For the past couple of months, Chef Owner DeAnna Germano, of Chef4Rent, has been contributing her wonderful, original recipes to our CSA newsletters and blog. We thought it was about time to properly introduce her to all of you! We first met DeAnna at a farm-to-table event, and we immediately hit it off. Through this initial interaction, we learned about her business and how she’s using our CSA veggies to bring fresh, prepared meals to customers in the area. After 11 years working in professional kitchens all over NY state, DeAnna started her own company, Chef4Rent, 2 years ago, offering everything from wedding and special event catering to educational classes. Her most popular service by far, though, has been meal delivery. Working with farms like ours, DeAnna delivers prepared meals featuring her original recipes directly to her customers on a weekly basis. The best part is that she can customize the menu to fit any nutritional needs, dietary restrictions, or preferences. Imagine coming home after a long day at work to a meal that is local, economical, sustainably-sourced and prepared by a professional chef! What a dream! To learn more about DeAnna story, check out Margaret McCormick’s latest article, “Chef 4 Rent Dishes Up Business” in the Syracuse New Times. If you’d like DeAnna to cook for you, call 315-760-2023, email Deanna.firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her Facebook page! In the meantime, keep enjoying her regular recipe contributions on our site, featuring our farm-fresh veggies!
Here’s a favorite from Chef DeAnna Germano, of Chef4Rent, that went out in our June newsletter. A refreshing mix of crisp, cold veggies in a tangy yogurt-based dip is just the ticket on a hot summer day. For a twist, if you can’t get your hands on some of the ingredients listed, try substituting other favorite vegetables from your seasonal produce list (turnips, cucumbers, other types of squash, etc.). Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Garlic Scape Dip By DeAnna Germano, Chef4RentMakes 4 servings. For the Rolls – 8 soy wrappers (Can be found at Wegmans.) 8 Lettuce Leaves 6 Cheriette or French Breakfast Radishes, thinly sliced (Pick your favorite kind!) 2 Carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks 1/2 Kohlrabi bulb, sliced into thin matchsticks 1 Yellow Squash, sliced into thin matchsticks For the Dip – 7 roasted Garlic Scapes 2 fresh Scallions 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1-3 tsp. Sambal, depending on heat preference (Sambal is a spicy, chili-based sauce that can be purchased in the Asian section of many grocery stores and at Asian markets.) 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Pepper Instructions: For the Rolls – Clean and cut all veggies into thin matchsticks, approximately 1″ long and 1/4″ thick. Lay out one Soy Wrapper on counter top, in diamond shape. Wet edges of wrapper. Lay veggies in center of wrapper with Lettuce Leaf. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of wrapper up and lay on top of veggies. Wrapper should stick to veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, wetting a bit more if necessary, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. Cut in half and serve with Garlic Scape dip. For the Dip – Turn oven to 425º. Roast Garlic Scapes for 10 minutes, or until browned. Puree all ingredients together to create dip.
Looking for a recipe that uses just about all your CSA share ingredients at once? Guest Chef DeAnna Germano has just meal for you – a delicious skillet bake that is a medley of so many delicious vegetables in one dish that it makes our eyes twinkle and our stomachs rumble. Enjoy! Black Eyed Pea and Kale Skillet with Hot Tomato Oil by DeAnna Germano, Owner and Chef at Chef4Rent Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 1 can Black Eyed Peas, rinsed 1 bunch Kale Leaves, rinsed and torn or chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 Zucchini or Squash, diced 1 Tomato, diced 1/4 cup Onion, diced 2 cloves Garlic 1 Japanese Turnip, finely diced 1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (or more, to taste) 2 tbsp. Olive Oil Pinch of fresh Parsley Pinch of fresh Sage Pinch of fresh Thyme 1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella, diced 1/2 cup Tomato Soup Instructions: Sauté onion in oil over medium-low heat until caramelized. Add garlic and sauté approximately 2 minutes, until aromatic. Add remaining veggies and sauté until tender. Add tomato soup, herbs and spices, and black eyed peas, and cook down – approximately 4 minutes over medium-high heat. Sprinkle diced mozzarella evenly over top, and broil for 10 minutes in oven, until cheese is melted and browned. *DEANNA GERMANO, is the owner and chef at Chef4Rent, a local caterer specializing in cakes, home meal deliveries, and special events. *Image Courtesy of: http://cdn-img.health.com/sites/default/files/migration/img/web/2013/02/slides/easy-kale-recipes-400×400.jpg
Lest you think arugula and kale can be only tossed in salads or sautéed and wilted, guest Chef DeAnna Germano, shares a creative way to incorporate these fresh veggies into a delicious party condiment! Arugala and Kale Parmesan Dip by DeAnna Germano, Owner and Chef at Chef4Rent Ingredients: 1 tbsp. Olive Oil 5 oz Arugula 5 oz. Kale 1 tbsp. Sugar 3 Garlic Cloves, sliced thin 1/4 cup Sage leaves, tightly packed 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Pepper Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in large pan. Add sliced Garlic. Cook about two minutes, until Garlic begins to brown and become aromatic. Add Arugula and Kale. Allow to wilt and cook down. Add Sage, and cook for 1 more minute. In blender, blend Greens, Cream Cheese, Sugar, Parmesan, Salt, and Pepper. Fold Yogurt into blended mixture. Serve dip cold (like hummus) with crackers, chips, or sliced veggies. *DEANNA GERMANO, is the owner and chef at Chef4Rent, a local caterer specializing in cakes, home meal deliveries, and special events. *Image Courtesy of http://joylovefood.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Kale-and-Artichoke-Greek-Yogurt-Dip-3.jpg