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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.