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.
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Squash and “Oc-tuber” Delights

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

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

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

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

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

Pumpkin Honey Cornbread

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

 

Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash

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Serves 4

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

Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

Serves 4

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

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

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

Garlic Mashed Parsnips

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

Celeriac and Parsnip Mash

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

 

 

 

 

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Brusselprocity

Hello members, welcome to week 18! We have another brussels sprouts recipe, beet risotto, two soups, and a sweet potato salad recipe for you.

Pear and Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, halved
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 pears, sliced and chopped
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Without stirring, cook covered for 7 minutes.
  3. Uncover and add walnuts and pears, stirring.  Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add blue cheese crumbles, serve warm.

Sweet Potato Salad

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 cup of onion, diced
  • 1-2 Tbsp granulated garlic (or 1-2 cloves diced)
  • 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 dash of pepper
  • 4-6 collard greens, optional
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, cook the chopped sweet potatoes 3-5 minutes. Drain sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl, cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Add celery and onion to the bowl.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add garlic, apple cider vinegar, tahini, lemon, mustard, olive oil, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Stir well.
  4. Pour tahini dressing over the large bowl, serve chilled.
  5. Optional, wash collard greens and remove the ends of the stems. Lightly fillet back of collards with a small knife to cut down the stem on the neck.  Add a few spoonfuls of sweet potato salad and roll up.

Potato Leek Soup

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups of sliced leeks (tender parts only, from about 3)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 qt. of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook leeks, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes. Measure out 1/4 cup leeks and set aside. Add garlic to remaining leeks in pot, cook for about 2 minutes, increase heat to high, add broth and potatoes and cook covered 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add half and half and salt.
  2. Working in batches, whirl the soup in a blender to puree (or use an immersion blender).
  3. Divide soup among 4 bowls, top each with 1 Tbsp reserved leeks.

Cauliflower Chowder

Serves 6

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley leaves
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, 6-8 minutes.  Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, carrots and celery.  Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes.  Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf, cook another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, until cauliflower are tender, about 12-15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  If chowder is too thick add more milk.
  5. Serve with bacon and parsley garnishes.

Roasted Beet Risotto

We’ve included the stovetop directions for this recipe.  If you have a pressure cooker, check out the link for pressure cooker directions.

Serves 6

  • 3 cups peeled and diced beets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 oz thinly sliced beet greens
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • 2-4 oz grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Roast the diced beets for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Bring broth to a steady simmer in a sauce pan on the stove.
  3. In a 4 qt. pot, heat the oil, add the onion and cook until translucent.  Add the rice and stir, stir in the beets and thyme.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add wine and stir.  Return pan to the burner.  When the liquid is mostly absorbed, begin adding the broth, 1 cup at a time. Wait for the broth to be mostly absorbed before adding more.  Stir constantly.
  5. When you add the final cup of broth, add the beet greens and butter.  When the liquid is almost absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the cheeses until melted.
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Brussel Up Some Grub

Hello members, welcome to week 17! This week’s share gave us a stalk of Brussels sprouts and parsley root, and if you haven’t cooked with these vegetables very much, we have recipes for frying and roasting them.  We have a potato salad recipe, now that potatoes, celery, and onions are all in season together, and roasted breakfast potatoes that also call for bell peppers. If you used celery to make stock and still have some leftover, try the Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Celery. Enjoy!

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

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Serves 2

  • 1 stalk of Brussels Sprouts
  • 2-3 Tbsp of cooking oil or bacon grease (or a mixture of the two)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  1. Pop the Brussels sprouts off the stalk and rinse in a colander.  You may spin them in a salad spinner to dry them if you wish.  Slice the sprouts in half.
  2. Heat oil or bacon grease over medium-high heat in a large cast iron skillet or frying pan.  When drops of water sizzle in the oil, add the sprouts.  If you have mad spatula flipping skills, flip all the sprouts so they are cut side down (but don’t burn your fingers! Safety first!).
  3. Let the sprouts fry for approximately 10 minutes then flip and stir with a spatula. Stirring the sprouts too often will cause the pan to lose heat, so I try to flip them only once while cooking.
  4. Fry them another 5-7 minutes, turn the stove off and add mustard and syrup, stir to mix, spoon onto plates, and devour.  Then count the days until the next CSA pickup or farmer’s market where you can buy more brussels sprouts and make this dish again.

Classic Mustard Potato Salad

We doubled this recipe when we made it, that way there is leftovers for lunch. We boiled the potatoes about 8-10 minutes which gave them a good texture, not too hard or too mushy.  We also didn’t wait the full 3 hours to chill it, it was too good!

septemberpotatosalad

  • 2 cups of potatoes, cooked, peeled, and diced into one inch cubes
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced, about 2 stalks
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of mayo or vegan mayo
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  1. In a large bowl, combine the onion, celery, pickles, mayo, mustard, pickle juice, salt, pepper, sugar. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add in potatoes and eggs. Stir gently until well coated.  Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Celery or Dip

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
  • Celery stalks
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)
  1. Combine cheese, pecans, and cranberries.
  2. Spread on celery stalks, top with black pepper.
  3. If your celery stalks are on the narrow side, use them as dipping tools.  That’s right, homo sapiens uses food to scoop up other food. Human ingenuity at its finest.

Parsley Root Fries

Serves 2-3

  • 3 large parsley roots (or about 1.5 lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the parsley roots (or wash them very well) and chop into french fry-sized sticks.  The thinner the sticks, the crispier they will get.  Toss with oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and rosemary if desired.
  3. Roast on a baking tray for 20 minutes, toss, and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until golden on the edges with crispy edges and a tender center.

Breakfast Potatoes

Serves 5

  • 2.5 lbs. potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, copped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients.
  3. Pour potatoes onto a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing twice.
  4. Raise the heat to 500 degrees, bake until crisp and brown, 10-15 more minutes, tossing twice.
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Autumn You Glad We Have More Soup Recipes?

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

Beezie’s Black Bean Soup

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

Winter Root Vegetable Salad

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

Serves 4-6

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

For balsamic vinaigrette:

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

Creamy Mashed Carrots

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Serves 8

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

Decadent Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serves 4

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

White Bean and Tomatillo Soup

Serves 4-6

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

Hello members, welcome to week 15!  This week’s title comes from a Flaming Lips song called “Waitin’ For A Superman.” I suggest you check it out on Youtube. The arrival of celery in the share last week inspired us to find a vegetable stock recipe, and two simple soups that you can then use the stock with.  We also found an Autumn themed salad that calls for Michigan pears, and some mini omelettes that are great for using up leftover veggies.

 

Vegetable Stock

This recipe comes from a cooking class I took on soups and stocks.  Chef Jim LaPerriere was the teacher, and his recipe credits the CIA Professional Chef Book.  There are many variations you can make on vegetable stock, and because veggies yield their flavor sooner than meat bones, you can make vegetable stock in about an hour. That means you can try several stocks in an afternoon and freeze them for winter soup later.

Yield: 1 quart veggie stock, consider double or triple the recipe if making stock to freeze.

  • 2 fl. oz. vegetable oil
  • 4 oz. sliced onions
  • 4 oz. chopped leeks
  • 2 oz. celery
  • 2 oz. green cabbage
  • 2 oz chopped carrots
  • 2 oz. chopped tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 qt. cold water
  • Herb sachet: place 2-3 parsley stems, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp fennel seeds in a section of cheesecloth, wrap into a pouch and tie with baker’s twine
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot, and add vegetables.
  2. Cover and sweat the vegetables 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the water and sachet; simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Strain the stock.  It is ready for soup-making now, or you may cool it and freeze for later use.
  5. Try variations: use parsnips in place of carrots, try more or less celery, add fennel fronds or ginger to herbs.  Also try roasting veggies first before simmering with water for a roasted flavor.

Autumn Chopped Salad

Serves 4-6

  • 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or whatever is on hand from the share)
  • 2 medium pears chopped (look for Michigan pears at the farmer’s market soon)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cupped chopped pecans
  • 8 slices of bacon, crisped and crumbled
  • 4-6 oz feta cheese
  • For the dressing: try a combination of 2/3 cup poppyseed and 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette.
  1. In  a large bowl, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon, and feta.
  2. Drizzle generously with dressing.
  3. Serve in fancy salad bowls if you’re feeling fancy, or regular bowls work fine too.

Muffin Tin Omelettes

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  • 6 eggs
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped (or greens you have on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • add other veggies of your choice: diced tomatoes, potatoes, summer squash/zucchini, broccoli
  • shredded or crumbled cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Chop all vegetables, saute in a skillet with the olive oil, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Whisk eggs together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Pour vegetables into egg mixture (and cheese if using).
  5. Pour mixture into muffin tin cells.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until liquid is cooked off the eggs.
  7.  Enjoy warm or put into freezer bag for convenient meals later.  If freezing, microwave omelettes for 2 minutes to reheat.

Classic Creamy Carrot Soup

This recipe calls for 2 lbs. of carrots, which is about 2 bunches from CSA pickup.  If you are short, consider halving the recipe. Or head on down to Holland or Fulton St Market and get some more Groundswell carrots.  Each rainbow bunch is lovingly crafted by a hardworking Groundswell employee.

  • 2 lbs. of carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 32 oz. chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 2 strips precooked bacon (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  1. Place oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, and rosemary.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes until carrots are fork tender.
  4. Remove herb sprigs, transfer vegetables to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree.
  5. Add broth, continue to puree.
  6. Transfer to large saucepan over medium heat, add bacon strips.
  7. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce.  Simmer until ready to serve. Serves 6.

Creamy Thai Carrot Soup

  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped, about 4 cups
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups veggie stock plus 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • For toppings: fresh basil, cilantro, or mint, coconut milk, brown sugar or agave. And Sriracha hot sauce for an extra kick.
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Dice onion and garlic, add to pot with 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil. Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, add veggie stock and water, stir.
  4. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  5. Transfer to blender or use an immersion blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add peanut butter and chili garlic sauce, blend.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You may add brown sugar or agave for sweetness.
  8. Serve with fresh basil or herbs of your choice. Drizzle with coconut milk, or add Sriracha sauce for extra heat.
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