Stewed Tomatoes w/ Green Beans and Basil
Great served with grilled steak
1lb green beans
4 large tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped basil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, optional
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans. Boil 3 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain.
Now score the bottom of the tomatoes and place them in the boiling water. Remove after 1 minute (this loosens the skin of the tomatoes). Peel the skin from the tomatoes. Chop into large dice. In a large saucepan bring heat the oil and add garlic. After 30 seconds, add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until tomatoes have cooked down and are tender. Add basil, salt and pepper. Cook another couple of minutes. Add green beans. Cook until green beans are heated through. Serve with parmesan cheese, if desired.
Green Bean Crudites w/Olive Anchovy Aioli
recipe adapted from Food and Wine
For the beans
1 lb mixed beans
Fill a large with ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add green beans and cook 3 minutes. Remove and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry.
Serve beans with aioli.
For the aioli
1 large garlic clove, minced
Pinch of salt
3 oil-packed anchovies, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp chopped, pitted green olives
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil.
Mash garlic, salt and anchovies into a paste. Combine all ingredients through lemon juice in a bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with beans.
Parmesan Crisps with Cherry Tomatoes
6 Tbsp fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 Tbsp chives
1 Tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place about 1 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese in a heaping pile on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining parmesan cheese. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes until nicely golden brown and hardening. Cool.
Combine all the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
Spoon tomato mixture on top of cooled Parmesan crisps. Serve immediately.
2 large carrots
4 oz ricotta cheese
1 tbsp parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp chives, chopped
1/2 tbsp tarragon, chopped
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
Using a mandoline, cut the carrots lengthwise into very thin strips (as thin as you can).
In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients.
Lie the carrot strips flat on a work surface. Place a spoonful of the mixture at one end of the carrot. Roll the carrot. Place the carrot strip seam-side down on serving dish. Repeat with remaining carrot strips. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve.
Enjoy a bunch more summer selections from our Groundswell Community Farm Cookbook below:
TomatoesHeirloom Tomato Salsa
lime or lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
6-8 green onions
8 radishes, finely chopped
fresh cilantro, chopped
fresh oregano, minced
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t chili powder, cayenne or hot peppers
4 large tomatoes
a dash of soy sauce
1. Whisk together lime/lemon juice, garlic, green onions, radishes, cilantro, oregano, soy sauce, cumin, and chili powder.
2. Chop tomatoes and add to mixture. Add hot peppers, honey and salt to taste. The secret is to add just enough honey to taste an underlying sweetness—if the tomatoes are sweet you don’t need much – best served one hour after refrigeration.
From Gardeners’ Community Cookbook
6 cups cubed stale bread (country style with a coarse crumb or salad will be soggy)
6 cups 3/4 inch chunks tomatoes
4 large cloves garlic, minced
2 T chopped fresh oregano or 2 t dried oregano
1/2 cup roughly torn fresh basil leaves
2 T red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pitted olives (optional)
1. Place the bread in a large salad bowl. Add the tomatoes, garlic, oregano and basil and toss to mix. Pour in the vinegar and oil and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes so flavors can blend.
2. Add the olives, if using, toss again and serve.
From Nourishing Traditions
8 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
5 T extra virgin olive oil
5 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
5 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T wine vinegar
2 1/2t paprika
1 1/2 t ground cumin (optional)
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/2 to 1 cup filtered water
sea salt, black pepper
To peel tomatoes, dip in boiling water for ~1 minute then transfer to ice water. The skins should loosen and be easy to peel. Mix all ingredients except water together. Process in
batches in the food processor until not quite smooth. Thin to desired consistency with water. Season to taste. Serve well chilled.
Tomato Basil Salad
Salad served room temperature for optimal flavors.
3-4 medium to large tomatoes cut into bite sized or slightly larger pieces
large handful of basil coarsely chopped
red wine vinegar (any vinegar is fine)
optional: fresh mozzarella, red onion sliced
1. Toss tomatoes and basil gently. Slice cheese and add onions if desired. Wisk together oil and vinegar (2 parts oil to one part vinegar) to taste and drizzle over salad. Salt and pepper to taste (can be whisked with oil and vinegar). Good the next day after the flavors have settled even though refrigeration is needed. Enjoy.
Tomato, Basil and Cheese Pie
From Gardeners’ Community Cookbook
One “Easy Tart Crust”, recipe page- 13
3 large tomatoes, sliced 3/8 inch thick
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
2 large eggs
1/2 cup coarsely grated or chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Oil, for brushing tomatoes on top of pie
1. Prepare tart crust and put in refrigerator to chill.
2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
3. Lightly sprinkle the tomato slices with salt on both sides. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the liquid as the slices drain. Set aside.
4. Place the basil, cottage cheese and eggs in a food processor and blend until well combined. Add the mozzarella, Parmesan and 1/2 t salt and continue blending until well mixed.
5. To assemble the pie, pat the tomato slices dry and line the bottom of the pie shell with the end pieces from the tomato bottoms. Spoon the cheese mixture over them and spread to smooth. Arrange the remaining tomato slices in one overlapping layer over the top of the cheese mixture. Brush the top layer of tomato slices with a little oil and place the pie in the oven.
6. Bake until the edges of the crust are crispy and golden and the cheese mixture is firm enough that a knife inserted in the center of the pie come out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm, at room temperature or cover and store in the refrigerator and serve the next day.
Tomato Dill Soup with Rice
From Katie: “I live on this in the winter, using up my canned tomatoes . . . for a more filling meal I’ll fry up some polenta to dip or serve it with grilled cheese or goat cheese-tarragon quesadillas.”
3 T butter
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 sprig thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 sprig marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 sprig fresh parsley
1 medium clove garlic
4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cups chicken stock, optional
1/2 to 3/4 cup rice
1/2 cup Crème Fraiche or sour cream or 1/4 cup feta
1/4 to 1/2 cup finely minced fresh dill or 1 T dried dill
1. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook till soft but not brown.
2. Add the thyme, marjoram and parsley with the garlic, tomatoes and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. I cook this without the stock and often only for about 10 minutes, though the recipe calls for simmering for 40 minutes. Remove the sprigs of herbs and discard. Transfer to a food processor and process until very smooth, (or not!).
3. Add rice. Just before serving whisk in the crème fraiche or sour cream and the dill.
4. Grind in the pepper. If using feta, let people add it when soup is served.
Green TomatoesFried Green Tomatoes
From Patti Brandt
2 Green Tomatoes
Flour, whole wheat flour is best
1. Cut tomatoes very thin, resembling potato chips or ~ 1/8 inch thick.
2. Put enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan to about 1/8 inch thick, turn heat on. Put a thin layer of flour in a broad dish, like a pie plate. As the oil heats, dip both sides of each tomato in the flour, and stack on a plate enough to cover the bottom of a pan.
3. The oil is hot enough when it sputters if a small bit of flour or floured tomato is dropped in. Arrange one layer of your tomatoes in the pan and let them fry about one minute on each side, long enough for them to look golden brown.
4. Remove the tomatoes to a plate with a paper towel in it. Salt to taste. Enjoy these while they are hot, as they lose a lot of flavor and texture if allowed to set.
5. Continue frying tomatoes in batches, adjusting cooking times as your pan gets hotter, or to your taste.
From Gardeners’ Community Cookbook
20 tomatillos (~1 1/4 lb.)
2/3 to 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1/2 t salt
1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Peel the paper husks off the tomatillos and add the tomatillos to the water. Simmer until the tomatillos are soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool in the water.
2. Lift the tomatillos out of the cooking liquid and transfer to a food processor. Add the cilantro and garlic and puree as fine as possible. Set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over low heat. Stir in the onions and cook slowly until slightly wilted and no longer sharp tasting, 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add the tomatillo mixture and the salt, stir to mix, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat right away and transfer to a bowl. Cool, then refrigerate until chilled so the flavors soften and blend.
5. Serve chilled, at room temperature, or reheated. This salsa will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, but it should be used by then! It does not freeze well.
From The New Laurel’s Kitchen: “Like all often made favorite dishes this soup adapts to the
needs of the day. For tomato paste, you can use tomatoes and the amount of potatoes can go up or down to make the soup heartier or lighter.”
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 clove garlic 1 tsp. salt
1 tablespoon oil black pepper
1/2 C. tomato paste or several paste tomatoes
one bunch of fresh chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
4 C. water or stock
1/2- 1 Cup grated Jack cheese
2 large potatoes or equivalent
1. Chop the onion and sauté it and the garlic clove whole in oil until the onion is soft; then crush the garlic with a fork. Add the tomatoes and water or stock, stirring to mix. Bring to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, cut potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and add to the soup pot. Simmer until tender. Add oregano, salt and pepper (reduce salt if using salted stock). Just before serving, stir in the coriander leaves, if desired, and the cheese.
3. Makes about 7 cups, a meal for 4 or more.
Variation: Before adding cheese and coriander, stir in 2 cups of chopped fresh chard or
kale (if using kale add with the potatoes).
From Anna: “One of my favorites- I have made it many times a variety of ways. I really like to
use more sweet potatoes and make it a stew.”
Adapted from the New Moosewood Cookbook.
If you are diabetic be careful of using sweet potatoes as they have a high sugar content.
2 medium tomatoes (or a jar of tomatoes)
1 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbs. olive oil 1 tsp. basil (dry) or 2 T. fresh
2 cups chopped onion cinnamon – a dash or two
3 medium cloves garlic, crushed cayenne pepper- a dash or two
1 stalk celery, minced 1 bay leaf
2 cups peeled, diced sweet potato
3 cups water
1 tsp. salt 1 medium bell pepper, diced
2 tsp. mild paprika
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1. Heat a medium-sized saucepan full of water to boiling. Core the tomatoes and, if peeling them, plunge them into the boiling water for a slow count of 10, then drop into a bowl of cold water or ice water. Remove the tomatoes, and peel them over a sink. Cut them open; squeeze out and discard the seeds, if desired.
2. I use a jar of my canned tomatoes, in that case I skip step #1 and drain the tomatoes. I keep the leftover tomato water for the three cups needed later.
3. Heat olive oil in a kettle or Dutch oven (I use a soup pot or regular pan). Add onion, garlic, celery, and sweet potato, and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add salt, and sauté 5 minutes more. Add seasonings and water, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes.
4. Add tomato pulp, bell pepper and chickpeas. Cover and simmer for about 10 more minutes, or until all the vegetables are as tender s you like them. Taste to adjust seasonings and serve.
French Bread Pizza
4 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 T olive oil
2 T fresh basil (or 2 t dried)
Dash of balsamic vinegar, optional
1/2 lb. cheese
2 grated carrots, optional
1 loaf French bread, sliced lengthwise
Toppings, if desired, such as peppers, zucchini rounds, fennel slices, roasted eggplant, cooked sausage etc.
1. Preheat over to 375 F. Sauté onion in olive oil for about 2 minutes and add tomatoes, basil, pepper and vinegar, if desired. Cook sauce until thick but still chunky, about 15 minutes.
2. Arrange the bread on ungreased cookie sheets and lay out the sauce cheese and toppings. Spoon on tomato sauce. If using grated carrots, sprinkle half the cheese, then all the carrots then the remainder of cheese. Otherwise sprinkle all the cheese evenly on the bread. Add toppings.
3. Bake about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a little golden. Let cool 3 to 5 minutes and enjoy.
Mid-Summer Veggie Melt
From One United Harvest: Improvise with whatever veggies you have on hand!
1 unsliced seeded Lavain loaf, cut 3x lengthwise, or bread of your choice
fully prepared hot and sweet peppers
cheese, grated or shredded zucchini
fresh basil leaves
fresh pressed garlic
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place bread slices onto a cookie sheet. Spread each slice with pesto. Cover completely with thin slices of tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Arrange an assortment of sliced veggies and cover with another layer of the sliced tomatoes and place a leaf or two of the fresh basil upon each tomato slice. Sprinkle on more cheese and drop small bits of the pressed garlic all around.
2. Bake at 375F degrees until slightly browned.
Mixed Greens with Roasted Vegetables
From The Roasted Vegetable
1 lb. new potatoes
1 lb. beets
1/2 lb. baby carrots
1/2 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
1 red bell pepper
1 small onion
1 head garlic
4 T olive oil
Course sea salt
12 cups torn mixed salad greens, with some bitter or spicy greens
2 t sherry, balsamic or red wine vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Lightly oil a large shallow roasting or half sheet pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, beets, carrots, green beans, red pepper, onion and garlic. Add 3 T of the oil and toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in a shallow (preferably single) layer in the pan.
3. Roast for 30 or 40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and well browned, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally for even cooking. Let cool to room temperature. This can be done several hours in advance.
4. Just before serving, in a large salad bowl, toss the salad greens with the remaining 1 T oil and the vinegar. Add the vegetables and toss again. Serve at once.
From Nourishing Traditions
1 eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 zucchini, diced
1/2 cup olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow or green pepper, seeded, diced
1 cup chicken stock, optional
3 large or 10 small tomatoes, chopped
1 small bunch basil leaves, cut up
2 T chili powder
3 cloves garlic
1 T ground cumin
1 T oregano
2 cups cooked black beans
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
chopped green onions for garnish
sour cream, piima cream or crème
fraiche for garnish
1. Sauté eggplant in batches with several teaspoons of olive oil, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to a soup pot.
2. Sauté zucchini and transfer to a soup pot.
3. Sauté peppers and onions and transfer to a soup pot.
4. Add stock, tomatoes and seasoning to the pot, bring to a boil, skim and simmer for 1 hour.
5. Add beans and corn kernels and simmer another 1/2 hour.
6. Serve with garnishes.
We excitedly proclaim that we can smell the basil when, in the greenhouse, it is barely bigger than the top of a pencil. The scent of this herb evokes the memory of summers past and the hours spent harvesting this popular herb. Here are some of the many ways to use fresh basil:
Chopped– add to salads (green, pasta and fruit salads all benefit from fresh basil). Top your pizza with basil as a final fresh ingredient after you pull it from the oven. To preserve we don’t recommend drying but to put in a food processor with a little olive oil you can freeze or refrigerate in glass containers or ice cube trays and you are halfway to making pesto anytime, even next winter!
Pasta w/ Tomatoes, Basil and Feta
From Margie Kuhn: “This is a simple and great-tasting recipe for all the wonderful basil we’re
getting now. You can use spinach instead of basil, or add more spinach. It will be great when those tomatoes start coming in. And, it’s easy to adapt to your own tastes by increasing or decreasing ingredients.”
1. Cook 1 lb. pasta of your choice (corkscrew, farfalle, and radiatore all work well) according to
2. While waiting for water to boil and pasta to cook, combine the following:
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
• about 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn into small pieces or cut into shreds
• 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
• 3-4 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
• 2-3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half (or, regular tomatoes seeded and
• a splash or two of balsamic vinegar
• salt and pepper to taste
Sometimes I mix these ingredients an hour or two before boiling the water, to let the
flavors really infuse into the olive oil.
3. Drain pasta and return it to pot, toss with the olive oil mixture. The heat from the pasta will
wilt the basil (and/or spinach) and melt the cheese.
Basic Basil Pesto
3 c. packed fresh basil
1/3 c. olive oil
1/4 c. fresh parsley (optional)
1/3 c. fresh parmesan
several large cloves of garlic (optional)
salt and pepper
1/3 c. pine nuts or walnuts or pumpkin seeds
Chop basil, parsley and garlic in food processor. Add the pine nuts, then the olive oil. Stir in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Refrigerate in air tight container.
Lemon Basil Cake
From One United Harvest “Any fresh sweet basil will work in this unique cake.”
2-1/2 c. cake flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 cup chopped basil
2 T finely chopped lemon peel
1 t vanilla
1 cup plus 2 T buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9×13 pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and sugar.
2. Mix the next five ingredients in a separate bowl. Alternating with the buttermilk, mix all ingredients together.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Top with your favorite fruit.
A versatile flavoring and garnish. Finely sniped chives go well with eggs, salads, soft cheeses, potatoes, and fish. When cooking with chives, add at the last minute to retain their delicate flavor. – from Simply in Season
Nutrients: raw, chopped, 1 tablespoon, 2.12 Calories, .193 g fiber, .343 g Carbohydrate, 259 IU Vitamin A, 3.18 mg Vitamin C, 3.5 mg Calcium, 1.28 mg Magnesium, .137 mg Iron, .437 mg Sodium, 16.2 mg Potassium.
Also called Chinese parsley, used as a flavorful topping in many Middle Eastern, Mexican, Asian dishes. It is a favorite chopped up in salsa and in other spicy dishes, both hot and cold. Best when added at the end of cooking time. I love it chopped on top of rice and beans!
DillNothing like the smell of dill while harvesting it in the field, it is invigorating. I like to dry it and use it in tomato and potato soups in the winter. Dill also wonderfully flavors cucumber and potato salads in the summer. And of course there are pickles to be made!
Dilled Cucumber and Yogurt Salad
From the New Laurel’s Kitchen
1 cup water 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/4 cup vinegar
1-teaspoon dill weed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 slice raw onion dash of pepper
1/8 tsp. turmeric
leafy lettuce, or mixed greens.
Combine water, vinegar, dill and onion. Add cucumber slices and let stand half an hour
or longer. Drain, and discard the onion. Mix yogurt, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Stir
cucumbers into the mixture and serve on beds of salad greens, cut into bite-sized pieces.
Italian flat leaf parsley has the most flavor and is best for cooking. Sauté finely chopped
leaves with garlic and ad at the last minute to steak, fried fish, or vegetables. Sprinkle
finely chopped curly parsley over boiled potatoes.
From Simply in Season
From New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 1/2 to 2 cups feta, crumbled or grated
1 T olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh chives or scallions
1 t fresh dill (1/4 t dried)
1. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork and chill for 30 minutes so that the flavors mingle. For a creamier consistency, mix all the ingredients in a food processor.
Serve with toasted pita or crackers as an appetizer.
From Anna: “You can prepare steps one and two as much as a day or two in advance. The flavors get deeper as it sits around. A food processor does a perfect job of mincing scallions, parsley and mint, but you can chop it by hand if you don’t have one.”
1 c. dry bulgur wheat
4 scallions, finely minced (whites & greens)
1 1/2 c. boiling water
1 packed cup minced parsley
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. salt
10 to 15 fresh mint leaves, minced
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, diced
2 med. Cloves garlic
1 small cucumber, seeded and minced
1. Combine bulgur and boiling water in a medium- large bowl. Cover and let stand until the bulgur is tender (20-30 minutes, minimum). (Try substituting quinoa for a higher protein salad or if you have wheat allergies- follow cooking directions for quinoa.)
2. Add salt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and black pepper, and mix thoroughly. Cover tightly and refrigerate until about 30 minutes before serving.
3. About 30 minutes before serving, stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve cold with warm wedges of lightly toasted pita bread.
All the HerbsWalnut Pasta
From Margie Kuhn: “I’ve used all parsley, and the recipe still tastes wonderful.”
1 pound linguine or other pasta
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on top
1/3 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. While pasta is cooking, heat butter in skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown (4-5 minutes)
2. Add olive oil & walnuts; cook until walnuts start to brown (3-4 minutes)
3. Add garlic& cook until soft (1 minute)
4. Remove from heat, stir in cheese, basil, parsley, cream, salt and pepper
5. Toss with cooked linguine.