Basic Pesto Recipe

To me, pesto is just a word for some green leaves, some ground up with some nuts or seeds, salt, oil and maybe some cheese or lemon or lime juice. It tastes great with all sorts of variations. Use the general proportions below and see what suits your fancy.  Or use whatever you need to use up from your share. I frequently throw in a mix of greens - a handful of basil, arugula and parsley, for example. You can use nuts or seeds or cheese, or not. As a general rule, green things in the brassica family, like cabbage and broccoli, get a bit on the smelly side when ground up. I usually steer clear of them for this use.

Ingredients

2 cups green leaves (basil, cilantro, arugula, wild picked amaranth, dill, mustard greens.......)

2 - 6 tablespoons nuts or seeds (walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds.......)

2 large cloves garlic or 1 garlic scape

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese

directions

Place nuts or seeds, cheese and garlic or scape in food processor. Pulse to chop finely. Add greens and oil. Pulse until smooth. Add a dash of lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavor, if desired, or pour it on top of packed pesto to maintain bright green color. 

 

 

 

Cabbage & Carrot Slaw

1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
4 cups finely shredded green cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, garlic, cumin, oregano and mustard just until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, carrots, green onions, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

This one comes from our friends (and former manager) Kerry & Max at Provider Farm - they love cabbage (among other veggies) and this is delicious!! 

Fennel and Kale Salad

Shareholder, Jill Shulman, passed this recipe on to us and said it was passed on to her at a potluck. Easy and delicious! Thanks Jill!

 

Dressing: 

(I like to make the dressing first to allow the flavors to blend.  Also, it is better to err on the side of too much dressing, rather than too little for this salad - the dressing softens the kale and makes it yummier). Just mix it all together!

juice of 3-4 lemons or limes

3 cloves crushed or finely chopped garlic (or to taste)

olive oil

grainy mustard (several tablespoons - you have to go by taste)

 

Salad Ingredients:

I large bunch of kale with spines removed, finely chopped

2 bulbs of fennel sliced really thin (I like to use a cheese slicer to make them really fine)

2 green apples sliced really thin

1 -2 cups of  fresh grated good parmesan or asiago cheese

Napa Cabbage Salad

This recipe was found in the Tassajara Cookbook by BFCT president, Peter Littell, who passed it on to shareholder Rhonda Newman, who gave the list of ingredients to Karen, who doesn't measure ingredients, who makes it for the crew. It is an early summer crew favorite! 

1 medium Napa Cabbage
1 1/2 c. gruyere cheese, (finely grated)
1/2 - 3/4c. kalamata olives, pitted & chopped
Dressing:
1/4 c. olive oil (optional)
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (or to taste)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed or 1-2 garlic scapes, ground fine in a food processor
salt to taste

Chop the cabbage, mix the dressing, combine and enjoy!! 


 

Scallion Pancakes - A Crew Favorite

PLACE IN BOWL: 2 cups all purpose flour

POUR in up to 1 cup boiling water - pour slowly and mix until ball is formed (may use food processor)

LET DOUGH REST for 30 minutes, covered with damp cloth.

CHOP 1/2 cup scallions

ON FLOURED surface, roll dough into thin rectangle. Brush on 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, sprinkle on scallions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll dough. Cut into 4 pieces.

TAKE ONE PIECE and twist 3 times. Make a spiral out of this, roll again and flatten to make a 5 - 6 inch pancake. Coat a frying pan with canola oil and sear until golden on both sides. Keep warm in oven while completing same process with all dough. Serve with dipping sauce.

DIPPING SAUCE

MIX together:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sliced scallions

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon maple sugar or syrup

Cold Chicken with Pea Pods

WHISK together:

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1 Tablespoon peanut oil

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

MARINATE 12 ounces of chicken, cut into 1 inch strips for minimum of one hour and up to overnight.

WHEN chicken has been marinated sufficiently, broil chicken at 475F until done, grill or saute until cooked.

STEAM 2 cups snow or snap peas, rinse in cool water, drain and chill.

WHISK together:

1/3 cup peanut oil

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

COOK pasta or rice to go with dish. Pour sauce over all and eat.

OPTIONAL: Cilantro, Chopped scallions and/or Toasted sesame seeds on top are great.

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli (or Cauliflower) and Tomatoes

  1. PREHEAT oven to 450F

  2. TOSS ITHE FOLLOWING N A BOWL, SPREAD ON BAKING SHEET AND BAKE 10 - 13 MINUTES OR UNTIL STARTING TO BROWN:

    4 cups broccoli and/or cauliflower

    1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes

    1 Tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1/4 teaspoon salt

  3. PLACE THE FOLLOWING IN BOWL:

    1 Tablespoon lemon juice

    1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped lemon balm leaves or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

    10 sliced pitted black olives

    2 teaspoon fresh, chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

    2 teaspoons capers, rinsed (optional)

MIX ALL together. Serve warm or cold

Curry Sweet Potato Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
3 lg sweet potato
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
(reg is ok too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the potatoes into thin, long fries.  Toss them together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Super Sweet Roasted Vegetables

5 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
2 ½ cups peeled and sliced sweet potatoes
2 cups parsnips (or carrots), sliced
2 cups beets, sliced
1 cup onions (or leeks), sliced
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
1 ½ teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix together. Transfer to a covered baking dish and bake for 1 hour for soft and sweet vegetables

By (our shareholder) Leslie Cerier - the organic gourmet - check out her website - http://www.lesliecerier.com/ - for loads of great recipes!

Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

1 lg (~2 lbs) butternut, peeled, cut, and seeded
2 lg cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tspn fine sea salt
2 c finely chopped kale
For the Almond-Pepita Parmesan:
1/4 c whole almonds
1/4 c roasted pepita seeds
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/8 tspn fine sea salt
1 tspn extra-virgin olive oil

Grease a lg casserole dish with oil. Chop squash into 1” chunks and place into dish. Add garlic, parsley, oil, and salt and toss. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Place kale into airtight container and refrigerate. Place all of the Parmesan ingredients into food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer into airtight container and refrigerate (all can be stored ~3 days). When ready, preheat oven to 400F. Fork holes in foil on the casserole and bake ~45 min (until squash is fork-tender). Remove from oven, reduce heat to 350F. Stir in kale to the squash. Sprinkle the parmesan over top. Bake ~6 min, uncovered, until nuts are lightly toasted and kale has wilted. Serve warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

By Angela Liddon - OhSheGlows.com - Karen made this last week - soooooo goood!!!

Sweet Potato Cakes


1 3/4 lbs sweets, peel & cut in lg pcs
2 tsp. butter or coconut oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg, well whisked
yogurt sauce
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or basil
pinch of salt and pepper

Steam the potatoes until tender. Cool. Warm the butter and saute the onion ~ 4 min. Cool. Blend the yogurt sauce ingredients in a food processor. Set aside. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and mix them with the tamari, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and flour to combine. Add the onion and egg and mix. Add butter to a pan and warm over med high heat. Make small, two tbsn patties and drop them into the hot pan, pressing down to flatten. Cook until well browned on each side, about 7-8 minutes. Remove to a paper toweled lined plate. Serve with some lightly dressed greens and a generous portion of the sauce. These would be so wonderful with a poached egg on top.

adapted from Yotam Ottelenghi's Plenty

Savory Stuffed Winter Squash


2 med. winter squash
1/3 c chopped walnuts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c diced red onion
1/4 c diced celery
1 clove garlic minced
1 1/4 c Jade Pearl rice
3/4 c diced red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 c boiling water
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp fresh sage
2 c grated gouda or cheddar cheese
 

Preheat oven to 400F. Leave the squash whole. Place them in a baking pan in the oven for 1 hr. until tender. Meanwhile toast the walnuts in a lg saucepan over med heat, stirring often ~ 5 min. Add the oil, onion, celery, and garlic. Saute for ~ 5 min. until onions soften. Add the rice, pepper, and salt and cook for 2-3 min. Lower the heat, then slowly pour in the water. Cover and simmer ~ 20 min. Stir in the herbs. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Fill the squash halves with the rice mixture. Top with cheese and serve immed.

From 'Gluten-Free Recipes or the Conscious Cook'  a great seasonal cookbook from our shareholder Leslie Cerier.

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. 

Root Vegetable Gratin

Root Vegetable Gratin

1 onion, sliced
2 cups fennel,
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 lbs mix of sweet potato, potato, celeriac
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken or veg stock
2 cups grated gruyere cheese
2 tsp thyme
2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
2 to 3 Tbsp melted butter

Peel and slice veggies 1/4" thick. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter a deep baking dish. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat and add the onions and fennel. Sautee about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Combine mixture with remaining vegetables, cream, stock, cheese, thyme, 1 Tbsp kosher salt and 1 1/2 tsp black pepper. Pour into baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs and butter and distribute over top of dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours uncovered, til very tender when tested with a knife. Let set 15 min and serve!

I made this for a meal train for friends who recently had a baby, and it was a big hit. Recipe and photo from Smitten Kitchen blog.

Winter Root Soup

2 leeks, washed, trimmed, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
2 turnips, sliced
1 rutabaga, sliced
3 parsnips, sliced
4 tbsp butter
1-1/2 quarts chicken stock or combination water/stock
several thyme sprigs tied together
4 cloves garlic, mashed
pinch cayenne pepper
sea salt and pepper
pinch nutmeg

Melt butter in large, stainless steel pot and add leeks, carrots, turnips, rutabaga and parsnips. Cover and cook gently about 1/2 hr over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add stock, bring to a boil and skim. Add, garlic, thyme and cayenne. Simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hr until the vegetables are soft. Season to taste.

from Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon.

Curry Root Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
2 med or 1 lg parsnip
1 sweet potato
1 turnip
1 rutabaga
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
     (regular paprika is fine too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the roots into thin, long fries.  Toss the veggies together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Escarole and Beans

1 head escarole    
1 bulb garlic, minced    
1 onion, diced    
1/4 c olive oil    
3 c navy beans, cooked

Saute onions and garlic in oil. When well cooked, add escarole and cover until all leaves are very wilted. Add beans and stir. Serve with rice or pasta.

- We put this in every year - we can't help it we like it so much....This meal is delicious, nutritious, and comes straight from the Italian kitchen of my mother-in-law, Bernice Romanowski (daughter of Anna Valenza Tramutola). Really, this is very Italian and very good - one of our absolute favorites of the year......

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.

 

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.