2 cups of yogurt

In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the chia seeds, water and lime juice. Stir well and set aside for 1 hour or you can prep the night before and put it in the fridge.

In a blender, combine the soaked chia seeds with the liquid, honey, lime zest, basil, mango and yogurt. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. If you don’t drink it all in one sitting (which is doubtful!) you can just pop the blender with the leftovers into the fridge, whip it up again the next morning and polish it off!

I hope you find these recipes quick and easy to make, as well as satisfying ! 

Lisa McLean

Peppers

Peppers! Lots and lots of peppers!

Chop them and add to garden salads and coleslaw.

Grill them and add to sandwiches, pizza, pasta….

Make bell peppers the star of the show with this Bell Pepper Coleslaw recipe.

Another great salad this time of year is Greek Salad.

Try roasting sweet bell peppers and making a roasted red pepper puree to use as a dip or topping to grilled meat or veg. Or use as a pasta sauce (see recipe for more suggestions!).

Peperonata is a classic Italian dish that is amazing this time of year.

For entrees using Bell Peppers, try:

Bell Pepper Fajitas (sub steak if you like or skip the meat and throw in some more bell peppers and black beans).

Pepper Burritos

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Bell Pepper Italian Sausage Pasta I like to add a green pepper and top with lots of Parmesan cheese.

Another one of my favorites~ Stuffed Peppers (sub kale for the spinach if desired)!!  There are so many different recipes out there…So, if you don’t think fondly of the kind your Mom made growing up (which I happen to still love), don’t throw out the idea of trying stuffed peppers all together. Quinoa Corn Feta Stuffed Peppers are amazing. Try Steak stuffed peppers or this recipe for Chorizo stuffed peppers. Also great is this vegan recipe for Stuffed Peppers (I sub garbanzo or black beans and add a hint of lime juice).

Now for all those hot peppers:

Try jalapeno poppers or jalapeno popper dip. Also on my list to try is this jalapeno popper chicken recipe.

Jalapenos go great in pico de gallo and homemade salsa with all those fresh tomatoes we are getting now.

To preserve hot peppers, the cayenne varieties ~ string them up to dry ristra style and use all year.

Other Preserving Ideas:

Small Batch Pickled Peppers…these little hot buggers go great on nachos and in enchiladas!

Hot Pepper Jelly

Pepper Mint Jelly

Sweet Pepper Jam

One of the best and easiest ways to preserve peppers is to freeze them! You can either freeze them whole in freezer bags or do the work of chopping now and freeze. I love pulling already chopped peppers out for soups, stews, and omelets in the winter!

Don’t forget to check out the Groundswell Pinterest Boards:  Peppers, Hot and Peppers, Bell/Sweet for more than 200 more recipe ideas!!

Week 22: Last Week of our 2011 CSA

Thanks to Katie, Tom and the most amazing farm crew for the wonderful season of fresh produce! 
 
Best Breakfast Hash Ever (aka Hippie Hash) 
Bacon fat or olive oil
1/2 lb potatoes, diced and par boiled for 8 minutes in separate pan
1/2 lb beets, diced and par boiled for 9-10 minutes in separate pan
2 large leeks, green part removed, sliced thin
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 celeriac, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup broccoli
1 8 oz package mushrooms 
fried eggs, optional
wild rice and onion bread, optional
hot sauce, optional
 
 Now you can go crazy and add or take away any vegetables you’d like with this…parsnips would be good or par boiled squash even…
 
So Here is what we did. Fry a pound of bacon in a cast iron skillet. Remove bacon and 1/2 the bacon fat. Add the leeks, carrots, celeriac and saute for about 5-7 minutes. Add green pepper and broccoli, saute another 2-3 minutes. Add in the par boiled potatoes and beets. Continue cooking and adding oil as needed. Add mushrooms and cook. 
Fry some eggs in a separate pan. Serve the eggs, with runny yolks over the hash. Serve with your favorite toast and a side of bacon! YUM! 
 
 
 
Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Walnuts
1 stalk brussels, sprouts removed and cut into fine shreds (chiffonade cut)
1 cup cranberries, sliced 
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
salt, pepper
1/2-1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1-2 tbsp sugar 
In a frying pan coated with olive oil (about 1 Tbsp) add the brussels sprouts and saute over medium high heat a couple minutes. Add the cranberries and continue to cooke a few more minutes. Add the vinegar and stir to combine. Taste for seasonings needed. Add desired amount of sugar (depending on how sour or sweet you’d like this dish, I added 1 tbsp sugar).  Toss in the walnuts. Stir. Serve. 
 
Creamy Potato and Wild Rice Soup
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
 
I have added cooked chicken to this with great results. 
1 cup uncooked wild rice, cooked according to package directions
olive oil
1 cup chopped onion 
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken stock
3-4 cups cubed baking potato (I don’t peel the potato, but you certainly can) 
3 cups milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
10 ounce cheese, cubed or shredded (a good melting cheese is best here)
salt, pepper
 
 
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with olive oil. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth and potato; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until potato is tender.
Combine milk and flour, stirring well with a whisk. Add the milk mixture to potato mixture; cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in rice, 1-2 cups diced chicken if using, pepper, and salt.
 
 
Celeriac and Red Lentil Burgers
Recipe adapted from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way
1 1/2 cups red lentils
Cook lentils in at least 3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes, drain. 
1 celeriac, peeled ad cut into 1/2 inch dice
Place celeriac in a saute pan covered with water. Bring to a boil, simmer 15-20 minutes until very tender. Drain.
Place the celeriac and 1/2 the lentils in a blender or food processor and puree.
In a bowl place the remaining lentils and the pureed mixture
 
1 medium onion, diced
Olive Oil
1 tbsp fresh sage
1 tsp fresh thyme 
1 tsp fresh rosemary 
(OR you can use poultry seasoning if you don’t have the fresh herbs)
1/4 cup red wine
salt and pepper
1-2 cups fresh bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375. 
In the saute pan, heat olive oil and add diced onion. Saute until just turning brown, about 10 minutes. Add the herbs, salt and pepper. Pour in the red wine and stir until 1/2 has evaporated. Pour this mixture over the lentil celeriac mixture in the bowl. Now add bread crumbs, as many as you need to form a patty. I used 1 1/2 cups. 
 
In the saute pan add a tbsp olive oil. Place the patties in the pan and cook a few minutes on each side to brown. Place on an oiled baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven for 15 minutes, turning once during cooking. 
Serve on a bun with your favorite condiments. 
 
Chicken Taco Fajitas with Cabbage Cilantro Slaw
2 Chicken Breasts
olive oil
2 green peppers, thin sliced
1 hot pepper, optional, minced
1 large onion, thin sliced
southwestern seasoning, or fajita seasoning, or any combination of cumin, chipotle chili powder, cayenne desired
1 fresh lime juiced
Queso fresco, optional
Avocado, optional
Flour Tortilla Shells or Corn Tortillas
In a frying pan, coat with olive oil (1-1 1/2 Tbsp)
Add chicken breasts and cook over medium heat until cooked through. Remove Chicken from the pan and shred. Add the peppers and onions to the pan. Saute until cooked through, but still have a slight bite to them (about 10 minutes). Add seasonings and lime juice and return chicken to the pan, adding more olive oil if needed. 
 
For the Cabbage Slaw
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and sliced thin
1/2 cup sour cream
1-2 fresh limes, juiced
salt, pepper
1 small bunch cilantro, minced 
1 tbsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes while making the chicken and pepper filling. 
 
Arrange chicken mixture on a warmed tortilla. Top with Cabbage slaw, cheese and avocado. 
 

Week 16: Summer meets Fall

Thanks to Tom, Katie and the farm crew for all the lovely produce this week! 
 
Homemade Tomato Ketchup
2.5-3 lbs ripe red tomatoes, quartered
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 T black peppercorns
1 T mustard seeds
1 T allspice berries
1 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp celery seeds
1 thin slice fresh ginger
cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coarse salt
Large pinch cayenne
Quarter the tomatoes, place in strainer and allow to drain for a few hours to release excess water.  Place tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and garlic in a large pot.  Bring to boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft about 30 minutes.  Pass through a food mill 2 or 3 times starting with a course blade and working to the finest blade until you have a very smooth puree. Alternatively, puree in a blender until smooth and pass through a fine strainer into a large bowl.  Place peppercorns through bay leaves on a piece of cheesecloth and tie it up to form a bag.  Add to tomato mixture along with brown sugar, paprika, vinegar, salt and cayenne.  Simmer slowly stirring frequently until ketchup is very thick, at least 2 hours.  Remove cheesecloth bag.
 
Fajita Burritos
1 large green bell pepper, sliced
2 large red bell peppers, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1-2 hot peppers, minced, optinal
fajita seasoning (I use Moctezuma’s, from their food store on lexington ave in GR)
salt and pepper
2 steaks, sliced, optinal
juice of 2-3 limes
8 oz package mushrooms, optinal
Black Beans
Flour Tortillas, the burrito sized
Cooked Rice
Pico de Gallo (see recipe below)
other additional topping suggestions: guacamole, cheese, sour cream, salsa verde (with tomatillos)
In a large frying pan coated with oil, add the peppers and onion. Cook over medium high heat until nearing the desired degree of doneness. Add the limes and fajitas seasoning, stir. Add the steak and mushrooms and more seasoning if desired. Saute until the meat is cooked to the desired degree of doneness. 
Take a warmed flour tortilla and load it up with rice, beans, pepper and steak filling, toppings and roll it up like a Burritos (good luck with not filling it entirely too full!). 
 
Pico de gallo
 
 
 
4 large tomatoes, diced
1 large red onion, diced
2 small hot peppers, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
pinch of salt
juice of one lime
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boiled Greens over Polenta w/Braised Lamb Shanks
For the lamb shanks:
4 (12-ounce) lamb shanks, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry red wine
1 quart diced tomatoes
oregano, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley (from top of parsley root if you have it)
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with olive oil. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Add lamb to pan, and cook on each side or until browned (about 5 minutes per side). Remove from pan. Add garlic to pan; sauté 15 seconds. Add wine; cook 2 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Return lamb to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Turn lamb over; simmer 1 hour or until meat is done and very tender. Place lamb on a plate; cover loosely with foil. Add butter and sugar as desired and bring sauce to a boil,  cook 10 minutes or until thickened. If you want a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender or pour the sauce into a blender and puree (be careful for the steam and only put small amounts in the blender at a time). Return lamb to pan; cook until lamb is thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley. Serve over polenta with boiled greens.
 
For the polenta: 
While the lamb is simmering, start your polenta. 
5 cups water
1 cup coarse cornmeal
Bring water to a boil and slowly rain in the polenta, whisking constantly. As the sauce starts to thicken, switch to a wooden spoon. Simmer on a very gentle heat for 30 minutes (I turn the burner on low and move the pan to the side of the burner so part of it is off), stir occasionally. Start a double boiler with about 1.5 inches of simmering water. Transfer the polenta to the double boiler, place a piece of parchment paper directly on the surface (to stop the formation of a crust). Leave over simmering water for 45 min-1 hour.
 
For the greens:
I like to use a bunch of mustard greens, thick stems removed and large sliced. you could also sub kale or collard greens.
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp mustard seeds, optional
salt and pepper
olive oil
Coat a medium sized sauce pan with olive oil. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes or until cooked. Add garlic and mustard seeds. Saute 2 minutes. Add greens and saute until just beginning to wilt. No add about 1 cup water or until just barely covering the greens. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the greens from any remaining liquid.
Sometimes I like to make boiled greens, mix them with a little stone ground mustard and serve them over grilled brats. 

 
Open Range Vegetable Kebabs 
1 eggplant, cut into large cubes
1 large onion, cut into large bite sized pieces
2 bell peppers, cut into large squares
1 cup cherry tomatoes
5 potatoes, cut into chunks
mushrooms, if desired
garlic cloves, if desired
Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper 
Fresh herbs, chopped (any that you want)
Skewers (I recommend metal if you are cooking them outside over a fire. If you are cooking over a grill and using wood skewer, remember to soak them for at least 30 minutes before using)
Par boil the potatoes. Place in boiling water for 5 minutes (so they are not cooked through but begining to soften).
 
 
 
 
 
Start your fire and get it nice and hot. Alternate the ingredients on a skewer. Place skewer over a grill grate placed on the fire pit. Cooke until desired degree of doneness, flipping the skewer a few times during cooking for even heat. 
Serve with homemade ketchup from above. Also good with beef, cubed and marinated in a little red wine and olive oil. I usually place the meat on a separate skewer as the cooking time is different from the vegetables. 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgar Pilaf with cherry tomatoes and raisins
2 cups beef broth
1 cup bulgar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
salt, pepper
chopped parsley for garnish
 
 
 
Combine broth, bulgar, raisins, tomatoes in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Serve warm or cold.
 
 
 
 
Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce
I always have a jar of tahini sauce hanging out in the fridge. This is a great use for it! 
2-3 cups broccoli florets, trimmed and cut
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
salt, pepper
2 garlic cloves, slivered
2 Tbsp tahini
1 lemon, juice
Preheat oven to 450 degreed.
Toss broccoli w/ 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread on baking sheet, roast 15-20 minutes until florets start to brown.
Heat remaining tbsp oil in sautee pan over medium heat. Add garlic and sautee 1 minute. Stir in tahini and 1/3 cup water. Simmer 1 minute until starts to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice. Toss with hot broccoli.


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