This recipe started out as a way to use up some extra carrots, but it has turned into a trusty base, with the sesame and honey glaze providing a wonderfully warm and bright taste that compliments just about any winter vegetable that has a little natural sweetness. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding/substituting butternut or acorn squash, beets, or turnips, but be sure to adjust the cooking time to accommodate the changes. Sesame and Honey-Glazed Winter Vegetables by Holly Rodricks Makes 4 side servings. Ingredients: 1 bunch Carrots, sliced thickly 1 small Winter Squash, chopped into large chunks (Good options are Butternut or Acorn Squash.) 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil 1 tbsp Coconut Oil* 1 tbsp. Honey 1/2 tsp. Sesame Seeds Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Oils in skillet over medium heat. Add Garlic and Sesame Seeds, and cook for approximately 1 minute. Add Carrots, Squash, Salt, Pepper, and Honey. Mix until vegetables are evenly coated. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Vegetables should begin to sear slightly. When vegetables are soft, add additional Salt and Pepper to taste, as needed. Serve hot!
Many years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this recipe, and I have never made another butternut squash soup since. It is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. It will fill you up and keep you toasty in this chilly weather, and it freezes well, too, in case you want to save some for a rainy day! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Onion, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 3-4 tbsp. Oil of Choice 4-5 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed 3 Carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced 6 cups Chicken Stock (Vegetable Stock may be substituted for vegetarian version.) 2 tbsp. Honey 2 (8 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder dash of Nutmeg Instructions: In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil until translucent. Add Squash, Carrots, and Apple. Mix together and cook covered until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add Stock, Honey, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Nutmeg. Let mixture simmer until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20-30 minutes. Use immersion blender to blend all ingredients in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the soup in batches in a regular blender.) Add cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly mixed. Use immersion blender one more time, if necessary. Voila! Enjoy your soup hot, with whatever toppings suit your fancy–roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sour Cream, fresh or dried Herbs, another sprinkling of Chili Powder, etc. with some fresh bread alongside! Image courtesy of: http://www.snixykitchen.com/2014/03/25/recipe-rewind-butternut-squash-soup-with-parmesan-crisps/.
This recipe makes great use of the wonderfully delicate Napa Cabbage, or Chinese Cabbage, which is loaded with zinc. Napa cooks quickly with little work, which makes this recipe a winner at the end of a long day, when you’re craving a good, hot meal without a ton of prep. Sesame Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry By Holly Rodricks (Adapted from a recipe found on an amazing site called Budget Bytes.) Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: For the Beef – 1/2 lb. Ground Beef (We highly recommend WW Longhorn Ranch. They are one of our go-tos for meat, and you can find them at the CNY Regional Market in Shed C every Saturday!) 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 tsp. Ginger, freshly grated 1 tbsp. Peanut Oil (or oil of choice) For the Stir Fry Veggies – 1 Onion, sliced finely 2 Carrots, grated 1 Napa Cabbage, chopped finely 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil Salt and Pepper to taste For the Stir Fry Sauce – 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil 1 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar 1 tbsp. Sriracha 1/2 tsp. Honey 1 tbsp. Corn Starch 1 tbsp. Sesame Seeds Instructions: Mix all Stir Fry Sauce ingredients and set aside. In a large saucepan or wok, over medium-high heat, sauté Ground beef in Oil until cooked. A few minutes before meat is cooked through, add Garlic and Ginger. Continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes until aromatic and evenly mixed. Remove meat from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add Coconut Oil and Onions and sauté until onions are soft and translucent. Increase heat to medium-high. Add Carrots and continue to sauté for 5 minutes until they begin to soften. If mixture is drying up, add some Stir Fry Sauce to moisten. Add Napa Cabbage. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until cabbage begins to wilt. Add remainder of Stir Fry Sauce. Return cooked Beef to pan. Toss all ingredients together and add Salt and Pepper to taste, as needed. Serve hot. Image courtesy of: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/08/beef-cabbage-stir-fry/.
This recipe is a gift from Jon Stadt of Flour City Pasta, and I can’t think of a savory combination that tastes more like the summer. A combination of sweet and tangy, fresh and crisp, it is the ultimate summer side dish. The main ingredient is Jon’s cucumber conchiglie (Italian for “mini shell”) which incorporates freshly juiced cucumbers into the dough itself, yielding a delicate, pale green pasta that pushes the dish’s flavor to a whole new level! Fresh Cucumber Pasta Salad by Jon Stadt, Owner of Flour City Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. Cucumber Pasta, cooked al dente, about 5-6 minutes (Substitute store bought conchiglie or mini shells, if you don’t have access to Jon’s pasta.) 3 Cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced thinly 1 pint fresh Blueberries 3 tbsp. fresh Mint 4 thinly sliced Scallions 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (Exclude this ingredient for a completely vegan recipe.) Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup White Balsamic Vinegar 1 tbsp. Honey 2-3 tbsp. freshly squeezed Orange Juice Instructions: Whisk last four ingredients to make Dressing, and set aside. Place colander of cooked Pasta under cold, running water to quickly cool and keep from sticking together. Mix Pasta, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Mint, Scallions, and Feta, folding gently with a rubber spatula, to keep pasta from breaking, until evenly combined. Add Dressing and Salt and Pepper to taste, and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated. Chill and serve! *JON STADT, is the owner of Flour City Pasta, a local establishment committed to making pasta traditional ‘Old World’ way with tools imported from Italy. He uses organic flour and then adds organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices to make flavored pasta that brings a new level of taste and style to any pasta dish. Here’s a list of all the places you can purchase Jon’s delicious artisanal pastas! Find more recipes here, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram!
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.
Throwing food away has always bothered me, but there are some kitchen scraps that don’t seem to have any use, destined only for the compost bin. Guess what? Chard stems are no longer on that list! For those who don’t particularly enjoy the stringiness of chard stems, pickling is a great way to preserve something seemingly useless, transforming it from waste into a tangy, spicy, delicious side that can stand up next to any dill pickle (or can even be diced up and sautéed with your favorite vegetables to add a burst of flavor). And let’s face it – a jar of pickled rainbow chard stems is just plain beautiful. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it… Sriracha Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems By Holly Rodricks Makes One 16 oz. jar of refrigerator pickles. Ingredients: Stems from 1 bunch of Rainbow Chard cleaned and chopped into long stalks about an inch shorter than the height of a 16 oz. mason jar, standing up. (Can substitute stems from other kinds of chard.) 1/2 small Onion, thinly sliced into rings 1 clove Garlic, peeled and slightly crushed 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar 1/2 cup Water 1 tbsp. Honey 1-2 tbsp. Sriracha, depending on heat preference 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Salt, to taste Optional: 1/2 tsp Celery Seed (Can substitute Dill Seed.) Optional: 1-2 tsp. roughly chopped Cilantro leaves and stems Instructions: In a small saucepan, heat the Vinegar, Water, and Honey until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally to make sure honey is completely dissolved. In the meantime, placed thinly sliced Onion Rings at bottom of jar, laying flat if possible. Add crushed Garlic, Celery Seed and Cilantro. Then, place Chard stems, standing upright in jar. Once Vinegar mixture is boiling and honey is dissolved, remove from heat. Mix in Sriracha, and immediately pour mixture over all ingredients in jar until liquid covers tops of stalks. (If you have a canning funnel, it will make this step a lot easier. Otherwise, pour carefully!) Place lid on jar immediately. Allow jar to cool to room temperature, 1-2 hours, then store in fridge for at least 1 week before consuming. (Pickles will be good for up to 1 month, and will become more flavorful during that time.)