Kabo-cha: Why don’t cha?

Hello members, welcome to week 21! We have a butternut squash casserole, 2 kabocha squash recipes, a slow cooker sweet potato soup, and a cool weather kale salad recipe for you.  We also carved some pumpkins this weekend and wanted to share:

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Enjoy the recipes! We’ll see you next week for the last recipe blog post of the season!

Maple Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole

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  • 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash, washed, peeled, and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp curry powder (optional or add less)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 small apples, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3 1/2 -4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cups cooked brown basmati rice (or your choice of cooked rice)
  • 3-4 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash squash and microwave on high for 3 minutes to soften. Now is a good time to cook the rice as well.  Peel and chop squash and place in a large bowl. Add in pumpkin seeds and stir again (we usually roast the seeds on their own).
  2. Mix the melted butter, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and 1 Tbsp syrup.  Add to the squash bowl and mix well.
  3. Pour into a large casserole dish and cover with tinfoil.  Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While baking, core and chop apples.  In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp maple syrup and 1 Tbsp cider vinegar. Add chopped apples and mix well.
  5. Remove squash from oven, add apple mixture and cooked rice, stir together.  Recover with foil and bake another 10 minutes.
  6. Uncover the dish, stir, and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Bake another 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Just before serving, drizzle with remaining Tbsp of syrup and a dash of cinnamon.

Here’s a link for the best way to cut and peel and kabocha squash:

http://pinchofyum.com/how-to-cut-and-peel-a-kabocha-squash

Heirloom Kabocha Squash Pie

  • Pie crust of your choice
  • 2 cups kabocha squash puree (see note below)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon or scotch
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Puree: you need about a 2 lb. squash cut into chunks to get 2 cups puree.  Roast them in a pan covered with foil at 400 degrees until soft. Once soft you can peel the skin off the chunks.  Puree in a food processor.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together puree, sugars, cream, milk, eggs, and bourbon.  Stir in flour, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  3. Pour the mixture into a pie shell and bake for 45 minutes or until pie is set with slightly wobbly center.  Serve room temperature or chilled.

Stuffed Kabocha Squash

  • 1 large or 2 medium kabocha squash
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Tbsp roughly chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more to taste)
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook quinoa per package instructions.
  3. Cut squash in half, remove seeds, and coat insides and outsides with olive oil.
  4. Place squash cut side down on roasting sheet, bake for 45 minutes.
  5. While squash is cooking, dice onion and combine in a saute pan with 1 Tbsp olive oil and crushed garlic.  Cook over medium low heat until onions are translucent. Add rosemary and cook 1 more minute.
  6. Combine quinoa, onion, pomegranate seeds, salt, and an additional Tbsp of olive oil.
  7. Season quinoa mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stuff the squash with filling and serve hot.

Crockpot Sweet Potato Wild Rice Soup

Serves 6-8

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 oz can of green chiles
  •  32 oz chicken or vegetable broth
  • 15 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp sugar
  1. Place olive oil and diced onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Turn to high and let warm for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add all the other ingredients except beans, salt, and pepper.  Make sure all the rice is covered with liquid.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. Remove lid, add beans, salt, and pepper and stir.  Add room temperature water if it needs more liquid.
  5. Cover and cook 1 more hour.
  6. Add more salt and pepper if needed.  Recommended: serve with corn bread.  Check out the Honey Pumpkin Corn Bread recipe from previous weeks for inspiration.

Pomegranate Kale Salad

For the salad:

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups chopped kale (or other greens you have on hand)
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/4 toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 squeeze of lemon or orange juice
  1. Prep the salad ingredients (chop, rinse, toast, etc.)
  2. Mince the onion, saute in 1/2 Tbsp olive oil until soft and fragrant.
  3. Pulse the onions with remaining oil, water, honey, vinegar, salt, and lemon/orange juice in a food processor until smooth and creamy.  Add additional olive oil or water to keep mixture moving through processor.
  4. Toss salad ingredients with dressing.  Serve when the rice is warm, or room temperature, or chilled.  We like the rice warm.

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.

Everyday I’m Brusselin’

Hello members, welcome to week 19! We have several fall recipes from the queen of home crafts, Martha Stewart.  Last summer farmworker Elizabeth Brubaker brought glazed acorn squash for lunch one day, so I looked up a recipe for it to share.  And finally a brussels sprouts apple quiche recipe.  You may not think of fruit and dark green veggies going together but try it, you’ll like it!

Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin

(From Martha Stewart Living November 2014)

Serves 6-8

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled
  • 1/2 bunch of kale, stems and tough ribs removed, leaved torn into large pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely grated parmesan (about 2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup packed small fresh sage leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp panko (bread crumbs)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice squash just above the bulb.  Slice the neck crosswise into 1/4 inch rounds. Cut squash bulb in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds (or save for roasting separately!). Slice each half crosswise into 1/4 inch half moons.
  2. Set a steamer basket in a large pot with 1 inch of water, bring to a boil. Add kale and steam until bright green and wilted, about 3 minutes, with cover on. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, squeeze dry.
  3. Butter a shallow 4 qt (9×13) baking dish.  Arrange half of the squash in the dish, shingling pieces to overlap. Season with salt and pepper. Top with kale, add more seasoning, and sprinkle with half a cup of parmesan and 2 Tbsp sage. Place remaining squash on top, overlapping pieces, season again, pour cream over squash, and sprinkle with remaining sage.
  4. Cover tightly with parchment lined foil, bake until squash is tender, about 40 minutes.   Sprinkle with panko and remaining parmesan, bake uncovered until golden, about 10-15 minutes more.

Twice Cooked Potato and Leek Casserole

(From Martha Stewart Living November 2014

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk, warmed
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • safflower oil for frying (or other oil)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover sweet potatoes and russet potatoes with 1 inch of water each, in separate sauce pans. Bring to a boil, salt generously, and boil for 8 minutes. Drain and return to respective pans.
  2. In a bowl, combine milk, cream and butter.  Divide milk mixture between sauce pans, mash potatoes until smooth, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread mashed sweet potatoes evenly in the bottom of a 2 qt. baking dish. Top with mashed russet potatoes.  Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine flour and cayenne.  Add leeks, toss to coat. In a medium sauce pan, heat 2 inches of oil over medium-high heat (thermometer should register at 350 degrees F). Working in batches, add leeks and cook, turning until crisp and lightly golden, about 1 minute.  Transfer to paper towel with a slotted spoon. Season with salt.
  5. Sprinkle fried leeks over potatoes and serve.

Autumn Tian

(From Martha Stewart

  • 1 lb. of beets, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. of potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 lb. of plum tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices (optional, or try tomatillos if you’re feeling adventurous)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap beets tightly in parchment lined foil, roast on baking sheet 1 hour and 20 minutes or until tender. Let cool completely, peel and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 425, toss onion with 1 Tbsp oil and 1/2 of the thyme. Season with salt and pepper, arrange on the bottom of a 3 qt. gratin dish.  On a cutting board, stack 1 slice each of potato, beet, and tomato.  Season with salt and pepper.  Repeat with remaining vegetables, keeping each stack separate. Transfer stacks to gratin dish, they can overlap slightly. Sprinkle with remaining thyme and drizzle with 2 Tbsp remaining oil.  Cover tightly with parchment lined foil.
  3. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, drizzle with remaining 3 Tbsp of oil, bake uncovered for an additional 35 minutes.

Vanilla and Cardamom Glazed Acorn Squash Slices 

Makes 2-3 servings

  • 1 small acorn squash
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (can substitute cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if you want)
  • kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Line a large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Using a sharp knife, slice squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out guts and seeds (compost the guts and roast the seeds separately). Slice the squash cross-wise into 1/2 inch thick half-rings. Place squash half-rings on parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and add maple syrup, vanilla, and cardamom, stirring to combine.
  3. Using a pastry brush paint the slices with half the butter mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and turn over. Brush the other sides, reserving about 1 Tbsp of the butter mixture for after the squash is done baking.
  4. Roast the squash for 12 minutes in the oven. Use tongs to flip the squash and roast 10 to 12 minutes more.
  5. Remove the squash from the oven, butter with the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter mixture, and serve.

Brussels Sprouts and Apple Quiche

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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and thinly sliced (or onions, scallions)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 medium apples (such as Braeburn or gala), cored and diced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup freshly grated gruyere cheese
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store bought
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Lightly season with salt and throw in the cleaned and trimmed Brussels sprouts. Boil for about 5 minutes or until bright green and tender. Using a slotted spoon transfer the Brussels sprouts to a bowl of ice water. Leave there to cool completely. Then drain into a colander and allow to air dry. Note: You can skip this step and just fry the brussels with the onions if you’d like.
  3.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add the sliced shallots and minced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until tender and just beginning to brown. Add the drained Brussels sprouts, stir and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes or until they brown. Season with salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and nutmeg. Stir every once in a while, keeping an eye on them so that they don’t burn. You might have to lower the heat. Add the diced apples and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from flame and allow to cool.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and half and half. Season with salt and pepper and whisk once more until completely combined. Arrange the sautéed veggies on the baked and cooled crust on a single layer. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the filling. Sprinkle with shredded gruyere cheese. Place the quiche on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 30 minutes to set. Cut and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Last Post of 2013

Wow! It always amazes me when we get to the end of another CSA season.  The season flies by filled with delicious produce and then we are plunged into Michigan winter.  Hopefully you have some yummy veggies canned or in the freezer to remind you of the summer’s bounty.  A soup pulled out of the freezer in January will bring a smile to my face as I remember the yummy produce from the harvest.   Here is another soup that we really enjoy.  It is a little spicy so you could tone down the curry if you so desired.  I love the velvety texture of butternut squash pureed in a soup.  I hope you enjoyed the recipes throughout the summer.  Sorry I didn’t get in as many pictures as I had hoped for.  It always drove me nuts when I realized we had eaten a dish the night before that I needed a picture of.  Alas.  I will probably start taking pictures of everything I cook now.  It did make me laugh when I’d be taking a picture and one of my kids would be unimpressed with the presentation and alter it accordingly for me.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
3.5 Tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons curry powder
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut
1 cup apple juice
Fresh ground pepper
2 cups chopped onion
2 butternut squash, cut into chunks
3 cups chicken broth
.5 teaspoons salt
In a large pot, melt the butter.  Add onions and curry powder.  Cook covered 20 minutes over low heat.  Pour in broth.  Add squash and apple chunks.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer until squash and apples are tender about 20-25 minutes.  Transfer chunks to blender.    Add some liquid (.5 cups) and process until smooth.  Return soup to pan.  Add juice and remaining reserved liquid until you reach desired consistency.  Keep warm over low heat.

Here is a wonderful side dish that uses the butternut squash in a different way.  This is great as a Thanksgiving side.

Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn (from Bon Appetit)
1.5 cups wild rice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3.5 cups cubed, peeled butternut squash
3 Tablespoons olive oil
6 Tablespoons butter
1.5 cups finely chopped leeks (white part only)
1.5 cups corn
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Rinse rice in strainer under cold water; drain. Bring 6 cups water and 2 teaspoons coarse salt to boil in large saucepan. Add rice; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered until rice grains begin to split and are tender but still slightly chewy, about 45 minutes. Drain. Spread on rimmed baking sheet to cool. Transfer to bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil rimmed baking sheet. Toss squash cubes and 3 tablespoons oil in medium bowl. Spread squash in single layer on prepared sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast just until tender but firm enough to hold shape, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Transfer squash to bowl. Cool. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and 3/4 cup water; simmer until leeks are tender, about 7 minutes. Add corn; simmer 2 minutes longer. Add rice and butternut squash; simmer until heated through and liquid is absorbed, about 4 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

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 20: Orange!

 Creamy Butternut Squash Orzo
recipe adapted from Simply in Season
 
1 cup onion, chopped
In a frypan saute over medium heat in 1 Tbsp oil until tender, about 6 minutes
 
1 clove garlic, minced
Add and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute
 
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2 in pieces
Add and stir to coat
 
2/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
Add and simmer until squash is almost tender and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
 
4 cups water or broth
1 cup orzo
While squash cooks, bring liquid to a boil in a large saucepan and add orzo. Boil until tender but still firm to bite. About 8 minutes. 
 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
Stir in. Salt and Pepper to taste. 
 
Kale, Caramelized Onion, Sausage and Mushroom Pasta
Not a meat eater? No problem, omit the sausage and leave it as is or add a can of pinto beans. 
 
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 large onion, sliced thin
8 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced. 
1 lb ground sausage (I used Italian, chorizo would work great or plain) 
1/2-1 cup parmesan cheese
20 leaves kale, thick stems removed
1/2 lb pasta (I used penne rigate)
1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated. 
 
In a large fry pan add the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and toss to coat in oil. Salt the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until they turn a golden brown (about 15 minutes) OR simply saute them and move on to the mushrooms. Add the garlic and mushrooms. Saute a few minutes. Start the water for the pasta and add the pasta cooking according to package directions. Add the sausage and cook until it is cooked through. Add the kale and a spoon of the pasta cooking water. Toss with the cooked pasta. Stir in parmesan cheese. 
 
Crab Salad with Celeriac and Carrots
Dressing: 2-3 Tbsp mayo, a few dashes hot sauce, 2 tsp whole-grain mustard, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, slat and pepper. Stir to combine in small bowl.
2 Tbsp minced scallion
1/2 lb celeriac, peeled
2 medium sized carrots
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1/2 lb lump crab meat
Salt and Pepper
In a bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
Fine julienne (matchstick) the celeriac and carrots. Add ingredients to a large bowl. Pour dressing over indredients. Stir to combine. Chill for at least 1 hour. 
Great on bread or over crackers over over greens! 
 
Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash
Also makes a stuffing for stuffed green onions! 
 
2 acorn squash
1 lb Chorizo (or omit and add extra black beans)
1 small onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
dash of cayenne pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes (or diced from canned tomatoes)
1.5 cups cooked black beans, drained
several dashes hot sauce, optinal
satl, pepper
1 cup shredded cheese, optinal
cilantro, choppped
sour cream, optinal
 
 
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut Squash Diagonally in 1/2, Scoop out insides. Place on a cookie sheet cut side down. Bake 45 minutes. While squash is baking, coat a skillet with oil over medium high head. Add sausage, browning and breaking up as it cooks. Add onion and garlic. Saute a minute. Add peppers and tomato. Add spices and black beans and hot sauce. Simmer until tomatoes are broken down and all is cooked through. 
When squash is tender, fill halves with mixture (you may have some leftover, it’s great as a nacho topping on chips!). Top with cheese and cilantro. Bake until cheese is melted. Top with a dollop of sour cream if desired. 
I served this with a side of roasted broccoli, onions and mushrooms. Simply toss with a little olive oil, add the spices you want (I used smoked paprika and cumin), salt and pepper and toss in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minute (stir 1/2 way through cooking). 
 
 
 
Roasted Beet, Pear, Goat Cheese Salad w/ Balsamic Vin and Candied Walnut
3 beets, roasted, sliced thin
1 pear, cored and sliced thin
2 oz goat cheese, curmbled
1 head lettuce, washed and torn into a bowl
Place the beets and pear on the lettuce. Toss with dressing (recipe below) Sprinkle on Candied Walnuts (recipe below) and goat cheese. 
 
Balsamic Vin: 1 Tbsp balsamic vin, 3 Tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp honey, salt and pepper. Shake in a container with a screw top lid.
 
Candied Walnuts 
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly (about 6 minutes). Add pecans and vanilla; cook until all syrup is absorbed and pecans are coated, stirring constantly (about 12 minutes). Spread pecan mixture on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. (Pecans will have a sugar coating.) Separate pecans into halves. Cool completely
 
Thanks to Tom, Katie and the amazing Groundswell Community Farm Crew for the fabulous fall produce! 
 

Week 19: Roots, Squash and More Greens!

 
Squash Soup
An easy roasted veg pureed soup! Great Served with a Savory Vegetable Tart! 
 
1 1/2 pounds tart apples, peeled, cored, and quartered 
5 pounds Squash, each cut lengthwise in half and seeded (I’ve used 3 different varieties from Groundswell and had success with all!) 
1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
10-12 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
1-1 1/2 cup cream, optional (your could also use plain yogurt here)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Divide apples, squash (cut sides up), and onion between two baking pans and drizzle with oil. Toss onions and apples to coat with oil. In cup, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture over ingredients in pans. Place pans on 2 oven racks; roast 1 hour or until very tender and golden, rotating pans between upper and lower racks halfway through roasting time. Cool slightly.
With spoon, scoop out flesh from squash halves and transfer to medium bowl. Discard any dark, tough bottom layers from onion quarters. Cut onion and apples into large chunks.
In food processor or blender at low speed, blend one-third of roasted vegetable mixture with 1 -2 cups broth until pureed. Pour pureed mixture into a dutch oven. Repeat 2 more times with remaining vegetable mixture and broth. Add 2 cups water to pureed mixture; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in cream (or yogurt) and adjust seasoning as desired.  
 
 
Beet Cake
This is my favorite beet cake recipe! 
for the cake
95g dark chocolate
3 medium eggs
300g sugar
240ml safflower oil
300g diced cooked beets (takes about 45 minutes in simmering water, just cover beets w/water) puree in blender w/a little water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10g cocoa powder
200g flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
for the chocolate ganache
250g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
250ml heavy cream
Pre heat oven to 350 f.
Melt  chocolate (for the cake) over double boiler. Cool slightly. In a bowl, whisk eggs, sugar & oil. Slowly add cooked beet puree, melted chocolate & vanilla to egg mixture. Beat just untill combined.
Sift cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Add to beet batter. Fold just til combined.
Grease (oil, butter, flour mix) 10 inch spring form cake pan.  Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin (lined with foil if not a good seal on spring-form pan). Bake for about 30-40 minutes.
While the cake is baking, work on the ganache. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Heat the cream in a sauce pan, just till it starts to barely boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk till it forms a smooth sauce. 
When the cake is done, cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. Take out of spring form pan and  pour the chocolate ganache over while the ganache and cake are still slightly warm.  Let the ganache topping cool and set before serving (place in fridge to cool quickly). 
 
Ants on a Log
I couldn’t resist adding this. Who doesn’t love ants on a log?
Try dried cherries in place of the raisins and add chocolate chips for a change! 
Peanut Butter
Raisins, Dried Cherries, Dried Cranberries 
Chocolate Chips, optional
Celery, washed and cut into 4-5 in pieces
 
Spread peanut butter on celery stick and top with desired dried fruit and/or chocolate
 
 
Parsnip Apple Soup
Another easy pureed soup, I love the parsnip and curry flavor in this soup! 
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light
 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 cups chopped peeled apple 
1-2  tablespoon curry powder
1 tsp crushed coriander 
1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 1/2 cups chopped peeled parsnip (or parsley root, root part only)
4 cups stock (I used vegetable, chicken would work as well)
1 cup apple cider
salt, pepper to taste 
1/2-1 cup cream 
 
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add apple and the next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add parsnip, stock and apple cider; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes or until parsnip is tender. Either use an immersion blender to puree the soup or follow the directions below. 
 
Place half of parsnip mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat the procedure with remaining parsnip mixture. Stir in salt and pepper. Place the mixture back into the dutch oven and bring to a soft simmer. Stir in the cream and adjust seasoning as desired. 
 
 
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
 
1 large or 2 medium sized Spaghetti Squash
 
Your favorite meatballs and marinara sauce (see this recipe if you don’t have a favorite Old Fashioned Meatballs in Red Sauce)
 
Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, optional
 
 
 
Preheat oven to 375. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake squash for about 40 minutes or until fork tender. Using a fork or large spoon, gently scoop out the squash while keeping the long ‘spaghetti-like’ strands in tack. 
 
 
Serve with meatballs and sauce over the squash. Top with cheese, if desired. 
 
 
 
Braised Collards
When I don’t have time to let them cook for hours with ham hocks, I make this much quicker dish with bacon fat. 
 
1 tablespoon bacon fat (I always save the bacon fat after making bacon, store in the fridge.) OR olive oil
1 onion, thin sliced
1 large garlic clove, chopped
15 leaves  collard greens, cleaned, trimmed & chopped
1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable stock)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (apple cider would work here if you don’t have any balsamic, just increase the sugar a bit)
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste
Heat the fat in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally over moderate heat. They should be turning very light golden. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in the greens, stirring to coat. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook til tender about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings.
 
Bell Pepper Coleslaw
recipe adapted from food network
got any of those peppers still hanging out in the fridge? Pop them in a freezer bag and freeze them soon or try this salad! 
3 tablespoons sugar
Kosher salt
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons whole-grain dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
Freshly ground pepper
6 bell peppers (red, orange and yellow), cut into thin strips
2 stalks celery, finely chopped OR 1 celeraic, shredded
1 kohlrabi, peeled and shredded, optional
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced and roughly chopped 
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional
 
 
 
 
Whisk the sugar and 2 teaspoons salt with the vinegar in a large bowl until dissolved. Whisk in mayo and mustard until combined and forms creamy dressing.  Add the celery seeds, mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, the bell peppers, celery, scallions and cabbage, and toss to combine. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop.
 
 
 

 

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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