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.

Iron Building Juice

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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What I Made: Barley Salad with Beets, Beet Greens & Feta

The CSA had a successful first pick up!! And it was a great pick up, filled with abundant veggies and all sorts of deliciousness.

Here’s some ideas of how to use all that produce!!

Barley Salad with Beets, Beet Greens and Feta

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I love this recipe cause it uses the whole beet — I like to chop the greens with the stems attached, it just makes a crunchiness in the salad which is awesome and utilizes the whole thing. Also, this is delicious. It’s a version of Martha Shulman’s Farro Salad with Beets, Beet Greens and Feta. I only had Barley around, so it became a whole new dish. (By the way, the barley is fantastic in this dish, and I think any grain would really be fine with some adjustment on the cooking times.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium or 3 small beets (any color) with greens, the beets roasted. (I peeled and chopped them before roasting, which speeds up roasting time and makes them sweet and crispy).
  • 1 cup barley, soaked for one hour in water to cover and drained
  • Salt, preferably kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced or pureed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ cup broken walnut pieces
  • 2 ounces feta or goat cheese, crumbled (more if desired for garnish)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, marjoram, chives, mint (I just used mint and dill since that’s what we got)

Preparation:

  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Fill a bowl with ice water. When the water comes to a boil, add salt to taste and the greens. Blanch for two minutes, and transfer to the ice water. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop coarsely and set aside.
  2. Bring the water back to a boil, and add the barley. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the barley is tender. Remove from the heat and allow the grains to swell in the cooking water for 10 minutes, then drain.
  3. While the barley is cooking, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the vinegars, salt, garlic and mustard. Whisk in the oil(s). Add to the barley. Add beets, along with the beet greens, feta or goat cheese, herbs and walnuts. Toss together, and serve warm or room temperature with a little more cheese sprinkled over the top if you wish.

 

Here are 2 ideas for using that enormous cabbage:

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This is what I’m doing this time around, although the recipe below is AMAZING too if you’re craving some meat with your cabbage. I’ll post step by step recipe with photos in the next couple of days. For now just an idea to inspire…

Sausage and Cabbage

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Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds fresh sweet Italian pork sausages or bulk sausage
  • 1 large green or Savoy cabbage, about 4 pounds, cored and thickly shredded (just use that whole enormous cabbage)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Crusty bread and mustard, for serving

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish. If using sausages, remove casings and discard them.
  2. Brown the sausage.
  3. Place cabbage in boiling water, cover, and let water come back to the boil. Uncover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain cabbage in a colander and run cold water over it to stop cooking. (THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL — I HAVE DONE IT BOTH WAYS AND ITS EQUALLY DELICIOUS. BUT IT WILL MAKE MORE ROOM IN YOUR CASSEROLE).
  4. Put about 1/3 of the cabbage in buttered dish and cover with 1/2 the meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with butter. Repeat, ending with a final layer of cabbage, and dot top with butter.
  5. Cover dish tightly with a layer of parchment paper, then top with a lid or a layer of aluminum foil. Cook for about 2 1/2 hours, until cabbage is soft and sweet, and top is lightly browned. After 2 hours, uncover the dish: if there is a lot of liquid in the bottom, leave uncovered for the rest of the cooking time. If not, re-cover and finish cooking.

This dish is amazing and easy, and will use ALL YOUR CABBAGE!!!!

 

 

What I Made: Peaches and Cream Crepes

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
2 large eggs
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. granulated sugar, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
4 peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
Canola oil for cooking
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
About 2 Tbs. heavy cream
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions:
To make the crepe batter, in a blender, combine the milk, flour, cornmeal, eggs, 2 Tbs. of the butter, the 1 tsp. granulated sugar and the salt. Process until smooth. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice and sugar to taste, and toss to coat evenly. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the peaches to release some of their juice.

Lightly oil a 7-inch nonstick frying pan and place over medium-high heat until hot. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and tilt the pan to cover the bottom evenly. Drizzle a little batter into any holes. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 1 minute. Flip and cook the other side until golden. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed and stacking the crepes, separated by parchment or waxed paper, as they are ready. You should have 10 crepes, or 2 more than you need (the extra crepes are the cook’s treat!).

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Lightly brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the remaining 3 Tbs. butter. In a small bowl, using a fork, stir together the mascarpone and enough cream to create a creamy mixture, then stir in granulated sugar to taste. Set aside for serving.

Place 1 crepe on a work surface. Spoon one-eighth of the peaches in an even layer on half of the crepe, then fold over the other half to cover. Fold the crepe in half again, to form a triangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with 7 more crepes and all of the peaches. Brush the tops of the filled crepes with the remaining butter. Bake just until hot throughout, about 5 minutes. To serve, place 2 crepes on each plate. Crown the crepes with a dollop of the mascarpone cream, and then sift confectioners’ sugar over the top. Serve at once. Serves 4.

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What I Made: Eggplant Rollatini

1 large eggplant (about 1 3/4 pounds), cut lengthwise into 8 slices
Salt and pepper
4 large eggs
3/4 cup pesto (I made mine with basil, parsley and garlic from our shares, and used pine nuts)
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated pecorino-romano cheese
1 cup store-bought marinara sauce

Season the eggplant with salt and pepper. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and 4 tablespoons pesto. Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg mixture, then coat with the bread crumbs.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees ;. In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil or cooking spray over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the eggplant to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 3 tablespoons pecorino-romano; season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of the remaining pesto on each eggplant slice and top with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Roll up each slice. Bake until the eggplant is tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the marinara sauce to a simmer. Serve the roll-ups with the sauce and remaining pecorino.

Yum.
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What I Made: Chilled Tomato Soup

For this I just threw together a bunch of stuff we got in our shares.

4 large tomatoes
2 peppers (I used the white ones, mmm)
2 shallots
1 clove garlic
a few stalks of celery
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
a splash of agave
salt and pepper to taste

throw everything in a vitamix or high speed blender and eat with a chunk of bread. This uses a ton of stuff from our share and is super yummy.

What I Made: Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

I altered this recipe to use what I had on hand from the CSA. I had a couple of bundles of basil from the last couple of weeks that I kept alive in water, so there was plenty…although technically this recipe calls for holy basil the basil we have from the farm works wonderfully!!

1lb ground chicken
2 bunches of basil, stems removed
3 tblsp fish sauce
6 hot peppers from last weeks share — less if you don’t like spicy, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 large clove minced garlic
cooking oil (I used hot sesame oil)

Heat oil in wok
add garlic, shallots and peppers and cook until garlic and shallots start to brown
add ground chicken, and cook, stirring, till browned and juice from meat is almost gone.

Add fish sauce and stir. Add basil and mix in a few times. Remove from heat and eat! This is wildly delicious and goes well with rice or a leafy salad.

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