What I Made: Tomato Watermelon Jicama Salad and Tomato Jam

Searching for things to do with all those tomatoes? Here are a couple ideas. More to come later this week, too.

Tomato, Watermelon, Jicama Salad:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cubed jicama
  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup of halved or quartered cherry tomatoes
  • pumpkin seeds (added after this photo was taken)
  • loosely torn fresh mint
  • loosely torn purple basil
  • about 1 tbls. balsamic vinegar
  • about 2 tbls. cold pressed olive oil
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients except for oil and vinegar together in a bowl
  2. Toss with oil and balsamic and enjoy.

Tomato Jam:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds good ripe tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated or mincedginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 habaneros, stemmed, seeded and minced, or red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste (the sweet/spicy thing really works in this jam, so I’d say go for it unless you really hate spicy).

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use; this will keep at least a week. Also, for those of you lucky enough to have cheese shares (I normally don’t but was gifted this week’s) it goes PERFECTLY together.

What I Made: Chard Rice Bowl, Barely Pickled Cucumbers, Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Anchovies and Sage, Pork Katsu with Pickled Cucumbers

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This is one of my favorite meals, it’s quick and easy and delicious. It tastes just as good without the chorizo so you vegetarians can make this, too. Just don’t leave out the cumin seeds or the garlic chips, those are the stars of this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup medium- or short-grain white or brown rice (I prefer brown but only had white — brown tastes better with this recipe)
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard, leaves and stems separated
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • 2 fresh (uncured) chorizo sausages, casings removed, meat formed into patties OR smoked chorizo OR cured chorizo — I’ve yet to find a combo that doesn’t work
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, as needed

Preparation: 

  1. In a medium pot, combine rice with 2 1/3 cups lightly salted water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and cook until rice is tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Let stand off the heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Toss in 1 tablespoon butter and salt to taste. Alternatively, cook rice in a rice cooker.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the chard leaves into 2-inch pieces and the stems into 1/2-inch lengths.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Toast cumin seeds in the dry pan until they are fragrant and slightly darker in color, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour cumin onto a plate to stop the cooking.
  4. If using uncured chorizo, add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan, let it heat for a few seconds, then add chorizo patties and cook until golden on both sides and cooked through, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet, then add garlic. Cook until golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  6. Add chard stems and a large pinch of salt to the skillet. Cook until stems are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add chard leaves, another pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Cook until leaves are wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Toss chard with rice, toasted cumin, the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Barely Pickled Cucumbers:

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Ingredients:

  • Cucumbers
  • water
  • salt
  • coriander seeds
  • pepper seeds
  • smashed garlic
  • fresh dill

Preparation:

  1. Cut cucumbers into spears and place spears into jars.
  2. Fill jars with water; pour that water out into a cup and weigh.
  3. Add 5% of the water’s weight in salt to the water and transfer to a pot, heat along with coriander, pepper and garlic until the salt is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  4. Once brine is cooled, add fresh dill and pour over cucumber spears.
  5. Close lids and place in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Anchovies and Sage

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small red onion, finely diced, about 1/2 cup
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and chopped, about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh summer savory or marjoram
  • 1 ½ pounds cherry tomatoes, in halves or quarters
  • 1 pound fresh pasta, such as spaghetti or linguine
  • Handful of torn sage leaves

Preparation:

  1. Put red onion in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add anchovies, garlic, red pepper and vinegar. Stir in olive oil and savory. Add the cherry tomatoes, season with salt, and toss well to coat. Keep mixture cool (or refrigerate) for up to 3 hours.
  2. Boil pasta in a large pot of well-salted water until al dente, then drain and transfer to a wide low pasta bowl. Add cherry tomato mixture and toss well to coat. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve at room temperature, garnished with sage.

Pork Katsu with Pickled Cucumbers:

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This worked really well for me since I also have our fantastic meat share (ps that’s where I got the chorizo above, too) and their boneless pork chops were PERFECT for this meal. YUM!!!

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound small Kirby cucumbers, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, more for seasoning
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sugar
  • 8 thin slices boneless pork medallions or center-cut pork chops (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • ½ cup flour
  • Black pepper
  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons sliced scallions
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shiso or basil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted Asian sesame oil

Preparation:

  1. Place the cucumbers in a colander set over a bowl. Toss them with 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon sugar.
  2. Place each piece of pork between sheets of waxed paper. Pound meat to 1/8-inch thickness.
  3. Place eggs in a large shallow bowl; whisk in the Worcestershire and tomato paste. Place the panko and flour in two separate shallow bowls.
  4. Season cutlets with salt and pepper. Dip each cutlet in the flour (tap off excess), the egg mixture (ditto), then dredge in panko crumbs.
  5. Heat a large pan, pour in 1/8 inch of oil and heat for 30 seconds. Working in batches, put cutlets in the pan. Immediately shake and tilt it so the oil rolls over the pork in waves (this will give it a lighter, crisper crust). Shake the pan occasionally, until cutlets are golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip them and shake again. Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer pork to a paper-towel-lined platter to drain.
  6. Pat the cucumbers dry with paper towels. Toss with scallions, vinegar, shiso, soy sauce, sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Serve cutlets with pickled cucumbers on the side.

Community Meal: Beet Gazpacho

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The recipe to Chef Sam’s Magic Beet Gazpacho, as sampled at the farm 2 weeks ago.

Ingredients:

4-5 med/small beets
2 med cucumbers
1 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 hardy handful of fresh dill
Salt and Pepper to taste
2tsp Red Wine Vinegar

1. Boil beets with the skin on until tender. Allow to cool and pop them out of their skins and set aside, saving the liquid left in the pot.
2. Cut cucumbers and onion into manageable sizes for your blender.
3. Add all of the ingredients into your blender, you can work in batches if there’s too much! Blend until smooth, strain if desired and enjoy!

Topping with yogurt/yogurt sauce is great as well as garnishing with chopped cucumber, dill, and beets! Enjoy!

 

 

What I Made: Iron Building Juice and Blueberry Granola

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As much as I love the grain beet salad featured below, I needed to shake up my beet share this week.

Not only does this juice look beautiful, it tastes delicious and feels healthy all at the same time.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 beets, sliced and divided
  • 3 – 4 carrots, sliced and divided
  • 1 bunch of beet greens (or chard, kale, dandelion greens, etc., if you don’t have beet greens), washed and divided
  • 1 apple, cored, sliced and divided

Preparation:

  1. Add 1/4 of the beets to the juicer, followed by a carrot, 1/4 of the greens, and 1/4 of the apple.
  2. Repeat 3 more times.
  3. Drink.

We got a ton of blueberries this week; I was very, very tempted to make a pie or something I would definitely regret. Instead, I made this delicious granola!!

Blueberry Vanilla Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quart blueberries
  • 2 cups of sunflower seeds, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 3 cups of pecans, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 6 cups almonds, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup of date paste (I made mine by blending 10 dates with 1 cup water)
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbls. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbls. lime juice and zest

Preparation:

  • Place blueberries and sunflower seeds in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Process pecans and almonds in a food processor until chunky — DO NOT OVER PROCESS!! Add to bowl with strawberries and sunflower seeds.
  • Process all remaining ingredients in food processor until chunky; again, do not over process. Add to bowl, and mix everything thoroughly.
  • Crumble evenly in dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 105 – 110 degrees for 48 hours.

This tastes best with almond milk. And it is SO YUMMY.

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What I Made:Stir Fried Turnips with Turnip Greens, Spring Onions & Tofu

IMG_4287.JPGAbove: all my ingredients for the stir fry, ready to go. Turnips, turnip greens and young garlic from the farm. Also used the brassica flowers at the end to spice up the dish and make it more beautiful.

This recipe comes from the NY Times Cooking Section! Get the original here.

Ingredients:

 

  • 10 ounces firm tofu , drained and cut in chunks
  • 1 bunch baby turnips, with greens (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking sherry (Shaoxing rice wine) or dry sherry
  • ¼ cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut, canola, rice bran, sunflower or grape seed oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 bunch spring onions or 2 to 3 bunches scallions, sliced, white and light green parts only, sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 bunch chopped brassica flowers

Preparation:

  1. Drain and dry tofu slices on paper towels. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, stock or water, and honey or agave nectar. Have all ingredients within arm’s length of your wok.
  2. Cut away greens from baby turnips. Scrub turnips and if very small, cut in half; if larger than a Ping-Pong ball, quarter. Stem greens, wash leaves in 2 changes of water and chop coarsely. Set aside near your wok.
  3. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add tofu and stir-fry until lightly colored, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  4. Swirl in remaining oil, add garlic and ginger and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add onions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add turnips and stir-fry for another minute or 2, then add salt and pepper, toss together and add soy sauce mixture. Add greens and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  5. Return tofu to the wok along with the cilantro and brassica flowers. Stir-fry for 1 minute and remove from heat. Serve with hot grains or noodles.

I like things spicy, so I added a spoonful of Sambal Oelek to my dish at the end, and this was DELICIOUS. Such an interesting and unusual way to use turnips, and they taste terrific in this.

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I also made:

Stir Fried Squid and Tatsoi

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb squid, tubes and tentacles
  • 1 bunch tatsoi
  • 1 habenaro or thai chili
  • 2 cloves miced garlic
  • 1 tbls. minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tbls. oyster sauce
  • 2 tbls. sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce)
  • Peanut or sesame oil

Preparation:

  1. I sous vide the squid in salt, pepper and olive oil for 2 hours on 136 degrees F. If you don’t have a sous vide — just stir fry the squid for a couple minutes on each side. (But if you CAN sous vide, you will get the best squid you’ve ever tasted.) Then remove, stir fry the veggies and re-add the squid at the end.
  2. Heat wok. Then add oil until it shimmers.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and chili and stir fry for about 30 seconds
  4. Add tatsoi and stir fry until it wilts down
  5. Add squid, fish sauce, oyster sauce and sambal oelek and stir fry for 1 – 2 minutes.
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The 1st Annual Added Value Summer Kick Off Party!

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That’s right folks, you heard right…Added Value will be hosting their very first summer kick off party!!

The party will be Wednesday, June 29 from 6 – 9pm at the farm.

And a party it will be, complete with goodies provided by Red Hook’s own Hometown BBQ, Sixpoint and Calexico. Yum! And of course, there will be farm fresh goodness available as well. Get yer tickets here. See you all there!

Farm Update!

The farm is in full swing as we reach mid-summer. Crops planted at the beginning of the season are coming to fruition. Last week we were able to harvest cucumbers, mustard greens, pole beans, onions and turnips. Some of the beds in the field have been re-tilled and seeded for a second crop. We had a good amount of rain so plants are – for the most part – well watered. Soil conditions are not optimal but better than last year and able to yield produce. The youth team has been enthusiastically engaged with learning and helping with farm work. Say hi and give them a pat on the back when you come to pick up your veggies. What you should incorporate into your meals this week: basil!