Although not sweet, kohlrabi is often compared to apples in terms of its crispness and juiciness, which makes it a wonderful highlight when sliced into matchsticks and added to any slaw or salad. Crispy Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw Based on a recipe by Cookie and Kate Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 small Kohlrabi, cut into matchsticks (about 1 lb.) 1 large Honeycrisp Apple, cored and cut into matchsticks (about ½ pound) ⅓ cup grated Feta Cheese (Optional, not shown) ¼ cup fresh Mint leaves, thinly sliced 3 tbsp Sunflower Seeds 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice Lemon Zest, to taste flaky Sea Salt (like Maldon) and freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste Instructions: In large serving bowl, combine Kohlrabi and Apple matchsticks. Add Cheese, if using, and Mint leaves and Sunflower Seeds. Shave Lemon Zest liberally over bowl, to taste. Drizzle in Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, then sprinkle lightly with Salt and Pepper. Use hands to gently toss salad. Finish with another light sprinkle of Salt and Pepper. Serve immediately or chill and serve within 2 days. *Photo courtesy of: http://cookieandkate.com/images/2015/10/crispy-apple-kohlrabi-salad.jpg.
Crooked Carrot‘s Winter Stir Fry Mix was such a big hit in our CSA shares this past January that we decided to go for a repeat! This recipe can be customized to include just about anything you like. Substitute different veggies for kale or mushrooms and different nuts instead of cashews. Add sesame seeds, and bulk it up with meat or tofu. Go crazy – you can’t go wrong! Mushroom, Kale, and Winter Vegetable Stir Fry By Holly Rodricks, adapted from an original Chef Emily Peterson recipe on The Gourmet and the Peasant Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 bag Crooked Carrot Winter Stir Fry Mix 2 cups Mushrooms, sliced 4 cups Kale, stemmed and sliced into wide ribbons 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 small Onion, diced 3 cloves Garlic, minced 1 tbsp. minced Ginger 3 tbsp. Soy Sauce 3 tbsp. Sesame Oil 1/2 cup Cashews, chopped 1 tsp. Sesame Seeds Salt and Pepper to taste Sriracha to taste Steamed Jasmine rice (Optional) Instructions: In a large skillet or wok, heat Olive Oil over medium heat. Add Onions and sauté until translucent. Add Garlic and Ginger and sauté until aromatic. Add Mushrooms and sauté until they begin to soften and give up some of their water. Add Crooked Carrot Winter Stir Fry Mix and Kale ribbons. Cover pan and steam for 4-5 minutes until vegetables brighten in color. Remove lid. Add Cashews, turn heat up to high, and stir constantly until liquid in bottom of pan evaporates. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Drizzle with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Sriracha, and Sesame Seeds. Serve as is or over steamed Jasmine rice. *Image courtesy of: http://cdn.skim.gs/images/smxnu5pbrlxnxjpthncs/kale-stir-fry.
Shakshuka is a delicious, single-skillet dish of eggs poached in a spicy, homemade tomato sauce, traditionally made in the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on my list of recipes to try for far too long, and now that I’ve finally gotten to it, I just can’t get enough. Add or substitute a can of chickpeas or a diced red or green bell pepper, and simmer along with the tomato sauce. This dish is quick and easy and will warm you right up if you happen to be in the middle of a March blizzard… Shakshuka By Holly Rodricks, inspired by countless recipes Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1 medium Onion, finely chopped 4 cloves Garlic, coarsely chopped 1 bag Spinach, sliced into ribbons 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 1 tsp. Chili Powder Pinch of Cayenne to taste 1 28-oz. can Whole Tomatoes, crushed by hand 6-8 large Eggs 1 cup Plain or Garlic-Chive Chèvre (Goat Cheese) Salt and Pepper to taste Fresh Parsley for garnish if available, chopped coarsely Pita or fresh, crusty Bread (Optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 425º. Heat Oil in large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add Onion and sauté until translucent. Add Garlic and sauté until aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add spices and sauté for 2 more minutes. Pour crushed Tomatoes over Onion mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in Spinach and season with Salt and Pepper to taste. Crumble Goat Cheese evenly over surface of sauce. Crack Eggs one at a time over sauce, spacing evenly. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, until whites of Eggs are set but yolks are still runny. Scoop into bowls, garnish with Parsley, and serve with Pita or fresh, crusty Bread for dipping!
I have been eating this meal almost every day for the past several weeks, and it does not get old! Experiment with quantities and types of root vegetables, to your taste, and to try out different flavored goat cheeses–this salad does just as well with plain or fruit-encrusted goat cheeses. Together, the combination of sweet root vegetables, creamy goat cheese, and tangy sauerkraut is out of this world! Roasted Winter Vegetable and Chèvre Salad By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 3-4 Beets of any variety, peeled and diced 1-2 Watermelon Radishes, peeled and diced 1-2 Turnips, peeled and diced 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced 1 large Onion, peeled and diced 3-4 cloves Garlic, chopped roughly 1/4 cup Coconut Oil or other oil of choice Salt and Pepper to taste 1 bag Spring Mix Sauerkraut to taste Raw or Roasted Pumpkin Seeds to taste 2 Kids Goat Farm Garlic & Chive Chèvre (Goat Cheese) Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º and place rack in middle of oven. Combine diced Winter Vegetables in a large bowl. Pour Oil over mixture, and generously sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste. Mix with hands to evenly coat vegetables with Oil, Salt, and Pepper. Spread Vegetables evenly on a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes, until vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork and are beginning to crisp up. When vegetables are almost done roasting, divide Spring Mix between multiple bowls. Layer Sauerkraut on top and sprinkle with Pumpkin Seeds. Scoop a generous portion of Roasted Winter Vegetables on top of salad in each bowl and crumble fresh Chèvre on top of hot vegetables. Serve immediately.
What can I say? The white bean craze continues! This meal hits all those hearty seasonal spots, with its delicious, vegetarian goodness. Mushroom and White Bean Stuffed Squash By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 Acorn Squash, halved and seeded (Other, similarly-sized squash such as Carnival or Sweet Dumpling can be substituted.) Olive Oil 1-2 tbsp. Salted Butter 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced 1 clove Garlic, finely minced 1/2 lb. Baby Bella Mushrooms 1 cup White Beans, rinsed and drained 1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard 1/8 tsp. White Pepper 1/2 Parmesan Cheese, grated Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 375º. Lightly coat interior and exterior of all 4 Squash halves in olive oil. Sprinkle all over with Salt and Pepper. Set aside. In a frying pan, over medium heat, melt Butter. Add Onions and cook gently until partially translucent. Add Garlic and sauté until aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add Mushrooms, White Beans, Mustard, White Pepper, and Salt to taste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Lay Squash, hollow-side up on rimmed baking sheet. Stuff with sautéed mixture and sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until Squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Serve hot, with a side of roasted winter vegetables!
When I think of pesto, a variety of pasta dishes immediately come to mind, but this week, I wanted to push outside the box. This recipe offers a refreshing take on cooking with pesto that embraces all of its delicious qualities while inspiring a new approach, and it includes white beans, which I’m just crazy about. And it provides the perfect opportunity to dig into the delicious pesto in your shares this week, compliments of a Main Street Farms and Crooked Carrot collaboration! Pesto and White Bean Soup Inspired by the Food Network Kitchen Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 small Onion, diced 4-6 cloves of Garlic, sliced 1 bunch Kale, stems removed and leaves torn into chunks – or – 1 bag Baby Spinach pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 2 (15 oz.) cans Cannellini Beans, drained – or 3 cups cooked Cannellini Beans 1 cup Water 3 tbsp. Pesto 2 tbsp. Grated Parmesan 3 cups Chicken Broth 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers, diced 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, chopped (Optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat oil in stock pot over medium low heat. Sauté Onions until soft and translucent. Add Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. Sauté until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Add Cannellini Beans and Water and simmer until thick, about 8 minutes. Stir in Pesto and Grated Parmesan Add Chicken Broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add Kale or Spinach and mix until just begins to wilt the leaves. Stir in Roasted Red Peppers and Olives. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve hot with fresh, crusty bread. Image courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pesto-bean-soup-recipe.html.
We wanted to take a moment to celebrate our local partners who helped us kick off our very first Winter CSA share, back in December – Dave and Carly Dougherty of Food and Ferments! About Food and Ferments: Let’s just say, when we met Carly and Dave, we became instant friends and collaborators, sharing community with people of like minds and having the pleasure of growing vegetables for them to turn into delicious fermented foods. Although Carly is originally from the CNY area, she met Dave in his hometown of Philadelphia. With roots in farming and food, it wasn’t long before they teamed up to launch Food and Ferments in 2012. In 2014, they returned to Central New York, making their home and building their kitchen on the farmland where Carly grew up, at Twin Oaks Dairy, an organic farm still run by her family. While living in the big city together gave them broader perspective, returning to Twin Oaks was truly coming home, to deep connections with the land and farmers, to shared meals and family. Dave and Carly’s experiences together have given them a shared vision of a hybrid life – days spent shredding cabbage and culturing fermented beverages in the country, paired with weekends traveling to cities and local towns, selling goods throughout the east coast from Philadelphia to Upstate New York. You can find Food and Ferments near our Main Street farmstand in the C Shed at the CNY Regional Market in Syracuse every Saturday. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and try out more of their wide selection of deliciously fermented foods! About Old World Sauerkraut: Food and Ferments’ Old World Sauerkraut is made from Main Street Farms’ green cabbage, caraway seeds and sea salt. Carly and Dave’s favorite ways to eat it are: atop eggs and cheese on breakfast sandwiches alongside eggs and bacon in the morning as a condiment for hot dogs or sausage in lieu of salad dressing We enjoy Dave and Carly’s food and their friendship, and it’s been a treat to get to share their story and their handiwork with you!
This 2016 Winter CSA season, on top of all those veggies in your share, we are including one “value-added” item from a local producer at every pickup. This week, we’d like to highlight our special guest, Ithaca Soy and the item the item they are contributing to our CSA, Tofu Kan. About Ithaca Soy: We can’t even remember when we became friends with Adam Potenza, the owner of Ithaca Soy, but his company’s tofu has fed our addiction for years! Adam grew up working on his dad Tony’s soybean farm, which also happens to be the first organic farm EVER in New York State! Now, all these years later, Potenza Organic Farms is the exclusive supplier of Ithaca Soy’s soy. Adam exemplifies what it means to run a local business, and he’s one of the only handmade tofu producers in the state. About Tofu Kan: Tofu Kan is an original Ithaca Soy creation – baked, marinated tofu that comes ready to eat, with little-to-no preparation involved. Simply slice it thinly and layer it onto deli sandwiches, cube it and sprinkle it on top of salads and soups, mix it into a stir fry, or warm it up and serve it as a main course. Adam’s Recommendations: Start with a good sourdough bread and add Tofu Kan, thinly sliced onion, lettuce, and stone ground mustard. Slice thinly and sauté or fry in a heavy pan. Then add to peanut lime noodles! Cube and lightly cover in chili powder, smoked paprika and olive oil (or any oil). Bake on a baking sheet with parchment paper at 300º for 25-30 minutes. This gives a good mock-meat taste and you can add it to anything from chili to fried rice.
I think I fall into that unusual category of people who are crazy about Brussels sprouts. You could put a giant bowl of them in front of me and every last one would be gone within minutes. I hear that this is not the norm, though. If you find yourself with some Brussels sprouts on your hands and aren’t quite sure what to do with them, here are a few tips to help you through the preparation process: Storage: If you’re in possession of a stalk or 2 of Brussels sprouts but know you won’t be cooking them for a little while, leave them on the stalk and refrigerate them. If space is an issue, trim them off the stalk and store them, uncovered, in a bowl in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. The outer layer will shrivel, and you’ll need to peel it off and discard it before preparing the sprouts, but they will still be crisp and yummy! Sprouts keep in the fridge for several weeks, if handled properly. Preparation: Trim Brussels sprouts off stalk, and cut off stem flush at base of each sprout. Before going any further, soak Brussels sprouts in warm water for 10 minutes. This will release any dirt and little unwanted critters that might be lurking around the top layers. Once soaking is complete, drain and rinse as usual. Discard any withered layers and trim off damaged areas before cooking. If cooking Brussels sprouts whole, cut a small X in the top (not the stem side). This will help the sprouts to cook through more evenly. Alternatively, cut sprouts in half, or in quarters if larger, to allow for quicker cooking while still keeping the layers of the sprout intact. Recipe Inspiration: My favorite way to cook Brussels Sprouts is actually to shred them by slicing them thinly with a knife. I caramelize some minced Shallots in a skillet with Bacon Grease, add the shredded Sprouts, a splash of Apple Cider to round out the flavor, and Salt and Pepper to taste. Sauté until they’re just wilted and voila! Simple, flavorful, and delicious! *Image courtesy of: http://www.taylorfarms.com/products/classic-vegetables/brussels-sprouts/.
This soup is a take on traditional Potato Leek Soup. I use ham stock instead of chicken, because it’s flavor complements the potatoes and cream so nicely. The buttermilk adds a tanginess that makes this soup stand out from other versions in complexity. For a vegetarian version, simply substitute vegetable stock in place of the meat stock. Potato Leek Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 3 Leeks (white and pale green parts only), rinsed, halved, and sliced 3-4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 2 large Potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly 1 quart Ham Stock (Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock may be substituted.) 1 Bay Leaf 1/4 tsp. dried Lemon Thyme (Use regular Thyme, if Lemon is not available) 1/2 tsp. ground White Pepper 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 1 cup Buttermilk Salt to taste Instructions: Melt Butter in skillet or large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add Leeks and caramelize, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes until soft, sweet, and translucent. (The goal here is to cook over a low enough heat that the Leeks and Butter do not brown/discolor.) While Leeks are caramelizing, bring Stock to a boil in a large stock pot. Add sliced Potatoes, Bay Leaf, Thyme, White Pepper, and Nutmeg. Reduce heat to simmer. Add caramelized Leeks. Allow soup to simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and falling apart when mixed. Remove soup from heat and Salt to taste. Add Cream and Buttermilk. Use immersion blender to mix and liquefy. Serve hot with a fresh crust of buttered bread.