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.
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.
If you enjoy Au Gratin as much as we do, you’ll love this hearty Fall take, with the surprising addition of Kale. If you prefer to bake your Au Gratin, preheat the oven to 350º and follow the same layering steps detailed below, but in a prepared baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes to allow the cheese to crisp up. Crockpot Potatoes Au Gratin By Briel Driscoll Makes 6-8 servings. Ingredients: 6-8 medium Potatoes, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Onion, sliced thinly 6 oz. Milk (or milk substitute) 2 tbsp. Butter, melted 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced 8 oz. Sharp Cheddar, shredded (or whatever cheese blend you prefer) Salt and Pepper to taste Parsley, to taste 1/2 bunch Kale, stems removed and chopped finely Optional: Sausage or Bacon layered throughout Instructions: Layer Potatoes in crock pot. Once bottom is lined, sprinkle a little Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Onions, Garlic, and Cheese (reserving a good portion for the top layer). Start new layer of Potatoes and repeat until all Potatoes are used. Mix Milk and melted Butter. Pour liquid over top layer of Potatoes and sprinkle remaining Cheese across top. Cook for approximately 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. (Cooking times will vary slightly depending crock pot.) Right before serving, Stir Kale into potato mixture. *Image courtesy of: http://ohmyveggies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/sweet_potato_and_kale_gratin_on_plate.jpg.
This recipe is easy, flavorful, and irresistible. Just a small handful of ingredients give it all the savor and pop it needs to take a simple roasted squash and turn it into a full meal! Lemon Garlic Spaghetti Squash By Holly Rodricks Serves 4. Ingredients: 1 medium-to-large Spaghetti Squash 4 tbsp. Butter (or Coconut Oil for vegan version) 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed Lemon Juice 4-6 cloves Garlic, minced 2 tbsp. fresh Parsley, minced Salt and Pepper, to taste pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (Optional) grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese, to taste (Optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 375º. Pierce Spaghetti Squash throughout several times with paring knife. Place on baking sheet and bake for approximately 1 hour or until knife can pierce it without resistance. Remove sheet from oven and allow Squash to cool. Once cool enough to handle, cut in half and scrape out seeds. Using a fork, scrape flesh of Squash away from skin, creating thin strands. Continue until all Squash has been removed. In a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat, warm up Butter and sauté Garlic until aromatic. Add Lemon Juice, Parsley, and Red Pepper Flakes and sauté for an additional minute. Add Spaghetti Squash and toss until evenly coated, sprinkling with Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with Parmesan and more fresh Parsley. *Image courtesy of: http://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/,scalefit_600_noupscale/561e479f12000026007e5100.jpeg.
Jon Stadt of Flour City Pasta has inspired us once again! This delectable recipe pairs lemon, parsley, white wine, and tomatoes to create a delicious reduction that will heighten the light, delicate flavors of your favorite seafood. Add his unique Squid Ink Pasta, and you’ve got a real show-stopper on your hands. Tomato & Lemon-Herb Reduction with Seafood & Linguine Adapted from a recipe by Jon Stadt Makes 2-3 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Squid Ink Linguine*, or Linguine of your choice. 6 oz. Main Street Farms Tilapia, filleted (Any flaky white fish works wonderfully. Other types of seafood, such as Shrimp or Scallops, may be substituted) 1/4 cup Olive Oil Salt & Pepper to taste 1 cup Tomatoes, diced 1/2 cup Parsley, diced 3 cloves Garlic, minced 3/4 cup Dry White Wine 1/8 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 2 tbsp. fresh Lemon Juice 1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter Instructions: Generously sprinkle Salt, Pepper, and a pinch of fresh Parsley over both sides of filleted Fish. Set aside. Add Olive Oil to skillet and placed over medium-high heat. When skilled is hot, gently lay in Fish. (Be careful! It will immediately begin sizzle and pop vigorously!) Cover Fish and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes or until it is no longer sticking to the pan and flips easily. Flip and cook uncovered for another 1-2 minutes or until filet flakes apart when pierced with a fork. While Fish is cooking, fill pot with water and bring to boil, according to instructions that come with Linguine. Once Fish is cooked, remove from skillet, place on plate, and cover to keep warm. Leave oil and liquid from Fish remaining in skillet. Add Tomatoes, Parsley, Garlic, White Wine, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper to skillet. Increase heat to high, and allow to cook down until reduced by half, approximately 10 minutes. Once reduced, stir in Lemon Juice and Butter until well mixed. While sauce is reducing, cook pasta. Drain and plate. Lay portion of Fish over pasta and generously ladle sauce on top. Serve hot! *While optional, this recipe really pops when the sauce and seafood are paired with Squid Ink pasta. Its unique, umami flavor takes this citrusy seafood pairing to the next level. You can find more information about where to purchase Flour City Pastas like this one, here.
Just in case you’re still struggling with those pesky Garlic Scapes, here’s another easy way to capitalize on their spicy flavor and scallion-like consistency! Garlic Scape Butter by Briel Driscoll Makes approximately 12 oz. Ingredients: 2 sticks of Salted Butter (If butter is unsalted add 1/8 tsp salt.) 6-8 Garlic Scapes (Adjust based on desired strength of garlic flavor.) Freshly ground Black pepper to taste Instructions: Put all ingredients the food processor and blend until smooth. Enjoy as a spread or condiment.