What I Made: Three Cup Chicken with Shishito Peppers and Purple Basil; Swordfish with Cherry Tomatoes and Anchovy Sauce; and Plum and Blueberry Torte

 

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Three Cup Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 2-to-3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into coins, approximately 12
  • 12 cloves of garlic (or more to taste), peeled
  • 4 whole scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • a bunch of shishito peppers
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless or bone-in, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined or light brown sugar
  • ½ cup rice wine
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 cups purple basil

Preparation:

 

  1. Heat a wok over high heat and add 2 tablespoons sesame oil. When the oil shimmers, add the ginger, garlic, scallions and peppers, and cook until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the aromatics to the sides of the wok, add remaining oil and allow to heat through. Add the chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and crisping at the edges, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir to combine, then add the rice wine and soy sauce, and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat, then simmer until the sauce has reduced and started to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the basil and stir to combine.

Swordfish with Cherry Tomatoes and Anchovy Sauce:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb swordfish, if using Mermaid’s Garden’s, cut in half
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 3 Tbsp.  Olive Oil
  • a branch of purple basil
  • ½ Cup  White Wine
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Put 2 Tbsp. olive oil oil, anchovy, garlic and jalapeno in a heavy sauté pan that has a tight fitting lid. Place the pan over medium-low heat until the anchovy begins to break down a bit, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, basil, wine and a bit of salt to the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high, place the lid on the pan and cook about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes have released their juices and are nice and cooked. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, season both sides of the swordfish with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy pan over medium-high heat, when hot add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until desired doneness is reached.
  4. Spoon sauce onto fish and enjoy.

Plum and Blueberry Torte

So, I just got back from Maine and have a boatload of blueberries, so I threw some in. You don’t have to…I mostly made this for all those plums we’ve been getting. I followed the Marian Burros’ Original Plum Torte recipe that’s published every year in the Times. It’s easy. And delicious. You should definitely make it.

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Ingredients:

  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup unbleached flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 halves pitted purple plums
  • 1 pint blueberries (or omit and double the plums)
  • Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping

Preparation:

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
  3. Spoon the batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10 inches. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, depending on how much you like cinnamon.
  4. Bake 1 hour, approximately. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze if desired. Or cool to lukewarm and serve plain or with whipped cream. (To serve a torte that was frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.)

 

 

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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.

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.

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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They Gave Us Wha..?!?!

New feature!! Thank you to CSA member Jonathan Blaufarb for the terrific idea!

Anyway most of what we got was pretty familiar this week. But there was one thing that made me go: wha? And a couple others I wasn’t sure what to do with.

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This little beauty is the Brassica flower! These particular ones are the flowers of the gorgeous tatsoi we got this week as well. They are 100% edible and kind of delicious! Here are some suggestions of what to do with your flowers:

  • Sauté them in garlic and olive oil
  • Cut them up and pop them into a salad
  • Use them as garnish for any number of things

Or you could do what I did, and use them in a stir fry. And if you’re really freaking out about them, they also look pretty just sitting in a glass.

We also got some coriander this week. I am planning to dry them out and harvest the seeds, which a lot of recipes call for whole and toasted; you could also grind them up with a mortar and pestle.

Got any other suggestions for these unusual ingredients? Send them our way and we will post them here!

 

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!

Added Value Farm And CSA Update

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Summer is nearly here, and we are ready to open the Red Hook CSA for the 2013 season, finally. We apologize for the delays, but as you may have heard there are many transformations underway over at the farm, which have impacted our schedule. But the exciting thing is that reconstruction started this week, and we are now excited to get all our members in the loop and connected to the food that will be coming out of this new and improved space.

The farm renovation is a result of Sandy’s impact, and is made possible through the support of various city agencies, like the Dept of Sanitation. Added Value’s compost system is expanding, a solar system being installed, and the farm beds are being raised two feet to help flood-proof for future storms. Construction just started, and is expected to take the next 4-6 weeks. Check out the photos of the farm totally bare! If you have time in the coming weeks, feel free to visit and walk around the perimeter and take a look. The farm cannot have folks on site, due to construction, but it is still worth a visit, as it is the only time you will see the site like this.

Because of this, Added Value will be getting into the ground a bit later than previous years. Our CSA will be provided with the fruit of the farm when the harvest season starts. Until then Added Value has generously arranged with Green Markets and local farmers to provide us with fruit and vegetables so that our season can still start on time. Thank you Added Value!

In other news, have you seen the farm going in on NYCHA property? This is the work of Added Value as well. Farm beds are being constructed on the land next to the senior citizen center, across from the public library, and some the beds are already planted. Feel to stop by and say hello.

We will be having a welcoming event the week before first pickup. More details to come in early June.

We are excited for our 2013 season, since it will be the kick off to an inspiring new Red Hook Farm.

All the best,
The CSA Core Group : Gita, Abby, Cristina, Erika, Tracy, Caleb

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