After a great partnership experience last summer, we are on to round two! SUNY Cortland more than doubled its order of tomatoes in order to be able to serve delicious pasta and pizza sauce on campus this fall. The University has long looked for ways to bring healthier, local and sustainably grown produce to its students, and tomatoes are only the tip of the iceberg, as far as the fresh food they source, prepare, and serve. We are thrilled to be part of the realization of this goal!
Once upon a time…I spent a few summers leading trips with teenagers in the back country of some national parks. A co-worker introduced me to pizza made on a pita. (It can also easily be done on a tortilla.) It was such a hit with the kids and so easy to make. It has since become a regular in my rotation. Pita Pizza By Bob Cat Ingredients: Pita Sauce (This time of year, why not use some of those fresh tomatoes?) Veggies of choice (Onion, Pepper, Broccoli, etc.) Cheese, shredded Instructions: Spread Sauce on Pita. Layer with Veggies and Sprinkle with Cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350º or until Cheese is melted. *Image courtesy of: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-style-15-minute-pita-pizza-recipe/.
“Curry Stew” can be made to fit your tastes by adding or removing vegetables to give it the flavor you want. This recipe will complement just about any veggie! Curry Stew By Bob Cat Ingredients: Potatoes Olive Oil Garlic, minced Ginger, minced Onions, diced Tomatoes, diced Carrots, sliced Peppers, diced Cabbage, shredded Kale, torn into small chunks Jalapeños, diced Curry Powder Cumin Turmeric Herbs of Choice Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Boil Potatoes in a large pot until fork tender. Drain and cut up into large cubes. Heat Olive Oil in stock pot. Sauté Garlic and Onions until translucent. Add Ginger, Tomatoes, Carrots, Peppers, Cabbage, Kale, Jalapeños, and Potatoes. Season with Curry Powder, Cumin, Turmeric, Herbs, Salt and Pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until vegetables are tender. *Image courtesy of: https://eatingrules.com/curried-vegetable-stew/.
These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. 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, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.
These wraps are quick and easy, for those days when you don’t feel like cooking (or eating a salad) but still want a good meal. Just a few simple steps. Ready in minutes! Hummus & Veggie Wraps By Bob Cat Ingredients: Wraps (I prefer pitas without the pockets – more like a flat bread – but tortilla wraps work, as well.) Hummus (Homemade, if you have time.) Any Veggies available (Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips – basically, everything in your CSA box, right now.) Cheese of choice (I prefer Goat Cheese or Feta.) Olives, Avocados, or Jalapeños (Optional.) Dressing (I recommend Annie’s Goddess or Ginger Sesame.) Instructions: Lay Wrap flat. Slather on Hummus. Layer Veggies. Layer or crumble Cheese. Drizzle Dressing. Roll and enjoy! Image Courtesy of: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/hummus-and-veggie-lavash-wraps/.
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.
Starting to wonder what to do with all this summer squash? Our good friend and former NYC Chef Elias Kushner, now calls CNY home, and he has just the answer – Summer Ratatouille! Learn more about Elias and his food adventures on his website, What’s Edible, and follow him on Instagram! Summer Ratatouille By Elias Kushner, What’s Edible Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil 4 Cloves of Garlic – sliced thinly 1/4 tsp. Chili Flakes 2 medium to large Tomatoes, diced 1 small Onion, sliced thickly 1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, diced finely 1 Cubanelle Pepper, sliced thinly in short pieces 1 large or 2 small Japanese Eggplants, diced (Optional) 2 tbsp. fresh Basil, roughly chopped 2 tbsp. fresh Oregano, roughly chopped 2 tsp. + 1 pinch Salt Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in a large, tall-sided pan or stew pot over a medium-low heat. Add Garlic, Chili Flakes, and pinch of Salt and cook, stirring frequently until aromatic. Add Tomatoes and stir until combined. Cook on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add Onions and stir. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Add Squash, Eggplant, Pepper, Salt, and Black Pepper and stir. Simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until liquid has thickened. Enjoy.