Rustic Radish Soup

This recipe is from Food52.com (with only very slight modifications and notes). You can use any type of radish. Currently both the meat radish bulbs and greens are beautiful and are delicious in this soup. Great with crusty bread. If you prefer a totally smooth soup, just throw all ingredients together and cook until soft and then puree.

Ingredients:

  • 2 meat radishes including their greens or 1 bunch regular radishes(your choice to peel or not-peel for a milder, smoother soup)
  • 2tablespoons butter
  • 1large red onion, chopped
  • 1large leek, sliced
  • 4 small potatoes, cut into eighths (your choice to peel or not-peel for a smoother soup)
  • 1small achovy, packed in oil and chopped (optional for flavor)
  • 1/4cup flat leaf parsley
  • Pinch of sea salt to taste
  • Pink or black fresh milled peppercorns, to taste
  • 3/4cup light cream or half and half
  • water
  • Flat leaf parsley and fresh radish rosettes for optional garnish

Directions:

  1. As soon as you get home, remove the leafy greens from your radishes. Wash them thoroughly and use them in this recipe well before they begin to turn ugly and useless. Saute the chopped onion and leek in butter.
  2. Add the potatoes (peeled or not) and optional chopped anchovy. Cover with water (@1 inch above contents); add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are completely soft (@30-35 minutes).
  3. Add the fresh radish greens and chopped parsley. Simmer about 5 minutes. Let cool a bit and puree using an immersion blender or transfer to a blender/food processor.
  4. Return to pot, if you have transferred to process. Bring back to a simmer. Finely chop about 1/2-3/4 cup of the fresh radishes and sprinkle with salt. Add these to the pot and cook until tender. Cut some additional raw radishes as rosettes and place in ice water in fridge for an optional garnish later if you like, either in the soup or alongside in a salad. 
  5. Stir the cream in to the pot, warm, but do not boil. Serve with an optional garnish of chopped parsley with a radish rosette, finishing salt and pepper to taste, and a toasted and buttered slice of artisan bread.

Roasted Delicata Squash and Pears (with or without bacon)

This recipe comes from EatingWell.com. Delicata is perfect roasted plain, but this dish is great for a change of pace.

Ingredients:

1 large delicata (or approx 1 pound)

2 firm, but ripe, pears, sliced

2 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 slices bacon (optional)

1 T maple syrup or brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder

2 T water

Directions:

Halve delicate and scoop out seeds. Cut into 1/4 inch slices (skin stays on!). Toss with pears, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and roast in 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until soft.

Meanwhile, cook bacon. Drain on paper towels. Leave 2 tsp bacon fat in pan and add remaining ingredients, except cooked bacon. (Just add the other ingredients to the pan if not using bacon). Once warm and slightly thickened, stir into squash and pears and crumble bacon on top. 

 

 

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples

There are many fabulous ways to stuff a squash - here's our first recipe of the season, which includes celery and apples, in abundance at the farm at present. 

Ingredients:

2 acorn squash (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise and seeded                                               3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing                                                             salt and freshly ground pepper                                                                                                              3/4 cups diced celery                                                                                                                                    1 leek, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick                                                                1 apple, peeled and diced                                                                                                                                  1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme                                                                                                   approximately 3 cups 10 old sourdough or heavy bread—crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch dice                                                                                                                                               4 ounces vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts or raw pecans or walnuts                                                         1/4 cup chopped parsley                                                                                                                                     1/8 - 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk                                                                                                                      1/3 cup vegetable stock or broth

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Brush the cut sides of the squash with olive oil and season the cavities with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut side down on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, until just tender. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add the celery, leeks and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the apples and thyme and cook over moderately high heat until the apples just start to soften, about 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl. Add the bread, chestnuts, parsley, cream and enough stock to moisten and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Turn the squash cut side up. Spoon the stuffing into the cavities and bake until the squash are tender and the stuffing is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve.

 

 

 

Tomato Leek Sauce

This recipe is adapted from the Washington Post. It is delicious and versatile. Serve it over any cooked grain (try the barley, wheat berries or triticale from the farm), over potatoes, pasta, fish or chicken for an easy meal. Add a hot pepper for some heat or some fennel or fennel seeds for a change of pace. 

Ingredients:     

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups thinly sliced cleaned leeks (white and light-green parts)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 sprigs thyme

4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped, plus their juices

1/3 cup sauvignon blanc or other dry white wine

Coarse or flaky sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the leeks, garlic and thyme. Stir to coat, and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but not browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes plus their juices and the wine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. The mixture will thicken and begin to look like a chunky sauce. 

Discard the thyme sprigs. Taste, and adjust the seasoning before serving or cooling and storing.

 

Gazpacho

This recipes was contributed by shareholder, Erika Zeros. Especially great when made in advance and chilled well! I added a few notes for variation.
 

Perfect for high summer when the tomatoes are going crazy and it's too hot to cook! If multi-colored tomatoes are available be sure to include a few and chop them for beautiful contrast.

Makes about 10 cups

1 medium-sized cucumber
5 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes
1 medium-sized red onion, diced, about 1 C (white onion or scallions will work)
1 or 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies, seeded and minced.
1/4 C chopped fresh basil (can go with cilantro for a different flavor)
Salt and pepper
2 or 3 T Champagne or white wine vinegar

minced garlic (if desired)

A few basil leaves for garnish.


1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Dice and set aside.
2. Peel the tomatoes. (Boiling water method: Score the bottom of each tomato with an X. Drop into boiling water for about 10 seconds, just long enough to loosen their skins. Rinse under cold water to cool them, then slip off the skins.) Cut tomatoes in half and take out the core. Place a mesh strainer over a bowl. Over the strainer, squeeze out the juice and seeds. Save the juice to add to the soup and discard the seeds.
3. Puree half of the tomatoes in a blender or food processor and coarsely chop the rest. Combine all of the tomatoes, tomato juice, onion, cucumber, chilies, and basil in a large bowl. Scoop out about 3 cups of the combined soup and return to the blender to puree. Return puree to the large bowl.
4. Season with 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons vinegar and stir well.
5. Refrigerate and let sit for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow flavors to develop. Add salt, pepper, and more vinegar if needed. Serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Tip: if the soup is too acidic, add a few pinches of sugar to balance the flavors before serving.

Calabacitas

This recipe was contributed by shareholder, Erika Zeros. She said it is a recipes she modified from The Moosewood cookbook. Tastes great with Mi Tierra corn tortillas or homemade tortillas made with Four Star Farm corn or wheat flour! I Added a few notes, for flexibility if we are short on a crop. Thanks Erika!

A vegetable melange influenced by Pueblo cuisine.

Yield: 4 servings

1 T olive oil
1 C minced onion (or scallions)
1 c miniced anaheim and/or poblano chilis (or other hot pepper)
1/2 t salt
1 - 2 t pure ground chile powder (optional)
2 C diced zucchini (about 10 oz, or 2 6-inch zukes) - may use yellow squash
2 C corn kernels (cut from 2 ears, or defrosted frozen corn)
2 t minced garlic
1 C cooked pinto beans
Grated jack,  cheddar cheese or chipotle cheddar (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper
Squeezable wedges of lime
Grilled flour or corn tortillas

1. Place a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for a minute or 2. Add the olive oil, wait about 30 seconds, then swirl to coat the pan.
2. When the cooking surface is hot enough to sizzle a bread crumb, add the onion, chiles, salt, and optional chile powder, and cook, stirring frequently for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables become quite soft.
3. Add the zucchini, corn, garlic, and beans, and continue to cook, stirring gently to avoid breaking the beans, for about 5 minutes longer, or until the zucchini is just tender. (Don't overcook the zucchini.) Remove the pan from the heat.
4. Sprinkle in grated cheese to taste, if desired, and stir to distribute it as it melts. Add black pepper (an possibly more salt) to taste. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, with squeezable wedges of lime and a tortilla for each serving.

(modified from Moosewood)

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

2 hot jalapenos, seeds removed(or other hot pepper to taste)

2 cups loosely packed cilantro

1/2 cup sour cream (or mix of 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 yogurt)

2 cloves garlic

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

salt to taste

1/4 - 1/2 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Use as sauce for fish, meat or tofu or as dip for bread, french fries or veggies.

 

Tomato Bruschetta

Ingredients:

4 medium tomatoes

1 T minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped basil (or to taste)

chopped parsley to taste

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

hot pepper flakes (optional)

crusty bread

 

To Make:

For best results, I like to chop tomatoes, lightly salt and let them drain for 1/2-1 hour. I put the strainer over the bowl and use the juice to throw into soup or stew. Add all remaining ingredients, except bread, and it is ready! It is great refrigerated too. If I am in a rush, it is also great with freshly chopped tomatoes. Delicious served on sliced sourdough or french bread that has been drizzled with oil and crisped in the oven AND with a slice of fresh mozzarella. 

 

 

 

 

Hot Weather Baba Ghanoush

I have long made baba ghanoush, but only this year was I so inspired to cook the eggplant outside to keep the kitchen as cool as possible. This is a flexible recipe and you may cook the eggplant in your oven, but I tried it outside and loved staying cool and loved the taste. The recipe may be cut in half. Experiment with how much of each ingredient you like. 

2 pounds eggplant (about 4 medium)

2 T tahini

4 T lemon juice

1 clove garlic (roasted garlic is also delicious in this recipe)

parsley

salt to taste

olive oil to taste

Place eggplant on medium hot grill and bake approximately 25-35 minutes, or until outside is charred and center is super soft. If the juice drips out, that's great. Let cool slightly and scoop eggplant out into colander or salad spinner. Let drip in colander for 1/2 hour or spin to get some of the water out (it will be creamier and thicker if you do this step). Add additional ingredients, except parsley and olive oil, and puree in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. Add olive oil, if desired, to make in creamier. Add a little cayenne or zatar to spice it up. Serve with pita, flatbread, veggies or crackers. Great in a pita sandwich stuffed with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. 

Stuffed Cucumbers

I first remember a recipe similar to this from a Mollie Katzen cookbook, but could not find it in any of my current books.  This is adapted from a recipe I found this at food.com. I used almonds instead of walnuts, but otherwise followed the recipe. It it great as an appetizer or side dish. I preferred it within a few hours of making it, as the cukes start to release some of their water after about four hours and lose a bit of their crunch. I highly encourage experimenting with this recipe - dill, yogurt, sour cream, fennel fronds, olives, smoked paprika, hot peppers......

1/2 cup nuts - walnuts were in original recipe, I loved raw almonds

1/4 cup parsley

1/2 cup feta

1/4 cup milk

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne

4 medium cukes

Halve cukes and cut out seed to make a cuke boat. Throw everything else together in a food processor and process until well mixed, with little bits of nut. Fill your boats and serve as an appetizer or side dish.

Beet Burgers

This is a crew favorite which comes from Recipes from America's Small Farms, by Joanne Lamb Hayes and Lori Stein, that I have adapted. It is a flexible recipe, you can use any root vegetables to equal 4 cups and use any leftover grain (I have used quinoa, spelt, millet,oats and barley - all great). I have made the recipe with rice flour to make it gluten free. 

Ingredients:

2 cups grated beets

2 cups grated carrots

1 cup cooked brown rice (or other cooked grain)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 cup sunflower seeds, best toasted

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sesame seeds, best toasted

1/2 cup grated onion or 3 scallions chopped finely

3 T whole wheat flour

3 T chopped parsley

2-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or minced

2 T soy sauce

Optional - add a dash of cayenne or some finely chopped hot pepper to spice it up

Preheat oven to 350. Generously oil a baking sheet. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Form into patties and place on baking sheet. Bake approximately 25 minutes, or until browning on bottom and easily flippable without falling apart. Flip and back until just beginning to brown on the other side. The flipping is not necessary, but makes for a nice burger.

 

 

 

Zucchini Pizza Crust

I have tried many zucchini pizza crusts and this one was the most like crust, rather than casserole. It is quite easy to make and if you go into production mode, you can freeze some for a quick, easy meal later. Because it has cheese in the crust, I have been enjoying loading it with sautéed vegetables and olives. A nice layer or pesto spread on top or veggies with goat cheese are also great!

Ingredients:

8 cups shredded zucchini

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (try 4 stars from the farm shop!)

1 egg, beaten

1-2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

basil and oregano (fresh is best) chopped fine, to taste

salt

 

Heat oven to 450. If you have a pizza stone, heat it. Line pizza stone, pizza pan or baking sheet with parchment paper, or oil well and sprinkle with coarse corn meal. Combine all ingredients until well integrated. Press dough out to desired thickness. Bake in preheated oven until crisp on bottom and beginning to brown on top. Remove from oven, put toppings on and return until toppings are done, approximately 10-15 minutes. You may also freeze or refrigerate the crust at this point for later use. 

 

 

Currant Bread

This recipe comes via our daughter Anna, via "Kitchen Heals Soul." Former farm apprentice, Will Caulkins, was a huge fan. It is a very easy recipe, but unusual and sure to surprise and please others. Despite using whole grain flour in most everything, Anna says white flour is a must here.

Ingredients:

2 c flour

1 ¼ c sugar

2 t baking powder

½ t salt

½ c milk

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

½ c oil

2 c currants

sliced almonds/walnuts

turbinado sugar

 

Directions:

1.     preheat oven to 350

2.     mix all ingredients

3.     either makes 1 loaf or 12 muffins

4.     bake about 25 mins

Cold Cucumber, Barley, Yogurt and Dill Soup

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cooked and cooled barley or spelt berries (cook 3/4 cups of barley in 1 3/4 cup water by bringing to boil, turning down to simmer with lid on and cooking until done - approx. 40 minutes)

1 cucumber, roughly chopped (remove seeds if you do not like them)

1 clove garlic

1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

1 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup water or cold vegetable stock

hot pepper (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Puree cucumber, dill, hot pepper (if desired), yogurt and water or stock until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in barley and chill for at least an hour for best flavor (though you can serve right away). Place a few slices of cucumber and a sprinkling of dill on just before serving. 

Cumin Slaw

Ingredients:

1/2 small head of cabbage (any type)

1 carrot

1 tsp toasted cumin seeds

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp prepared mustard

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients, except cabbage and carrots. Slice cabbage very thin and grate carrot. Mix altogether and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if made at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise

This recipe comes from a beloved cookbook, Whole Grains for a New Generation, by Liana Krissoff. I have made a few small changes. The original recipe calls for frying the patties in a pan. I oil a baking sheet and bake in the oven, but both methods are good. I have also put these on foil on the grill with great results. If you do not have smoked paprika, I believe it is worth the trip to the store. Once hot peppers come in, sub the cayenne with finely chopped hot peppers from the farm. Be sure to check out the cookbook for more great whole grain recipes. 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups black beans

1 medium carrot, grated 

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 Tablespoons lime juice

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 1/2 cup cooked fine or medium grind bulgur wheat

2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

In a food processor, puree the beans, carrots, cilantro, lime juice, 2 T of oil, salt, cumin, cayenne and smoked paprika. Add 1/2 the bulgur and puree until combined, then transfer to big bowl and add remaining bulgur and stir together by hand. Shape into 6 patties and coat each side with bread crumbs, if desired. 

Oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Place patties on baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until bottoms are beginning to brown. Flip and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until brown. 

Can be served as a typical burger, bun, etc, or on top of a salad. Great with cilantro mayonnaise and cumin slaw (search cilantro and cabbage in recipe section for those recipes).

 

 

 

 

Fresh Red or White Currant and Poppy Seed Bread

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, room temp

1  cup sugar

zest from one orange or lemon (I love orange here)

 1/2 tsp orange or lemon extract

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry or white flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup fresh red or white currants

2 - 4 Tablespoons poppy seeds

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Cream butter, sugar, and orange or lemon zest and extract until fluffy. Add eggs and buttermilk and mix well. Pour flour, baking powder, and salt on top. Stir just until combined and then fold poppyseeds and currants in gently. Pour into loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until light brown and a toothpick comes out clean. 

 

 

 

 

Tofu with Thai Curry Sauce

I love this recipe, originally from The Eating Well Diabetes Cookbook (2005). I use it with pretty much any vegetables and it never fails me. I add carrots or sweet potatoes, when available. Colored peppers do add a lot of pizazz though, so I usually wait until pepper season. 

Sauce:

1 cup coconut milk

2 - 4 T fresh, chopped cilantro

1 tsp red curry paste

1/2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Tofu and Veggies:

14 ounces firm or extra firm tofu

2 tsp olive oil

4 cups greens (kale, chard, spinach, tatsoi, arugula, etc)

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, if available

Directions:

Mix sauce ingredients, except cilantro, together in a bowl. 

Drain tofu and pat dry. Cut into 1/2 inch slabs and coarsely pull into pieces. Heat oil on high and toss tofu in until edges are browning. Add sauce ingredients and stir. Add veggies and cook until just soft. If I am adding carrots or sweet potatoes, I add them first and cook for 5 minutes before adding the greens. I add peppers last, as I like them lightly cooked. Throw cilantro on top. Serve with a wedge of lime over rice. 

Cabbage Slaw with Peanuts

Ingredients:

6 cups thinly sliced cabbage (napa, green or red or mix of all is good)

6 scallions, thinly sliced (or one red onion)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons peeled, minced fresh ginger

2 tsp soy sauce

1/2 cup roasted peanuts

salt and pepper to taste

Optional: grated carrots or daikon, sliced red pepper, garlic

 

Whisk oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and salt and pepper to taste. Mix with veggies. Cover and chill.