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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Squash and “Oc-tuber” Delights

Hello members, welcome to week 20! The ides of October are more auspicious than the ides of March. We have a tutorial on making your own pumpkin puree. We found six good recipes, all in pairs, and we couldn’t “pare” them down, so here are the pairs: a pair of pumpkin recipes, a pair of delicata squash recipes, and a pair of root vegetable mashes (parsnips and celeriac).  Pairs all around!

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Tutorial (works for other squash that you want to puree as well)

  1. Wash pumpkin, snap off the stem.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut pumpkin in half horizontally.
  3. Scrape out guts with a large metal serving spoon.
  4. Separate the seeds from the guts to make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.  Discard the guts (compost if you can).
  5. Cut pumpkin halves into 1-2 inch cubes.
  6. In a large pot, place 1 inch of water on the stove over medium heat.  Lightly salt and add pumpkin cubes.  Bring to a simmer and reduce to medium low. Put the lid slightly ajar and allow pumpkin to steam for about 15 minutes or until tender.
  7. Remove pot from heat, drain using a colander, let pumpkin cool.  Remove the rind from each pumpkin cube using a fork. Discard the rind.
  8. Puree the pumpkin meat in a food processor until smooth.  Return the puree to the same pot and simmer on medium low until liquid has cooked off, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  9. May be frozen if not using immediately.

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves coarsely chopped
  1. Combine pumpkin puree, cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl or a glass jar. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Add olive oil slowly in a thin stream, whisking continually.
  3. Add fresh thyme and stir well.  Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Pumpkin Honey Cornbread

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir butter, sugar, and honey together.  Whisk in the egg.  Whisk in the baking soda, buttermilk, and pumpkin puree.  Add salt, cornmeal and flour.  Do not overmix.
  3. Add batter to a greased 8 inch baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Serve with additional honey and butter if desired.

 

Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash

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Serves 4

  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 2 delicata squashes, medium to large, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch of kale, rinsed, thick stems removed, and shredded
  • 2 leeks, medium to large (or onions), white and light green parts only, split in half lengthwise, sliced into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp EVOO
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 8 small cubes
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat 375 degrees. Rub squash with 1 Tbsp oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.  Then lay on a baking dish. If squash halved do not sit flat, use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip or two away from the bottom so that squash lays flat. Bake until flesh is tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing.  Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until shimmering.  Add apples and leeks, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, raisins, and thyme, cook another 1-2 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium, add kale, cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes until kale is mostly wilted. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and let cool slightly.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cottage cheese, eggs, bread crumbs and parmesan. Mix well.  Remove squash from oven, divide filling equally among four halves.  Sprinkle squash with additional bread crumbs and parmesan, and dot each squash half with 2 cubes of butter.  Any leftover stuffing can be baked in a grease baking dish alongside. Bake until squash is tender, and stuffing is lightly browned.

Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

Serves 4

  • 1 delicata squash, halved, seeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 8 cups of kale or chard, tough stems removed
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 14 oz package of extra firm tofu
  • 14 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp canola oil

*Delicata squash skin is thin and tender when cooked, so no need to peel it.

  1. Combine curry powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Blot tofu dry with paper towel, cut into 1 inch cubes. Toss tofu in a medium bowl with 1 tsp of the spice mixture.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add tofu and cook, stirring every 2 minutes until browned, 6-8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium high heat. Add squash, onion, ginger, and remaining spice mixture.  Cook until vegetables are lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.  Add coconut milk and brown sugar, bring to a boil. Add half the kale or chard and cook until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the rest of the greens and cook another minute.  Return tofu to the pan, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until squash and greens are tender, 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Recommended: serve with quinoa or brown rice.

Garlic Mashed Parsnips

  • 1 lb. parsnips
  • 1/3-1/2 cup canned coconut milk (or dairy milk if you have that on hand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (or fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and chop the parsnip like you would a carrot.
  2. Boil the parsnips until tender, then drain.  Add in the other ingredients and mash, using an immersion blender, hand masher, processor, or your favorite method of pulverization.
  3. Serve with butter or olive oil.

Celeriac and Parsnip Mash

  • 1 medium celeriac, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth (see the previous posts about how to make your own vegetable broth/stock!)
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat or non-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  1. Place celeriac and parsnips in a large sauce pan and cover with lightly salted water.  Place potato in a medium sauce pan and cover with lightly salted water.  Bring both sauce pans to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently, about 20 minutes for the potato and 30-40 for the celeriac and parsnips.
  2. When potato is tender, drain and transfer to a large bowl.  Mash with a masher and covered with foil. When the celeriac and parsnips are tender, drain and transfer to a food processor, blend until smooth.  Add the puree to the mashed potato.
  3. Meanwhile, combine broth and oil in a sauce pan.  Heat on the stove until steaming.  Stir in the puree along with 2 Tbsp chives, yogurt, mustard, salt and pepper.  Stir in parmesan, garnish with remaining 1 Tbsp of chives.

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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Week 21: Cool weather comforts

Pumpkin Puree
Great for storing in the freezer. Think pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie, pumpkin waffles (see recipe below)…1 large pumpkin makes about 2 cups puree. 
Cut the pumpkin in half. With a spoon or a scoop, scrape out the seeds and pulp from the center.
Place pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet (face up or face down; I’ve done both) and roast in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until pumpkin is fork-tender.
Peel off the skin. If you have a food processor use it to puree the pumpkin until smooth. You could also use a food mill or blender. 
Note: this method also works for squash. 
 
Pumpkin Waffles
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of ground cloves
2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and allspice in a large bowl. In another bowl combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs in a bowl. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist.
Coat a preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle onto hot iron. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until green light goes on (as my iron does anyway). Repeat procedure with remaining batter.
Suggested additions: I LOVE adding Chocolate Chips to this recipe! Also pureed squash may be substituted. 
 
Egg Roll and/or Pot Stickers
not a meat eater? No worries, sub more vegetables for the pork! 
1 cup chopped Chinese cabbage
1 cup chopped Asian Greens
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
3/4 lb ground pork
24 round wonton wrappers or 12 egg roll wrappers
1 tablespoon  oil, divided
2 cups  chicken  or vegetable broth, divided
Preheat oven to 400 degrees if using egg roll wrappers
Combine cabbage through pork in a bowl. Working with 1 wonton wrapper or egg roll wrapper at a time , spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon filling into the center of each won ton wrapper or about 2heaping teaspoons into center of egg roll wrapper. Follow directions on back of package for folding directions. Place dumpling, seam side up, on a platter. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet.
If making egg rolls: In a large saute pan cook filling mixture until meat is cooked through and vegetables have softened a bit but still have a bite.  Place egg rolls on a baking sheet brushed with peanut oil. Brush tops of egg rolls with oil also. Bake 12-14 minuted or until golden brown and center is cooked through. 
Arrange 12 pot stickers, seam sides up, in pan, and cook until browned. Add 1 cup of chicken broth to pan; cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook about 1 minute or until liquid evaporates. Remove the pot stickers from pan; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with the remaining  oil, pot stickers, and broth. 
 
Pickled Daikon and Carrot
2 large daikon, peeled julienne fine
2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
1 tsp salt
place the vegetables in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt.  let sit for 30 minutes. Strain in a sieve and rinse with cold water. 
In a half pint mason jar, pack the vegetables and pour 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 tsp-2 tsp sugar. Let stand 1 hour in the fridge. Serve with the pot stickers. 
 
Stock Making 101:
There are many ways to make home made stock! Here is my go-to no fail recipe:
 
2 chicken carcasses (if making chicken stock) OR 1 package white mushrooms (if making vegetable)
about 1 large onion, chopped (I leave the peel on)
about 3 large carrots, chopped (I lave the peel on)
about 3 stalks celery, chopped
bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1 garlic clove, about 6 peppercorns
sprig of thyme
small handful parsley
4 oz white wine or squirt of lemon juice 
8-12 cups cold water
 
Place all in a stock pot. Bring to a simmer (not a rolling boil!). Skim off scum that floats to the top. Simmer 4 hours or until flavors deepen. Strain vegetables and seasonings. Cool. Skim Fat from top. Freeze or use within a few days. 
 
Roasted Fall Vegetables over Cheesy Polenta
For the Vegetables:
1 head cauliflower, floret part cut into large chunks
2 red peppers, cut into large chunks
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 butternut squash, peeled seeded and chopped into small cubes
2 potatoes, diced
Olive oil
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rosemary. Cook 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender and cooked through. 
 
For the polenta
4 cups broth or water
3/4 cup course cornmeal
salt, pepper
1/2 cup cheese diced (optional)
Bring the water to a boil. Slowly rain in the cornmeal, whisking constantly. Simmer over very low heat for 40 minutes, whisking occasionally.  When the texture is creamy and the polenta has thickened slightly, stir in cheese and remove from heat. 
 
Serve roasted vegetables over the polenta.
 
Portobello Kale Onion Saute
Great as a side dish or main dish. Great on a toasted bun with a little cream cheese. Also great over or under grilled pork or chicken. 
 
2 large portobellos or 4 baby bellas, sliced 1/2 inch slices
1 large onion, sliced thin
10 leaves kale (or more if desired), thick stems removed and course chopped
dash worcestershire sauce
dash soy sauce
sprinkle of brown sugar (about 1 tsp)
Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a saute pan. Add the onions and cook until light golden brown over moderate heat for about 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to release their juice (about 4-5 minutes). Add the kale and saute another 5 minutes or until the wilted. Sprinkle in sauces and brown sugar and salt. Stir and adjust seasoning. 
 
 
 
 

Week 18 Autumn

Enjoy this post from our Groundswell Community Farm Cookbook. The pictures were taken last year in October.
Autumn
The harvest, the beauty, the frost
 
Celeriac
Celeriac, or celery root, has a nice, mild celery flavor with a typical root texture.
Cut in matchsticks for a French cuisine inspired coleslaw!  Celeriac is often used baked and pureed in soups or mashed with potatoes.  I also enjoy celeriac stir-fried and grated raw in salads.
Chop the tops off ½ to one inch above the root and store in a sealed bag in the
fridge.  These also keep for months in a root cellar.
 
Celeriac Au Gratin
From Asparagus to Zucchini. 
I’ve heard this dish is also excellent with kohlrabi.
 
1 pound celeriac bulbs, peeled and sliced into 1/8 inch
2 T butter
1 T flour
1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup grated Swiss or cheddar cheese
Simmer celeriac in water over medium heat until tender, 15-20 minutes.  Drain.  In medium saucepan, melt butter, add flour, and cook until golden.  Slowly, whisk is stock; cook until thickened.  Add salt and pepper.  Place drained celeriac in shallow baking dish; top with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and bake at 375 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.  Makes 4 – 6 servings
 
Mashed Celeriac and Potatoes
From Nourishing Traditions 
 
6 Baked potatoes
3  celeriac, peeled and cut up
2 cloves Garlic, peeled and mashed
A pinch nutmeg
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup butter
½-1 cup cream or crème fraiche
 
1. This beats plain old mashed potatoes any day.  Cover the celery root pieces with cold water, bring to a boil and cook until very tender, about 30 minutes.
2. Cut up the butter and place in the bottom of a large bowl.  Scoop out potato flesh or put whole potatoes in the bowl.  Add the celery root and garlic, and mash all together.  Add cream to get desired consistency.  If you want your puree really smooth, you may mix with a handheld blender.  Season to taste.
3. Serve immediately or transfer to a buttered ovenproof dish and keep warm in the oven.
 
Wild Rice Celeriac Pilaf
From Asparagus to Zucchini 
 
1 T. olive oil                                                    1-cup chicken stock
¾ C. finely diced celeriac                               1 cup beef stock (or 2 cups any stock)
¼ cup finely diced onion                                 salt and pepper
1 C. wild rice, rinsed and drained                    2 T. dried cranberries
2 tsp. dried thyme
 
1. Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Add celeriac and onion; sauté until tender, about 5-7
minutes.  Stir in wild rice, thyme and stocks.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring
to a boil, cover, and lower to a simmer.  Cook until rice is nearly tender, 30-60
minutes (time depends on the kind and age of the rice).
2. Stir in dried cranberries; cook until rice is tender, 5-15 minutes longer.  Makes 4 servings.
 
Celery
Celery with peanut butter is classic with kids.  Celery is also known for its place
in soup stocks,  and potato salads.  Celery has also found popularity with those who juice and with those who diet.  I toss it in with stir-fries or make a batch of cream of celery soup that I can’t stop eating.  Celery leaves add a lot of flavor to soup and stock and can be used in moderation in salads.
To store celery, cut off leaves and keep in a sealed bag in the refrigerator.  To
store the leaves, dry in a food dehydrator, in a warm oven or on a clean window screen in the sun.  Then store in a Ziploc baggie.  If you ever have problems with grain moths, store all your dehydrated foods in glass jars, as they will cut right through plastic bags. 
 
Nutrients:  Raw, 1 cup diced, 15 calories, 1.09 g Protein, 7 g Fiber, 3.15 g
Carbohydrates,  304 IU Vitamin A, 11 mg Vitamin C, 50 mg Calcium, 22.8 mg
Magnesium, 125 mg Sodium, 340 mg Potassium
 
Fourteen Stuffing Ideas for Celery
From  From Asparagus to Zucchini  
 
• Soft goat cheese blended with chopped arugula
• Soft goat choose blended with chopped fresh dill
• Finely chopped sorrel leaves mixed with a little mayonnaise
• Egg salad
• Tuna salad
• Chicken salad
• Caponata
• Softened cream cheese mashed with smoked fish and lemon juice
• Softened cream cheese mixed with crumbled blue cheese
• Softened cream cheese mixed with chopped green olives and chopped walnuts
• Softened cream cheese mixed with chutney
• Pureed cottage cheese mixed with pesto
• Pureed cottage cheese mixed with tpenade
• Crunchy style peanut butter, topped with dried cherries or cranberries
 
Leeks
The leek has a unique subtle onion flavor and texture.  It makes an excellent
potato soup, pot pie or shepherds pie.  Leeks are also good in sautés and non-potato soups.  To use, remove all dark green leaf layers from the tops and outside.  Rinse off the whole leek, then slit lengthwise and rinse out all layers that show indications of soil.  You can use some of the light green leaf sheathes, but bite into a few to be sure they are not tough.
To store, chop off excess green tops and seal in a bag in the fridge.  Leeks will
keep for weeks without a problem.  For long-term storage and for easier use in the winter, steam or simmer leaks until tender then cool and freeze in a freezer bag.
 
Parsnips
Ahh parsnips… We hope you enjoy this delicately sweet root as much as we do!  Bake them, boil them, fry them, grill them or eat them raw; delicious every time.
Nutrients:  Cooked, 1 cup diced, 95 calories, 2.15 g protein, 3.9 g Fiber, 22 g Carbs. 50 IU Vitamin A, 1.55 Vitamin E, 16 mg Vitamin C, 70 mg Calcium, 20 mg Magnesium, 19 mg Sodium, 588 mg Potassium
 
Roasted Parsnip Chips
From The Roasted Vegetable
 
2 lb. parsnips
2 T olive oil
1 T fresh rosemary leaves (or 1 t dried)
Salt
Pepper
 
1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Lightly oil a 9X13-inch baking dish.
2. In a large bowl, combine the parsnips, oil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat.  Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish.
3. Roast for about 30 minutes, until the parsnips are well browned and tender,
turning once.
4. Serve hot.
 
Rutabaga
Believed to be a hybrid of the turnip and cabbage, the rutabaga was one of the first vegetables grown by colonists in the Americas- the large root helped break up the untilled soil. Not very popular here now but it is such a versatile vegetable with high nutrient value.
 
Information found in From Asparagus to Zucchini 
Nutrients:  Cooked, cubed or sliced, 1 cup–  60 calories, 1.5 g protein, 4.8 g fiber, 13.g Carbs., 940 IU Vitamin A, 36 mg Vitamin C, 90 mg Calcium, 11.9 mg Magnesium, 8 mg Sodium, 284 mg Potassium
 
“You Won’t Believe These” Brown Roasted Rutabaga Wedges
MACSAC
4 medium rutabagas                   3 T. high quality balsamic vinegar
2 T. Olive oil                             Sea salt
 
Heat oven to 500F.  Cut ends off rutabagas and peel them Use a heavy sharp knife to cut each rutabaga in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3-4 wedges.  Place wedges in very large baking pan and toss with olive oil to coat them well.  Spread them out into a single layer and try to keep them from touching one another. Roast in hot oven 20 minutes.  Use tongs to turn each wedge over. Roast another 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven and toss with balsamic vinegar and salt to taste.  Serve hot. This “hot-oven” approach to roasting is credited to cookbook author Barbara Kafka.  Makes 6-8 servings.
 
Sweet Potato
Yum! Baked with butter, in soups, in breads, marinated in salads- all good!
Nutrients:  Baked in skin and then peeled, 5” x2”, 160 calories, 2.4 g protein, 4.1 g fiber, 37 g Carbs, 9230 IU Vitamin A,  6 mg Vitamin E, 25 mg Vitamin C, 46 mg Calcium, 13.7 mg Magnesium, 17 mg Sodium, 342 mg Potassium
 
Tamari-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
From Local Flavors
 
3 large sweet potatoes
1 T roasted sesame oil
2 T brown sugar
2 T mirin or sweet sherry
1 T minced garlic
3 T tamari, shoyu or soy sauce
¼ cup water
1 T toasted sesame seeds
 
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters or halves.  Place them in a baking dish roomy enough to hold them in a single layer.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients except the sesame seeds.  Brush all of the
resulting sauce over the sweet potatoes, then cover the dish tightly with foil.  Bake until nearly tender, 50 minutes to an hour.  Remove the foil, baste the sweet
potatoes with their juices and return to the oven until the liquid has reduced to a
glaze and the potatoes are fully tender, 15 – 20 minutes longer.  Sprinkle with the
sesame seeds and serve.
 
Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls
From Simply in Season Anna:  “I made these for Christmas dinner – a real hit!  They are healthy AND delicious.”
 
1½ cups whole wheat bread flour
¼ cup sugar
1 T. active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground allspice or
pumpkin pie spice mix
1 cup sweet potatoes, cooked & mashed
(or 1 cup mashed squash or pumpkin)
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter
1 large egg, beaten
2 – 2½ cups bread flour
2 T. butter, melted
 
1. Combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt and spices in a large bowl.
2. Combine sweet potatoes, milk and butter in large saucepan and cook over
medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and mixture is warm.  Add to flour
mixture.  Beat with mixer set on low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is
all moistened, 1-2 minutes.
3. Add egg to mixture and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.
4. Stir in enough flour by hand to make dough easy to handle.  Turn onto floured
surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7-9 minutes.  Place in greased
bowl, turn to grease both sides, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Punch down dough and divide it in half.  Roll each half of dough on lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle.
5. Brush each circle with 1 T. butter. Cut into 12 wedges and tightly roll up each
wedge from wide end to point. Place crescent rolls point-side down on greased
baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled.
6. Bake in preheated oven at 375 F until golden brown, 10-12 minu
 
Spaghetti Squash
What a delightful substitute for pasta in spaghetti.  Also great as a side dish with butter, salt and pepper.
1 large spaghetti squash
butter or olive oil
garlic powder or fresh garlic
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
 
1. Cut squash in half, scoop out just the seeds in the center with a large spoon, place it flesh side up in a cookie sheet.  Liberally spread with butter or olive oil,
sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
2. Let it bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (more or less depending on the size of your squash).
3. When you take it out of the oven, scoop out the wonderful, soft, nutty flesh.  It
can be used as a side dish or as the meal with French bread garlic toast!
Recipe Note:  Add Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese, when serving it with Italian foods.  Other combinations: add curry powder and cumin or fresh garlic and fresh basil.
 
Spaghetti Squash Casserole
From Nourishing Traditions
 
1 large spaghetti squash, cooked as above
2 medium onions, chopped
4 T olive oil
2 tomatoes, chopped (peel/seed if desire)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
½ t dried thyme
2 T fresh basil leaves, cut up
sea salt
Black pepper
¼ cup parsley
1 cup whole grain bread crumbs
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 T melted butter
 
1. Prep your spaghetti squash and then set oven to 350 F.
2. Sauté onion in olive oil until soft.  Add tomato, garlic, thyme and basil and cook gently until most of the liquid is absorbed.
3. Mix with spaghetti squash, season to taste and pour into a well buttered Pyrex
dish.
4. Mix parsley, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and spread on top.  Drizzle with melted butter.
5. Bake at 350 F for ~ ½ hour or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
 
Winter Squash
I never knew what a versatile vegetable squash was until I found myself with a closet full of all kinds last winter- I had to be creative!  Squash can be found to take on sweet, spicy, or buttery characteristics in recipes.  I remember eating squash as a kid, hoping to get some of the brown sugar and butter floating in the middle.  Now I usually puree it for soups, casseroles, and pies.
 
Nutrients: Squash (winter, all varieties), baked, 1 cup mashed, 130 calories, 3.7 g protein, 9.1g Fiber, 31g Carbs, 8610 IU Vitamin A,  1.35 mg Vitamin E, 27 mg Vitamin C, 57 mg Calcium, 34.8 mg Magnesium, 1.43 mg Iron, 2mg Sodium, 945 mg Potassium
 
Butternut Tostada
From the New Moosewood Cookbook
 
1 butternut squash (or any winter squash with ~2 cups cooked pulp)
4 tortillas
1 t oil
1 t chili powder
½ t ground cumin
1 clove garlic
1 t oregano
1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
4 cups shredded lettuce or other greens
salsa
toasted pumpkin seeds, optional
 
1. Cut and quarter the butternut and steam for 20 minutes, or use pulp from leftover baked squash.  Meanwhile, toast the tortillas over a gas burner or on a griddle till softly crisp.  Remove the squash pulp from the skins.
2. Heat oil in a heavy pan and sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, and garlic.  Stir
and fry until the spices are fragrant.  Add squash and oregano, stirring while
mixture heats through.
3. Place squash on tortillas, sprinkle with shredded cheese and place under broiler or in oven until cheese melts.  Remove, cover with lettuce and dot with salsa.  A handful of toasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious final touch.
 
Arabian Squash Casserole
From The New Moosewood Cookbook
“You will think you died and went to heaven! I could not stop eating this delicious dish.” -Anna
 
4 C. cooked winter squash (not spaghetti) pureed        
4 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil                                                                   
black pepper and cayenne, to taste
1 ½ C. chopped onion                                                     ½ C. firm yogurt
1 tsp salt                                                                          1 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 small bell peppers of different colors      
sunflower seeds for the top
 
preheat oven to 375F
1. Place mashed or pureed squash on a large bowl.
2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized skillet.  Add onion, and sauté over medium
heat for about 5 minutes.  Add salt and bell peppers.  Sauté about five more minutes, or until the peppers begin to get soft.
3. Add garlic, black pepper, and cayenne, and sauté a few more minutes.
4. Add the sauté, along with yogurt and feta, to the squash, and mix well.  Spread into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan; sprinkle the top lightly with
sunflower seeds.
5. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
 
Stuffed Acorn Squash
From The New Laurel’s Kitchen
 
Use acorn squash, delicata, Lady Godiva, or any other small variety of squash.  A handsome colorful presentation. 
Serves 4 to 6 depending on size of squash.
3 small winter squashes                 
1 bunch spinach, or a handful of any dark leafy green
3 green onions, chopped              
 ½ to 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs.
2 T. oil                                             ½ tsp. salt
1 C. diced celery
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Halve and clean squash.  Place cavity facedown in a
greased baking dish and bake for 25 to 45 min. until tender with a fork.  The time
will depend on which squash you choose.
2. Meantime, sauté onions in oil until soft.  Add chopped celery.  Cover and simmer on medium heat until just tender.  Add spinach; stir to wilt.  (if using kale add just before celery and chop small to avoid chewiness).
3. Stuff squashes with vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle with salted bread crumbs.
Return to oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
 
Squash Lasagna
From Katie
 
2 Pkg. Lasagna Noodles
5 large tomatoes or 2 qt canned tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion
1 T olive oil
¼ cup fresh basil or 1 T dried basil
1 t oregano
Black pepper
3 cups cooked, mashed winter squash
1 Pkg. ricotta cheese
1 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
¼ lb. fresh parmesan or Romano cheese,
grated
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large sauce pan, sauté onions and garlic for 2 minutes in olive oil.  Add
tomatoes and cook down with the lid off until your sauce is not too runny, ~20
minutes.  Add basil, oregano and pepper when you turn off the heat.
3. Meanwhile, start boiling water for the lasagna.  Cook noodles until they bend but not until they are fully cooked.  Be sure to use plenty of water and stir the noodles so they don’t stick together.
4. Get a large, deep Pyrex pan or metal cake pan and spread a ½ cup of liquid from the tomato sauce in the bottom.  Lay out all of the remaining ingredients.
5. Over the liquid on the bottom of the pan, spread a layer of noodles so the entire pan is covered.  Next spread 2 cups of winter squash and ½ of your ricotta cheese. Add another layer of noodles, the remainder of your squash and ricotta, 1/3 of your tomato sauce and 1/3 of your mozzarella.  Add another layer of noodles, 1/3 of your tomatoes and 1/3 of your mozzarella.  Add a final layer of noodles, the remainder of your tomatoes and mozzarella, then all of your Romano cheese.
6. Bake for ~50 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
 
Squash Soup
Great for leftover baked squash!
5 cups cubed raw winter squash or
pumpkin or 3 cups cooked
2½ cups water
1 cup chopped onion
1 T oil or butter
½ cup chopped parsley
2 t salt
2-4 cups tender greens
 
1. If you use raw squash or pumpkin, simmer in water until tender.  Puree the
cooked squash.
2. Sauté the onion in the oil.  When the onion is golden, add the parsley.  Cook just long enough to soften the parsley; then combine with squash and add salt.  Bring the soup to a simmer—don’t boil or it will stick.
3. Near the end of the cooking time, add spinach, chard or other tender greens,
chopped bite-size.  Makes about 7 cups.
 
Apple-Flavored Winter Squash Cake
From Gardeners’ Community Cookbook
 
Butter and flour for the pan
8 T (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1½ cups cooked, mashed winter squash
½ cup apple cider
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
½ t ground cinnamon
½ t ground nutmeg
¼ t ground cloves
¼ t ground ginger or 1 t fresh ginger
Apple cider glaze, if desired
1½ cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup apple cider
 
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Butter and flour a 9 to 10-inch tube or bundt pan
2. In a large bowl, beat the butter until fluffy.  Slowly beat in the sugar until mixed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add the squash and apple cider and beat until well mixed.
3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the creamed mixture in 3 batches, beating well after each addition.
4. Pour into the pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove and cool for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
5. If making the glaze, sift together the confectioners sugar into a small bowl.  Add the cider and whisk until smooth.  Use right away, while still pourable and not yet crystallized
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Everything of Autumn
Russian Vegetable Bread
From New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant:  “A rather solid, interesting bread . . . a natural for serving with soups and stews.”
1 T dry yeast
½ cup warm water
1½ cups hot water
3 T molasses
3 T vegetable oil
1 T salt
3 T chopped fresh dill
2 t caraway seeds
2 cups grated raw vegetables (beets, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.)
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 – 4 cups unbleached white flour
2 cups rye flour
 
1. Oil two 5×9-inch bread pans.
2. Proof the yeast by sprinkling it over ½ cup of warm water and adding a teaspoon of molasses.  Stir and let sit about five minutes or until yeast begins to foam.
3. In a large bowl, combine 1½ cups of hot water with the molasses, oil, salt, dill, caraway seeds and grated vegetables.  Cool to lukewarm.
4. Add the yeast to the bowl along with the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the white flour.  Beat the batter for 300 strokes.  Add the rye flour and enough of the
remaining white flour to make a stiff dough.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn it to coat all sides with oil, cover it with a cloth and allow it to rise for about 1½ hours. Punch down the dough and let it rise again for about 1 hour.  Shape the dough into two loaves and place them in oiled bread pans.  Cover the loaves and allow them to rise for about 45 minutes.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F for 35 to 40 minutes.
 
Summer in Winter Salad
From Katie:  “This is one of my favorites—a fresh, local salad is really a treat in midwinter.”
Grated Veggies:  Carrots with any combination Celeriac, Beets, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, etc.
Dressing:  Your choice or
Easy Dressing:
Mix to taste:
Lemon or lime juice and/or vinegar
Oil, tahini, coconut milk, pureed avocado or a combination
Tamari, salt or soy sauce (optional)
Your choice of spices
If too intense, tone it down with water, more oil or tahini or add finely chopped
nuts.   Walnuts are great for this.
 
Winter Stew
From the New Laurel’s Kitchen 
 
cups of kale, chopped
3 large or 5 small parsnips
1 rutabaga or ¾ cup cabbage
1 smallish turnip or beet
Sauce
1 onion, chopped                  3T. shoyu
2 whole cloves garlic            1-2 T. molasses
2 stalks celery                       2 T. lemon juice
2 T. olive oil                          2 tsp. dried basil
2-4 C. stock
1. Steam kale until nearly tender.  It may take more or less time than the rest of the recipe ingredients, depending on whether it is tender or tough; if it cooks quickly, take it off earlier. You should have about 2 cups.  Drain well.  While kale is cooking, peel roots and dice in ½ inch cubes.
2. Sauté onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil.  Mash the garlic cloves with a fork and add the remaining sauce ingredients, as well as the parsnips, rutabaga, and turnip or beet.  Simmer 10 minutes. (Adjust the amount of stock to suit the way you will be serving the stew.)  Simmer until parsnips etc. are nearly tender, about 20 minutes.  Add kale and cook briefly, until everything is tender.  Serve with grain, potatoes or hot rolls.
 
2 medium beets, cut to ½ inch dice
1 small butternut squash (~1 lb.) peeled,
seeded, and cut into ½ inch dice
1 small rutabaga, peeled, cut ½ inch dice
1 medium onion, halved and slivered
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 T olive oil
1 t fresh rosemary leaves or ½ t dried
Salt
Black pepper
1 lb. penne, ziti or other tubular pasta
4 oz. mild fresh goat cheese
¼ cup dry white wine
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.  Lightly oil a large shallow roasting or half sheet pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the beets, squash, rutabaga, onion and garlic.  Add the
oil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.  Toss to coat well.  Arrange in a single
layer in the pan.
3. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned,
stirring or shaking the pan occasionally for even cooking.  Remove from the oven
and keep warm.
4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain
well, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water.  Transfer the pasta to a large serving
bowl and keep warm.
5. In a small bowl, mash the cheese with a fork.  Add the pasta cooking water and
wine.  Stir with the fork until creamy.
6. Toss the pasta with the cheese mixture.  Top with the roasted vegetables and toss
to mix.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Serve at once.
 
Vegetable Puree Pancakes
From Nourishing Traditions 
 
1 cup leftover vegetable puree or mashed vegetables, such as winter squash, potatoes, etc.
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup flour
Sea salt
Black pepper
2 T butter
2 T olive oil
Grated cheese, optional
 
1. Puree leftovers if they are not already mashed or pureed.  Mix with chopped
onion, egg and flour and season to taste.
2. Melt butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet.  Drop puree mixture in by spoonfuls
and sauté pancakes until golden.  Turn and sauté other side until golden.
3. Eat immediately or remove to a heated platter or warm oven until ready to serve.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top if desired.
 
Winter-Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie
From Vegetable Main Dishes “You have considerable leeway in assembling the ingredients for this English-inspired meal in a dish, but there should always be carrots, onions, and at least three other vegetables, one of them green.  Leftover mashed potatoes work fine to top the vegetable stew, which can be browned under the broiler or in a hot oven. Serves 4.
2 pounds baking potatoes (about 4), peeled or scrubbed and cut into large pieces.
1- ½  tsp. salt
¾ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, minced
6 T. butter
2 large onions, sliced
4 cups sliced mixed winter vegetables, such as celery, turnips, parsnips, cabbage,
celeriac, beets, Swiss chard or kale
2 carrots, sliced
3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
½ tsp. dried thyme
 
1. Put potatoes in a medium saucepan of salted water.  Bring to a boil, reduce the
heat, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.  Drain the
potatoes and put them back into the saucepan along with 1 tsp. of the salt and ¼
tsp. of the pepper. Mash the potatoes over a very low heat, gradually
incorporating the cream and 4 T. of the butter. Cover and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over
moderately low heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden
brown, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1
minute.  Stir in the sliced mixed vegetables, carrots, thyme, and the remaining ½
tsp. each of salt and pepper.  Mix well.
3. Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer.  Cook over moderate heat, covered, until
the vegetables start to soften, 5 to 10 minutes.  Uncover, increase the heat to
moderately high and cook until the vegetables are tender and almost no liquid
remains in the pan, about 10 minutes longer.
4. Heat the broiler.  Transfer the vegetables to a 9-inch pie plate, spread the potatoes
over the top, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

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