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.
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.
Hakurei or Japanese Turnips are part of the brassica family. They’re sometimes referred to as salad turnips because of their crisp, mild, sweet flavor; but in addition to being eaten raw, they can also be roasted or cooked like an other turnip. Mashed Turnips with Garlicky Greens By Briel Driscoll Serves 2-4. Ingredients: 1 bunch Japanese Turnips, Greens separated and chopped. 1 tablespoon Butter Garlic Scape, chopped finely 1 tablespoon Olive Oil Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Chop up Turnips and place in pot of water. Bring to a boil, and boil until soft. Strain Turnips and mash. Mix in Butter, Pepper, and Salt. While Turnips are boiling, on medium heat sauté Garlic Scapes or Green Garlic in Olive Oil for 2-3 minutes. Add Turnip Greens and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Serve garlicky greens over mashed turnips, and enjoy! *Image courtesy of: https://gourmandistan.com/2013/01/22/rocking-the-winter-csa-with-pan-roasted-hakurei-turnips/
Kale can be very tough and chewy when eaten raw, but I have three words for you to help you make it tender and delicious. MASSAGE THOSE GREENS! The recipe below includes this important step, and it makes all the difference. Kale & Chickpea Salad By Briel Driscoll Serves 4-6. Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale, stems removed and leaves chopped 5 Radishes slices as thin as you can 5 Garlic Scapes, diced 1 cup cooked or canned Chickpeas 1/4 teaspoon Salt 4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons Olive Oil 1 teaspoon Honey Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Sprinkle Salt over Kale and massage into greens until the kale begins to soften and release liquids. Add remaining ingredients and continue to massage until mixed well. Enjoy! Unlike leaf-lettuce salads, this salad will store well in the fridge for several days and will even become more tender and tasty as it sits.
What on earth is a garlic scape, and what do you do with it? This is a question asked by countless CSA members across the country. Garlic Scapes are the stalks that grow from hardneck garlic bulbs. If you let them go, they will eventually bloom into flowers when the plant is mature…or you can harvest them waaay before that and eat them…because they’re DELICIOUS! Imagine a scallion that tasted garlick-y instead of onion-y, and you have a garlic scape. My favorite way to eat them is in homemade salad dressing, but if you want a couple more ideas, take a look at my post on Kitchen Tips for Garlic Scapes. Tangy Garlic Scape Dressing By Holly Rodricks Makes approximately 8 oz. Ingredients: 5 Garlic Scapes, roughly chopped into medium-sized pieces 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup Water Juice of 1 Lemon Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste Instructions: Put Garlic Scapes, Olive Oil, and Water in blender or food processor. Run until Scapes are finely blended into liquid, in tiny chunks. Spoon mixture into 8 or 16 oz. mason jar (or other container with tight fitting lid). Add remaining ingredients. Place lid on jar and shake vigorously to combine. Keep refrigerated. (Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to allow oil to return to liquid state at room temperature.) *Image courtesy of: http://savingdinner.com/nutrition-escapes-fresh-garlic-scapes/
Welcome to our new blog! We’re excited to be able to share our recipes, ideas, and farm news with you here. This 4th of July weekend, we thought we’d start off with some great tips for handling those rugged greens and crazy garlic scapes that have been in your past few CSA shares. Keep checking back for new kitchen tips, each week. We’ll also be adding the recipes from this season’s previous newsletters, to create an archive of helpful information that’s all in one place. Enjoy! Preparing Kale, Chard, and other hardy leafy greens If you prefer to chop your greens, lay each leaf face down (brighter, flatter side down) on your cutting board. Run your knife along either side of the stem to cut it out. Set stems aside as you go, and roughly chop the leaves. If you prefer an even more hands-on approach, hold each leaf up and separate the green from the stem by ripping it away. Set stem aside and tear each leaf into smaller pieces. Once all the leaves are chopped, rinse and dry or spin them like you would any salad greens, then proceed to the raw-eating or cooking stage. Stems can be saved and frozen to use later on in making meat or vegetables stocks for soups. Chard stems, specifically, can be pickled. (See Sriracha Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems.) White beans are a delicious addition to any cooked green recipe. The beans must be cooked separately, prior to adding to the greens, but they can be sauteed along with the greens in recipes like the one listed below. (See Zesty Sautéed Kale.) For an added twist, in the winter months, stuff a baked potato or baked sweet potato with the cooked greens and beans! What to do with Garlic Scapes If Garlic Scapes are tender and young, they can be eaten raw, sliced thinly like scallions and added into salads. Scapes can be blended into oil, butter, sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese or even cottage cheese, for a delicious savory twist on your usual dressing or dip. (See Tangy Garlic Scape Dressing.)