Week Seven: Don’t let Zucchini and Summer Squash perish on your watch!

I hope you’re enjoying the heat and the abundance of wonderful CSA veggies from Groundswell…I sure am! This week focuses on a few wonderful uses for zucchini and summer squash. These delicate vegetables need to be used sooner than later after pick-up, and here are a few great ways! You’ll notice that, with the exception of the zucchini bread, these recipes also make great use of fresh herbs and scallions!

Zucchini-and-Pecorino Frittata
Recipe Credit: Orangette

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1-1 ½ lb zucchini, thinly sliced into half-circles
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
6 large eggs (preferably free-range, please)
S & P
½ cup good-quality Pecorino Romano, grated

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 Tbs olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add basil and remove from heat. Drain in colander.

Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk with a fork. Add salt and pepper and cheese, stirring to mix. Add zucchini and onion and stir to mix evenly.

Heat remaining Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add egg mixture, using fork to distribute evenly over pan. Reduce heat to low and cook until set, 12 to 15 minutes or so. Remove from heat and slide frittata onto a large plate. Place skillet over plate, and invert frittata back into skillet. Cook a few minutes more. Invert frittata onto plate to serve. Eat at room temperature or cold. Serves 6-8 as a first course or 4 as a main dish.

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Zucchini Bread
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

Yield: 2 loaves or approximately 24 muffins

3 large eggs
1 cup (235 ml) olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 (350 grams) cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon (6 grams) table salt
1/2 cup (55 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup (115 grams) dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. (See those pictures of the cakes inside their non-stick pans? Yup, they’re pretty much hanging out in there for the time being.) Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.

Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.

Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

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Zucchini Fritters
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters

1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
1 teaspoon coarse or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste
2 scallions, split lengthwise and sliced thin
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying

To serve (optional)
1 cup sour cream or plain, full-fat yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinches of salt
1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.

Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a box grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor. The

In a large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Wring out the zucchini in one of the following ways: pressing it against the holes of a colander with a wooden spoon to extract the water, squeezing out small handfuls at a time, or wrapping it up in a clean dishtowel or piece of cheese cloth and wringing away. You’ll be shocked (I was!) by the amount of liquid you’ll lose, but this is a good thing as it will save the fritters from sogginess.

Return deflated mass of zucchini shreds to bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from more salt (most rinses down the drain), add a little bit more; we found 1/4 teaspoon more just right. Stir in scallions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.

In a large heavy skillet — cast iron is dreamy here — heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet only a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula. Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned underneath again, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting and getting extra crisp.

For the topping, if using, stir together the sour cream, lemon juice, zest, salt and garlic and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving. These fritters are also delicious with a poached or fried egg on top, trust me.

Do ahead: These fritters keep well, either chilled in the fridge for the better part of a week and or frozen in a well-sealed package for months. When you’re ready to use them, simply spread them out on a tray in a 325 degree oven until they’re hot and crisp again.

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Zucchini Toasts
Recipe Credit: Sprouted Kitchen

1 Fresh Whole Grain Loaf
4 Zucchini (About 2 1/2 Cups when diced)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2-3 tsp. Lemon Pepper
1 tsp. Fennel Seed (optional)
Sea Salt (If your Lemon Pepper Blend DOESN’T have salt already)

1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tbsp. Minced Shallot
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Fresh Parsley + Mint (about 1/3 cup of each)

Oven to 475′

1. Cut both end off the zucchini. Cut each in half length wise, then each long half into 4 sticks, dice. Repeat with remaining zucchini.
2. Spread zucchini on a large baking sheet, drizzle the olive oil and lemon pepper, optional fennel seed, and salt IF needed. The zucchini should have a very light coating of oil, add a bit more if need be. Use your preferences on the amount of spices too. Spread to make one even layer on the baking tray for more browning. Bake on the upper third rack for 18-20 minutes, or until they’ve got some good crispy edges. Remove to cool.
3. While zucchini is roasting, mix the ricotta, mustard and shallot together in a small bowl, set aside.
4. Chop even amounts parsley and mint, about 1/3 cup in total.
5. Toast your bread slices, I thought 1/2” thick was perfect. Spread a few dollops of the ricotta mix, a sprinkle of the herb mix, pile zucchini on top, and another sprinkle of herbs.

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Summer Squash and Herb Pie
Recipe Credit: My friend Linnea who works on a CSA farm in Wisconsin

Butter-only pie crust:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup butter, very cold, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6-8 tablespoon ice water

Combine flour, salt & sugar. Combine butter with pastry cutter or food processor.  Slowly add very cold water until you get a thick dough consistency.  Roll out and fit into pie pan. Chill in pie pan while you prepare your filling ingredients.

Filling:
¼ cup butter or vegetable oil
4-5 scallions, chopped
4 cups thinly sliced summer squash of any kind
¼ cup chopped parsley
5-6 basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons herb of your choice (dill or oregano make fine choices)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs, beaten
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons mustard

Heat the butter or oil in the pan and add all the remaining vegetables, herbs and spices. Sauté the mixture together on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Add the eggs and mozzarella to the summer squash mixture. Spread the mustard onto the prepared pie crust, and pour in the remaining summer squash and egg mixture on top. Bake at 375° F for 18-20 minutes, until top is beginning to turn golden brown. Rest the pie a few minutes out of the oven before digging in.

Wishing you happiness and tasty kitchen success using your zucchini and summer squash!

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Week Six: The Moosewood Edition

During a road trip this past weekend, I had the opportunity to eat at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. I’ve been a fan of their cookbooks for a long time, so it was pretty amazing to be in their restaurant space and eat their delicious, flavorful and unpretentious food. I picked up another one of their cookbooks, so this week’s recipes will include four from their collection, and a Chard Burger that sounds great from Farmer Tom!

Sugar Snap Peas and Radishes with Orange & Mustard
Coconut oil
Sugar Snap Peas
Radishes
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Orange zest
Dijon mustard
Scallions
Salt and Pepper

Using whatever amounts you have on hand, stir together orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard and salt. Saute sugar snap peas (or snow peas) and sliced radishes in coconut oil for a minute. Add some water and cook until just tender. Drain and add the orange juice, zest and mustard. Top with scallions, and season with salt and pepper to your tastes.

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Chopped Broccoli Salad
4 cups chopped broccoli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. maple syrup
4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 c. currants
1 c. seeded and finely chopped bell pepper
2 TBSP sliced scallions or snipped fresh chives

Slice off thick bottoms of broccoli. Finely chop the forest and small step shoots. Cut larger stems lengthwise into halves or quarters and then thinly slice.

In a medium serving bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sweetener, vinegar, salt and black pepper. Fold in the broccoli, currants, bell peppers and scallions.chives. Set aside to allow flavors to meld for at least 30 minutes.

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Asian Slaw
3 cups thinly sliced cabbage (pick your favorite – Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Green)
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped scallions

Dressing
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 tsp. dark sesame oil
2 TBSP vinegar (rice, white or apple cider)
1 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 TBSP soy sauce
2 tsp. brown sugar
dash of chili oil or Chinese Chili Paste

Combine cabbage, carrots and scallions in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss well. As a variation, you could wilt the slaw just a bit by heating the oil up and tossing it over the vegetables with the rest of the dressing ingredients.

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Pasta Primavera
1 pound pasta (such as penne)
1 TBSP olive oil
6 garlic cloves or garlic scapes
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
2 small zucchini, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. salt
1 cup freshly shelled peas
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano

Boil water for the pasta. In a large skillet or pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic, red onion and carrot sticks. Saute for a minute or two, stirring. Add the bell peppers and zucchini and continue to saute for a few minutes.

Start cooking your pasta if you haven’t already!

Add the tomatoes and wine, which will quickly bubble and steam. Add the salt and finish cooking the veggies until just tender. Stir in the peas and basil. Season with black pepper and salt, if needed.

When the pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking water. In a large bowl, toss pasta with half the grated cheese and reserved cooking water. Drizzle the pasta with a little olive oil. Top the pasta with the vegetables and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese. Enjoy!

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Farmer Tom’s Chard Burgers
I love this great idea from our wonderful farmers:

1. Saute one bunch of chopped chard stems for 10 minutes.  Add chard leaves and saute 10 more minutes.
2. Mix 1 lb.beef hamburger, thawed, with cooked chard, 2 T salsa and 1 T refried beans
3. Add 1 tsp each of oregano, black pepper, turmeric, cumin & salt or your favorite spices
4. Thinly coat bottom of pan with oil to fry each batch of burgers (the added ingredients make them stick without oil)
5. Fry at medium heat
Picky kids will love this!  Our 3-year-old son has a strict “no leaf” policy, but gobbles these up.
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Week Five: Greens! Beets! Scallions! Radishes!

Happy Holiday weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July and all the amazing weather we had. We road tripped to Wisconsin to stay with friends at their farm for a few days. It was wonderful, and we were glad to be back to our side of Lake Michigan tonight. This week’s post brings a great beet salad, a kale salad that uses broccoli, carrots and radishes (in addition to other vegetables), scallion pancakes, garlic scape-white bean dip to use with kohlrabi sticks, carrots sticks, sugar snap peas and more, and pasta with pesto and greens.

The Kitchen Beet - Beet Salad

Beets and Blackberries Salad
recipe credit: The Kitchen Beet

salad
6 medium-sized beets, tops removed and scrubbed
4 oz organic blackberries
5 oz greens (any kind!)
large handful slivered almonds or chopped pecans
4 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled

dijon-shallot dressing
1/4 c good olive oil
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 shallots
2 tsp dijon mustard
sea salt + freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the beets individually in aluminum foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast them for 45 – 55 min. A small, sharp knife inserted in the middle will indicate they are tender. Unwrap each beet and set aside for 10 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, saute the shallots in a little olive oil over medium heat until just caramelized – about 5 minutes. Mix the shallots with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and about 2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of freshly ground pepper. Whisk until emulsified, then set aside.

You should be able to very easily peel the skin off of the beets. After you peel them, cut into cubes and place in a large bowl. Pour half of the dressing over the beets, and mix to coat completely. Add the arugula, and mix again. Top with the blackberries, almonds and goat cheese. Drizzle a little more dressing over the top, and add salt and pepper if needed.

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Scallion Pancakes
recipe credit:The Kitchn

2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup warm water
Oil for the pancakes, such as vegetable, sesame, or shortening
Coarse kosher salt
1 bunch scallions
High smoke point oil for the pan, such as vegetable, canola, or peanut oil

1. Make the dough and let it rest: Mix 2 1/2 cups flour with 1 cup water until it forms a smooth dough. Knead by doubling the dough over and pressing it down repeatedly, until the dough is even more smooth and very elastic. Coat this ball of dough lightly in oil and put it back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the dough: Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Lightly oil the back of a large metal baking sheet (or a smooth stone countertop or pastry board). Roll out one part of the dough on the back of the baking sheet. Roll until it is a thin rectangle at least 12 x 9 inches.

3. Chop the scallions: Finely chop the bunch of scallions. (I usually use the green tops and just the very top of the white parts.) Set them on your work surface along with a small bowl of kosher salt.

4. Top the dough: Lightly brush the top of the dough with oil, then sprinkle it evenly with chopped scallions and kosher salt.

5. Roll up the dough: Starting from the long end, roll the dough up tightly, creating one long snake of rolled-up dough.

6. Cut in half: Cut the dough snake in two equal parts.

7. Coil the dough and let it rest: Take one of these halves and coil into a round dough bundle. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes and ideally longer, while you repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

8. Roll out the coil: Pat a coiled dough bundle into a flat, smooth, round pancake. You can do this with a rolling pin or with your hands.

9. Cook the pancake for 2 minutes: Heat a 10-inch heavy skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, and oil it with a drizzle of canola, vegetable, or peanut oil. When the oil shimmers, pick up the pancake dough and lay it gently in the pan. It should sizzle, but not burn. Cook for 2 minutes on one side.

10. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes: Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side, or until golden brown. Repeat steps 9-11 with the rest of the pancake dough coils.

Cut the pancake into wedges with a pair of kitchen scissors, and serve immediately with soy sauce or another dipping sauce.

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Garlic Scape and White Bean Dip
recipe credit: The New York Times

1/3 cup sliced garlic scapes (3 to 4)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, more to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling.

1. In a food processor, process garlic scapes with lemon juice, salt and pepper until finely chopped. Add cannellini beans and process to a rough purée.

2. With motor running, slowly drizzle olive oil through feed tube and process until fairly smooth. Pulse in 2 or 3 tablespoons water, or more, until mixture is the consistency of a dip. Add more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice, if desired.

3. Spread out dip on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with more salt.

Dip some of your CSA veggies in the dip – sugar snap peas, carrots sticks, kohlrabi sticks…we have so many wonderful options!

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My Favorite Kale Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing
recipe credit: The Kitchen Beet 

kale salad with chopped raw veggies, cranberries and sunflower seeds
1 bunch of mixed kale (approximately 10 leaves), cut into thin ribbons
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into small pieces, florets only
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces, florets only
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces, florets only
3 medium radishes, very thinly sliced into half moons
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. dried cranberries or cherries
parsley to garnish (optional)

lemon-dijon dressing
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 TBSP dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
generous amount of freshly ground pepper
sea salt
2/3 c. olive oil

Prepare dressing by gently whisking all ingredients except olive oil in a small mixing bowl with a pour spout. Add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until dressing is emulsified.

Wash and dry all veggies. Remove the stem from each kale leaf, then stack a couple of leaves at a time and cut into thin kale ribbons. Add kale to a large bowl, then massage with just enough dressing to coat leaves. Let the kale tenderize with the dressing while you prepare the rest of the salad. Chop broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and carrots into very small pieces. Cut radishes in half after you remove tops, then slice as thin as possible. Add veggies to kale, top with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries/cherries and drizzle with as much of the dressing as desired. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to garnish.

Note: If you are saving some for lunch the next day, don’t add the extra dressing until then. Kale Yeah!

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Brazil Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta
recipe credit: Deliciously Ella Cookbook

scant 1 c. brazil nuts
1/3 c. pine nuts
1 1/2 avocados
2 big handfuls of arugula
big handful of basil leaves
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
1/2 c. olive oil, plus extra for veggies
salt and pepper
1 pound pasta of your choice (regular, whole wheat, brown rice, other gluten free)
2 zucchini
1 head of broccoli
1 2/3 c. of shelled peas

Put brazil nuts and since nuts in food processor and pulse for about a minute until completely crushed. Add avocado flesh, arugula, basil leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper. Blend again until you have a smooth, creamy pesto.

Next, cook pasta.

While pasta cooks, chop zucchini into thin slices and broccoli into bite-sized pieces and place together in a frying pan with a little olive oil and salt and paper. Saute for 5 – 7 minutes and just tender.

While these cook, place peas into a saucepan of cold water and cook them until the water boils, then drain them.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, toss it with pesto, peas and sautéed veggies. Enjoy!

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Week Four: Roasted Carrots, Summer Smoothie, Bento Bowl and More!

I am really enjoying the beautiful, delicious produce we’re receiving this year, as I’m sure you are! It’s always fun as the variety continues to grow! I hope you enjoy this week’s recipes. If there is a specific ingredient you’d like a recipe for, or you’ve really enjoyed one of the recipes, please feel free to share in the comments! I want to make this space as useful as possible for you all.

Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Coriander Tahini Sauce
recipe credit: Oh She Glows Cookbook

2 bunches carrots
1 TBSP grapeseed oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp black pepper

For the sauce:
2 TBSP tahini
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Trim the stems off the carrots, leaving a couple of inches of the stem intact. Wash the carrots and gently pat dry. Peel, or leave as is, based on your preference. Place carrots on baking sheet.

Drizzle carrots with oil and roll them on sheet until oil is evenly dispersed. Sprinkle with salt, cumin seed, coriander seed and pepper. Space out 1/2 inch or so on the tray.

Roast carrots for 15 – 20 min, or until they are just fork-tender but still a bit firm. Be sure not to overcook. Make the tahini sauce while they are cooking by whisking all ingredients together.

Plate carrots and drizzle sauce on top. Any leftover sauce can be served on the side for dipping.

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Kale-Berry Smoothie
recipe credit: The Kitchen Beet

1 c. kale, washed & dried with stem removed
1 c. mixed frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1 frozen banana (it’s okay if it’s not frozen)
1/2 c. plain greek yogurt
2 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP honey
1 c. ice cold water

Layer kale, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, banana and frozen berries in blender with water. Blend on high until well-mixed. Enjoy!

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Kohlrabi-Carrot Fritters with Avocado Cream Sauce and Green Onions 
recipe credit: A Couple Cooks 

2 kohlrabi
1 carrot
1 egg
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup grapeseed or vegetable oil (enough for ¼-inch depth in a large skillet)

The Sauce:
½ avocado
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ lemon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Green onions (for garnish)

Cut the leaves off the kohlrabi and peel the bulb. Peel 1 carrot. Shred the vegetables in a food processor, or by hand using a grater. Squeeze the shredded vegetables in a tea cloth (or with your hands) to remove moisture, then add to a medium bowl with 1 egg, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Mix to combine.

Place ½ cup oil in a large skillet (enough for ¼-inch depth). Heat the oil over medium high heat, then place small patties of the fritter mixture into the oil. Fry on one side until browned, then fry on the other side. Remove and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil.

In a small bowl, mix ½ avocado, ¼ cup plain yogurt, juice from ½ lemon, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt to make the avocado cream (or blend the ingredients together in a food processor).

Serve fritters with avocado cream and sliced green onions.

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Easy Southwest Salad with Cilantro Dressing
recipe credit: Food Network

4 cups chopped lettuce (whatever kind you have this week!)
2 avocados, peeled and diced
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
About 3/4 cup (3-ounces) grated pepper jack cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dressing:
1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 or 3 dashes hot sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together the cilantro, oil, lime juice and hot sauce.

In a large serving bowl, add the lettuce, avocado, corn, beans, tomatoes, and cheese. Add the dressing and toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

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Peanut Sauce Bento Bowl
recipe credit: Sprouted Kitchen 

12 oz. Extra Firm Tofu
1/2 lb. Soba or Rice Noodles
1 Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
4 Baby Bok Choy
2 Carrots, Shaved with a Vegetable Peeler
Half a Cucumber, Sliced on a Bias
4 green onions, Halved Length Wise
Sesame Oil
Cilantro for Garnish
1/3 Cup Pickled Ginger

Peanut Sauce:
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Light Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1 tbsp. Tamari/Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 tsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. Agave
1 Shallot, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. Canola/Peanut Oil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the noodles. Drain and press the tofu. Cut it into cubes and saute on medium heat with 1 tsp. sesame oil until lightly browned. Be gentle so the tofu stays in cube form.

Start the sauce. Saute the the garlic and shallot in the oil to soften, whisk in the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, agave and soy sauce and mix to combine. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes. When all ingredients are warmed through, add the lime juice. Add spices as you wish here.

In a steamer basket, or pan filled 1” with water. Steam the bok choy, scallions and bell peppers for 6 minutes with the lid on (time may vary). Remove.

Cook the noodles according to instructions. Drain and drizzle a little sesame oil to prevent them from sticking. Mix the tofu with desired amount of sauce so it looks like a creamy mess. Lay the tofu on top of the noodles and arrange the bok choy, peppers, cucumber, pickled ginger and shaved carrots along side. Sprinkle everything with sesame seeds and fresh chopped cilantro.

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Week Three: Salads and Pestos!

Welcome to beautiful Week Three, featuring two salads, a slaw, a kale-garlic scape pesto and a balsamic mushroom tart with a parsley-walnut pesto. Let’s head to the kitchen!

Our first two salads intentionally don’t have measurements, so you can make them for one, or make them for a large group, and vary the amount of each ingredient to your liking!

Groundswell - Apple-Blue Cheese-Walnut Salad

Apple-Blue Cheese-Walnut Salad
Mixed lettuces, based on what you picked up, torn
Diced crisp apple
Blue cheese
Chopped walnuts

Spicy Strawberry Salad
Spicy mixed greens + spinach, torn
Sliced strawberries
Chèvre, crumbled
Slivered almonds
Sunflower sprouts (or other sprouts)

Dressing for above salads
2 parts extra-virgin olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
1/2 part honey
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

(So for example, you might do 2 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar and 1/2 TBSP honey with salt and pepper for a salad for one. For a larger group, you might do 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar and 1/8 c. honey with salt and pepper to taste.)

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The Kitchen Beet - Balsamic Mushroom Tart

Balsamic Mushroom Tart with Parsley-Walnut Pesto
recipe credit: my food blog, The Kitchen Beet 

This one is a little more labor-intensive than most of the recipes I’ll be posting, but truly worth the effort! I was delighted at the gorgeous gathering of parsley we all received this week!

The Onions:
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced into thin half moons

The Mushrooms:
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
16 oz. whole baby bella mushrooms, stems cut even with top of mushroom and sliced

The Pesto:
1 large garlic clove
2/3 c. walnuts
1 c. loosely packed fresh parsley, de-stemmed
1/2 c. of your sautéed mushrooms
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 – 2 TBSP water
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

To Assemble:
6 – 7 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
olive oil, for brushing dough
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan
2 – 3 oz. chèvre cheese
handful of fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

In a large skillet/sauce pan, heat 1 TBSP of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and stir. Add the 2 TBSP of balsamic vinegar and stir. Saute for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated. Set aside.

While your mushrooms are cooking, heat the other 1 TBSP of live oil in another large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often. The onions should be soft and lightly caramelized.

To make the parsley-walnut pesto, add garlic, walnuts, parsley, 1/2 cup of your sautéed mushrooms, olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a food processor. You could also do this in a blender. It will take a little longer, and you’ll need to scape down the sides more often, but it works! Pulse to mix everything together. Add 1 – 2 TBSP of water, depending on how much liquid your pesto needs to move around a little easier. Add your salt and pepper and mix everything together well.

To assemble the tart, place one sheet of phyllo dough on the parchment paper on your baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and brush with olive oil again. Repeat until you’ve used 6 – 7 sheets of dough. Keep in mind that phyllo dough can be finicky – if you have two sheets stick together, that’s fine! You just want 6 – 7 total, and at least 3 – 4 layers of brushed olive oil. Do not brush your last layer. Fold the edges of the tart in 1/2 – 1 inch, and brush this crust to help it stick in place.

Add all of your parsley-walnut pesto to the top layer of phyllo dough. Sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over the pesto. Then add your onions and remaining balsamic mushrooms on top. Finally, add chèvre on top in multiple places. You can use as much or as little as you’d like; I like about 2 – 3 oz. worth.

Bake your tart at 350 F for 27 – 30 minutes. Let it cool for 5 – 8 minutes before adding fresh parsley on top, and cutting with a pizza cutter.

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Kohlrabi-Carrot Slaw
recipe credit: The Kitchn 

1 large kohlrabi, peeled, stems trimmed off, grated
1/4 head purple cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/4 c. golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP sugar or sucanat
1 tsp. salt

Combine kohlrabi, purple cabbage, carrots, onion, cilantro and raisins in large bowl. In a small bowl with pourable spout, whisk mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar/sucanat and salt. Pour dressing over slaw and mix fully. Chill for several hours before serving.

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Kale-Garlic Scape Pesto

1  1/2 c. kale, roughly chopped
1/2 c. raw walnuts
1/3 c. chopped garlic scapes
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan
1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor (better) or blender, combine all ingredients except olive oil. Pulse a couple of times to start moving everything towards a chunky puree. With your processor or blender running on low, add olive oil in a stream, increasing the speed as you are able. You may have to stop several times and scrape down the sides, especially if you are using a blender. Process until just combined.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze several batches to you can enjoy this goodness in the middle of next January! See you next week!

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Week Two: Love your Greens!

Welcome to Week Two, full of beautiful greens and more. This week we have recipes for a green smoothie, summer-appropriate soup, simple way to use bok choy, salad and a strawberry tabbouleh to use some of those herbs and scallions, and maybe some local strawberries!

This smoothie is a great way to use kale and spinach, and is even requested by my kids, proving it’s a keeper!

Kale-Spinach-Ginger Smoothie
recipe credit: my personal food blog, The Kitchen Beet 

The Kitchen Beet - Kale Smoothie
1 c. kale
1 c. spinach
1 orange, peeled
1 1/2 c. frozen mango
1/2 lime, squeezed
2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 c. cold water
agave syrup, optional
ice cubes, optional

Layer kale, spinach, orange, ginger, lime juice, frozen mango and water in blender. Blend on high until fully mixed. Add a drizzle of agave syrup if you’d like it a little sweeter, and ice cubes if you’d like it colder. Blend again on high. Drink happy!

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Eat Your Greens Soup
recipe credit: Oh She Glows Cookbook

1 1/2 tsp. coconut oil or olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves (or green garlic!), minced
3 c. cremini or white button mushrooms
1 c. chopped carrots
2 c. chopped broccoli florets
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 1/2 – 3 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
5 c. vegetable broth
2 large nori seaweed sheets, cut into 1-inch strips (optional)
2 c. torn kale leaves
fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the mushrooms, carrots and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.

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Sautéed Bok Choy
recipe credit: The New York Times Cooking

2 TBSP. neutral cooking oil, like coconut
2 garlic cloves, or green garlic, minced
1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lbs. bok choy, washed, dried and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 TBSP soy sauce or tamari
1 TBSP water
sesame oil to drizzle on top

In a large sauté pan with a lid, heat oil over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. Add garlic, ginger and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 45 seconds.

Add bok choy and stir carefully to cover with oil, then cook for approximately 2 minutes. Add soy sauce/tamari and water, then cover pan and cook for approximately 2 minutes more, until steam begins to escape from beneath the lid of the pan.

Uncover and continue to cook until liquid is close to evaporated and stalks are soft to the touch, approximately 3 minutes more. Remove to a warmed platter and drizzle with sesame oil.

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Greek Salad
recipe credit: Simple Suppers Moosewood cookbook

4 c. chopped lettuce
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 red or Visalia onion, thinly sliced
a dozen kalamata olives
1/2 c. feta cheese
cooked quinoa, optional

Dressing:
1/3 c. olive oil
3 TBSP red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano
pinch of black pepper

Fill bowl or platter with lettuce. Arrange all other salad ingredients on top. Add quinoa if you want a little protein boost. Whisk together salad ingredients and pour over salad.

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Strawberry Tabbouleh
recipe credit: The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon cookbook

3/4 c. bulgur wheat
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 scallions
1 pint strawberries
1 English cucumber
1/3 c. finely chopped mint leaves
1/2 c. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1/2 – 3/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 c. feta (optional)

Rinse and drain bulgur. Bring 1 3/4 c. water to boil, add bulgur, turn off heat, cover and set aside for 25 – 30 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in garlic, fluff with fork and set aside to cool.

Thinly slice scallions and add to a large salad bowl. Finely dice strawberries and cucumbers and add to bowl. Add bulgur, mint, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest and juice, seal, pepper and feta and stir everything well. Adjust seasonings if needed.

Have a great weekend!

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Week One: Spring Greens!

Happy first week of Groundswell CSA! My name is Penelope and I’m blogging recipes for you this season! Our family has been members for the last few years, and I’m excited to share recipes and inspiration for using your share each week. I love finding great recipes to use our share, as well as creating my own. I could happily spend all day playing in the kitchen. Here’s to a great season of beautiful, local produce from our great Groundswell farmers!

Baby Greens with Pecans + Pears
recipe credit: Simple Suppers, Moosewood Restaurant

The Salad:
8 cups spicy salad greens or torn leaf lettuce
2 firm, but ripe, pears
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. toasted pecans

The Vinaigrette:
1/3 c. white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 c. extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients until emulsified. Alternatively, you could whirl in the blender for a few seconds.

For the salad, wash and dry your greens. Cut the pears in half, core them and cut into matchsticks or thin slices. Lightly coat the pears with a little dressing to prevent discoloration. In a large salad bowl, toss together the greens and pears. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and pecans. Top with dressing as desired. Store unused vinaigrette in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Spring Greens Power Bowl
recipe credit: my personal food blog, The Kitchen Beet, with inspiration again from Moosewood

2 c. cooked brown rice
3 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP red curry paste
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 spring (green) garlic
4 c. bok choy, chopped into bite-sized pieces
4 c. spinach
2 scallions, white and green parts sliced
1 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 TBSP tamari

First things first – get your brown rice cooking if you don’t already have some ready to go! Then, before you begin to stir-fry, make sure all of your vegetables are chopped and your eggs are beaten. For the green garlic, I chopped the white-purple part, the lighter green and about half of the darker green.

In a large wok over medium-high heat, warm half of the oil (1 1/2 TBSP) with half the red curry paste (1/2 TBSP), half the salt (1/2 tsp.) and a pinch of the chopped green garlic (you’ll cook the rest later). Mash it all together, then pour the eggs in and cook. Keep tilting the pan so the egg spreads, and scrape towards the center as it cooks. Once the eggs are cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces and put in a bowl.

Wipe out your wok and heat the remaining oil, red curry paste and salt. Add the bok choy and the rest of your green garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and scallions and stir-fry until the spinach is just wilted. Add the corn and stir-fry for another minute. Add your 2 cups of brown rice and tamari, stirring until everything is hot. Lastly, add the eggs and give it one final stir. Serve immediately.

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Asparagus, Leek and Green Garlic Soup
recipe credit: slightly adapted from The Bojon Gourmet

1 1/2 lb. asparagus
2 stalks green garlic
2 medium leeks
1 TBSP butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 c. potato, peeled and diced
lemon juice, to taste

1/2 c. whole plain yogurt
zest of one small lemon

Fill a large pot with water bring to a boil. Snap woody ends off of asparagus and discard. Keep heads in tact and slice stems. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, until bright green and crisp-tender. Remove asparagus with tongs and put in a bowl, reserving the asparagus water. Rinse asparagus under cold water to stop cooking.

Trim root ends off of green garlic and leeks. Slice green garlic crosswise into thin rounds and place in a large bowl. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise, then slice white and light green parts into half moons. Place in bowl with green garlic, fill with cool water and separate rings to release any dirt. Rinse green garlic and leeks clean.

Melt butter and olive oil together in soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and green garlic and saute for 5 – 7 minutes, until bright green and tender. Add the salt, potato and about 4 cups of asparagus water to cover veggies. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until potato is very tender, about 10 minutes.

Add asparagus, reserving several heads for garnish, then puree the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. You can add more asparagus water to thin, if needed. Stir in the juice of half a lemon, and add more salt if needed.

Stir together yogurt and lemon zest.

Serve soup in bowls with a dollop of lemony yogurt and a couple of asparagus tips. Will keep in fridge for up to three days.

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Herb Oil
recipe credit: The Sprouted Kitchen, Bowl + Spoon 

This easy recipe is made with parsley and chives, but you could definitely use other herbs!

2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
sea salt and pepper

In a food processor or high-powered blender, blitz the parsley, chives, olive oil, lemon zest and pinch of salt and pepper until mostly smooth. Use to top grain dishes, eggs, pasta, toast with avocado and tomatoes and more!

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Wild Rice Gratin with Kale, Caramelized Onions and Baby Swiss
recipe credit: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 

Wild Rice:
5 c. cooked wild rice blend (from 1 2/3 c. uncooked)

Caramelized Onions + Kale:
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
2 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. table salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 c. stemmed, ribboned kale leaves

Other:
2 c. coarsely grated baby swiss cheese
2 TBSP unsalted butter (1 TBSP to grease dish; 1 TBSP melted, for crumbs)
3/4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 c. fine, dry breadcrumbs
table salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook rice according to package directions and preheat oven to 375 F. Meanwhile, caramelized the onions by heating butter and olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium -low heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until they’re tender and sweet, stirring occasionally. This should take about 30 minutes. Add the kale ribbons and cook until the wilt a bit, about 5 minutes. Stir onion-kale mixture, cooked wild rice and 1 cup of grated baby swiss in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Assemble the gratin by coating a 2-quart baking dish with 1 TBSP butter. Pour your bowl of wild rice, onions, kale and swiss into baking dish. Pour broth over it, then cover with remaining cheese. Toss breadcrumbs with 1 TBSP of melted butter and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on top of the cheese.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until a little bubbly and beginning to brown on top.

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I look forward to bringing you more ideas next week for your greens. Let me know how these recipes turn out for you when you try them!

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