Tio Tommy and the Tomatillos!

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

 

Carrot Salad With Pineapple

Serves 6-8

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

Orange-Teriyaki Spinach Pasta Salad

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

Dressing:

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

Creamy Tomatillo Dip

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

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Makes 2 cups

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

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

Fudgy Beet Cupcakes (vegan!)

Makes 10 cupcakes

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

 

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Week 11: CSA Food Heaven

Hello members! It’s an exciting time in the share right now.  Tomatoes are coming in, and summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, and beets are weighing down our produce bags, not to mention the abundance of basil and salad greens we get each week.  Here are five recipes we hope will send you to Food Heaven:

The Day Before Pickup Stir Fry (this edition featuring broccoli)

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Serves 4, possibly more or makes leftovers.

This week I noticed we had not gotten to the broccoli in our share, and the next day was pickup, so we decided to go with a stir fry.  I also noticed there was an almost empty barbecue sauce bottle, so I decided to make that my sauce base. Don’t forget to start some rice in a rice cooker before frying!

  • .5-1 lb. Broccoli, stems chopped into small pieces and florets (use 1-2 weeks worth)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic or scapes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper chopped into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • cooked chicken, steak, tofu, seitan (protein of your choice, pre-cooked)

For the Sauce:

  • Barbecue sauce.  In this instance, there was about a teaspoon left on the bottle walls that I could not shake out or get with a spatula.  So I added a few tablespoons of water, shook the bottle around, and poured it into a mixing bowl.  Most stir fry sauces call for some water or stock for the sauce anyways. Now the bottle is clean to go in recycling and your ancestors who lived through various times of hardship in history are smiling down at your resourcefulness of not wasting food.
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Honey, or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp corn starch (optional for thickener)
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan or skillet to med-high or high.  When droplets of water sizzle in the pan, add the onion, cook for one minute.
  2. Add the garlic, cook for one minute, then add the broccoli and bell pepper, cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the the protein and the sauce, mixing well.
  4. Remove from heat, plate with rice. Enjoy and take leftovers to work.  Coworkers will be envious.

 Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

A creamy and nutritious pizza! Don’t be intimidated by the beet pesto – it takes a little more prep than using canned tomato sauce, but it’s well worth it! Makes 1 12″ pizza.

To Make the Beet Pesto:

  • 1 cup of red beets, chopped and roasted (about 1 medium beet)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of walnut, roasted
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Wash and scrub the beets, pat dry. Chop into 1/2″ pieces and wrap in foil (into a packet) on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 50 minutes, or until beets are soft.
  4. Allow beets to cool.
  5. Add all ingredients except the oil into the food processor and pulse several times.
  6. Leave the processor running and slowly add the oil. If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit of water.

To Make the Pizza:

  • 1 lb. pizza dough (or pre-made pizza crust, naan bread, french bread, etc. – there are lots of choices for your base. )
  • 1 cup beet pesto
  • 2 cups kale leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 cups mozarella cheese, grated
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
  2. Bake the dough for 5-7 minutes without toppings.
  3. Remove from the oven and add the toppings. First spread on the beet pesto. Then add the kale and cheeses. (If it seems like a lot of kale, don’t worry, it will cook down.)
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Mozzarella and Basil Bites

A delicious snack or appetizer, starring your fresh basil! Makes 30 bites.

  • 1 package of ovoline fresh mozzarella (15, cut in half to make 30)
  • 1 egg plus 1 Tbsp water to make egg wash
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce, or make your own, warmed.
  1. Drain the mozzarella and gently pat with paper towel to remove moisture.
  2. Prepare the egg wash by whisking the egg and water with a fork.
  3. Wash and dry the basil leaves and place them in stacks of 5. Here’s the fancy, professional way to chop basil: Roll up each stack and chop finely, to make little basil strips.
  4. To make a wonton: place half of an ovoline on the wonton wrapper, sprinkle with basil. Brush the center with egg wash and press the edges together and tuck under the ends. Let sit for about 1 minute.
  5. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan until it reaches 350 – you are going to want to use a thermometer than clips onto your pan.
  6. Gently place 8-10 wontons in the pan and cook for about 1 minute, making sure both sides are browning. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve with warm tomato sauce.

Note: If you prefer, you can bake these instead of frying them. Spray the baking sheet with non-stick spray. Try 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them. You don’t want burnt edges.

Cucumber and Nappa Cabbage Coleslaw

makes 6 servings (1.5 cups each)

  • 1 nappa cabbage (chinese cabbage) finely chopped, about 8 cups
  • 4 small cucumbers, julienne cut (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, salted, roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of peanut or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • red chili flakes to taste (optional)
  1. Combine cabbage, cucumber, peanuts and cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the vegetable mixture and toss.

Carrot and Chickpea Salad

  • 6 carrots, washed and peeled
  • 6 cups chickpeas
  • half a bunch of fresh cilantro
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and whole cracked pepper to taste
  1. If using dried chickpeas, cook them (We prefer to soak them overnight in water, and then cook for 2 minutes in our pressure cooker.)
  2. Slice carrots on the bias (diagonally) no more than 1/4″ thick
  3. Combine carrots, chickpeas, herbs and toasted seeds.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil and garlic.
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Easy, Caprese

CSA Week 10

Here are four easy recipes to make, and a Caprese salad recipe to get excited about tomatoes that are starting to come in. Beans, zucchini, tomatoes, the share just keeps getting better!

4 (or more!) Color Salad

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This salad would also work with other fruits, canned (pineapple) or fresh (whatever is coming into season at the farmers market)

Serves 4 (or more if you add more ingredients of your choosing)

  • 1 head of green lettuce
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of raspberries
  • half of a 15 oz can of mandarin oranges (or one small can)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of walnuts
  • optional: chopped red onion
  • optional: thinly sliced cooked chicken breast, goat cheese, chickpeas, etc for protein
  1. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add blueberries, raspberries, and mandarin oranges to your liking.  Start with a 1/4 cup of each and add more if desired.
  3. Break walnuts into small pieces, sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve with your favorite dressing or try this light poppyseed dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp pineapple juice (or mandarin orange juice from the can)
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

 

“Egg Rolls”

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On the left, a freshly poured egg roll.  On the right, a flipped egg roll finishing frying.

This dish comes to us by way of a friend who spent some time in Uganda.  He told us the street food vendors had a dish they called “Egg Rolexes” (or “Egg Rolls” for short), made up of eggs, chopped cabbage, and onion fried in a sort of pancake/crepe shape.  He would make an approximate American version, and we started making our own, and now when we need a quick and filling dinner entree we say “how about some egg rolls?”

Makes 2 egg rolls

  • 1 cup of cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, or 2 scapes, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  1. Heat oil in a skillet on Medium-High heat
  2. Put half the cabbage, onion, and garlic in a mixing bowl, add 2 eggs and mix.
  3. When the skillet is hot, pour the mixture in, it should make a somewhat lumpy pancake shape.
  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes.  While the first one is cooking, mix the remaining cabbage, onion, and garlic with eggs.
  5. Transfer the first one to a plate with a cover, fry the second one using the above directions, then take both to the dinner table for an easy comfort meal.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad

A more filling take on the classic Caprese salad

  • Romaine lettuce (or lettuce from the share)
  • Cherry tomatos, halved (or tomatoes from the share)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • sauteed chicken breast, sliced or chopped
  • freshly torn basil
  • equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  1. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella, chicken, and basil on plates (however many are coming to dinner).
  2. drizzle with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Enjoy!

Skinny Green Bean Casserole

Serves 4

  • 3 cups of green beans, thinly chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 5 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add green beans and onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Transfer the beans and onions to a bowl of water and ice for 5 minutes, drain and pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then add olive oil and milk.
  4. Add salt and pepper, then corn meal and 2 Tbsp of the cheese and mix.
  5. Fold in the beans and onions, mixing well.
  6. Pour mixture into a greased baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Take pan out, and remaining 3 Tbsp of cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese top is melted and golden.

Parmesan, Zucchini, and Corn

If you go to Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, be sure to check out Ham Family Farm for sweet corn.  They grow two popular varieties, “Dutch Love” and “Irish Love” and you can usually find a line of people at 9 am waiting for a delivery fresh picked from Allendale.

Serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or scapes)
  • 4 zucchinis, diced
  • 1 cup of corn kernels, cooked
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil (or a few fresh leaves)
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano (or fresh if it comes in the share)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic and stir frequently for about 1 minute.
  2. Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano, and thyme.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, stir in lime juice and cilantro.  Sprinkle with parmesan.

 

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The Sweet and Savory Harvest of Summer

Do you like some fruits with your veggies?  Or a little sweet to go with savory?  Check out these recipes!

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Lentils

serves 6-8

  • 2 1/2 cups French lentils (they are darker and more nutritious than brown lentils)
  • about 12 small-medium carrots
  • about 12 medium-small beets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, parsley, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot tops
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

for homemade (eggless) aioli:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice from the lemon you zested (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Wash and scrub the beets and carrots. Place them in a large enameled iron pot and coat them with the 2 Tbsp olive oil.
  2. Roast at 375 for 30-45 minutes, until tender. When cool, you may remove the beet skins by rubbing with your hands.
  3. Rinse the lentils and check for small pebbles. Put them in a saucepan, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered on medium for 30-40 minutes. You may need to add additional water as they cook. Drain the lentils and place in a large shallow serving bowl.
  4. In a blender or food processor, puree the garlic, lemon juice and salt to make the aioli. Add the olive oil and puree until thick. Pour this over the lentils.
  5. Add the carrot tops, herbs, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Toss.
  6. Place the carrots and beets on top of the lentils, and sprinkle the feta on top.

Fruit and Veggie Juice Popsicles

These are a healthy, kid-friendly treat that’s fun to make and eat. This works best if you have a juicer at home, but a blender will work with some fruits and leafy greens.

For specifics, it really depends on what fruits and veggies you would like to use. Here are some parings we suggest.

  • Orange with Carrots (you could make your own orange juice in the juicer or use store bought, but you’ll need the juicer for the carrots. It really depends on the size of your carrots for how much you want to add. We suggest starting with the orange juice and try one carrot at a time, tasting until the desired outcome.)
  • Berries with Beets (The berries will also work in the blender, especially if you like having chunks of real fruit in your popsicles. Again, I’d start with the berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and go with one beet at a time, tasting as you go.
  • Kiwi, Apple, Banana and Spinach – if you’re feeling adventurous to make a green popsicle. (If you don’t have a juicer, you could use these fruits, or your favorite combination in the blender and add green like kale and spinach. You could even add some yogurt to make a frozen yogurt pop.)

To make the popsicles:

  1. Prepare the juice to your liking. If you don’t have popsicle molds, just pour the juice into small paper dixie cups and add a popsicle stick.  Stick them in the freezer for a few hours. When they’re frozen solid, just peel off the paper cup and enjoy.

Honey Balsamic Bean Salad

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  • 4 cups (or 2 cans) of chickpeas
  • 4 cups (or 2 cans) of back beans
  • 2 cups green beans, halved
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of red onion thinly sliced (or use your scallions)
  • 2 Tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. Drain and rise beans if using cans. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Make the dressing in a small bowl or jar and whisk or shake. Pour on top and mix well.

Beet, Plum and Ricotta Salad

Serves 4

We just got our first plums of the season from the farmer’s market!

  • 3 medium beets, scrubbed and quartered
  • 3 plums, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tsp champagne vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh  basil
  1. Place the beets in a steamer basket or colander inside a saucepan with 2 inches of water. Cover and steam for about 20 minutes, until tender. Let cool, remove skins, and cut into small slices.
  2. Place the beets, plums and ricotta on a plate/platter. Drizzle with vinegar and oil, salt and pepper and top with basil leaves.

Refrigerator Pickles

(recipe modified from the Smitten Kitchen)

Hoping to make pickles, but not up for the challenge of fermenting or boiling jars all afternoon? These refrigerator pickles are perfect for you. We modified the recipe so it only takes 4 cucumbers. Feel free to double (or triple) it if you’ve got extras.

  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher or pickling salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, lightly crushed but still in the skin (optional)
  1. Slice cucumbers very thin into medallions. Add to a lidded jar or tupperware container, and pour in the liquid. The liquid won’t look like enough, but the salt will draw the moisture out of the cucumbers and it will be the perfect balance. Close the lid and give a good shake now and every few hours. The pickles will be ready in 6-8 hours, and last up to 3 weeks in the fridge with this method.

 

 

 

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Here’s to you, Benedict Cucumber-batch

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

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

Carrot and Zucchini Bars 

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

Rigatoni with Ricotta and Roasted Beets

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

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

Peach and Blueberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSA Week 7

Greetings members! Were you surprised as we were for a green pepper in the share this week? We have more dressings and salad recipes for you, including dressings that utilize parsley and dill, which were the herb selections last week.

Honey Mustard Apple Cider Vinaigrette 

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or a couple fresh leaves from the share)
  • 1 small shallot, minced (or scallions/bulb onion from the share)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

 

1. Whisk together honey, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, shallot and dried basil.

2. Slowly pour in olive oil while whisking.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

Kohlrabi Chicken Salad

  • 3 chicken breast ( small, grilled and chopped )
  • 1/4 red onion ( diced )
  • 1 celery ( rib of celery chopped )
  • 1/2 cup kohlrabi ( chopped )
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill ( chopped )
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise (or greek yogurt)
  • to taste sea salt ( coarse )
  • to taste ground black pepper
  • to taste garlic powder (or finely chopped garlic scapes! :)

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour before enjoying.

Orzo Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

Serves about 8

(We haven’t seen cukes and carrots in the share yet, so you could substitute chopped greens, kohlrabi, radishes, etc. this time, and make this salad again in a few weeks when the hot season crops come in.)

  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 cup peas
  • 3 roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 medium carrots – diced
  • 1 medium red onion – minced

for the dressing:

 

  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook orzo according to package direction. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add the peas to the pot with the orzo. Strain peas and pasta and set aside to cool.
2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine all ingredients for the yogurt dill dressing and whisk to combine.
3. In a large serving bowl, mix together orzo, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and dressing until everything is coated with dressing. Check for seasoning, add more salt and pepper as needed and serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.

Carrot Fries with Honey Yogurt Dip

1. Cut carrots into sticks and lightly toss with olive oil.

2. Spread into a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

For the Dip: Swirl together 1 Tbsp honey with 1/2 cup of plain or Greek yogurt. You could add a little more sweetness by adding a pinch of cinnamon and/or brown sugar.

Three Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 12

  • 8 oz dried lasagna noodles (9-10 noodles)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 4 cloves of garlic (or use those scapes)
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning, dried
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1-2 cups chopped spinach

1. Cook noodles according to directions. Drain and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta and Italian seasoning.

3. In a large skillet, cook mushrooms, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in flour, pepper and milk and cook until thick and bubbly.

4. Remove from heat. Stir is spinach, broccoli, carrot and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

5. To assemble, in a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole, layer one-third of the noodles, folding or cutting to fit as necessary. Spread with one-third of the cottage cheese mixture, then one-third of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with one-third of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers 2 more times. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

6. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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My Dear, You look simply radishing…

It’s CSA Week 6! We have 3 recipes that feature radishes. We also included some ideas for how to freeze your garlic scapes, and a nice comfort food dish – Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice – that is so quick and easy to make.

Chinese Cabbage and Radish Greens Stir Fry

Serves 2.  This makes for a good breakfast stir fry if you are looking for ways to eat greens.  You can always cook more greens in a bigger pot for leftovers to go in lunches or eat cold at other breakfasts.  Summer is a good time to give oatmeal a break, wouldn’t you agree?

  • 4 cups of Chinese cabbage, chopped into 1 inch squares or strips
  • 2 cups of radish greens (or any small greens like mizuna, yukina savoy, or spinach) torn into bite size pieces
  • 2 garlic scapes
  • 2 scallions, or half of an onion
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil of your choice (this weekend I used leftover bacon grease)
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce
  1. In a frying pan (such as a cast iron skillet) heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. When drops of water sizzle in the pan, add chopped garlic scapes and scallions, cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add Chinese cabbage, fry pieces until they are translucent or look softer, about 3 minutes
  3. Add radish greens, fry until they begin to wilt.
  4. For the sauce, mix the vinegar, mustard, BBQ sauce in a bowl with 2-4 Tbsp of water.  Add 1 tsp of corn starch if desired, then add to pan.
  5. Stir the sauce in with the veggies for 1 minute, then remove from heat and pair with rice or quinoa.

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice

Serves 4

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (or scallions)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or scapes)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic, saute for 2 minutes, stir as needed.
  2. Add broth to same pan, bring to a boil.  Add the jasmine rice, cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook 12 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  3. After 12 minutes, remove cover, stir, add butter, water, salt and pepper, and simmer 3 minutes.
  4. After 3 minutes, add broccoli.  Let cook on low for 4-5 minutes or when broccoli has desired tenderness.
  5. Add cheese and stir, then serve.

Freezing Garlic Scapes

Feeling stumped by your garlic scapes? They are some of the most beautiful foods I have ever seen, their  graceful curls remind me of swans for some reason. We’ve been blessed with a bountiful harvest of these lovelies – more than our household is able to eat in a week. We know garlic scape pesto is a go-to for lots of CSA members, and that’s great. Pesto is not my personal favorite, so I prefer to use them wherever I would usually use chopped garlic clove. I think it’s a little more mild tasting than cloves – so use more than 1 scape to equal one clove. After doing some research, we found what look like two great ways to freeze your scapes, so you can enjoy them year-round.  These would be great to use for browning beef when making spaghetti sauce, use in an egg dish, roast and add to mashed potatoes, add to a soup, etc.

Type 1 : Blanching

1. Cut the scapes into .5-1″ pieces. Steam blanch them for about 3 minutes.  (If you Freeze them in freezer bags. To prevent them from getting stuck together, you may want to initially freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and then transfer them to a freezer bag.

Type 2: Freezing in cubes with oil

1. Wash and chop the scapes into small pieces. Fill an ice cube tray with the scapes – you want to pack them as tight as you can. Pour olive oil over the scapes to fill the empty spaces. Freeze, and then remove the cubes and tranfer to a freezer bag.

Roasted Radishes

Roasting radishes is a great way to take some of the spice away, making them more appealing to more sensitive palates. Think of them as tiny little potatoes.

  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2  sprigs fresh rosemary
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400-425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry the radishes.
  3. Place radishes on a roasting pan or cookie sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper along with  minced/crushed rosemary leaves. Cook for 20-25 minutes.

Or – you can use them in these delicious Roasted Radish and Chickpea Tacos with Avocado. 

Coleslaw

Serves 8. This coleslaw is so good! It’s even better the following day, it seems the flavors are absorbed more fully into the cabbage.

  • 1/2 head of red cabbage, small
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, small (or pick one color and use the whole cabbage)
  • 2 whole green apples, chopped
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 2 small carrots

for the dressing (This makes enough for 2 batches of coleslaw)

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp poppyseeds (optional)
  • 1 cup canola oil (We usually use grape seed oil instead)
  1. Chop or shred and combine ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To make the dressing: shake ingredients well in a jar, then pour over cabbage mixture.

 

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