A friend recently tried this out this Food Network recipe and let me try it, and it was so unique that I just had to share. A bright start to the winter, and one that perfectly highlights this week’s Winter CSA partnership with our friends at Food and Ferments. Enjoy! Turkey Sausage with Fennel Sauerkraut By Valerie Bertinelli, of Valerie’s Home Cooking Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 1/2 lbs hot or mild (or a combination) Italian Turkey Sausages – about 6 (Other kinds of sausage can be substituted.) 1 1/2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 1/4 tsp. Caraway Seeds 1 large Fennel Bulb, trimmed, quartered, and thinly sliced 1 tbsp. Fennel fronds, for garnish 1 Gala Apple, cored and thinly sliced 1 lb. Sauerkraut, drained well Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 6 to 8 minutes. Add splash of Water, cover, and cook until the sausages are just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate to cool. Once cooled, slice into 2-inch pieces and reserve. Reduce heat to medium and add Butter and Caraway Seeds, stirring until the butter is melted. Add Fennel and Apple and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add Sauerkraut and Sausage pieces and cook, stirring, until the Sauerkraut is hot, about 3 minutes. Season with Salt and Pepper and garnish with Fennel Fronds. Image courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/valerie-bertinelli/turkey-sausage-with-fennel-sauerkraut.html.
After 6 glorious months of harvest, the Summer CSA season has come to a close. It has been a great 22 weeks, and we have had the privilege of bringing our local, sustainable, organic produce to even more people in the region this year! And now, we take a few days to catch our breath before the next season begins…In just one week, our 2016 Winter CSA Season begins. The special part about this year’s Winter season is that we are partnering with other local producers whom we know and love, to include one value-added item in each share! You can expect delicious treats such as pesto, pasta, goat cheese, and tofu to accompany your fresh veggies at each pickup. To learn more about our Winter CSA and sign up, visit our website or contact email@example.com.
Watermelon radishes tend to be abundant this time of yea. Sometimes it can be challenging to channel all that culinary creativity into a radish, even one this beautiful. Recently I stumbled upon another great food blog called Alexandra’s Kitchen– this happens to me a lot – that had such a unique take on watermelon radish salad that I had to share. Enjoy! (A little side note: Alexandra is passionate about helping people get the most out of their CSAs…lucky us!) Watermelon Radish, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad Adapted from a recipe by Alexandra Stafford, of Alexandra’s KitchenMakes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 small Red Onion 2 to 3 tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste 2 – 3 Watermelon Radishes, scrubbed clean (It is not necessary to peel Radishes.) 2 – 3 Oranges, Clementines, Grapefruit, etc. (I used Cara Cara Oranges, which are sweet, pretty, and delicious.) Handful of Walnuts, toasted and chopped Goat Cheese to taste (At Main Street, we can’t stop raving about 2 Kids Goat Farm. Visit their site to learn where their cheese is sold!) Chives, minced (Optional, but they add some nice color) Olive Oil to taste Instructions: To toast Walnuts, preheat oven to 350ºF. Place Walnuts on baking sheet and cook for 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant. Dump Walnuts into tea towel and rub off skins. Remove Walnuts from towel, leaving skins behind. (If you wish to get more of the skin off, place Walnuts in a strainer and shake aggressively.) Mince Onion Place in small bowl. Cover with 2 – 3 tbsp. Vinegar. Add a pinch of Salt and set aside. Cut off one end of Radish. Leave other end intact to act as handle. Thinly slice on mandoline or by hand. (Note: Using a mandoline makes this step much easier and will create consistently thin slices.) Arrange Radish slices on platter. Fold some slices so they’re not all squished down in one flat layer. Sprinkle generously with Salt and Pepper. Cut off each end of each Orange. Squeeze each end over Radishes, then discard. Use a sharp knife to remove skin from oranges. Cut in between membranes to remove each slice. Squeeze remaining membrane all over Radishes to extract any leftover juice. Scatter Oranges over Radishes. Scatter Walnuts and Goat Cheese to taste over Radishes and Oranges. Pour macerated Onions and Vinegar over top. Drizzle Olive Oil to taste (1- 2 tbsp.) over top. Sprinkle with Chives. Let sit a few minutes (or longer — it benefits from a brief rest) before serving. *Image courtesy of: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2014/12/24/watermelon-radish-orange-goat-cheese-salad/.
Two of my favorite comfort foods are baked potatoes and greens and beans. This recipe combines the best of both worlds into a single warm and hearty dish that’s easy to make! The secret is open-roasting the potatoes, yielding a perfectly cooked inside with a wonderfully crispy exterior. For a bigger mix of flavors, try substituting sweet potatoes or even different kinds of greens or beans! Stuffed Baked Potatoes with White Beans and Kale By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 4 medium-large Potatoes (or Sweet Potatoes) 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Olive Oil 1 bunch Kale, stemmed and sliced into ribbons 1 1/2 cups (or 1 can, drained) Great Northern Beans, cooked 1 small Onion, diced 2 cloves Garlic, sliced thinly 1/4 tsp. fresh Rosemary, minced (Optional) Juice of 1/4 Lemon or 1 tsp. White Vinegar Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Place rack in center of oven and reheat to 400º. Scrub Potatoes and pierce multiple times with fork. Coat Potatoes with 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Sprinkle generously with Salt and Pepper. Place Potatoes in oven, directly onto rack. Place cookie sheet on rack below Potatoes to catch any drips. Rotate Potatoes every 20 minutes. It should take approximately 1 hours to cook fully. When Potatoes have 15-20 minutes left, place remaining Olive Oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Add Garlic, Rosemary, and Red Pepper Flakes. Stir and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, until aromatic. Add Beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Kale and stir occasionally for approximately another 5 minutes until bright green and wilted. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in Lemon Juice or Vinegar Remove Potatoes from oven. Plate and slice down the middle. Split open, stuff with hot Beans and Greens, and enjoy! *Image courtesy of: http://www.recipeshubs.com/thumbs/2270793-spicy-beans-and-greens-sweet-potato.jpg.
One of my favorite food blogs is The Kitchn because it consistently offers a great mix of accessible recipes and cooking hacks that make preparing food so much easier. On top of that, The Kitchn almost always tells you why instead of only telling you how so you understand the method behind the method. As kohlrabi has continued to stump many, I’ve turned to my trusty online resource, and, as always, it has not failed me. Below is an excerpt from a great article on various ways to prepare kohlrabi, that has me brimming with inspiration. To read the full piece, with links to additional recipes, click here. How Should I Eat Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is found in a lot of Indian cooking, so it naturally does well with traditional Indian spices. Honestly, though, we feel that the mild flavor of kohlrabi gets lost if mixed with too many other vegetables or seasonings, so we tend toward simple preparations where the kohlrabi can take center stage: Raw When raw, kohlrabi is slightly crunchy and mildly spicy, like radishes mixed with turnip. You can toss them in a salad, make a slaw out of grated kohlrabi, or eat them on their own with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. In Soup While kohlrabi can be thrown into a basic chunky vegetable soup, we particularly like it in a creamy, pureed soup with mild spices so that sweet kohlrabi flavor can really shine through. Kohlrabi can also be added to recipes for Cream of Potato, Cream of Broccoli, and even Cream of Mushroom soup! In Fritters This is a great way to get kids to eat their kohlrabi! Shred it and mix with an egg and a few tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs. Heat oil or butter in a flat skillet, drop on small mounds, and flatten slightly with the back of your spatula. Turn after a few minutes, and serve when both sides are crispy. Roasted Like most other vegetables, when roasted in the oven, the outside of the kohlrabi caramelizes, and the flavor sweetens and mellows. We like to toss it with other roasted veggies like eggplant and potatoes for a hearty side dish. Steamed This is kind of a cheat-suggestion because kohlrabi can be used in literally anything once steamed. We throw steamed kohlrabi into frittatas, stir-fries, and pasta dishes. We also like to puree it with a little cream and simple spices. There are even recipes for stuffing steamed kohlrabi into empanadas and calzones! *Image courtesy of http://www.thekitchn.com/what-is-kohlrabi-45055.
There’s nothing like a good recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes from a true Southerner, and this one is just the ticket. When he heard we’d have green tomatoes in, a friend of ours contributed his favorite preparation for us to share! Deep Fried Green Tomatoes By John Craddock, Farm Friend Makes 1 serving. Increase quantity to accommodate any sized group/number of tomatoes. Ingredients: For the Tomatoes – 1 Green Tomato, sliced into 1/4 – 1/3″ cross-sections 1/2 Fine Corn Meal 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Kosher Salt Buttermilk 1 Eggs Vegetable Oil for deep frying or 1/4 cup Oil of Choice for pan frying For the Sauce – 1 tbsp .Whole Grain Mustard 1 tbsp. Mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. Paprika Instructions: If deep frying, pre-heat 3-4 inches of Vegetable Oil in a fryer or in a saucepan on the stove top to 350º. Alternatively, heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet over high heat. Mix Flour, Cornmeal, and Kosher Salt. Whisk Egg. Dredge tomato slices in Buttermilk, flour mixture, Egg, and then flour mixture again. If deep frying, drop one slice at a time directly into fryer and cook until golden brown. If pan frying, lay slices into pan, cook on for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, flip, and repeat on other side. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. While Fried Green Tomatoes are resting, mix 1 Mustard, Mayonaise, and Paprika and serve as a sauce. (May be prepared in advance, instead) Image courtesy of: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fried_green_tomatoes/.
Many years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this recipe, and I have never made another butternut squash soup since. It is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. It will fill you up and keep you toasty in this chilly weather, and it freezes well, too, in case you want to save some for a rainy day! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Onion, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 3-4 tbsp. Oil of Choice 4-5 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed 3 Carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced 6 cups Chicken Stock (Vegetable Stock may be substituted for vegetarian version.) 2 tbsp. Honey 2 (8 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder dash of Nutmeg Instructions: In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil until translucent. Add Squash, Carrots, and Apple. Mix together and cook covered until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add Stock, Honey, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Nutmeg. Let mixture simmer until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20-30 minutes. Use immersion blender to blend all ingredients in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the soup in batches in a regular blender.) Add cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly mixed. Use immersion blender one more time, if necessary. Voila! Enjoy your soup hot, with whatever toppings suit your fancy–roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sour Cream, fresh or dried Herbs, another sprinkling of Chili Powder, etc. with some fresh bread alongside! Image courtesy of: http://www.snixykitchen.com/2014/03/25/recipe-rewind-butternut-squash-soup-with-parmesan-crisps/.
What a treat we have this week! One of our fantastic 2016 Summer CSA members, Kim, has submitted the recipe below to share the love with all of us. One of my favorite things about this delicious Eastern European soup recipe is the number of veggies it uses that are currently in season! Thanks, Kim! Vegetarian Borscht By Kimberly Sturgill Looney Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2 quarts Vegetable Stock (or 2 quarts Water and 2-3 Vegetable Bouillon Cubes) 2 tablespoons Butter (or Oil of Choice for Vegan version) 1 cup Cabbage, finely chopped 1 cup Potatoes, diced ½ cup Carrots, diced 1 stalk Celery, minced 1 Onion, chopped 1 can Stewed Tomatoes 3-5 Beets Salt and Pepper, to taste Chopped Dill or Parsley, to taste Sour Cream, to taste (Optional) Instructions: In a large pot, melt Butter and lightly sauté Cabbage, Potatoes, Celery, and Onion for approximately 5 minutes. Add Vegetable Stock and Stewed Tomatoes. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, until veggies are soft. Meanwhile, boil 3-5 whole Beets in a small pot with enough water to cover them, until tender. Let Beets cool enough to cut them into julienne strips. Add julienned Beets and Beet Juice to simmering veggies to give soup a beautiful color and great flavor. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Add another Bouillon Cube if needed for additional flavor, and add more Water or Stock if soup needs more liquid. Serve hot with dollop of Sour Cream and sprinkling of Dill or Parsley over each bowl. *Image courtesy of: https://longislandweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Zox_B.jpg.
This recipe is a Fall favorite for me. At the end of every summer, I restock my supply of homemade chicken stock, and then, all I can think about is SOUP! And I can’t say enough about how flavorful and hearty this one is. With the fresh chill of Autumn in the air, it’s the perfect meal at the end of a long day. Zesty Sausage and Kale Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 lb. Hot Italian Sausage 3-4 large Potatoes, skins on, sliced in half and then in 1/4″ half moons 2 medium Onions, chopped 1/4 cup chopped, cooked Bacon, grease reserved* 4 Garlic Cloves, minced 1/2 bunch Kale, stemmed and torn or chopped into large chunks (I prefer Red Russian or Tuscan Curly for this recipe.) 4 cups (32 oz.) Chicken Stock 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil Instructions: Break Sausage into small bits by hand and brown with Olive Oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer cooked Sausage to stock pot and set skillet aside. Add Chicken Stock and Potatoes to stock pot. Cover and bring to low boil over medium heat. Return to skillet. Add 2 tbsp. Bacon Grease and chopped Onions, and cook over medium-low heat until Onions are translucent and fairly soft. Add Garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Transfer Onions and Garlic to stock pot with other ingredients. Cover and return to simmer. Allow to cook for 20-30 minutes or until Potatoes are soft and break apart when stirred. Remove soup from heat. Stir in Kale and Cream. Cover until ready to serve. Serve hot with fresh bread and butter! *If you’re like me and you usually have a little tub of Bacon Grease in the fridge but don’t always have the actual Bacon, don’t worry about that part. The Grease will add enough Bacon flavor that the soup will taste just fine without the bits.
After a great partnership experience last summer, we are on to round two! SUNY Cortland more than doubled its order of tomatoes in order to be able to serve delicious pasta and pizza sauce on campus this fall. The University has long looked for ways to bring healthier, local and sustainably grown produce to its students, and tomatoes are only the tip of the iceberg, as far as the fresh food they source, prepare, and serve. We are thrilled to be part of the realization of this goal!